Mini Mermaid *Pattern*

Around a year ago, I made a hand-sized mermaid pattern on Instructables (which I’ve linked to previously and can be found here: http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Little-Crochet-Mermaid/ ). This is similar to that one, with a few obvious changes. One being the head-shape and another being the size. This mini mermaid is smaller (only 3.5in [8.89cm] long with the guage I used). I, personally, think that the proportions of this new pattern are much cuter.

-Mini Mermaid-

Supplies (information in parenthesis is what I used):
-Yarn (Järbo Garn Nova)
-Crochet hook to gauge with your yarn (D/3-3.25MM)
-Safety eyes
-Stuffing
– Yarn needle
-Scissors

Abbreviations:
R – Round
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single crochet
Sl st – Slip stitch
St – Stitch
Make the following pieces…

Head (make 1):
Make a magic ring.
R1 – 6sc inside the magic ring. (6)
R2 – 2sc in each of the next 6 sts. (12)
R3 – [1sc in the next st, 2sc in the next st]*6 times around. (18)
R4 – R6 – 1sc in each of the next 18 sts. (18)
Here is the point where, if you’re using safety eyes, you should insert them while the opening is still big enough. You can also secure the tail of your magic ring on the inside now.
R7 – [1sc in the next st, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times. (12)
R8 – [Sc the next two sts together]*6 times around. (6)
Now you can stuff the head. I use the handle of one of my bigger hooks to help push the stuffing through the hole. If you’re having a hard time stuffing, take out a few stitches until the opening is big enough for you to stuff. Redo the stitches when you’re done.
Sew the opening closed and finish off the tail.

Arms (make 2):
Make a magic ring.
R1 – 3sc inside the magic ring. (3)
R 2 & R3 – 1sc in the next 3 sts. (3)
Finish, leaving a long tail.

Fins (make 2):
R1 – Ch 4. Turn. (4)
R2 – 1sc in the second ch from hook. 1sc in each of the next 2 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (3)
R3 – 1sc in the first st. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (2)
R4 – Sc the next two sts together. (1)
Finish, leaving a long tail.

Bra (make 2) (optional):
Make a magic ring.
3sc inside the magic ring. (3)
Finish, leaving a long tail.

Torso (make 1):
Make a magic ring.
R1 – 6sc inside the magic ring. (6)
R2 – 2sc in each of the next 6 sts. (12)
R3 – R5 – 1sc in each of the next 12 sts. (12)
Finish off.

Tail (make 1):
Make a magic ring.
R1 – 3sc inside the magic ring. (3)
R2 – 2sc in each of the next 3 sts. (6)
R3 – 1sc in each of the next 6sts. (6)
R4 – [1sc in the next st, 2sc in the next st]*3 times around. (9)
R5 – 1sc in each of the next 9 sts.
R6 – [1sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2sc in the next st]*3 times around. (12)
R7 – 1sc in each of the next 12 sts. Ch. 1 (12)
With the ch still on your hook, take the torso piece and hold the opening end up against the opening of the tail. While the tail is facing you, sc through the front loops of both pieces all the way around. Before reaching the end, stuff the pieces. Sl st into the first sc of the round and finish off the tail. If you want to use different colors for the main piece of the tail and this border, just finish off the tail after R7 and continue with a new color.

Assembly:
Using the tail at the bottom of the head, attach the head to the top of the torso/tail piece.
With the face forward, sew the arms to each side of the top half of the torso.
Sew the fins to each side of the bottom of the tail. The widest, flattest edge should be sewn against the tail (the side where both yarn tails are coming out from).
Sew each bra piece to the chest and stitch a line around the torso to act as a bra strap.

Cut strands of yarn that are twice the length of the mermaid’s body.
Option 1: Fold a strand in half and, using your crochet hook, pull the folded middle portion under a stitch on the head. You should now have a loop on one side of the stitch and two strands sticking out of the other side. Pull the two strands over through the loop and tug tight. Here is a representation of how that looks from the old pattern:

Option 2: I’ve found that I tend to pull out a bit of stuffing whenever I use my crochet hook in making hair. A second way to do this with less stuffing loss is to use a yarn needle. Thread your strand of yarn through the yarn needle and pull it under a stitch as before. Only pull it about three fourths of the way through, but not all the way. With some of the yarn still sticking out of the other side, pull the needle back under the same stitch until you have two strands on one side and a loop on the other. Pull the strands over through the loop and tug tight.

After you’ve finished attaching all of the hair you can leave it as is or you can take the time to split each strand of yarn for finer hair (I prefer this look).

Done!

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Mini Elephant *Pattern*

-Mini Elephant-

Supplies (information in parenthesis is what I used):
-Yarn (Järbo Garn Nova)
-Crochet hook to gauge with your yarn (D/3-3.25MM)
-Safety eyes
-Stuffing
– Yarn needle
-Scissors

Abbreviations:
R – Round
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single crochet
Sl st – Slip stitch
St – Stitch
Make the following pieces…

Head (make 1):
Make a magic ring.
R1 – 6sc inside the magic ring. (6)
R2 – 2sc in each of the next 6 sts. (12)
R3 – [1sc in the next st, 2sc in the next st]*6 times around. (18)
R4 – R6 – 1sc in each of the next 18 sts. (18)
Here is the point where, if you’re using safety eyes, you should insert them while the opening is still big enough. You can also secure the tail of your magic ring on the inside now.
R7 – [1sc in the next st, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times. (12)
R8 – [Sc the next two sts together]*6 times around. (6)
Now you can stuff the head. I use the handle of one of my bigger hooks to help push the stuffing through the hole. If you’re having a hard time stuffing, take out a few stitches until the opening is big enough for you to stuff. Redo the stitches when you’re done.
Sew the opening closed and finish off the tail.

Legs (make 4):
Make a magic ring.
R1 – 3sc inside the magic ring. (3)
R2 – 1sc in the next 3 sts. (3)
Finish, leaving a long tail.

Body (make 1):
Make a magic ring.
R1 – 6sc inside the magic ring. (6)
R2 – 2sc in each of the next 6 sts. (12)
R3 – R5 – 1sc in each of the next 12 sts. (12)
R8 – [Sc the next two sts together]*6 times around. (6)
Stuff and leave a long tail.

Ears (make 2)
Make a magic ring.
R1 – 4sc inside the magic ring. Ch 1 and turn. (4)
R2 – 2sc in each of the next 4 sts. Ch1 and turn. (8)
R3 – [1sc in the next st, 2sc in the next st]*4 times. (12)
Finish, leaving a long tail.

Trunk (make 1)
Make a magic ring with enough extra yarn for sewing later.
R1– 3sc inside the magic ring. (3)
R2R6 1sc in the next 3sts. (3)
Finish, leaving a long tail.

Assembly:
Using the long tail left on the body, sew the head to the body.
Sew each leg to the sides of the body. Make sure the face is in the right direction.
With the magic ring tail, sew one end of the trunk to the bottom half of the face, between the eyes. With the tail on the other end of the trunk, sew the trunk to the top half of the face, between the eyes.
Sew the ears to the sides of the head with the curved edge pointing outwards.
Finish off any leftover tails.

Done!

Mini Turtle *Pattern*

-Mini Turtle-

Supplies (information in parenthesis is what I used):
-Yarn for head/legs (Approx. 300in [762cm] of Järbo Garn Nova)
-Yarn for shell front (Approx. 100in [254cm] of Järbo Garn Nova)
-Yarn for shell back (Approx. 100in [254cm] of Järbo Garn Nova)
-Black yarn for detail (Järbo 8/4)
-Crochet hook to gauge with your yarn (D/3-3.25MM)
-Safety eyes
-Stuffing
– Yarn needle
-Scissors

Abbreviations:
R – Round
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single crochet
Sl st – Slip stitch
St – Stitch
Make the following pieces…

Head (make 1):
Using your chosen head/leg color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6sc inside the magic ring. (6)
R2 – 2sc in each of the next 6 sts. (12)
R3 – [1sc in the next st, 2sc in the next st]*6 times. (18)
R4 – R6 – 1sc in each of the next 18 sts. (18)
Here is the point where, if you’re using safety eyes, you should insert them while the opening is still big enough. You can also secure the tail of your magic ring on the inside now.
R7 – [1sc in the next st, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around. (12)
R8 – [Sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around. (6)
Now you can stuff the head. I use the handle of one of my bigger hooks to help push the stuffing through the hole. If you’re having a hard time stuffing, take out a few stitches until the opening is big enough for you to stuff. Redo the stitches when you’re done.
Sew the opening closed and leave a long tail.

Legs (make 4):
Using your chosen head/leg color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 3sc inside the magic ring. (3)
R2 – 1sc in the next 3 sts. (3)
Finish, leaving a long tail.

Shell Front (make 1):
Using your chosen shell front color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6sc inside the magic ring. (6)
R2 – 2sc in each of the next 6 sts. (12)
R3 & R4 – 1sc in each of the next 12 sts. (12)
Finish off the tail.

Shell Back (make 1):
Using your chosen shell back color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6sc inside the magic ring. (6)
R2 – 2sc in each of the next 6 sts. (12)
R3 & R4 – 1sc in each of the next 12 sts. (12)
Do not cut the yarn. Sl st in the next st and ch 1.
Take the shell front piece and place it against the shell back with the right sides on the outside and the shell back facing you. Using the inside loops, sc around through both pieces.
Pause before you’ve gotten all the way around so that you can stuff the shell. End with a sl st to the first sc of the round and finish off the tail.

Assembly:

Using the long tail left on the head, sew the head to the shell on top of the seam between the two shell pieces. The shell front should be facing the same side of the head where you have the eyes placed. Finish off any extra tail length.

Sew each of the legs to the sides of the shell front piece. Do not sew them over the edge of the shell back piece. Finish off any tails.

You can leave it as is, or you can use a little bit of black yarn to embroider on a mouth.

Done!

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!