Pocket Raccoon Free Crochet Pattern

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Pocket Raccoon Free Crochet Pattern

Hi, friends!

It has been a minute! I’ve been so busy over the last month getting everything painted and prepped and ready to move in to our new house! Guess what will be the very first thing I unpack? Ha, yep, my yarn!

But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on a little something when I can steal a minute of crochet time! Since I released the Pocket Fox pattern I have had lots of requests for other Pocket Creatures (or Pocket Pets, as one crocheter called them; love it! Change approved!) and I can’t wait to start working on more designs for various Pocket Pets.

The first one that I immediately thought of was a Pocket Raccoon, since the shape of the body could be left exactly as is, with only a few changes to the colouring of the face. I have re-posted the pattern here with the necessary changes for convenience.

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Our little Pocket Racoon is worked flat and then joined together in the same style as my Ragdoll patterns. The pattern is made up of just 2 separate pieces. The finished measurements are approximately 14cm/5.5″ tall and 10cm/4″ wide.

Materials:

**If you’d prefer a downloadable or printable version of this pattern, an inexpensive, formatted, and ad-free PDF can be purchased HERE.**

Stitches and Special Terms (US Terminology):

Ch – Chain

St – Stitch

Sc – Single crochet

Inc – Increase. Work 2 sc in the same st.

Dec – Decrease. Work a regular sc decrease.

Reading this Pattern:

There is some colour work involved in this pattern. You will want to divide your yarn into separate balls or bobbins and attach a separate ball for each “section” of colour. For example, you will want to add a new ball for the belly section and the fur sections on each side of the body and face so that you can reduce the amount of yarn carries on the back as much as possible.

Carry the yarn on the back of the panels by dropping the working yarn when you switch colours and picking it back up again when you need it in the next row. Always carry the yarn on the wrong side (instead of carrying it inside the stitch as you go); this ensures the front of the panel has clear lines and colours without any of the yarn carries showing through.

When switching to a new colour, 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 when you need it.

Since the whole pattern is worked in sc stitches, I have omitted the usual “sc” in front of the stitch counts and used the associated colour letter instead. For example, “M3, W1” means to work the next 3 stitches in the main (fur) colour and the next stitch in white, “Wdec” means to work a regular sc decrease in white, and so on.

Colour Legend:

M – Main

W – White

G – Grey Heather (the darker grey for eye patches and feet)

Front Panel (make 1 panel) with 2.75mm hook:

The panels are worked from the bottom up. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row. First, you will make two separate legs and then join the legs in row 5 below.

Legs

Row 1: In Grey Heather, ch 5, sc across (4 sts)

The remaining 3 rows of the legs are worked in the main colour.

Row 2: Switch to main colour, Inc, sc 2, inc (6 sts)

Row 3: Sc across (6 sts)

Row 4: Inc, sc 5 (7 sts)

Tie off. Repeat rows 1-4 for the second leg. You will want to make sure your yarn carries are on the opposite side for the second leg as they were for the first so that they are inverses of each other (hint: the “inc” of row 4 should be on the outside of both legs; the yarn tails from where you just tied off will be pointing inward on both, toward each other).

Body

Now you have two separate legs, as seen above. In row 5, you will join your yarn in the first st and crochet across both legs, joining them.

Row 5: M6, [M1, W1] in the same st, [W1, M1] in the same st, M6 (16 sts)

Row 6: M6, W4, M6 (16 sts)

Rows 7-8: M5, W6, M5 (16 sts)

Rows 9-10: M4, W8, M4 (16 sts)

Now we will start the arms.

Row 11: In M colour, ch 5, M4 along chs, then cont to crochet along previous row, M3, W10, M3 (20 sts)

Row 12: In M, ch 5, M4 along chs, then cont along previous row, M3, W10, M7 (24 sts)

Row 13: M6, W12, M6 (24 sts)

Tie off.

Now we will start the head. Turn your work so that the back (wrong side) of the panel is facing you. Join your white yarn into the 6th stitch.

Head

Row 14: W14 (14 sts)

Row 15: Ginc, Winc, W10, Winc, Ginc (18 sts)

Row 16: Ginc twice, G1, W12, G1, Ginc twice (22 sts)

Row 17: Ginc, G6, W8, G6, Ginc (24 sts)

Row 18: Ginc, G8, W6, G8, Ginc (26 sts)

Row 19: W2, G9, W4, G9, W2 (26 sts)

Row 20: Wdec, W2, G7, W4, G7, W2, Wdec (24 sts)

Row 21: W4, G6, W4, G6, W4 (24 sts)

Row 22: M1, W5, G3, W2, M2, W2, G3, W5, M1 (24 sts)

Row 23: M2, W8, M4, W8, M2 (24 sts)

Row 24: M3, W6, M6, W6, M3 (24 sts)

Row 25: Mdec, M2, W4, M8, W4, M2, Mdec (22 sts)

Row 26: M22 (22 sts)

Row 27: Mdec, M18, Mdec (20 sts)

Row 28: Mdec, M16, Mdec (18 sts)

Row 29: Minc, M16, Minc (20 sts)

Do not tie off. Now we will start the first ear.

Row 30: M6 (6 sts)

Row 31: Mdec, M2, Mdec (4 sts)

Row 32: M4 (4 sts)

Row 33: Mdec twice (2 sts)

Row 34: M2 (2 sts)

Tie off.

With the front (right side) of the panel facing you, rejoin your yarn in the first st of row 29 to start the second ear. Repeat rows 30-34 for second ear and tie off.

Fox ear instructions

Back Panel (make 1 panel) with 2.75mm hook:

The back body panel is worked nearly exactly the same as the front, except it is worked almost entirely in the main colour and the right/wrong side of the panel will be the opposite as it was for the first panel (this is so that the panels will match up exactly when we are ready to join them with all the yarn tails and carries on the inside).

Legs

Row 1: In Grey Heather, ch 5, sc across (4 sts)

Row 2: Switch to main colour, Inc, sc 2, inc (6 sts)

Row 3: Sc across (6 sts)

Row 4: Inc, sc 5 (7 sts)

Tie off. Repeat rows 1-4 for the second leg. Again, you will want to make sure your yarn carries are on the opposite side for the second leg as they were for the first so that they are inverses of each other (hint: the “inc” of row 4 should be on the outside of both legs; the yarn tails from where you just tied off will be pointing inward on both, toward each other). And remember, the “right” side is now the opposite, so the yarn tails should be facing you as you rejoin your yarn!

Body

The back body panel is worked entirely in the main colour from here onward.

Row 5: Sc 6, inc, inc sc 6 (16 sts)

Rows 6-10: Sc across (16 sts)

Now we will start the arms.

Row 11: Ch 5, sc 4 along chs, then cont to crochet along previous row, sc 16 (20 sts)

Row 12: Ch 5, sc 4 along chs, then cont along previous row, sc 20 (24 sts)

Row 13: Sc across (24 sts)

Tie off.

Now we will start the head. Turn your work so that the right/clean side of the panel is facing you. Join your yarn into the 6th stitch.

Head

Row 14: Sc 14 (14 sts)

Row 15: Inc twice, sc 10, inc twice (18 sts)

Row 16: Inc twice, sc 14, inc twice (22 sts)

Row 17: Inc, sc 20, inc (24 sts)

Row 18: Inc, sc 22, inc (26 sts)

Row 19: Sc across (26 sts)

Row 20: Dec, sc 22, dec (24 sts)

Rows 21-24: Sc across (24 sts)

Row 25: Dec, sc 20, dec (22 sts)

Row 26: Sc across (22 sts)

Row 27: Dec, sc 18, dec (20 sts)

Row 28: Dec, sc 16, dec (18 sts)

Row 29: Inc, sc 16, inc (20 sts)

Do not tie off. Now we will start the first ear.

Row 30: Sc 6 (6 sts)

Row 31: Dec, sc 2, dec (4 sts)

Row 32: Sc across (4 sts)

Row 33: Dec twice (2 sts)

Row 34: Sc 2 (2 sts)

Tie off.

With the wrong side of the panel facing you, rejoin your yarn in the first st of row 29 to start the second ear. Repeat rows 30-34 for second ear and tie off.

Move on to assembly below!

Assembly:

Step 1: Face

The first thing we need to do is add the facial features onto the front panel.

Using your tapestry needle and black crochet thread, stitch on a little upside-down triangle nose beneath the two stitches of main colour in the middle of the face. I did this by stitching the “V” shape first, filling it in, and then stitching across the top of the flat part. Then stitch on the little mouth beneath the nose.

Attach 9mm safety eyes into the top of the eye patches so that they line up with the top of the nose.

Step 2: Body

Time to join! Here’s what you’re working with:

Place the two panels together, matching up all sides.

**Make sure the front is facing you as you crochet around the outside.**

Starting on the left side at the top (i.e. on the side of the left ear, labelled “A” in the photo above), begin attaching the panels together by chaining one and single crocheting around the outside of the panels in the main colour.

Crochet down the side and switch colours when you reach the white part of the face and again when you reach the eye patch. Remember, when you switch colours, you will complete the first part of the last stitch of Colour A, but finish the stitch with Colour B and continue on with Colour B.

You will notice that there is a natural point for the cheek of your Pocket Raccoon (labelled “B” and “C” in the photo above). To accentuate the point, you will (Sc, ch 2, sc) into the same stitch at the point.

Continue crocheting down the face. Switch back to the main colour when you reach the arm.

Crochet around the arm, making sure to (sc, ch, sc) into the same stitch for each of the two corners of the paw to give the arm a nice rectangular shape.

Continue crocheting down the side. Switch to Grey Heather when you reach the bottom paw and then back to the main colour as you crochet up the other side of the first leg and then down the second leg. Switch to Grey Heather again for the second paw, then back to the main colour to crochet up the side.

Crochet around the arm; don’t forget to (sc, ch, sc) into the same stitch in each of the corners of the paw.

Switch to Grey Heather and then to white for the face and continue crocheting up the face.Don’t forget to (Sc, ch 2, sc) into point “C” (as shown on the pic above) to accentuate the point. Switch back to the main colour where appropriate.

Stop when you reach the top of the ear. Now the only part of your Pocket Raccoon that will be open is across the top of the head.

Stuff your Pocket Raccoon. Use the back of your crochet hook to pushing stuffing right down into each of the legs and the arms (to be honest, I didn’t add much stuffing to the arms because they are very small and don’t really need it).

When you are satisfied, continue crocheting around the ear. (Sc 2) into each of the two stitches at the top of the ear. Top up stuffing as you go after every two or three stitches.

Crochet across the top of the head and around the second ear (the one you started with) the same way as the first; i.e. (sc 2) into each st at the top, while continuing to top up stuffing as necessary. Close with a slst to first st and tie off. Poke the yarn tails back inside the piece.

That’s it! You can add your Pocket Raccoon to your growing collection of Pocket Pets! They are seriously addictive; once I started, I couldn’t seem to stop. Including all of my Pocket Foxes, this is the sixth Pocket Pet I have made so far with more definitely in my future!

Enjoy!

 

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7 thoughts on “Pocket Raccoon Free Crochet Pattern

  1. Cute, cuter and cutest! However, I really do think these need tails as they are a distinct feature of both foxes and raccoons.

    1. Pocket pets have evolved to not have tails to ensure maximum pocket-living comfort! 😉 (But really, feel free to add a tail to yours! It can only make them cuter!)

  2. OH MY, l love these pocket animals. Now there is a raccoon and now I want to do this one. All of your patterns are awesome thank you for your generosity of given them to us for free. So cute, I love them.

  3. Jillian, I just love your little pocket stuffed animals! Thank you for sharing your talents with us! I’m building a library of great patterns on my site, and you can be sure there will be a link to your patterns on it! (My site is not finished yet.) Also love your name!

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