Crochet Amigurumi Pattern: Spot Dog Pillow Pal

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet dog on couch

Spot Dog is the final of three animal pillow pals I’m sharing this week as part of the Christmas in July Make Along! This adorable crochet amigurumi dog is easy to crochet, and the round pillow form makes stuffing easy peasy, too. Customize your version by adding more spots, or choosing different colors for the ears and spots.

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 NELSONWOOD. Camera was generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - Theodore Bear, Spot Dog, and Wilbur Pig Pillow Pals on bed

Theodore Bear was the first pattern in this series and Wilbur Pig was the second. Today, I’m finishing the collection with the Spot Dog Pillow Pal!

My version of Spot Dog is relatively simple, but you can make as many spots as you’d like for your version.

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet dog on faux fur background

How To Join the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along

  • Get all the details, including the full schedule and the link to each project as it goes live here. You can also enter the giveaway at the same link through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, August 4, 2019 to win one of 17 great prizes!
  • You can join in by crocheting, knitting, or sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CIJMakeAlong2019 on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • Get regular emails with links to the Make Along patterns by signing up for the Underground Crafter newsletter.
  • By the end of the Make Along, you’ll have up to 31 awesome projects. Get ready for the handmade holiday season 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 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - text on a white background with pine cones

If you make your own Spot Dog Pillow Pal, 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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Spot Dog Pillow Pal

Crochet Amigurumi Pattern by Underground Crafter

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet dog on couch

Spot Dog is the third of three amigurumi animal pillow pals made using Fairfield Poly-Fil Premier 16” Round Accent Pillow Inserts for the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter!

Finished Size

  • Fits a 16” (40.5 cm) round pillow form.

Materials

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - supplies

Gauge

  • Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be tight so that pillow doesn’t show through.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • bl – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • dc2tog – double crochet 2 stitches together (decrease) – [Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] twice, yo and drawn through all 3 loops on hook. A helpful video tutorial for this stitch by Fiber Flux is available here.
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • 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

  • Project is crocheted in the round with the right (front) side facing up.
  • Ch 1 at beginning of Rounds does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Unless otherwise directed, move stitch marker up each Round to mark position.
  • When choosing colors, note CA is the main color of the Face and Back; CB is the color of the Eye Spot and Nose; and CC is the color of the Smile.
  • A photo tutorial for joining with the whipstitch is available here.
  • A photo tutorial for joining with a single crochet seam is available here.
  • Crochet Spot has a helpful surface crochet tutorial here.

Pattern Instructions

Nose

  • With CB, ch 4, skip 3 ch, sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 dc in ring, pm in last st to mark position, join with sl st to first dc. (12 sts)
  • Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.

Eye Spot

  • With CB, rep instructions for Nose.

Ears (Make 2)

  • Starting with a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming, with CB, ch 18.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next 17 ch. (17 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next 16 sts.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, dc2tog, dc in next st and in each st across. (Decreases by 1 st)
  • Rows 4-9: Rep Row 3, 6 times until 10 sts remain.
  • Row 10: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, dc2tog twice, dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog twice. (6 sts)
  • Row 11: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, dc2tog 3 times. Fasten off CB. (3 sts)

Back and Front

Assembly

  • Tip: Use locking stitch markers to “pin” pieces into position before sewing in place.
  • Position Eye Spot and Nose on Front.
  • Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Nose and sew Nose to Front.
  • Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Eye Spot and sew Eye Spot to Front.
  • Position safety eyes. Attach firmly by securing washers on back.
  • Position first Ear on right side of Front. Join with whipstitch (see Pattern Notes) to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
  • Position second Ear in relation to first Ear on Front. Join with whipstitch seam to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
  • Use CC to create a mouth. I used a crochet hook to surface crochet on the unworked front loops (see Pattern Notes) for my version but you can also embroider on a mouth with yarn needle.
  • With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails on inside of Front.
  • Position Front and Back so the wrong sides are touching with the right side of the Front facing you. Join Front and Back with sc seam (see Pattern Notes) working through both layers, stopping once pillow is about half joined to insert pillow form. Continue to join with sc seam. Sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off CA.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 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/2019/07/07/crochet-amigurumi-pattern-spot-dog-pillow-pal/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Pattern: Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal

Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet pig on faux fur background

Wilbur Pig is the second of three animal pillow pals I’m sharing this week as part of the Christmas in July Make Along! This adorable crochet amigurumi pig is a simple, beginner-friendly crochet project, and the round pillow form makes stuffing easy peasy, too.

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 NELSONWOOD. Camera was generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

Theodore Bear (at left) was the first pillow pal in this series, and today I’m sharing Wilbur Pig. The third pattern in this series for the Spot Dog Pillow Pal is available here.

Theodore Bear and Wilbur Pig Pillow Pals, free crochet patterns by Underground Crafter - crochet bear and crochet pig on couch

Confession: Don’t tell the other Pillow Pals, but Wilbur is my favorite. I really love his face and ears and how the colors combined. I hope you’ll love him, too.

Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet pig on couch

How To Join the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along

  • Get all the details, including the full schedule and the link to each project as it goes live here. You can also enter the giveaway at the same link through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, August 4, 2019 to win one of 17 great prizes!
  • You can join in by crocheting, knitting, or sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CIJMakeAlong2019 on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • Get regular emails with links to the Make Along patterns by signing up for the Underground Crafter newsletter.
  • By the end of the Make Along, you’ll have up to 31 awesome projects. Get ready for the handmade holiday season 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 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - text on a white background with pine cones

If you make your own Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, 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!

Add the Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal to your favorites or queue, or buy the ad-free PDF on Ravelry.

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Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal

Crochet Amigurumi Pattern by Underground Crafter

Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet pig on faux fur background

Wilbur Pig is the second of three amigurumi animal pillow pals made using Fairfield Poly-Fil Premier 16” Round Accent Pillow Inserts for the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter!

Finished Size

  • Fits a 16” (40.5 cm) round pillow form.

Materials

Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - supplies

Gauge

  • Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be tight so that pillow doesn’t show through.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern      

  • bl – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Project is crocheted in the round with the right (front) side facing up.
  • Ch 1 at beginning of Rounds does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Unless otherwise directed, move stitch marker up each Round to mark position.
  • When choosing colors, note CA is the main color of the Face and Back; CB is the color of the Muzzle; and CC is the color of the Nostrils.
  • A photo tutorial for joining with the whipstitch is available here.
  • A photo tutorial for joining with a single crochet seam is available here.

Pattern Instructions

Muzzle

  • With CB, ch 12.
  • Round 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch, sc in next 9 ch, 4 sc in next ch, pm in second of 4 sc, turn to crochet along undworked side of foundation chain, sc in next 9 ch, 2 sc in next ch, pm in last st, do not join, begin to work in unjoined spirals.
  • Round 2: 2 dc in first st, dc in each st across to marked st, 2 dc in marked st, pm in second of 2 dc, 2 dc in next st, dc in each st across to marked st, 2 dc in marked st, pm in second of 2 dc.
  • Rounds 3-4: Rep Round 2 twice.
  • Final Round: Hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st. Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.

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 last 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 4-14: Rep Row 3, 11 times until 15 sts remain. Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.

Back and Front

Assembly

  • Tip: Use locking stitch markers to “pin” pieces into position before sewing in place.
  • Thread yarn needle with CC and sew 2 Nostrils on Muzzle.
  • Position Muzzle on Front. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Muzzle and join Muzzle with whipstitch (see Pattern Notes) to Front, stopping to stuff Muzzle with fiber filling before closing seam.
  • Position safety eyes. Attach firmly by securing washers on back.
  • Position first Ear on right side of Front. Join with whipstitch (see Pattern Notes) to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
  • Position second Ear in relation to first Ear on Front. Join with whipstitch seam to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
  • With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails on inside of Front.
  • Position Front and Back so the wrong sides are touching with the right side of the Front facing you. Join Front and Back with sc seam (see Pattern Notes) working through both layers, stopping once pillow is about half joined to insert pillow form. Continue to join with sc seam. Sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off CA.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 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/2019/07/04/crochet-amigurumi-pattern-wilbur-pig-pillow-pal/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Pattern: Theodore Bear Pillow Pal

Theodore Bear Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver yarn by Underground Crafter | Bear pillow pal on faux fur background

Theodore Bear is the first of three animal pillow pals I’m sharing this week as part of the Christmas in July Make Along! This cuddly bear is easy to make and a round pillow form makes stuffing simple, too.

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 NELSONWOOD. Camera was generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

Pillow pals are fun to make, and since they are stuffed with pillows, they are easier to make than other types of amigurumi. Your stitches don’t need to be as tight (since the pillow won’t fall out of your stitches like stuffing might) and you can just insert a pillow and the stuffing part of the project is finished!

Theodore Bear (at left) is the first of three animal-themed pillow pals I’m releasing this week as part of the Christmas in July Make Along. You can also get the patterns for Wilbur Pig and Spot Dog Pillow Pals.

Theodore Bear Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver yarn by Underground Crafter | Bear, pig, and dog pillow pals on couch

How To Join the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along

  • Get all the details, including the full schedule and the link to each project as it goes live here. You can also enter the giveaway at the same link through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, August 4, 2019 to win one of 17 great prizes!
  • You can join in by crocheting, knitting, or sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CIJMakeAlong2019 on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group
  • By the end of the Make Along, you’ll have up to 31 awesome projects. Get ready for the handmade holiday season 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 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - text on a white background with pine cones

Theodore Bear Pillow Pal

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Theodore Bear Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver yarn by Underground Crafter | Bear pillow pal on faux fur background

Theodore Bear is the first of three animal pillow pals made using Fairfield Poly-Fil Premier 16” Round Accent Pillow Inserts for the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter!

Finished Size

  • Fits a 16” (40.5 cm) round pillow form

Materials

Gauge

  • Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be tight so that pillow doesn’t show through.

Get the free crochet pattern here on the Fairfield website.

If you make your own Theodore Bear Pillow Pal, 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!

Add the Theodore Bear Pillow Pal to your favorites or queue, or buy the ad-free PDF on Ravelry.

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Crochet Pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler by 3amgracedesigns

I’m so excited to share a guest post for an adorable (that is, kawaii!) birdhouse softie by Donna and Michealene from 3amgracedesigns. This is a beginner-friendly crochet project that can be embellished with safety eyes, embroidery, or fabric paint.

Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Photos in this post are © 3amgracedesigns and are used with permission. Yarn support was generously provided by Red Heart.

About 3amgracedesigns

Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter - Donna and Michaelene from 3amgracedesigns illustration

Donna Beavers & Michaelene Nelson are the crochet designing duo behind 3amgracedesigns. While a three hour time difference & 2,600 miles geographically separate them, they talk daily and draw inspiration from the maker community to create fun, original designs for their crochet-loving audience. They can accomplish anything with Jesus, enough coffee, and a good Wi-Fi connection.

When they’re not designing, they can be found spending time with their families and loudly supporting their children at their sporting competitions.

Show your support by following Donna and Michealene on 3amgracedesigns | 3amgracedesigns Shop | Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Instagram | Pinterest | Ravelry

Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler™

Crochet Pattern by 3amgracedesigns

Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter

Hello Makers! I’m Donna from 3amgracedesigns. We’re so honored that we get to hang out with you today!

I’m absolutely convinced the crochet community is filled with the nicest, kindest people around. I’ve met and been inspired by so many amazing human beings through Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest all via a little hashtag #crochet.

My goal for 3amgracedesigns was to give back to an amazing fiber community that supported me through some of life’s darkest challenges.  Crochet kept my hands busy when my heart was hurting over post-partum depression with my first child, unsuccessful infertility treatments trying to have a second child, and battling a rare form of cancer in 2015. Life can be hard – but crochet has always provided beauty & healing from the ashes.

Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter - with cloud and bird

I launched 3amgracedesigns with our Big Bang Theory C2C Crochet-along. Soon after, God crossed my path with Michaelene and we connected on so many levels within our hearts. We’ve been designing together ever since. We’re 2600 miles apart in distance yet we still finish each other’s thoughts & designs in a way that astonishes us both. We can’t wait to see where God takes our Maker journey next.

Together we have designed nine C2C Crochet-alongs, our most recent being for the popular video game Fortnite. We also love all things kawaii and have designed over 100 Kawaii Cuddlers, a line inspired by our love for food with faces. They are a bit bigger than traditional amigurumi – they just have TOO much personality to be small!

Today we’re sharing our Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler™ pattern.  This is a beginner level design and we hope you enjoy making it as much as we loved creating it for you!

Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter - with bird

Materials

Dimensions/Gauge

  • 11” x 11.5”

Abbreviations

  • BLO – Back Loop Only – Marly Bird has a helpful video for identifying the back loop here.
  • Ch – Chain
  • Dec – Single Crochet Decrease – Fiber Flux has a helpful video for this stitch, also known as sc2tog, here.
  • FO – Fasten Off
  • HDC – Half Double Crochet
  • Inc – Single Crochet Increase
  • MR – Magic Ring – Oombawka Design has a helpful video for the magic ring here.
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • Sl St – Slip Stitch

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern uses U.S. crochet abbreviations.
  • Unless otherwise specified, you will Ch1 and turn at the end of each row throughout the pattern.
  • A photo tutorial for the whipstitch is available here.

Birdhouse Base (Make 2)

  • Row 1 – With Lavender yarn, Ch36, SC in second Ch from hook and in each Ch across (35)
  • Rows 2-3 – SC across (35)
  • FO, Weave in ends.

Birdhouse

  • Row 1 – With Waterslide yarn, into the third stitch from the right of the Birdhouse Base, SC31 (31)
  • Rows 2-28 – SC across (31)
  • Row 29 – Dec, SC27, Dec (29)
  • Row 30 – Dec, SC25, Dec (27)
  • Row 31 – Dec, SC23, Dec (25)
  • Row 32 – Dec, SC21, Dec (23)
  • Row 33 – Dec, SC19, Dec (21)
  • Row 34 – Dec, SC17, Dec (19)
  • Row 35 – Dec, SC15, Dec (17)
  • Row 36 – Dec, SC13, Dec (15)
  • Row 37 – Dec, SC11, Dec (13)
  • Row 38 – Dec, SC9, Dec (11)
  • Row 39 – Dec, SC7, Dec (9)
  • Row 40 – Dec, SC5, Dec (7)
  • Row 41 – Dec, SC3, Dec (5)
  • Row 42 – Dec, SC, Dec (3)
  • Row 43 – Dec, SC (2)
  • Row 44 – Dec (1)
  • FO, Weave in ends.
  • Using Waterslide yarn, SC along row ends of Birdhouse peak. This will allow a clean line when you whipstitch the Roof onto the Birdhouse
Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter

Roof (Make 2)
Left Side

  • Row 1 – With Lavender yarn, Ch6, SC in second Ch from hook and in each Ch across (5)
  • Rows 2-34 – SC across (5)
  • FO, Weave in ends.
Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter - Roof

Right Side

  • Row 1 – With Lavender yarn, into the fifth stitch from the end of Left Side Roof, SC5 along edge (5)
  • Rows 2-28 – SC across (5)
  • FO, Weave in ends.
  • Center Roof on Birdhouse. With Lavender yarn, whipstitch (see Pattern Notes) Roof into BLO of stitches along Birdhouse peak.

Bird Entrance

  • Bird Entrance is worked in a continuous round, do not join.
  • Round 1 – With Shocking Pink yarn, MR, SC6 (6)
  • Round 2 – Inc x 6 (12)
  • Round 3 – (SC, Inc) x 6 (18)
  • FO, Leave long tail for sewing.

Door

  • Row 1 – With Turqua yarn, Ch17, SC in second Ch from hook and in each Ch across (16)
  • Rows 2-18 – SC across (16)
  • Row 19 – Dec, Dec, SC8, Dec, Dec (12)
  • Row 20 – Dec, SC8, Dec (10)
  • Row 21 – Dec, HDC6, Dec (8)
  • FO, Leave long tail for sewing.

Cheeks (Make 2)

  • Round 1 – With Pink yarn, MR, SC6 (6)
  • Join. FO, Leave long tail for sewing.


Alternative to Safety Eyes (Make 2)

  • Eyes are worked in a continuous round, do not join.
  • Round 1 – With Black yarn, MR, SC6 (6)
  • Round 2 – Inc x 6 (12)
  • FO, Leave long tail for sewing.
  • You can also embroider or use puff paint to create sleepy eyes like this:
Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter - Eyes

Assembly

  • Sew or glue Bird Entrance and Door in desired locations.
  • Place safety eyes between Rows 12-13 of Door, roughly 5 stitches apart.
  • Sew or glue Cheeks in desired location.
  • Use embroidery floss or puff paint to create mouth.
  • Align Birdhouse halves so ends of rows match. SC around both pieces to join together. If you want your edging to match  – make sure you change colors as you SC around. Stuff with Poly-Fil prior to completing stitching. Make sure you work in a counter-clockwise direction so your stitches face forward.

We hope you enjoy our new pattern. When you make a Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler™, we’d love to see it! Tag us @3amgracedesigns on social media. We’re always available via email to 3amgracedesigns AT gmail DOT com or in our Facebook group to answer any questions you might have. Happy crocheting!

© 2019 by 3amgracedesigns and published with permission by 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 3amgracedesigns’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/2019/04/29/crochet-pattern-birdhouse-kawaii-cuddler-by-3amgracedesigns. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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!