This pattern was created in a fit to satisfy my son’s request for a stuffed squirrel for Christmas. Because I have a problem saying no, I searched online for photos of squirrels and set to work mimicking their shape the best I could. Overall, I’m very satisfied with this pattern and hope you will be too! Let me know how it works for you, what could be improved or what variations you added. I feel like variation is what makes each piece special, so be sure to switch it up as you see fit!
Sl st=slip stitch
Inc=increase (2 stitches in same stitch)
Picot=Chain 3, slip stitch into same stitch (making a loop)
Hook: US I/9 (5.50 MM)
(Finished Piece stands about 14” tall)
Ch 3, sl st to join
Ch 2, 7 sc into ring
Ch 2, *2in1, sc* around X3
Ch 2, sc around X3
Ch2, *3sc, 2in1* around
Ch 2, sc around X4
Ch2. 3sc, 2in1* around
Bind off, stuff with filler of your choice. Set aside.
Make back of head:
Ch 3, sl st tp join.
Ch3, 7 sc into ring
Ch2, *2 in 1, sc* around X4
Ch2, 1sc in each st around
Sew to back of head piece.
I used two stacked buttons to make the eyes, because my son is old enough to not worry about him trying to eat them. If you are making this for a smaller child, or just don’t like buttons for eyes, you can do a simple stitch with yarn, embroidery floss, etc. Just stitch over 2 rows, or enough to make the eyes as big as you want.
This was done in yarn with an embroidery needle. At the nose end of the head piece, stitch around the last round with brown yarn/embroidery floss. I used yarn because of the size of this piece because embroidery floss was too small for my taste. If you like more delicate features/details, the floss might be for you. After making about 7 to 8 stitches for the nose, I stitched straight down for the middle line then over to each side for the mouth. You can anchor these lines by going around 1 stitch and binding off. Make sure to leave a tail! You can stuff the tail in to the piece, out of sight, and it gives more stability to your knot. Nobody likes their mouth coming out!
Ch 9. SC in 3rd from hook and across.
Ch 2, turn. SC across.
*Turn (DO NOT CH2 here!!), SC across* Repeat until ear tapers down to 2 stitches (4 rows or so)
(I trimmed with eyelash yarn to hide the rough edge and make it a little fluffier)
Body: (worked in joined circles, not a spiral)
Ch3, sl st to join.
10 SC into ring
*SC in next 2 st, 2in1* around X 3 rows
In back loops only SC around (This “turns the corner” from the base of the body to the main portion).
*SC around* X 10 rows (I started stuffing here and kept filling it up as I went).
Dec2, *SC around* X5 rows
Dec4,* SC around* X2 rows
Finish stuffing and bind off. Sew finished head on.
This is made in an arch pattern. The original ch is worked on the top and bottom, kind of like a circle pattern that starts with a line instead of a magic ring. However, instead of continuing around, you will turn back after completing a round to make an oval that is flat on the bottom.
SC across, 5SC in last st, SC across bottom of original ch
Ch2, Turn (to work back over row you just created) and SC in next ST X 8 *2SC in 1* X 3, SC X8
Ch 2, Turn, SC X11 *2SC in 1* X5, SC X11
Ch 2, Turn, SC 13 *2SC in 1* X7, SC 13
Ch 2 Turn, SC 15, *2SC in 1* X 9, SC 15
I did a SC trim around the whole piece for a more finished edge, but that is optional.
Bind off, leaving a very long tail for sewing on to the tummy.
Back Legs: Make 2
Ch 3, sl st to join.
10Sc into ring
Inc every other around X2 (2in1, SC)
2sc, 2in1* around
Sc around X2
Dec 1st & last X 2
Toes: (make 2)
Ch 5, turn. SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.
*Picot* X 3 (See description above for details on this stitch.)
Bind off leaving a long tail to sew onto the legs with.
Front Legs: Make 2
Ch3, sl st to join
10SC into ring
SC in each st around X2 *THUMB GOES HERE* For the thumb, chain 4, SC into 2nd ch from hook and back down to round. Continue on rounds from here, leaving the “thumb” tab sticking up.
SC in each st around X6, bind off, sew on.
Ch 32. Turn.
SC in 3rd ch from hook and across
Ch 2, turn. *Add “fun-fur” or eyelash yarn as a second strand here*
Continue this until the tail is as long as you’d like it to be. After getting it about 30 rows high, I sewed the side seams together then closed up the top end, making a flat tube that was open on the bottom.
Stuff the tail, making it really bushy looking. Feed a thread of yarn down the back seam in several places. Pulling this strand makes the tail “curl” the way a squirrel’s tail does. Attach the strand to the bottom then stitch the whole thing on, making sure it is secure.
So there it is…clear as mud, right? This is by far the most complicated pattern I’ve ever written, and would not recommend it for the complete novice. If you like a challenge, it’s a great project. The piece itself was pretty easy to make, and if you’ve mastered the SC and straight lines and want to try your hand at making more three-dimensional shapes, this might be your pattern! Just know, it’s a gateway…today it’s stuffed squirrels, tomorrow it’s fun animal pillows, then before you know it you’re up until 3 in the morning surfing Youtube for amigurumi tutorials and making dinosaur dolls for your co-workers kids…(ask me how I know!) It is a very rewarding process to see a toy take shape as you single crochet your way through the pattern. I’d love to see pictures of your finished product, be sure to share them!