Ragdoll Sloth Free Crochet Pattern

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Ragdoll Sloth Free Crochet Pattern

Ragdoll SlothI admit that sometimes I want to slooooow things down and just hang around, like our friend the sloth! When the pattern for our Unicorn Ragdoll came out, I said the unicorn was my spirit animal…but I think I was wrong. The sloth is probably (definitely) a more accurate spirit animal for me, ha! In any event, isn’t our Ragdoll Sloth just the sweetest with his gentle smile and big eyes? We think he would make an adorable addition to a nursery or a little one’s bedroom as a wall-hanging! Just add some twine to each end of the branch and away you go.

Let’s get started. Here’s what we used:

  • 3.5mm and 4.5mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
  • Bernat Handicrafter cotton (worsted weight) in Overcast (about 150g);
  • Bernat Handicrafter cotton (worsted weight) in Jute (less than 50g);
  • Bernat Handicrafter cotton (worsted weight) in Warm Brown (about 100g);
  • Bernat Handicrafter cotton (worsted weight) in Black Licorice;
  • Bernat Super Value in Lush
  • 12mm safety eyes (or buttons or thread);
  • Crazy glue (optional)
  • Stuffing;
  • Tapestry needle.

Just a quick note before we begin: this pattern is not complicated, but it has many parts (27 separate pieces – 10 for the branch and 17 for the Sloth), so there is a lot of sewing, attaching and assembling. This is a great project to relax with and work on over a few days.

The finished measurements are approximately 35 cm (13.5 inches) wide and about 40 cm (16 inches) tall from the Sloth’s back to the tip of the small branch.

**Ch 1 and turn after each row**

**All pieces are crocheted using a 3.5mm hook except the eye patches, which require a 4.5mm hook.**

Body (make 2 panels) with Overcast (grey) coloured yarn:

We will start at the back of the body and work towards the head.

Row 1: Ch 26, sc along chs (25 sts)

Rows 2-42: sc along (25 sts)

Now we will begin the head.

Row 43: Ch 6, sc 5 along the chains, then continue sc along the previous row (30 sts)

Row 44: Sc 29, inc (31 sts)

Row 45: Inc, sc 30 (32 sts)

Row 46: Sc along (32 sts)

Row 47: Inc, sc 31 (33 sts)

Row 48: Dec, sc 31 (32 sts)

Rows 49-51: Sc along (32 sts)

Row 52: Dec, sc 30 (31 sts)

Row 53: Inc, sc 30 (32 sts)

Row 54: Dec, sc 30 (31 sts)

Rows 55-59: Sc along (31 sts)

Row 60: Dec, sc 29 (30 sts)

Rows 61-63: Sc along (30 sts)

Row 64: Sc 28, dec (29 sts)

Row 65: Sc along (29 sts)

Row 66: Dec, sc 27 (28 sts)

Row 67: Sc along (28 sts)

Row 68: Dec, sc 26 (27 sts)

Row 69: Sc along (27 sts)

Row 70: Dec, sc 23, dec (25 sts)

Row 71: Sc along (25 sts)

Row 72: Dec, sc 21, dec (23 sts)

Row 73: Dec, sc 21 (22 sts)

Row 74: Dec, sc 18, dec (20 sts)

Row 75: Dec, sc 16, dec (18 sts)

Row 76: Dec, sc 14, dec (16 sts)

Row 77: Slst in first st, sc 2, hdc 3, dc 4, hdc 3, sc 2, slst in last st (16 sts)

Tie off. Repeat for second panel.

Face (make 1 panel) in Jute (light brown) coloured yarn:

Row 1: Ch 11, sc along (10 sts)

Row 2: Inc, sc 8, inc (12 sts)

Row 3: Sc along (12 sts)

Row 4: Inc, sc 10, inc (14 sts)

Row 5: Inc, sc 12, inc (16 sts)

Row 6: Sc along (16 sts)

Row 7: Inc, sc 14, inc (18 sts)

Row 8: Inc, sc 16, inc (20 sts)

Rows 9-17: Sc along (20 sts)

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

Row 19: Dec, sc 14, dec (16 sts)

Row 20: Sc along (16 sts)

Row 21: Dec, sc 12, dec (14 sts)

Row 22: Dec, sc 10, dec (12 sts)

Row 23: Sc along (12 sts)

Row 24: Dec, sc 8, dec (10 sts)

Row 25: Sc along (10 sts)

Do not tie off. Ch 1, and continue to single crochet around the entire piece. Slst to first st and tie off, leaving a long tail for sewing onto the body later.

Eye patches (make 2) in Warm Brown:

With a 4.5mm hook:

Row 1: Ch 9, sc 3, hdc 2, dc 2, 9 dc in last ch, continue working on opposite side of chs, dc 2, hdc 2, sc 2, slst to first st.

Tie off, leaving a tail for sewing onto the face later.

Claws (make 4) in Jute (light brown):

Row 1: Ch 14, slst 3, sc 3, hdc 2, slst 2, ch 9 (we are starting the second claw now), slst 3, sc 3, hdc 2, slst 2, ch 9 (we are starting the third claw now), slst 3, sc 3, hdc 2, slst to last ch.

Tie off.

**Before starting the legs, cut four lengths of Overcast (grey) yarn about 30 cms (12 inches) each and set aside for later.**

clawsLegs (make 8 panels in twos as explained below) in Overcast (grey) coloured yarn:

Row 1: Ch 7, sc along chains (6 sts)

Rows 2-40: Sc along (6 sts)

Tie off first panel. Repeat rows 1-40 for second panel. Do not tie off second panel. Put both panels together, matching up all sides, ch 1 and begin single crocheting around the entire piece, starting in the top left corner. Stop after you have crocheted most of the first side (i.e. before you reach the first corner). Pull up a long loop and leave this for now.

With your tapestry needle and a length of grey yarn that you set aside earlier, place a set of claws between the panels (at the short end) and attach them by sewing through all three pieces; the top panel, the claw, and the bottom panel. Tie a knot and secure, hiding the tails between the panels of the body.

Now, picking up where you left off, continue single crocheting around the leg.

(Sc, ch, sc) in each corner. When you get to the claw, simply sc in the stitches of the front panel only; since this portion is already sewn shut, it’s for aesthetics only. Once you are past the claw, continue single crocheting both panels together as normal.

Begin stuffing the leg when you’ve crocheted part way up the third side of the piece. Continue stuffing a little after every few stitches. Slst to beginning st to close. Tie off, leaving a short tail for later.

Repeat for three remaining legs.

Small Branch (make 2 panels) in Warm Brown:

Row 1: Ch 11, sc along (10 sts)

Row 2: Sc 9, inc (11 sts)

branchRow 3: Sc 9, dec (10 sts)

Row 4: Dec, sc 7, inc (10 sts)

Row 5: Inc, sc 7, dec (10 sts)

Row 6: Dec, sc 8 (9 sts)

Row 7: Inc, sc 6, dec (9 sts)

Row 8: Dec, sc 7 (8 sts)

Row 9: Inc, sc 5, dec (8 sts)

Row 10: Dec, sc 6 (7 sts)

Row 11: Inc, sc 4, dec (7 sts)

Row 12: Dec, sc 5 (6 sts)

Row 13: Inc, sc 3, dec (6 sts)

Row 14: Dec, sc 4 (5 sts)

Row 15: Inc, sc 2, dec (5 sts)

Row 16: Dec, sc 3 (4 sts)

Row 17: Sc 2, dec (3 sts)

Row 18: Dec, sc (2 sts)

Tie off. Repeat for second panel. Do not tie off second panel. Put both panels together, matching up all sides, ch 1 and single crochet around the entire piece. Be sure the front of the small branch is facing you as you crochet around it. Stop part way up the third side and stuff. Continue crocheting around piece. Slst to first st and tie off. With your tapestry needle, poke the remaining yarn tail into the back of the piece to hide.

**Before beginning the large branch, cut a length of Warm Brown yarn about 30 cm (12 inches) long and set aside for later**

Large Branch (make 2 panels) in Warm Brown:

Row 1: Ch 13, sc along (12 sts)

Rows 2-80: Sc along (12 sts)

Tie off. Repeat for second panel. Do not tie off second panel. Put both panels together, matching up all sides, ch 1 and begin single crocheting around the entire piece, starting in the left hand corner. Stop after about 22 stitches and pull up a long loop. Leave this for now. With the length of brown yarn you set aside earlier, sew the small branch between the panels the same way you did for the claws on the legs. When finished, tie a knot to secure and hide the tails between the branch panels. Continue crocheting around the piece. Remember, when you get to the small branch, simply sc in the stitches of the front panel only; since this portion is already sewn shut, it’s for aesthetics only. Once you are past the small branch, continue single crocheting both panels together as normal. (Sc, ch sc) in each corner. After you have crocheted about 10 sts on the third side, begin stuffing. Stuff a little after every few sts. Slst to first st and tie off. With the back of your tapestry needle, poke the remaining yarn tail into the back of the piece to hide.

Big Leaves (make 4 panels in twos as explained below) in Lush (green):

Row 1: Ch 7, sc along (6 sts)

Row 2: Inc, sc 4, inc (8 sts)

LeavesRow 3: Inc, sc 6, inc (10 sts)

Row 4: Inc, sc 8, inc (12 sts)

Rows 5-7: Sc along (12 sts)

Row 8: Dec, sc 8, dec (10 sts)

Rows 9-10: Sc along (10 sts)

Row 11: Dec, sc 6, dec (8 sts)

Row 12: Sc along (8 sts)

Row 13: Dec, sc 4, dec (6 sts)

Row 14: Sc along (6 sts)

Row 15: Dec, sc 2, dec (4 sts)

Row 16: Sc along (4 sts)

Row 17: Dec 2 times (2 sts)

Row 18: Sc along (2 sts)

Row 19: Dec (1 st)

Tie off. Repeat for second panel. Do not tie off second panel. Put both panels together, matching up all sides. Ch 1 and begin single crocheting around the entire piece. Stuff lightly. Slst to first st and tie off. With the back of your tapestry needle, poke the remaining yarn tail into the back of the piece to hide. Repeat for second leaf.

Small Leaf (make 2 panels) in Lush (green):

Row 1: Ch 5, sc along (4 sts)

Row 2: Inc, sc 2, inc (6 sts)

Row 3: Inc, sc 4, inc (8 sts)

Row 4: Inc, sc 6, inc (10 sts)

Rows 5-6: Sc along (10 sts)

Row 7: Dec, sc 6, dec (8 sts)

Row 8: Sc along (8 sts)

Row 9: Dec, sc 4, dec (6 sts)

Row 10: Sc along (6 sts)

Row 11: Dec, sc 2, dec (4 sts)

Row 12: Sc along (4 sts)

Row 13: Dec 2 times (2 sts)

Row 14: Dec (1 st)

Tie off. Repeat for second panel. Do not tie off second panel. Put both panels together, matching up all sides. Ch 1 and begin single crocheting around the entire piece. Stuff lightly. Slst to first st and tie off. With the back of your tapestry needle, poke the remaining yarn tail into the back of the piece to hide.

Sloth FaceSloth Assembly:

Step 1: Face

The first thing we did was stitch the Jute coloured panel for the face onto one of the grey body panels. We stitched it so that the oval was slightly tilted, to make it look like the sloth is turning his head toward you.

Next, insert the safety eyes into the centre of the eye patches and position the eye patches about half way down the face panel, with the small ends of the eye patches overlapping onto the grey body panel. Determine which stitch of the face panel the safety eyes will go into. This will be the trickiest part because the posts of your safety eyes likely will not be long enough to push through all three layers of fabric (eye patches, face panel and body panel). Here’s what I did: I widened the stitches on the face panel and body that the post of the safety eye will go through, then pushed the post through as far as possible. Then, on the back, I used my crochet hook to push the fabric down around the post of the safety eye, exposing as much of the post as possible. There still was not enough room to put the back on the safety eye, so instead, I used some crazy glue and applied it on the back all around the post (you could also apply some underneath the actual eye before inserting into the eye patches). Once the glue dries, the eyes will be secure. However, if you intend for this item to be for a child or be somewhere within a child’s reach, I recommend you use a different method for the eyes. Securely sewing buttons to the eye patches or using thread are possible alternatives.

Stitch the eye patches in place using the yarn tail.

Finally, stitch on the nose between the eye patches using Black Licorice coloured yarn. We made about 6 horizontal stitches spanning about 6 rows across and 2 stitches high. Extend the black yarn down four stitches and on each side for the mouth.

SlothStep 2: Legs

Cut off two lengths of Overcast (grey) yarn about 30 cms (12 inches) each. Put them aside for later.

Place the two body panels together, matching up all sides.

**Make sure the face of your Sloth is facing you as you crochet around the outside of the piece.**

Starting in the lower left-hand corner of the Sloth’s body , begin attaching the panels together by chaining 1 and single crocheting around the outside using Overcast (grey) yarn. (Sc, ch, sc) in the corner. Crochet across the bottom of the body (the Sloth’s back) and around the head and then stop. Pull up a long loop and leave this for now. 

Stuff the head and upper part of the body.

Now, with your tapestry needle and a length of grey yarn that you set aside earlier, place two of the legs next to each other between the panels (make sure all your beautiful stitch work around the legs is facing you) and attach them by sewing through all three pieces; the top panel, the leg, and the bottom panel. Stitch across both legs. Tie a knot and secure, hiding the tails between the panels of the body.

Now, picking up where you left off, continue single crocheting around. Remember, when you get to the legs, simply sc in the stitches of the front panel only; since this portion is already sewn shut, it’s for aesthetics only. Once you are past the legs, continue single crocheting both panels together as normal.

Crochet about half way across the “belly” of your Sloth. Then stop. Pull up a long loop and leave this for now. Place the next two legs between the panels at the end of the body and sew in place the same way you did before, using the length of grey yarn that you set aside earlier.

When finished attaching the legs, continue single crocheting around the outside. Stop before you get to the corner. Stuff the remainder of the body. (Sc, ch, sc) in the corner. Crochet the last side together, topping up stuffing if necessary. Slst to first st and tie off. Hide tail inside the back of the piece using your tapestry needle.

Step 3: Finishing Touches

Attach the leaves onto your branches with a length of Warm Brown yarn. Secure with a knot and hide tails inside the branch.

Finally, if you intend to hang your sloth, attach the Sloth to the branch by sewing the Sloth’s paws onto the branch as well. Or, you can leave the sloth unattached from the branch for playtime adventures!

Phew! That’s it! You are done!

Enjoy your Ragdoll Sloth!

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18 thoughts on “Ragdoll Sloth Free Crochet Pattern

  1. This is an incredibly cute project!
    Can’t wait to try it.

    I already liked the unicorn, but with this sloth you git me!

    Thanks a lot for sharing this with us.
    all the best
    Kaja

  2. Hi. I wanted to try the sloth pattern as a gift for a friend but wanted to ask about the yarn you used. Is there a reason you used cotton versus worsted weight yarn? I don’t really have the colors in cotton but I do in worsted weight and cotton is usually special order for me:/ Would it still work?

    1. Hi Pamela,
      We use cotton yarn simply because it is our preferred yarn for amigurumi as it creates a sturdy fabric and doesn’t pill, but you can absolutely use any other worsted weight yarn, acrylic or otherwise! Hope that helps!

  3. I love your patterns!!! So far i have made the bunny and the unicorn, tonight i start the mermaid,,,WOW your work is amaing, thank you for sharing it with us !!!!

  4. Wondering if you had a pic of the beginning of the head for the sloth? I’m just getting there and it doesn’t look right. My daughter is obsessed with the sloth and has been begging me to make her one. Love the pattern!

    1. Hi Beverly,
      Unfortunately, I don’t have any progress shots of the sloth’s head, but as long as the stitch counts are working out for you, it should turn out just fine! There is one picture in the blog post of the sloth’s face which is closer up; hopefully that pic is a bit of a help. Let me know if I can clarify anything for you 🙂

  5. Hey Jillian!
    Your patterns and creations are amazing, you are so damn talented!
    Felt in love immediately for your sloth and wanted one for myself, so project is started yet! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your creativity! 🙂

    1. Aw, thank you so much, Toni! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the patterns 🙂 Can’t wait to see your sloth! 😀

  6. hi! i saw this on reddit and ive already started to make this cute lil sloth for a friends baby shower.
    i just have one (probably dumb) question! im horrible at following patterns.
    The long loops that are pulled on the legs, what ends up happening with those?
    thanks for any insight!!

    1. Hi, Alison! Not a dumb question at all! The long loop is your working yarn. So, as you single crochet around the leg, you will pause to place the claw at one end. The pattern says to pull up a long loop so you don’t inadvertently undo some of your stitches while you’re sewing the claw. Once you have sewn the claw in place, you will tighten the loop again around your hook and continue crocheting where you left off. I hope that makes sense! Please let me know if you’re still unsure.

      Jillian

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