Huggy Gator *Pattern*

-Huggy Gator-

Supplies (information in parentheses is what was used for the example pictures):
– Main color yarn (less than 2 skeins Järbo Garn Nova, color: 48010)
– Secondary color yarn (less than 1 skein Järbo Garn Nova, color: 48009)
– White yarn (less than 1 skein Järbo 8/4)
– Black yarn or thread for detail ( Järbo 8/4)
– Crochet hook to gauge with your yarn ( D/3-3.25MM)
– Pins
– Yarn needle
– Scissors
– Buttons (optional)
The alligator in this pattern (using the specific yarn mentioned above) came out to be 7.5in (19cm) tall.

Abbreviations:
R – Round/Row
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single crochet
Dc – Double crochet
Sl st – Slip stitch
St – Stitch

Make the following pieces…

Head (make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (18)
R4 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (24)
R5 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (30)
R6 – [1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (36)
R7 – [1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (42)
R8 – [1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (48)
R9 – [1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (54)
R10 – [1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (60)
R11 – R23 – 1 sc in each of the next 60 sts (60)
R24 – [1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (54)
R25 – [1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (48)
R26 – [1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (42)
R27 – [1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (36)
R28 – [1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (30)
R29 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (24)
R30 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (18)
R31 – [1 sc in the next st, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (12)
Stuff the head while the opening is still big enough.
R32 – [sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (6)
Sew the opening closed and finish off the tail.

Nose Top Piece (make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (18)
R4 – 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts (18)
R5 – [1 sc in the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (24)
R6 – 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (18)
R7 – R9 – 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (18)
R10 – [1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times across. Ch 1 and turn. (21)
R11 & R12 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (21)
Finish, leaving a long tail.
Nose Bottom Piece (make 1):
Using your secondary color…
R1 – Ch. 7 and turn.
R2 – 1 sc in second ch from the hook, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (6)
R3 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (6)
R4 – 2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. 2 sc in the next st. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R5 – 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R6 – 2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. 2 sc in the next st. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R7 & R8 – 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
Finish, leaving a long tail.


Cheeks
(make 2):
Using your secondary color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (18)
R4 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (24)
R5 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (30)
R6 & R7 – 1 sc in each of the next 30 sts. (30)
Finish, leaving a long tail.

Eyes (optional, make 2):
With black, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. (12)

Eye Lids
(make 2):
Using your secondary color.
Leave a long tail to start with (this will make it easier to sew on later).
R1 – Ch 6 and turn.
R2 – 1 sc in the second ch from the hook. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. (5)
R3 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in the next st. Sc the next 2 sts together. (3)
R4 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in the next st. Sl st and finish. (2)


Body
(make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts. (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (18)
R4 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (24)
R5 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (30)
R6 – [1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (36)
R7 – [1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (42)
R8 – [1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (48)
R9 – [1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (54)
R10 – [1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (60)
R11 – R14 – 1 sc in each of the next 60 sts. (60)
R15 – [1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around. (54)
R16 – R20 – 1 sc in each of the next 54 sts. (54)
R21 – [1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around. (48)
R22 – 1 sc in each of the next 48 sts. (48)
R23 – [1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around. (42)
R24 – 1 sc in each of the next 42 sts. (42)
R25 – [1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around. (36)
R26 – 1 sc in each of the next 36 sts. (36)
R27 – [1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around. (30)
R28 – 1 sc in each of the next 30 sts. Finish, leaving a long tail. (30)


Back Ridge
(make 1):
Using your main color…
R1 – Ch 41 and turn.
R2 – Starting in the second ch from the hook, [1 sl st in the next ch, 1 dc in each of the next 3 chs, 1 sl st in the next ch]*8 times across. Finish and leave an extra long tail. (40)


Tail
(make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 3 sc inside the magic ring. (3)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts. (6)
R3 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. (6)
R4 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (9)
R5 – 1 sc in each of the next 9 sts. (9)
R6 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (12)
R7 – 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. (12)
R8 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (15)
R9 – 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts. (15)
R10 – [1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (18)
R11 – 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. (18)
R12 – [1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (21)
R13 – 1 sc in each of the next 21 sts. (21)
R14 – [1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (24)
R15 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. (24)
R16 – [1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (27)
R17 – 1 sc in each of the next 27 sts. (27)
R18 – [1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (30)
R19 – 1 sc in each of the next 30 sts. (30)
R20 – [1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (33)
R21 – 1 sc in each of the next 33 sts. (33)
R22 – [1 sc in each of the next 10 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (36)
R23 & R24 – 1 sc in each of the next 36 sts. (36)
R25 – 1 sc in each of the next 17 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (18)
R24 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
R25 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R26 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R27 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R28 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R29 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (6)
R30 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. Finish, leaving a long tail. (4)


Right Leg
(make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (18)
R4 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (24)
R5 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (30)
R6 – In this round, work in the back loop only. 1 sc in each of the next 30 sts. (30)
R7 – 1 sc in each of the next 30 sts. (30)
R8 – [1 sc in each the next 3 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts. (27)
R9 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts. (24)
R10 – R12 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. (24)
R13 – 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (20)
R14 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 16 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (18)
R15 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
R16 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R17 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R18 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R19 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R20 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Finish, leaving a long tail. (6)


Left Leg
(make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (18)
R4 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (24)
R5 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (30)
R6 – In this round, work in the back loop only. 1 sc in each of the next 30 sts. (30)
R7 – 1 sc in each of the next 30 sts. (30)
R8 – [1 sc in each the next 3 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts. (27)
R9 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts. (24)
R10 – R12 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. (24)
R13 – 1 sc in each of the next 13 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. (14)
R14 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 16 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (18)
R15 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
R16 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R17 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R18 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R19 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R20 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Finish, leaving a long tail. (6)


Toes
(make 6):
Using white, make a magic ring.
R1 – 3 sc inside the magic ring. (3)
R2 – 2 sc in the next 3 sts. (6)
R3 – 1 sc in the next 6 sts. Finish, leaving a long tail. (6)


Left Arm
(make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (18)
R4 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (24)
R5 – R7 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. (24)
R8 – [1 sc in each the next 2 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. (21)
R9 – [1 sc in the next st, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. (18)
R10 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times. (21)
R11 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. [1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times. (24)
R12 & R13 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. (24)
R14 – 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (20)
R15 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 16 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (18)
R16 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
R17 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R18 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R19 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R20 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R21 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch1 and turn. (6)
R22 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Finish, leaving and long tail. (4)


Right Arm
(make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (18)
R4 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (24)
R5 – R7 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. (24)
R8 – 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. [1 sc in each the next 2 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. (21)
R9 – 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. [1 sc in the next st, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. (18)
R10 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. (21)
R11 – [1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times . 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. (24)
R12 & R13 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. (24)
R14 – 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (20)
R15 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 16 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (18)
R16 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
R17 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R18 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R19 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R20 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R21 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Finish, leaving a long tail. (6)


Underbelly
(make 1)
In odd number rows, crochet in the back loops only.
With your secondary color:
R1 – Ch 7 and turn.
R2 – 1 sc in the second chain from the hook. 1 sc in the next 5 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (6)
R3 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (6)
R4 – 2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. 2 sc in the next st. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R5 – 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R6 – 2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. 2 sc in the next st. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R7 – 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R8 – 2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. 2 sc in the next st. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R9 – 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R10 – 2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. 2 sc in the next st. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R11 – 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R12 – 2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. 2 sc in the next st. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
R13 – R23 – 1 sc in each of the next 16 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
R24 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R25 – 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R26 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R27 – 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R28 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R29 – 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R30 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch1 and turn. (8)
R31 – 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R32 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (6)
R33 – R35 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (6)
R36 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (4)
R37 – 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. (4)
R38 – [Sc the next 2 sts together.]*2 times. Ch 1 and turn. (2)
R39 – 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (2)
R40 – Sc the next 2 sts together. Sl st to finish. Leave an extra long tail. (1)

You should now have the following pieces.

Assembly:

  • Pin the nose top piece and the nose bottom piece together as shown and sew where pinned, using the tail of the nose bottom piece.
  • Pin the, now assembled, nose piece to the head. I pinned mine starting about 13 rounds away from R1 of the head piece. Using the tail of the nose top piece, sew around where pinned. Stuff the nose piece before you’ve sewn all the way around.
  • Pin the cheek pieces to both sides of the nose piece (touching the nose) as shown and sew around. Stuff the cheeks before you’ve finished sewing to give them some fullness.
  • If you are using button eyes, now is a good time to sew them on so that you can use the bottom if the head to anchor the thread. If you are using crocheted eyes, you can sew them on at any time. Position the eyes between the V shape that connects the nose and cheek (as shown).
  • Pin and sew on the eyelids, partially covering the eyes. You can experiment with the angles of the eyelids to give your alligator unique expressions.
  • Pin the opening of the body piece to the bottom of the head and sew around (I did this before I sewed on the eyes). I like to stuff the body a little bit before pinning and finish stuffing before I’m done sewing.
  • Looking at your alligator from the top of the head and the bottom of the body to help position it, pin the tail to the body. The tail should follow along the same line as the nose. The longer side of the tail opening should be pinned under the body. Sew around, stuffing the tail as you go.
  • Pin the short, flat end of the underbelly to the top of the body, directly under the nose. Stretch the underbelly over the body, continuing down over the tail. Sew all the way around. Do not stuff.
  • Use the images below to help position the legs. The legs should curve upward a bit at the feet. “Left“ and “right” should be according to the alligator’s perspective. Sew around, stuffing as you go.
  • Use the images below to help position the arms. The arms should curve downward a bit at the hands. “Left” and “right” should be according to the alligator’s perspective. Sew around, stuffing as you go.
  • Pin both of the ends of the back ridge to point where the body connects to the head (backside). Pull the middle of the ridge down to the tail and pin, creating a V shape. Pin along the way to anchor it while you sew all the way around.
  • Evenly space the toes directly behind the line going around the foot and sew on 3 toes per foot.
  • Using your black and white yarns/threads, embroider on the fingers, nostrils, and teeth. The teeth should be in a triangular shape. If you made crochet eyes, you can add a little bit of white yarn to them to imitate reflecting light.

Now give your finished alligator a hug!

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