Chubby Hedgehog Amigurumi Free Crochet Pattern

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Chubby Hedgehog Amigurumi Free Crochet Pattern

I am back with another full-size amigurumi pattern for this super chubby, super cheeky hedgehog! 

I do have a hedgehog pattern already but I’ve always wanted to revisit that pattern and try a slightly different style and I’m so glad I did. They are both so different from each other; they really are two completely different patterns for two completely different hedgehogs.

And, you may have noticed that I have also revisited another old-friend: the chain loop stitch. I used this technique for the Ragdoll Hagrid pattern last year and loved it so much that I’ve been looking for another project to use it in. Be sure to re-read some of the pattern/stitch instructions to refresh your memory of how to work the stitch. The chain loop stitch used in this pattern is a slightly modified version than that used in the Ragdoll Hagrid pattern (it uses fewer chains) so be mindful of that! 

Check out the video in this post to see how to get started on the front panel of the pattern if you’re unsure. I also have a video tutorial on how to work that chain loop stitch that I made for the Ragdoll Hagrid pattern. Feel free to check that out too, either in the pattern post for Hagrid or on the Video Tutorial page.

As usual, this pattern is made in the same style as our Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. Our hedgie has just 4 separate pieces. This pattern incorporates the tapestry crochet technique and has some colour-work involved.

The finished measurements are approximately 23cm/9″ from top to bottom.

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Materials:

Reading this Pattern and Colour Changes:

Everything is worked either in single crochet stitches or the chain loop stitch. So, in order to indicate the colour-changes, I have omitted the usual “sc” in front of the stitch counts and I’ve used the associated colour letter instead. For example, “Bdec” means to work a sc decrease in Brown yarn. “B12, M18” means to work the next 12 sc in Brown and the next 18 sc in Mushroom, and so on (see the colour legend below). Be sure to also take a look at the example chain loop row below before getting started!

Due to the colour changes, you will have several skeins or balls of yarn attached to your project at once. For the front panel, I used two skeins of Brown yarn and two skeins of Mushroom yarn to start, one of each colour for each side and leg. You could also do this by taking one skein of yarn and dividing it into two smaller balls or bobbins. This cuts down significantly on having to carry your yarn. Check out the video in this post if you’re unsure!

If you do carry yarn, make sure to carry it on the back of your panel as you go; do not carry it inside your stitches.

When changing colours, you will insert your hook into the stitch for the last stitch of Colour A and pull up a loop. Then, with Colour B, yarn over and complete the stitch by pulling through both loops with Colour B. Drop your working yarn in Colour A and continue with Colour B. You will pick your Colour A working yarn back up again on the way back in the next row when you need it.

*Make sure to always drop your yarn on the WRONG side of your panel!* This will be different depending on whether you’re working an odd or even row. So, for the front panel, whenever you are working on an odd-numbered row, the right side of your panel will be facing you. When you’re working on an even-numbered row, the wrong side will be facing you (this will be the opposite for the back panel!). So, for example, when you are working on a row where the wrong side of the panel is facing you, you will have to make a conscious effort to pull your yarn toward you to the wrong side of the panel when dropping your yarn during a colour-change. This is because it will naturally drop to the side furthest away from you if you don’t.

Colour legend:

B – Brown 

M – Mushroom (lighter brown)

Terms and Stitches:

Ch – Chain

Slst – Slip stitch

Sc – Single Crochet (again, in rows with colour changes, sc stitches will be indicated with the Colour Legend letter instead of the usual “sc”)

Inc – Increase. Work a regular sc increase.

Dec – Decrease. Work a regular sc decrease.

Chlp – Chain Loop Stitch. To complete one chlp st: sc into the next stitch, ch 6. That’s it! I will use the colour legend abbreviations to indicate what colour the chain loop sts should be done in. Check out the video in this post if you’re unsure OR check out the video tutorial in the Ragdoll Hagrid post on how to work the chain loop stitch.

Chlp dec – Chain Loop Decrease. A chain loop decrease is made by working a regular sc decrease, and then chaining 6. 

Chlp inc – Chain Loop Increase. Work two chlp sts into the same st (i.e. [ sc, ch 6, sc, ch 6] all in the same st)

Example Chain Loop Row:

The chain loop stitch is worked in sets of 2 rows.

For example, you will see something like this: Bchlp, B, M29, Bchlp, B (33)

This means that you will start with Brown yarn and do one chlp stitch (i.e. [sc, ch 6]) then you will make one sc in the next stitch in Brown. Then, in Mushroom, do 29 regular sc stitches, then one more chlp st (i.e. [sc, ch 6]) and finish the row with one sc stitch in Brown in the last stitch.

When working on a row following a chain loop row (i.e. when the back of the panel is facing you), you will be securing the chain loops from the previous row that you just did. So, you will see something like this: B2, M29, B2 (33)

The second row is just regular sc stitches. You will crochet into the sc sts only of the previous row (i.e. the stitches between the chains). You will not be crocheting into the chains at all. (Like, not ever. Leave those chains alone, friends; they just want to go about their business. They don’t want any trouble.)

*Also*, you will need to move your working yarn between the loops for each stitch to ensure that the chain loops remain on the front of the panel (see below pictures from the Ragdoll Hagrid pattern or the video for more details!).

From the front:

On the way back in the second row:

 

Front Body Panel:

You will make 1 panel using a 3.25mm hook. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Feet:

Start with Mushroom.

Row 1: Ch 4, sc 3 across chs (3 sts)

Row 2: Inc, sc 1, inc (5 sts)

Row 3: Inc, sc 3, inc (7 sts)

Tie off. Repeat rows 1-3 for second foot but do not tie off second boot. Continue to Row 4 below.

Body:

Now we will join the feet together to start the body. This part is a bit fiddly, so take a look at the video in this post on how to start the front panel if you’re having trouble.

Switch to Brown yarn by finishing the last stitch of the second foot with Brown.

Row 4: In Brown, ch 3, turn, B2 across chs then switch to Mushroom to continue across foot, M7, in Brown ch 9, M7, in Brown, ch 3 (27 sts including chains)

Row 5: [Bchlp, B] into the same st, M7, Bchlp 10 across chains, B, M7, [Bchlp, B] in last st (29 sts)

Row 6: B2, M7, B11, M7, B2 (29 sts)

Row 7: [Bchlp, B] in same st, M7, Bchlp 12, B, M7, [Bchlp, B] in last st (31 sts)

Row 8: B2, M8, B11, M8, B2 (31 sts)

Row 9: Bchlp, B, M27, Bchlp, B (31 sts)

Row 10: Binc, B, M27, B, Binc (33 sts)

Row 11: Bchlp, B, M29, Bchlp, B (33 sts)

Row 12: B2, M29, B2 (33 sts)

Rows 13-24: Repeat rows 11 and 12.

Row 25: Bchlp 2, B, M27, Bchlp 2, B (33 sts)

Row 26: B3, M27, B3 (33 sts)

Row 27: Bchlp 2, B, M27, Bchlp 2, B (33 sts)

Row 28: B4, M25, B4 (33 sts)

Row 29: Bchlp 3, B, M25, Bchlp 3, B (33 sts)

Row 30: B5, M23, B5 (33 sts)

Row 31: Bchlp 4, B, M23, Bchlp 4, B (33 sts)

Row 32: B5, M23, B5 (33 sts)

Row 33: Bchlp 3, B, M25, Bchlp 3, B (33 sts)

Row 34: B4, M24, B4 (33 sts)

Row 35: Bchlp 3, B, M25, Bchlp 3, B (33 sts)

Row 36: B4, M25, B4 (33 sts)

Row 37: Bchlp 3, B, M25, Bchlp 3, B (33 sts)

Row 38: B5, M23, B5 (33 sts)

Row 39: Bchlp dec, Bchlp 2, B, M23, Bchlp 3, Bdec (31 sts)

Row 40: B4, M23, B4 (31 sts)

Row 41: Bchlp 3, B, M23, Bchlp 3, B (31 sts)

Row 42: B4, M23, B4 (31 sts)

Now we will start the ears.

Row 43: Bchlp dec, B, M2, B1, M19, B1, M2, Bchlp, Bdec (29 sts)

Row 44: B2, M1, B2, M19, B2, M1, B2 (29 sts)

Row 45: Bdec, M4, B1, M15, B1, M4, Bdec (27 sts)

Row 46: B2, M2, B19, M2, B2 (27 sts)

Row 47: Bchlp dec, Bchlp 23, Bdec (25 sts)

Row 48: Bdec twice, B17, Bdec twice (21 sts)

Row 49: Bchlp dec, Bchlp 17, Bdec (19 sts)

Row 50: Bdec twice, B11, Bdec twice (15 sts)

Tie off.

Back Body Panel:

You will make 1 panel using a 3.25mm hook. 

Feet:

Start with Mushroom.

Row 1: Ch 4, sc 3 across chs (3 sts)

Row 2: Inc, sc 1, inc (5 sts)

Row 3: Inc, sc 3, inc (7 sts)

Tie off. Repeat rows 1-3 for second foot but do not tie off second boot. Continue to Row 4 below.

Body:

Now we will join the feet together to start the body. Switch to Brown yarn by finishing the last stitch of the second foot with Brown.

Row 4: In Brown, ch 3, turn, B2 across chs, then continue across foot, B7, in Brown ch 9, B7, in Brown, ch 3 (27 sts including chains)

The rest of the panel is worked entirely in Brown yarn, so I will not use the colour legend (B) for this part.

Row 5: Inc, sc 25, inc (29 sts)

Row 6: Chlp 28, sc (29 sts)

Row 7: Inc, sc 27, inc (31 sts)

Row 8: Chlp 30, sc (31 sts)

Row 9: Sc across (31 sts)

Row 10: Chlp inc, chlp 29, [chlp, sc] into last st (33 sts)

Row 11: Sc across (33 sts)

Row 12: Chlp 32, sc (33 sts)

Row 13: Sc across (33 sts)

Rows 14-37: Repeat rows 12 and13

Row 38: Chlp 32, sc (33 sts)

Row 39: Dec, sc 29, dec (31 sts)

Row 40: Chlp 30, sc (31 sts)

Row 41: Sc across (31 sts)

Row 42: Chlp 30, sc (31 sts)

Row 43: Dec, sc 27, dec (29 sts)

Row 44: Chlp 28, sc (29 sts)

Row 45: Dec, sc 25, dec (27 sts)

Row 46: Chlp 26, sc (27 sts)

Row 47: Dec, sc 23, dec (25 sts)

Row 48: Chlp dec twice, chlp 17, chlp dec, dec (21 sts)

Row 49: Dec, sc 17, dec (19 sts)

Row 50: Dec twice, sc 11, dec twice (15 sts)

Tie off. Set aside for assembly later.

Arms (make 2 panels):

In Mushroom using a 3.25mm hook.

Row 1: Ch 4, sc across (3 sts)

Row 2: Inc, sc, inc (5 sts)

Rows 3-8: Sc across (5 sts)

Do not tie off. Ch 1 and sc around down the side, around the curve and up the other side and tie off.

Repeat rows 1-8 for second panel. With brown yarn, make two vertical stitches on the end of each arm to create toes. Tie off.

Move on to assembly below!

Assembly:

Step 1: Face and Arms

Hedgehog pieces before assembly

First thing’s first! We need to sew on the face and body features to the front panel.

It doesn’t matter what you start with; I started by sewing down the arms onto the front panel. Position the arms so that they are about half-way between the curve of the neck/head and the feet. Point them inward toward each other slightly. With a length of Mushroom yarn, stitch all around the arms to secure them to the front panel. Tie a knot on the back to secure.

Next, using Brown yarn, make two stitches on each foot to create toes, the same way you did for the arms earlier.

Insert 12mm safety eyes about half-way between the top curve of the cheek and the curve of the neck. I counted in about 6 of the Mushroom stitches from each side and inserted the eyes. Feel free to stitch on happy or sleepy eyes if you prefer!

Using black yarn, stitch on a nose by making an upside down triangle shape and then making a few horizontal stitches across the top .

Finally, stitch on the mouth and cheeks.

Step 2: Body

Okay, here are all the pieces you should now have at this step. The final assembly of this one is super easy because there is no more sewing and only a little bit of colour-changing for the feet! It’s essentially just joining a big rectangle, so you’re in the home stretch!

Hedgehog pieces before assembly

Place the two body panels together, matching up all sides. Make sure the front is facing you as you crochet around.

Starting on the top of the head on the left side (see photo above), begin attaching the panels together by chaining one and single crocheting around the outside of the panels in Brown.

Stop when you get to the bottom, before the first foot.

Switch to Mushroom and continue crocheting around the first foot. Switch back to Brown after the first foot and then back to Mushroom for the second foot.

Switch back to Brown when you reach the other side. Continue crocheting up the body. Stop about half way up the body.

Stuff the body. Make sure to push it right down into the feet.

Now, picking up where you left off, continue single crocheting up the body and around the top of the head. Top up stuffing as you go.

Close with a slst to first st. Tie off. With your tapestry needle, poke the yarn tail back inside the piece.

Whew! You made it!

 

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  1. Your patterns are so special, I truly love everything you make. I would love for you to make a cat as I know already it would be yet another great pattern. Thank you so much.

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