Crochet Pattern: Zebra Pocket Pillow

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

I’m kicking off the second annual Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central with the Zebra Pocket Pillow! This crocheted amigurumi pillow has a pocket panel that you can use as gift wrap, to tote a favorite book, or to store your tablet.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Materials for the sample were generously provided by Clover USA, Fairfield World, and Red Heart.

Last year, I made the Lion Pocket Pillow for the first Softie CAL and I kind of felt like he needed a buddy.

Free crochet pattern: Lion Pocket Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver yarn and stuffed with Fairfield Original Poly-Fil by Underground Crafter. This pattern is one of 10 free crochet patterns by 10 designers in the 2018 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central

Since the basics of the panel shapes would be the same, I decided to add some interest with stripes, and that’s where the idea for the Zebra Pocket Pillow was born.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - back pocket

Just like its Lion Pocket Pillow pal, the Zebra Pocket Pillow has a generous pocket panel. This is great for encouraging your littles to read, for including a small gift, or for putting a tablet out of reach.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - back pocket

For this year’s Softie CAL, Fairfield World generously provided all of the participating designers with Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill. This happens to be one of my favorite fiber fillings to use for making crocheted softies.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - Marie with fiber fill bag

It’s coarser and denser than the standard Poly-Fil. That means it doesn’t “fluff out” as much when you are stuffing your project. It helps because then you aren’t accidentally crocheting your Poly-Fil onto the right side of your projects.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - comparing fiber fillings

If you’re just hearing about the Softie Crochet Along, you can get all the details here.

  • You can join in by crocheting the patterns as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CALCentral on all social media. If you use Fairfield World Poly-Fil for your project, tag @fairfieldworld and use #fairfieldworld, too.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the CAL Central Facebook group or visit this thread in the CAL Central Ravelry group.
  • By the end of the CAL, you’ll have up to 10 awesome projects. Make adorable softies while having fun with us! Enter here to win one of the great end-of-CAL giveaway prizes!
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

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Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

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Zebra Pocket Pillow

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

Stripes, facial features, and a mane add character to a simple, stuffed pillow. The pocket on the back can be used to hide a gift or to keep a book safe during travels.

Finished Size

  • Pillow: 10” (25.5 cm) wide x 12” (30.5 cm) tall before stuffing.

Materials

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - supplies

Gauge

  • 18 sc x 20 rows = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • Rnd(s) – Rounds
  • sc  – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo  – yarn over
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Front Panel, Back Panel, Pocket Panel, and Ears are crocheted flat in rows.
  • Eyes and Muzzle are crocheted in unjoined spirals in the round. Move stitch markers up each round to mark position of last stitch.
  • Mane is crocheted in the round when joining layers with single crochet seam. A helpful photo tutorial for seaming with single crochet is available here.
  • When choosing colors, note that CA and CB are used for Panel stripes. CA is used for Eyes. CB is used for the Muzzle and Ears.
  • Change colors in the last yarn over of the final single crochet of designated rows. Moogly has a helpful video tutorial here.
  • Oombawka Design has a helpful magic adjustable ring tutorial here.
  • If you are crocheting in low light conditions, you may find black yarn difficult to work with. Choose two high contrast colors instead of black and white to make it easier to see your stitches.

Pattern Instructions

Front and Back Panels (Make 2)

  • With CA, ch 46.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and in each ch across. (45 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across, changing to CB in last yo of final sc (see Pattern Notes).
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across, changing to CA in last yo of final sc.
  • Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
  • Rows 6-57: Repeat Rows 2-5  – 13 times, or until Panel measures approximately 12” (30.5 cm) tall, ending after Row 5. Fasten off.

Pocket Panel

  • Repeat instructions for Front Panel until Pocket Panel measures approximately 7” (18 cm), ending after Row 3 or Row 5. Fasten off.

Muzzle

  • With CB, start with magic adjustable ring (see Pattern Notes).
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tightly to close ring, pm in last st to mark position. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; repeat from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; repeat from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts; repeat from * around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts; repeat from * around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 8: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts; repeat from * around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 9: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts; repeat from * around. (54 sts)
  • Rnd 10:  Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 11: Repeat Rnd 10. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 1 yd/1 m) for joining.
  • Position the craft nose at the top of the Muzzle and secure with washer.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends of starting yarn from magic circle on back of Muzzle.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

Ears (Make 2)

  • With CB, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch. (2 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st. (3 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. (Increases by 1 st)
  • Rows 4-16: Repeat Row 3 – 13 times, ending with 17 sts. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 1 yd/1 m) for joining.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends of starting yarn on back of Ears.

Eyes (Make 2)

  • With CA, ch 4.
  • Rnd 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch, sc in next ch, 4 sc in next ch, turn to work along underside of foundation chain, sc in next ch, 2 sc in first ch, pm in last st to mark position. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sl st to first st to join.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 1 yd/1 m) for joining.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends of starting yarn on back of Eye.

Decorate Face

  • Using locking stitch markers, pin Eyes, Muzzle, and Ears on Front Panel using pictures as a guide.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - positioning face
  • Once satisfied with positioning, place safety eyes in crocheted eyes. Attach by firmly securing washers on back.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - decorating face
  • With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew Eyes to Front Panel. With yarn needle, weave in ends from Eyes on back of Front Panel.
  • With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew Muzzle to Front Panel, leaving about 2” (5 cm) unseamed. Stuff Muzzle firmly and continue to sew Muzzle to Front Panel. With yarn needle, weave in ends from Muzzle on back of Front Panel.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - stuffing muzzle
  • With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew the lower edge (final row) of each Ear to Front Panel, shaping each Ear so that it is curved. With yarn needle, weave in ends from Ears on back of Front Panel.

Assemble Pillow and Add Mane

  • With locking stitch markers, pin the Panels together as follows. Position right side of Front Panel with face up on top, with Back Panel underneath, and the Pocket Panel at the bottom.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - assembling panels
  • With right side of Front Panel (face) facing you, join CB with sl st at bottom of Front Panel. Lining up stitches and working through all layers, begin working a single crochet seam (see Pattern Notes). Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 44 sts, turn to work along long edge and begin to crochet Mane, [sc in side of next row, ch 6] across to final row of Front Panel, turn to work along top of Front Panel, [sc in next st, ch 6] across top of Front Panel, turn to work along long edge, [sc in side of next row, ch 6] across to Front Panel until approximately 4” (10 cm) remain. Stuff pillow firmly with Poly-Fil. Continue to seam side of long edge by working [sc in side of next row, ch 6] across, sl st to join to first sc.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave any remaining ends into inside of pillow.
© 2019 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/04/01/crochet-pattern-zebra-pocket-pillow. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Announcing the Second Annual Softie Crochet Along!

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

The Softie Crochet Along is the second crochet along of 2019 hosted in the CAL Central Facebook and Ravelry groups. We’ve brought together ten of the top crochet designers out there to bring you free crochet patterns for softies. Five of our favorite companies are providing prizes for our end-of-CAL giveaway. Join us to make great amigurumi projects to cuddly and play with, chat with other crocheters, and enter to win fabulous prizes!

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This is the main post for 2019 Softie crochet along. Read on for more details including:

  • How the 2019 Softie Crochet Along Works,
  • How To Join the 2019 Softie CAL,
  • 2019 Softie Crochet Along Schedule,
  • 2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway Prizes, and
  • Enter the 2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway.

How the 2019 Softie Crochet Along Works

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

Every Monday from April 1 through June 3, 2019, we’ll share a free crochet pattern for a softie! You can make fun softie projects to keep, for gifts, or to donate to charity while chatting with other crocheters in our groups and sharing your projects to win giveaway prizes!

Fairfield World has generously provided all of the participating designers with Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill to use in their softies. They will also be also be awarding the grand prize, a 5 lb. box of Poly-Fil and two Poly-Fil Basic 16” x 16” Pillow Inserts, to the crocheter whose project gets the most votes!

Clover USA, Search Press North America, LeitherCo, and Morgan’s Mane have also generously provided us with prizes for this CAL. Share your completed project pictures in this post (scroll down for details)by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, June 10, 2019 to enter for your chance to win!

How To Join the 2019 Softie CAL

  • You can join in by crocheting the patterns as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CALCentral on all social media. If you use Fairfield World Poly-Fil for your project, tag @fairfieldworld and use #fairfieldworld, too.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the CAL Central Facebook group or visit this thread in the CAL Central Ravelry group.
  • By the end of the CAL, you’ll have up to 10 awesome projects. Make adorable softies while having fun with us!
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

2019 Softie Crochet Along Schedule

This list will be updated during the CAL to include links to each pattern as it is released.

2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway Prizes

We work hard to find the best crochet along prizes from around the web for each CAL Central Crochet Along. Read on for more details about the prizes and how to enter for your chance to win.

The most popular project will win the grand prize from Fairfield World: a 5 lb. box of Poly-Fil and two Poly-Fil Basic 16” x 16” Pillow Inserts. Show your support by following Fairfield World on Instagram | Facebook.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - Fairfield World Prize

Clover USA is providing one winner with a Swatch Ruler and Needle Gauge and a Quick Locking Stitch Marker Set. Show your support by following Clover USA on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - Clover USA prizes

Search Press North America is providing one winner with both Cuddly Animals to Crochet by Lucia Forthmann (reviewed here) and Crocheted Bears by Val Pierce. Show your support by following Search Press North America on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - Search Press Prize

MorgansMane is providing one winner with a Chakra Crochet Hook. Show your support by following MorgansMane on Etsy | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - MorgansMane Chakra Crochet Hook prize

LeitherCo is providing one winner with a subscription box. Show your support by following Ashley on Etsy | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - Leither Co Prize

Continue on to learn how to enter the giveaway for your chance to win one of these fabulous prizes!

Enter the 2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway

  • This is the end-of-CAL giveaway for the 2019 Softie Crochet Along. The Crochet Along is hosted by CAL Central and the giveaway is organized by Underground Crafter.
  • To enter the end-of-CAL giveaway for one of the prizes described above, share one picture of each project you completed using a 2019 Softie Crochet Along pattern by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, June 10, 2019. Each completed project will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • If you do not wish to share a project picture, you may also enter by mailing a letter with your name, the name of the CAL, and your email address (so we can contact you if you win) to Underground Crafter, Planetarium Station, P.O. Box 340, New York, NY 10024 USA. The letter must be received by Monday, June 10, 2019 to be eligible to win this end-of-CAL giveaway.
  • You are not required to use a link to enter, but if you do, please link directly to the project on your blog/Ravelry/Instagram and not to your main page. If you are new to InLinkz Link Ups, you can find a tutorial here.
  • The most popular project as selected by voting will win the Fairfield World grand prize.
  • Four winners will be chosen from the remaining entries at random to win one of the prizes from Clover USA, Search Press North America, LeitherCo, and Morgan’s Mane. Each will win one of the prizes listed above.
  • Winners will be contacted approximately one week after the entries close. Winners will have two weeks to claim their prizes. If winners do not respond within two weeks, prizes will be awarded to alternates.
  • By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to share your contact information with InLinkz and/or Underground Crafter. You can read the InLinkz Privacy Policy here and the Underground Crafter Privacy Policy here to understand how this information is used.
  • The names of winners will be made available in list form by request from Underground Crafter.
  • This giveaway is open worldwide, except where prohibited by law.
  • Don’t forget to join the fun in our Facebook and Ravelry groups, too! You can share as many pictures as you like in the groups, but only pictures submitted here will be entered in the giveaways.

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Crochet Pattern: Bouncy Bouclé Bunny

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill

The Bouncy Bouclé Bunny is a crocheted patchwork amigurumi project. This cuddly rabbit is made with a plush bouclé yarn that adds a soft, downy texture. It makes a great gift for a little one.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This project is sponsored by Fairfield World, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional supplies for this project were provided by Clover USA and Lion Brand.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - bunny on faux fur background with hand for size reference

One of my favorite things about being a crochet designer is getting to try out new-to-me yarns. Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé is a relatively new yarn that I wanted to try out. The colors are so cute that it was hard to pick just one for this project, so I decided to make my amigurumi bunny in a patchwork style with three different colors. I love the downy texture the bouclé yarn creates, but beginner crocheters or those new to amigurumi may find it easier to use an untextured yarn, like Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, for this project.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - assembly #1

When I create patterns for the Fairfield website, I usually make seasonal projects. (If you like to start your winter holiday crafting early, you may enjoy the series of free crochet patterns I did for Fairfield last year: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow, Sleepy Santa Pillow, and Christmas Tree Pillow.) These cute pastels in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé seemed to be saying “Easter Bunny” to me. Of course, the Bouncy Bouclé Bunny is a great cuddle buddy all year round!

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - assembly #2

There is a good amount of seaming involved in this project, since it’s crocheted in nine pieces. But it comes together very quickly once you have all the pieces assembled, and the pattern includes specific directions about which pieces to attached when.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - assembly #3

I used Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill to stuff this little guy (or gal?), instead of standard Poly-Fil. It’s an untreated fiber filling so it is a little bit coarser, which means you don’t get those little wisps of fiber filling poking around. This is super helpful because the bouclé yarn has its own little puffs of fiber, so you don’t need any extra to deal with.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - assembly #4

I also think that Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill is a little easier to use for those who are new to making amigurumi and stuffed projects.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - bunny on faux fur background
A view of the tail which has the practical purpose of helping to prop up this little bunny so it can sit up on its own.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill

This crocheted patchwork bunny is made with a plush, bouclé yarn that is soft to the touch.

Finished Size

  • Approximately 15” (38 cm) tall from top of head to bottom of toes x 12” (30.5 cm) across arms when laid flat after stuffing.

Materials

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - supplies flat lay

Gauge

  • Through Rnd 7 in pattern for Head = 3.5” (9 cm) diameter. Exact gauge is not critical for this project but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Get the free crochet pattern here on the Fairfield website.

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Crochet Pattern: Snowdude

Free crochet pattern: Snowdude in Red Heart Super Saver by Underground Crafter | This amigurumi snowdude's head makes a perfect stress ball or ornament when stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill.The weather has definitely started to feel chilly this week, and that has me thinking about the winter holidays. I thought a little amigurumi Snowdude would brighten my mood, and I was right. This fun project can be used as a stress ball (just squeeze from the back with your thumb and forefinger grasping where the ears would be) or you can add a hanging loop to use it as an ornament. The Snowdude would also make a great project to send to Operation Gratitude, an organization that distributes care packages to veterans, first responders, active duty military, and wounded heroes and caregivers. This post is part of my monthly charity spotlight series, where I spotlight a charity that distributes crochet projects and share a free pattern suitable for donation. It’s also part of the 2017 Holiday Blog Hop.

2017 Holiday Blog Hop with Underground Crafter, American Crochet, Creative Crochet Workshop, Oombawka Design, The Stitchin' Mommy, Graceful Fibers, CrochetN'Crafts, The Purple Poncho, Crochet Memories, The Lavender Chair, The Country Willow, Pattern Paradise, and more! Get over 50 free crochet patterns perfect for winter holiday gifts and decorations.

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November’s Featured Charity: Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicating to boosting the spirits and meeting the needs of U.S. military and first responder communities. They assemble and send over 200,000 care packages to military service men and women deployed overseas, and to new recruits, veterans, first responders, wounded heroes and their caregivers, and children of active duty military back here in the States. The care packages include food, personal hygiene products, and handmade goodies, along with personalized letters. Operation Gratitude was founded in 2003, and, as of this writing, they have distributed over 1.9 MILLION (!) care packages.

How To Make a Great Handmade Donation to Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude accepts several types of handmade donations:

  • Handmade Scarves and Hats. Earlier this year, Operation Gratitude increased the size of their boxes so they can now accept scarves from 4″-6″ (10 cm – 15 cm) wide and 48″-50″ (122 cm-127 cm) long. Crochet and knit scarves should be made using medium weight yarn (because bulkier yarns take up too much space in the box), and should not have fringe attached. Hats can be made in a range of adult sizes. While they do not limit the type of fiber you can use, Operation Gratitude recommends that you list the fiber content of your yarn on a personalized note in case of allergies. Also, they prefer yarn colors are subtle and gender-neutral, such as blues, browns, grays, maroon, and black, although red, white, and blue combinations are also accepted. More information about the Handmade with Love program can be found here.
  • Small, stuffed toys. Stuffed toys – like the Snowdude – that are 6″ (15 cm) or smaller, can bring some joy during challenging times.
  • You can find out other current needs on the regularly updated Wish List page.

Items that are too large to ship overseas are distributed within the U.S. Operation Gratitude recommends that you follow the shipping instruction on this page very closely and be sure to include a completed Donation Form with your package.

About The Snowdude

I originally planned to make a hat for Operation Gratitude Charity Spotlight, but when I discovered the stuffed toy option, I was on a mission to create something cute and fun.

Free crochet pattern: Snowdude in Red Heart Super Saver by Underground Crafter | This amigurumi snowdude's head makes a perfect stress ball or ornament when stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill.I decided to make a combination stress ball/ornament pattern with a spherical shape.

Free crochet pattern: Snowdude in Red Heart Super Saver by Underground Crafter | This amigurumi snowdude's head makes a perfect stress ball or ornament when stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill.To get this little Snowdude in a care package, you’ll probably need to tuck the Carrot Nose inwards for shipping. Be sure to wrap up your handmade donations in a plastic zipper bag so they will stay dry.

Free crochet pattern: Snowdude in Red Heart Super Saver by Underground Crafter | This amigurumi snowdude's head makes a perfect stress ball or ornament when stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill.If you make your own Snowdude, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Snowdude Stress Ball or Ornament

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free crochet pattern: Snowdude in Red Heart Super Saver by Underground Crafter | This amigurumi snowdude's head makes a perfect stress ball or ornament when stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill.

Make a snowdude’s head as an ornament or stress ball.

 

Finished Size

  • Approximately 6” (15 cm) tall with hat.

Materials


Gauge

  • Through Rnd 11 in pattern for head = 4” (10 cm) diameter. Exact gauge is not critical for this project but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • FL – front loop only
  • invdec – invisible decrease – Insert hook in back loop only of each of next 2 sts, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops. (Planet June has a great invisible decrease tutorial here, though she works into the front loop.)
  • pm – place marker
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • WS – wrong (back) side
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds or spirals. Do not join or turn unless otherwise noted.
  • Move stitch marker up as each round is completed to mark position unless otherwise noted.
  • When choosing colors, note that CA is the head color, CB is the top hat color, and CC is the carrot nose color.

Pattern Instructions

Head

  • With CA, start with magic adjustable ring. (Oombawka Design has a great magic ring tutorial here.)
  • Rnd 1: (RS) Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tightly to close ring, pm in last st to mark position. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 scBL in ea st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 2 sts; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 3 sts; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 6: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 4 sts; rep from * around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 7: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 5 sts; rep from * around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 8: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 6 sts; rep from * around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 9: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 7 sts; rep from * around. (54 sts)
  • Rnd 10: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 8 sts; rep from * around. (60 sts)
  • Rnd 11: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 9 sts; rep from * around. (66 sts)
  • Rnd 12: ScBL in ea st around.
  • Rnds 13-17: Rep Rnd 12 – 5 times.
  • Rnd 18: *Invdec, scBL in next 9 sts; rep from * around. (60 sts)
  • Rnd 19: *Invdec, scBL in next 8 sts; rep from * around. (54 sts)
  • Rnd 20: *Invdec, scBL in next 7 sts; rep from * around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 21: *Invdec, ScBL in next 6 sts; rep from * around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 22: *Invdec, scBL in next 5 sts; rep from * around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 23: *Invdec, scBL in next 4 sts; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 24: *Invdec, scBL in next 3 sts; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 25: *Invdec, scBL in next 2 sts; rep from * around. (18 sts) Pm in loop of last st to prevent unraveling. Stuff body tightly with Poly-Fil. Remove stitch marker and replace in last st to mark.
  • Rnd 26: *Invdec, scBL in next st; rep from * around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 27: Invdec around. (6 sts)
  • Fasten off with a long yarn tail. Thread yarn tail through yarn needle, sew closed, and weave in ends on inside of Head.

Carrot Nose

  • With CC, start with long yarn tail for seaming, ch 12, join with sl st to first ch.
  • Rnd 1: (RS) Ch 1, scBL in each st around, pm in last st to mark position. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 2: ScBL in each st around.
  • Rnd 3: *Invdec, scBL in next 4 sts; rep from * around. (10 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 5: *Invdec, scBL in next 3 sts; rep from * around. (8 sts)
  • Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 7: *Invdec, scBL in next 2 sts; rep from * around. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 9: Invdec around. (3 sts)
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail. Thread yarn tail through yarn needle, sew closed, and weave in ends on inside of Carrot Nose. Stuff Carrot Nose tightly with Poly-Fil. Position Carrot Nose at center of head, near Rnds 12-17. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from starting chain, sew Carrot Nose to Head, and weave in ends on inside of Head.

Eyes

  • Thread yarn needle with CC, sew buttons to Head above Carrot Nose, and weave in ends on inside of head.

Top Hat – Bottom Bottom Base

  • With CB, follow instructions for Head through Rnd 7.
  • Fasten off, weave in ends on WS of Bottom Base.

Top Hat – Top Piece

  • With CB, follow instructions for Head through Rnd 4.
  • Fasten off.

Top Hat – Side Piece

  • Turn Top Piece to WS, join CB with sl st to any st.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, scFL in same st and each st around, pm in last st to mark position. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 2: ScFL in each st around.
  • Rnds 3-6: Rep Rnd 2 – 4 times. Pm in loop of last st to prevent unraveling. Stuff tightly with Poly-Fil. Remove stitch marker.
  • Join stuffed Side Piece to RS of Bottom Base with sl st to unworked front loops in Rnd 4. Fasten off with long yarn tail. Position Top Hat slightly askew on top of Head. Thread yarn tail through yarn needle, draw yarn through to WS of Bottom Base, sew Bottom Base to Head, and weave in ends on inside of Head or Hat.

Optional: Ornament Hanging Loop

  • Join CA with sl st to any st in center top of Head after assembly, ch 40, sl st to next st, fasten off, with yarn needle, weave in ends securely on inside of Head.
© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/11/11/crochet-pattern-snowdude/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Crochet Pattern: Bette the Piglet amigurumi

Free crochet pattern: Bette the Piglet amigurumi by Underground Crafter | This little piggy has Bette Davis eyes and a curlicue tail. If you’re a long-time reader of Underground Crafter, today’s pattern for Bette the Piglet may look mighty familiar. You may recognize this amigurumi pig as the favicon you see on top of the menu bar. (She also used to be my Ravelry avatar.) This is a simple amigurumi project made with only sewn pieces. It works up pretty quickly and you can customize it by changing the eye color, adding nostrils, or using different colors for the ears or feet.

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If you can believe it, this is actually one of the first patterns I ever wrote up. I used to make these all the time for baby and toddler gifts and to sell at craft fairs. I even had the pattern tested years ago on Ravelry, but shortly afterwards, I changed my pattern template and never got around to updating it until now. This little softie is small enough to be toted around by a toddler. It would also be a fun stocking stuffer.

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Bette the Piglet

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free crochet pattern: Bette the Piglet amigurumi by Underground Crafter | This little piggy has Bette Davis eyes and a curlicue tail. This little piggy has Bette Davis eyes and a curlicue tail.

 

Finished Size

  • Approximately 5” (13 cm) tall.

Materials

Gauge

  • Exact gauge is not critical for this project but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • CD – Color D
  • ch – chain
  • ea – each
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • invdec – invisible decrease – Insert hook in back loop only of ea of next 2 sts, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops. (Planet June has a great invisible decrease tutorial here, though she works into the front loop.)
  • pm – place marker
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk or plus sign as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds or spirals. Do not join or turn unless otherwise noted.
  • The position of increases and decreases is alternated to keep the shape rounded.
  • Move stitch marker up as each round is completed to mark position unless otherwise noted.
  • When choosing colors, note that CA is the main (body) color, CB is the white of the eye, CC is the pupil of the eye, and CD is the iris (eye color).

Pattern Instructions

Body

  • With CA, start with magic adjustable ring. (Oombawka Design has a great magic ring tutorial here.)
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tightly to close ring, pm in last st to mark position. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 scBL in ea st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *ScBL in next 2 sts, 2 scBL in next st; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 3 sts; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 6: *ScBL in next 4 sts, 2 scBL in next st; rep from * around. (36 sc)
  • Rnd 7: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 5 sts; rep from * around. (42 sc)
  • Rnd 8: *ScBL in next 6 sts, 2 scBL in next st; rep from * around, pm in last st to mark position. (48 sc)
  • Rnd 9: ScBL in ea st around, do not move marker up.
  • Rep Rnd 9 until body measures approximately 2.75” (7 cm) from stitch marker. Remove stitch marker.
  • Rnd 10: *Invdec, scBL in next 6 sts; rep from * around, pm in last st to mark position. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 11: *ScBL in next 5 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 12: *Invdec, scBL in next 4 sts; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 13: *ScBL in next 3 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 14: *Invdec, scBL in next 2 sts; rep from * around. (18 sts) Pm in loop of last st to prevent unraveling. Stuff body tightly with Poly-Fil. Remove stitch marker.
  • Rnd 15: *ScBL in next st, invdec; rep from * around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 16: Invdec around. (6 sts)
  • Fasten off with a long yarn tail. Thread yarn tail through yarn needle, sew closed, and weave in ends on inside of body.

Eyes (Make 2)

  • With CC, start with magic adjustable ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tightly to close ring, change to CD with sl st to first sc, fasten off CC. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in ea st around, change to CB with sl st to first sc, fasten off CD. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (18 sts)
  • Fasten off with a long yarn tail for seaming. Position eye at top of body, near Rnd 9. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail, sew to body, and weave in ends on inside of body.

Snout

  • With CA, start with magic adjustable ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 scBL in ring, pull yarn tightly to close ring, pm in last st to mark position. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 scBL in ea st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next st. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: ScBL in ea st around.
  • Rnds 5-6: Rep Rnd 4 twice.
  • Fasten off with a long yarn tail for seaming. (Optional: Using black yarn and yarn needle, embroider two nostrils onto snout using the running stitch.) Stuff snout tightly with Poly-Fil. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail, center snout below eyes, sew snout to body, weave in ends on inside of body.

Feet (Make 4)

  • With CA, start with magic adjustable ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 scBL in ring, pull yarn tightly to close ring, pm in last st to mark position. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 scBL in ea st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *ScBL in next 2 sts, 2 scBL in next st; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Fasten off with a long yarn tail for seaming.
  • To assemble, fold feet in half across diameter of circle. Stuff tightly with Poly-Fil. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail and seam feet closed. Using snout as the center guideline, position front feet at the bottom of body. Position back feet on the opposite side of front feet. Using yarn needle threaded with yarn tail, sew seamed edge of feet to bottom of body, and weave in ends on inside of body.

Ears (Make 2)

  • With CA, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch. (2 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st. (3 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in ea st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. (4 sts)
  • Rows 4-7: Rep Row 3, 4 times, increasing by 1 st with ea rep. (8 sts)
  • Fasten off with a long a long yarn tail for seaming. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail, sew ears to top of body above eyes, and weave in ends on inside of body. Shape ears to flop forward.

Curlicue Tail

  • With CA, ch 11.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 3 hdc in next ch, 3 hdc in next 8 ch, hdc in last ch. (28 sts)
  • Fasten off with a long yarn tail for seaming. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail, sew curlicue tail to back in lower third of body, centered between feet, and weave in ends on inside of body.
© 2012, 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/10/27/crochet-pattern-bette-the-piglet-amigurumi. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you make your own Bette the Piglet, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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