Amigurumi Hedgehogs - A Free Crochet Tutorial


Designing a hedgehog has been high on my list! They are adorable, spunky and I am seeing them everywhere! I have combined these with one of my favorite outfits as a kid. Overalls! Pocket and all! I was inspired by the suspenders from the Berry Patch Bunny!

These hedgehogs were purposely made about the same size as my other forest animals, so they can be played with together as friends or displayed nicely at a craft fair!

With each pattern I try to keep in mind how they will be played with and kids (mainly mine) are rough with their toys! We spend a lot of time and put a lot of love into our creations. With that in mind, I have frogged many times so that you won't have to.

The legs and body are made as one piece. The head is done separately, but I feel it's worth the extra item to sew on. Having the head separate guarantees the stuffing will stay there and not sink down into the neck. Stuffing the neck firmly as you sew it on will also add to its sturdiness.

 I like to use plastic safety eyes for the majority of my amigurumi projects but for those times that you would prefer an alternative I have you covered with these crochet thread eyes


Pattern-
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Materials:

  • Size 4 worsted weight yarn 
    • 25g choice color for overalls 
    • 15g beige 
    • Small amount of: 
  • 10.5 or 11mm  safety eyes 
  • 3.5 mm and 5 mm crochet hook 
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stuffing (Poly-Fil and Morning Glory are my top favorites!)
  • Stitch markers (optional) 

Abbreviations: US terminology

SC- Single crochet

SC INC- Single crochet increase

DC INC- Double crochet increase

INV DEC- Invisible decrease

HDC- Half double crochet

HDC INC- Half double crochet increase

Sl st- Slip stitch

CH- Chain

Rpt- Repeat



These hedgehogs measures about 14 inches from spines to feet! 

*Slowly stuff as you go, you want it to be firm but not stretched. You will be working in the round, I like using a stitch marker at the beginning of each round. 

*You will use the 3.5 mm hook for all parts with exception of the 'Spine hat', which will use the 5 mm*

Legs and Body-

Make 2: Using brown

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch (12)

Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next stitch, rpt around (18)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next stitch, rpt around (24)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next stitch, rpt around (30)

Round 6: SC around in the back loops only (30)

Rounds 7-8: SC around (30)

Round 9: SC in the first 9 stitches, INV DEC 6 times, SC in the last 9 stitches (24)

Round 10: SC in the first 6 stitches, INV DEC 6 times, SC in the last 6 stitches (18) Change to color for overalls

Rounds 11-24: SC around (18)

Fasten off (do not fasten off at the end of the 2nd leg, see below) 

(At the end of Round 24 on the 2nd leg, complete a SC in each of the next 6 stitches (this will line up your legs to be straight when we join. Round 25 joins the legs together and starts the body)

Round 25: Chain 3 and attach to the first leg with a SC (make sure both of your feet are facing the same direction), SC in the remaining stitches around the leg, when you reach the chain make a SC across each of the 3 chains, SC in the remaining stitches of the next leg and SC across each of the 3 chains (you will have SC on both sides of the 3 chains now) (42 SC) This completes your join and is where your next round will start.



Rounds 26-40: SC around (42) Change to shirt color

Round 41: SC around (42)

Round 42: SC in the first 5 stitches, INV DEC, rpt around (36)

Round 43: SC in the first 4 stitches, INV DEC, rpt around (30)

Round 44: SC around (30) Change to beige

Round 45: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC, rpt around (24)

Rounds 46-47: SC around (24)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing 

Head- 

With beige

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, rpt around (18)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, rpt around (24)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next, rpt around (30)

Round 6: SC in the first 4 stitches, SC INC in the next, rpt around (36)

Round 7: SC in the first 5 stitches, SC INC in the next, rpt around (42)

Round 8: SC in the first 6 stitches, SC INC in the next, rpt around (48)

Round 9: SC in the first 7 stitches, SC INC in the next, rpt around (54)

Rounds 10-18: SC around (54)

Note: Here is where we will add the eyes before we start closing the head. Insert the eyes between rows 16 and 17, 7 stitches apart. (Optional: Sew on eyelashes before fastening the back of your eyes)




*Stuff your head firmly as you go.

Round 19: SC in the first 7 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rpt around (48)

Round 20: SC in the first 6 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rpt around (42)

Round 21: SC in the first 5 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rpt around (36)

Round 22: SC in the first 4 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rpt around (30)

Round 23: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rpt around (24) *Continue to stuff the head firmly

Round 24: SC in the first 2 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rpt around (18)

Round 25: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC in the next, rpt around (12)

Round 26: INV DEC around (6)

Fasten off and sew remaining part closed, weave in your end 


Nose- 

With beige

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch (12)

Rounds 3-4: SC around (12)

Round 5: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18)

Round 6: SC around (18)

Round 7: SC in the first 6 stitches, SC INC in the next 6 stitches, and SC in each of the last 6 stitches (24)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing

Take your black yarn and tapestry needle; make a ‘V’ and pass through across as shown below. Pass through a few more times from the bottom center to the top until your nose is filled in:




Spine Hat- 

With brown and 5 mm crochet hook (this is the only piece of this pattern that will use the bigger size hook)

This part will be made as a hat that we will sew onto the head to be the spines. We will be joining each round with a slip stitch as we go. The ch 1 in each row does not count as the first stitch.

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 8 HDC, join with a sl st to the first HDC, ch 1

Round 2: HDC INC in each stitch, join with a sl st, ch 1 (16)

Round 3: HDC in the first stitch, HDC INC in the next, repeat around and join with a sl st, ch 1 (24)

Round 4: HDC in the first 2 stitches, HDC INC in the next, repeat around and join with a sl st, ch 1 (32)

Round 5: HDC in the first 3 stitches, HDC INC in the next, repeat around and join with a sl st, ch 1 (40)

Rounds 6-9: HDC around, join with a sl st (40)

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew onto the head 

Spines-

Make a slip knot and attach to the top of your hat with a slip stitch, ch 10 skip a post/stitch and slip stitch into the next post/stitch. This creates the first spine, continue around and then down to the next until you reach the 8th round of the hat.

Fasten off and weave in ends 


Bow- (For girl)

Ch 15

Row 1: HDC in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1 and turn

Row 2: HDC across (14)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing

Using your tail whip stitch the two ends together to make a tube (pictures below), placing your sewn side in the middle wrap your yarn tightly around the middle 3-4 times to form your bow. Secure it in the back and use the remaining tail to sew onto the head.




Assembling the head-

Sew the nose onto head centered evenly with the eyes as pictured below (Optional: Use pins to hold in place as you sew) Stuff the nose lightly just before sewing is complete. Lastly, sew on the spine hat and bow. 


Arms- 

Make 2

*Lightly stuff the bottom of the arms only*

With brown

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC, rpt around (15)

Change to beige

Rounds 4-5: SC around (15)

Round 6: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC, rpt around (10)

Rounds 7-14: SC around (10)

Change to shirt color

Rounds 15-20: SC around (10)

At the end of round 20 pinch the arm flat and make 5 SC across the top to close, fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto the body. 

Overall Straps- 

Make 2 in overall color

Ch ­­20, HDC in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across

Fasten off with a long tail for sewing

Front Pocket-

 In overall color

Row 1: Ch 8, SC in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1 and turn

Rows 2-4: SC across, ch 1 (7)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing

Assembling the body-

1. Sew the head onto the body, making sure to have the facial features centered. Add more stuffing as you go to make it firm and less wobbly.

2. Next sew the arms onto the body centered with the head at row 44.

3. Sew each strap onto row 40, front and back over the arms and crossing in the back.

4. Sew along the sides and bottom of the pocket, centered on the front of your hedgehog as pictured below.




Yay, your hedgehog is complete! I hope you had as much fun making them as I did!

The forest family has grown more than I intended but I love each one! Is there a forest animal that you would like to see added to the group?


2 comments

  1. Oh, these are marvelous! My 2-year-old grandson is in a day care group in Zurich called "Igel" (German for hedgehog) and he loves stuffed animals/dolls, so an "Igel" he shall have!

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