Puppy Amigurumi – Free Crochet Pattern

I’m so excited to tell you about this Puppy Amigurumi! A few months ago, Ashley of A Crafty Concept announced her “Crafty Design Challenge” and it looked like so much fun that I couldn’t resist entering!

SCROLL DOWN for the FREE crochet pattern below!

About This Pattern

Before getting to the pattern, I thought I’d tell you more about how this Puppy Amigurumi pattern came to be (scroll down to the free pattern at any time)! The Crafty Design Challenge mentioned above was to design an amigurumi dog inspired by the Boone character in the children’s book, Boone, written by April, Ashley’s sister! Well, I made this Boone Puppy Amigurumi and submitted it as my entry into the contest! To my surprise, about a month later, I was contacted by the lovely Ashley to tell me that my Boone was selected as the winning design! I was so surprised, but also so thrilled!

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If you are wondering about the book, Boone, you really should check it out! It’s a really sweet story about a little dog that finds a home just in time for the holidays. I also think it’s so neat that the story is actually based on the true story of how April, the author/Ashley’s sister, found her dog, Boone!

I read the story to my girls at bedtime one night recently, and they loved it. They wanted to “read” it a few more times by themselves afterwards. They each had their own little Boone to hold on to and it really was too cute!

This crochet Boone Puppy Amigurumi measures about 7 inches tall. He is the perfect size for small hands and cuddles! He also makes a great little companion to go along with this book and is a great size for small hands to enjoy cuddling and playing with.  If you are looking for a great gift idea for a toddler or child, purchasing Boone and then pairing it with this little Boone amigurumi would make such a cute gift set!

An ad-free, printable PDF version of this Puppy Amigurumi crochet pattern, is available for purchase for a small fee from my Etsy or Ravelry shops. Thank you so much for supporting Loops & Love Crochet!

If you’re interested in making a cute Puppy Lovey, check out the free pattern on the blog here!

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The Pattern

For this dog amigurumi, the legs and body are worked up in one piece and then the head and facial features, ears, and arms are worked up and sewn on separately at the end.

Materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn – I used Red Heart Soft yarn in Off-White and Grey Heather.
  • Safety eyes – I used 9mm size.
  • Safety nose – I used an 11mm nose.
  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • Black embroidery thread for stitching on the mouth (and nose if you aren’t using a safety nose).
  • Yarn needle – bent yarn needles work great for sewing amigurumi pieces together!

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 remaining loops on hook. 

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. Check out YouTube if you need a tutorial on creating the magic circle.
  • Continuous Rounds – 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. I find it handy to use a stitch marker (or a piece of yarn) to mark the start of each round so you know when each round starts/ends.
  • 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 neck area before you move on to the head. This will help minimize the head wobbling.

The Pattern

HEAD

The head is worked from bottom to top. Stuff as you go.

Round 1: Magic circle, chain 1, make 6 SC stitches into ring (6)

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

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

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

Round 5: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (30)

Round 6: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4, repeat around (36)

Rounds 7-15: SC in each stitch around (36)

*Insert safety eyes between rounds 13 and 14, approximately 7 stitches apart.

Round 16: INV DEC, SC in next 4 stitches, repeat around (30)

Round 17: INV DEC, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat around (24)

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

*Make sure you have added enough stuffing to the head by this point.

Round 19: INV DEC, SC in next stitch, repeat around (12)

Round 20: INV DEC around (6)

Fasten off and sew top of head closed. Weave in ends and then cut your yarn.

EARS  (make 2)

Leave the ears unstuffed.

Round 1: In grey, Magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC stitches into ring (6)

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

Rounds 3-6: SC in each stitch around (12)

*Change color to off-white.

Rounds 7-15: SC in each stitch around (12)

Round 16: INV DEC, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat around (9)

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew onto the head.

Use your yarn needle to sew the ears on the head. I lined mine up starting between the 3rd and 4th round from the top of the head. 

SNOUT, NOSE, AND MOUTH

Round 1: In grey, magic circle, chain 1 and make 6 SC stitches into ring (6)

*If you are going to use a safety nose, do not pull the center ring completely tight yet. Leave the yarn tail out so you can pull the circle tight later. If you’re embroidering on the nose, you can go

ahead and pull it tight and work over your yarn tail.

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

Rounds 3-4: SC in each stitch around (12)

Fasten off and cut yarn, leaving a long tail to sew the snout onto the head.

Insert safety nose into the middle of the ring, pull the yarn tail tight to secure the ring around the nose, and then fasten the back of the safety nose. Next use your yarn needle and black embroidery thread to stitch on the mouth. I just made one stitch going downwards a couple rounds and then made a stitch on each side to form a mouth.

Place the snout on the dog’s face (if you want you can stick some stuffing inside the snout around the post of the safety nose first).  I centered the snout on the face in the middle of the eyes. The top of the snout lines up with the bottom of the eyes.  You can pin the snout in place before you start sewing, if you’d like. Use your yarn needle to sew on the snout, making sure to pass through each of the stitches around the edge and then through a stitch on the head as you work your way around the snout.

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LEGS (make 2)

*Stuff the legs as you go. Make sure that you firmly stuff the legs and body sections, but not so firmly that you can see the stuffing through the stitches.

Round 1: In grey, magic circle, chain 1, 6 SC into ring. (6)

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

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

Rounds 4-6: SC in each stitch around. Join, ch 1. (18)

Round 7: SC in first 5 stitches, INV DEC 4 times, SC in last 5. (14)

Round 8: SC in first 5 stitches, INV DEC 2 times, SC in last 5.  (12)

Round 9: SC in each stitch around (12)

*Change color to off-white

Rounds 10-17: SC in each stitch around (12)

*Stuff the leg about ¾ of the way up (leaving space at the top of the leg so that when you start working the body, the stuffing isn’t getting caught in your stitches.

Fasten off the first leg and cut yarn (leaving a tail). Follow the instructions above again to make the second leg, but do not fasten off. Instead, add 5 more SC stitches to the second leg and then continue on to the body instructions below to join the legs and work up the body.

I made a quick video tutorial to help you with the steps below for joining the legs together and crocheting the first round of the body. You can find the video tutorial on YouTube here. I’d love it if you subscribed to my channel while you’re there too! 😊

BODY

*Add stuffing to the body as you go. Remember to stuff firmly, but not so firm that you can see the stuffing through the stitches. Make sure the top of the body is well stuffed before sewing on the head. This will help keep the head from wobbling when it is sewn on.

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 11 stitches around one of the legs and then around the 12 stitches on the other. 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. (24)

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

Rounds 3-9: SC in each stitch around. (30)

Round 10: INV DEC, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat around. (24)

Rounds 11-12: SC in each stitch around. (24)

Round 13: INV DEC, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat around (18)

Rounds 14-15: SC in each stitch around (18)

Round 16: INV DEC, SC in next stitch, repeat around(12)

Round 17: SC in each stitch around (12)

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the head on to the body a little later.

ARMS – make 2

*Lightly stuff the bottom half of the arms

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

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

Rounds 3-6: SC in each stitch around (9)

*Change color to off-white.

Rounds 7-16: SC in each stitch around (9)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Cut yarn. Assembly instructions are at the end of the pattern.

TAIL

Leave the tail unstuffed.

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

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

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

Round 4: SC in each stitch around (8)

*Change color to off-white.

Rounds 5-9: SC in each stitch around (8)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Cut yarn. Continue to assembly instructions below.

ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

  • Attaching the Head to the Body – Make sure the body is stuffed well all the way to the top of the neck. Next, you’ll be sewing the head to the body. I find it helpful to pin the head in place in a few places to help keep the face centered and facing forwards.  Use your yarn needle to sew around all the stitches around the top of the body, passing through a stitch on the head each time (see photo above). Make sure sew around each stitch a couple times to attach the head securely so there is no wobbling. Weave in ends and cut yarn.
  • Attaching the Arms to the Body – Sew the tops of the arms closed and then sew arms onto the sides of the body, lined up in the first round at the top of the body. To keep the color change less noticeable, you can line up the color change side of the arms between the inner arm and the body. Weave in ends.
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  • Attaching the Tail to the Back of the Body – Sew the top of the tail closed. Use your yarn needle to sew the tail to the back of the body.  I attached mine in the 5th round from the top of the legs/start of body.

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

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**Please do not copy this pattern and share as your own, in part or in whole.  Instead, link back to the Loops and Love Crochet blog (especially when selling items you make from my patterns). Thank you!

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2 Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    Congratulations! Such a cute puppy pattern. Perfect for the character “Boone” that goes along with the storybook. I love it! 🐶♥️

    1. Loops and Love Crochet says:

      Thank you so much, Lisa! So sweet of you to say! Glad you love it! 🙂

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