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Raccoon Amigurumi

This cute little rascal is the perfect size for small hands, measuring about 10 inches tall.  I made this with a friend’s daughter in mind, who loves anything to do with raccoons.  In this project, the legs, body, and head are worked up in one piece, and then the arms, ears, and the rest of the little pieces are sewn on afterwards. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn for this project, and was super happy with how it turned out.

Here is the pattern!

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Materials:

Stitches Used:

  • Ch – chain
  • Sl St – slip stitch
  • SC – single crochet
  • INV DEC – invisible single crochet decrease – insert hook into front loop of next stitch, then insert your hook into the front loop of the following stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 remining loops on hook. There are many tutorials on this on YouTube. Check one out if you’d like to see the invisible decrease in action.

Important Notes:

  • Magic Circle – Make a circle with your yarn, insert crochet hook into circle and draw up a loop. Use this loop to start your first chain 1 of the pattern.
  • Joining – This pattern is worked in continuous rounds without joining. After you finish the stitches of one round, start right on the next without joining between.
  • Color Changes – change colors at the end of the round. Complete last single crochet of the round until the last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and pull through last step of the single crochet. So your single crochet will go like this: insert hook into last stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over with new color, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Stuff as you go – Add stuffing to the legs, body and head as you work it up. Make sure you are finished stuffing the legs and the body section before your decreases make the opening too narrow. Also, be sure to add a lot of stuffing to the next area before you move on to the head. This will help minimize the head wobbling.

LEGS

*Stuff as you go

Round 1:In black, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring (6)

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

Round 3: 2 SC in first, SC in next 3, repeat around (15)

Rounds 4-7: SC in each stitch around (15)

*Change color to grey*

Rounds 8-17: SC in each stitch around (15)

Finish stuffing, fasten off, leave a tail.

Follow instructions above to make second leg, but do not fasten off. Instead, ch 2 and then continue on with the instructions below (connecting the second leg to the first one).

BODY

*Continue stuffing body as you go

Round 1: Join the legs with a SC in the next stitch on the first leg (this is the stitch after you fastened off the first leg). SC in the next 14 stitches. When you are back at the chain, SC in each of the 2 chain stitches, and then SC in the next 15 stitches of the second leg. Lastly, SC in the 2 chain stitches (opposite side). You have completed the first round of the body. You may want to use a stitch marker to keep track of where your rounds start and end on the body. (34)

Rounds 2-8: SC in each stitch around (34)

Round 9: SC in first 9 stitches, INV DEC, 15 SC, INV DEC, SC in last 6 (32)

Round 10: SC in each stitch around (32)

Round 11: INV DEC, 6 SC, repeat around (28)

Round 12: SC in each stitch around (28)

Round 13: INV DEC, 5 SC, repeat around (24)

Round 14: SC in each stitch around (24)

Round 15: INV DEC, 4 SC, repeat around(20)

Round 16: SC in each stitch around (20)

*Make sure you add enough stuffing to the body before the neck opening gets too narrow.

Round 17: INV DEC, 3 SC, repeat around (16)

Round 18: INV DEC, 2 SC, repeat around (12)

Round 19: INV DEC, SC, repeat around (8)

Round 20: INV DEC, 2 SC, repeat around (6)

*This is the end of the body instructions. Continue on with the increases for the head below.*

Round 1: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)

Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (18)

Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (24)

Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (30)

Round 5: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4, repeat around (36)

Rounds 6-13: SC in each stitch around (36)

Round 14: INV DEC, SC in next 4, repeat around (30)

Round 15: INV DEC, SC in next 3, repeat around (24)

Round 16: INV DEC, SC in next 2, repeat around (18)

*Make sure you add enough stuffing to the head before the opening gets too narrow.

Round 17: INV DEC, SC in next 1, repeat around (12)

Round 18: INV DEC, SC in next 1, repeat around (8)

Fasten off, use yarn needle to close the hole, weave in ends.

If you have some head wobbling, you might need to make some stitches around the base of the head and neck to tighten it up. The Friendly Red Fox has some great tips on preventing head wobbling HERE.

ARMS – make 2

*Lightly stuff the bottom half of the arms

Round 1:In black, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat (9)

Rounds 3-5: SC in each stitch around (9)

Change to grey yarn

Rounds 6-18: SC in each

Fasten off, sew closed before attaching.

Sew arms onto body, right below the head. Weave in ends.

EYES(make 2)

Row/Round 1: In black yarn, ch 5, SC in 2nd chain from hook and in next 2 chains, 3 SC in last chain. Now you will be working on the other side of the chain. SC in each stitch. (9).

Round 2: 2 SC in the first stitch, SC in next 2 stitches, 2 SC in next 2 stitches, change to white yarn, 2 SC in next stitch, SC in next 4 stitches.

Fasten off, weave in short ends and leave a long end of each color to sew eyes onto head.

Place safety eyes in one of the center stitches of the eye and close tightly. Sew the eyes in the middle of the head.  Hide the ends inside the head. The safety eyes are just going through one layer, rather than two layers.  I have not had a problem with the eyes coming out, but if you are worried or if this item is for a small child, you can choose to attach the safety eyes through the head before you sew the head closed. As an alternative, you can also embroider on the eyes with a needle and black embroidery thread. Grace and Yarn has a great tutorial on this! 

MUZZLE

Round 1:In white, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (9)

Round 3: SC in each stitch around (9)

Slip stitch into first stitch and fasten off. Insert safety nose before pulling center ring tight.

When your eyes are in place, line up the nose/muzzle between the eyes and sew it on.  You can use pins to help line it up before you sew it.  I also added a bit of stuffing inside the muzzle to help keep its shape. Weave in the ends.

*If you are not using a safety nose, you can use black yarn or embroidery thread to stitch on a nose.




EARS (make 2)

Round 1:In black, magic circle, ch 1, 4 SC into ring (4)


Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat (6)

*Change color to grey*

Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat (8)

Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat (10)

Round 5: SC in each stitch around (10)

Round 6: SC in each stitch around (10)

When you are happy with the placement of the eyes and nose, sew the ears on top of the head. You can play with where you’d like the ears, but I lined up mine with the 3rd round of the top of the head. Weave in the ends.

TAIL

*Lightly stuff the bottom half of the tail as you go.

Round 1:In black, magic circle, ch 1, 4 SC into ring (4)

Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat (6)

*Change color to grey*

Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat (8)

Round 4: SC in each stitch (8)

*Change color to black*

Round 5: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next3, repeat (10)

Round 6: SC in each stitch (10)

*Change color to grey*

Round 7: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4, repeat (12)

Round 8: SC in each stitch (12)

*Change color to black*

Round 9: SC in each stitch (12)

Round 10: INV DEC, SC in next 4, repeat (10)

*Change color to grey*

Round 11: SC in each stitch (10)

Round 12: INV DEC, SC in next 3, repeat (8)

*Change color to black*

Round 13: SC in each stitch (8)

Round 14: SC in each stitch (8)

*Change color to grey*

Round 15: SC in each stitch (8)

Round 16: INV DEC, SC in next 2, repeat (6)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Sew tail closed before sewing on the back of the body, right above where the legs meet the body.




TUMMY

Round 1: In white, magic ring, ch 1, 6 SC in circle (6)

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

Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat (18)

Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat (24)

Fasten off. Leave a tail to sew on. Sew tummy onto the middle front of the body. Weave in ends.

That’s it! You’re finished! I hope that you have enjoyed making this pattern and are in love with the adorable little raccoon you have just created!

        

 

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