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Mop Top Mascots

© June Gilbank 2009

Mop Top Mascots are a fun way to use up scraps of yarn. They stand about 4″ tall, and the real joy of them is that they are so easy to make, and easy to customize with funky colours or embellishments. Who wouldn’t appreciate a little mascot like these?!

Mop Top Mascots crochet pattern by planetjune

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mop top mascots crochet pattern

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This is a PlanetJune original crochet pattern. Feel free to use items made from this pattern however you wish, but I’d appreciate credit as the pattern designer. Please do not reproduce the pattern anywhere else; instead post a link to http://www.planetjune.com/moptop

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Terminology

ch chain
invdec invisible decrease Note: If you prefer, you may use a standard sc2tog decrease in place of each invdec.
sc single crochet (double crochet for UK/Aus)
sl st slip stitch
st stitch

You will need…

  • E US/3.5mm and H US/5mm crochet hooks
  • Small quantity of worsted weight yarn in two colours
  • Small quantity of eyelash yarn for hair
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle to weave in ends
  • Polyester fibrefill stuffing
  • Eyes, approx 8mm diameter

Notes

  • Do not join at the end of each round; rounds are worked in continuous spirals.
  • Fuzzy yarn stitches are worked in back loops only; worsted weight yarn stitches are worked in front and back loops (unless otherwise specified).
  • Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. Move the marker up each time you start a new round.
  • Working with fuzzy (eyelash or novelty) yarn can be a challenge until you get the hang of it. See my Fuzzy Yarn tips for my advice.
  • Use worsted weight yarn and E hook unless instructed otherwise.

Colour code

A: the yarn colour of the face, hands and feet
B: the yarn colour of the body

Head

worked from nose back
With A, make a magic ring, ch 1.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 st)
Rnd 2: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) three times. (9 st)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around. (9 st)
Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st) three times. (12 st)
Rnd 5: sc in each st around. (12 st)
Rnd 6: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st) three times. (15 st)
Rnd 7: sc in each st around. (15 st)
Note: If using animal (safety) eyes, insert them now (roughly between Rnds 5 and 6) and attach the backs.
Rnd 8: (invdec, sc in next 3 st) three times. (12 st). Stuff head through hole.
Rnd 9: invdec six times. (6 st). Fasten off and weave in ends.

Body

worked from bottom up
With B, make a magic ring, ch 1.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 st)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 st)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) six times. (18 st)
Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st) six times. (24 st)
Rnd 5: in back loops only, sc in each st around. (24 st)
Rnd 6: in both loops from now on, sc in each st around. (24 st)
Rnd 7: (invdec, sc in next 2 st) six times. (18 st)
Rnd 8: sc in each st around. (18 st)
Rnd 9: (invdec, sc in next 4 st) three times. (15 st)
Rnds 10-11: sc in each st around. (15 st)
Rnd 12: (invdec, sc in next 3 st) three times. (12 st)
Rnds 13-14: sc in each st around. (12 st). Stuff body through hole.
Rnd 15: (invdec, sc in next 2 st) three times. (9 st)
Join with sl st to next st. Fasten off, leaving long end of yarn to attach body to head.

Foot (make 2)

worked from toe back
With A, make a magic ring, ch 1.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 st)
Rnds 2-4: sc in each st around. (6 st)
Join with sl st to next st. Fasten off, leaving long end to attach foot to body.

Arm (make 2)

worked from hand to shoulder
With A, make a magic ring, ch 1.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 st)
Rnds 2-3: sc in each st around. (6 st)
With B:
Rnds 4-8: sc in each st around. (6 st)
Join with sl st to next st. Fasten off, leaving long end of B to attach arm to body.

Hair

With eyelash yarn and H hook, ch 2.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. (6 st)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 st)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st) three times. (15 st)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around. (15 st). Join with sl st and fasten off, leaving long yarn end to attach hair to head.

Finishing

Place the head on top of the neck opening. Using a yarn needle and the long yarn end from the body, sew the body to the head all around the open end of the neck.

Position the arms at each side of the body so that the top of the shoulder is 2 rounds below the top of the body. Using a yarn needle and the long yarn end from each arm, sew the arms to the body all around the open end of the arms.

Flatten both feet, then position them at the front of the body, so the toes peek out from beneath the body. Using a yarn needle and the long yarn end from each foot, sew the feet securely to the body.

Position the circle of hair over the top and back of the head. Using a yarn needle and the long yarn end from the hair, attach the hair to the head by sewing all around the edge of the circle. Fluff out any clumps of lashes that are trapped by the stitches by raking over the hair a few times with the yarn needle.

Add accessories as desired to give your new friend some personality!

Mop Top Mascots crochet pattern by planetjune

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please leave me a comment below if you do, and consider leaving me a donation. Thanks!

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71 Comments »

  1. Carolyn said

    I love them. They look like Fraggles!

    • rosselyn said

      I think they are lemmings, I loved them

  2. san's said

    OMG these are soooooooo cute thanks for the pattern

  3. marteks said

    Adorable! These are the cutest things I have seen in a very long time!

  4. Jana said

    VERY cute! And if they are as simple as you say, perhaps one for each of the kids in my class as a year end gift won’t be too hard or time consuming to do!
    I will be back next week to download it when I can leave a donation (payday Saturday! WooHoo!)

  5. Jasmine said

    Thank-you so much for the wonderful pattern! Lemmings was my favourite game!

  6. susan said

    wow these are fabulous, your patterns are great, tfs, hugs susan

  7. These are so cute! I also thought of the fraggles the minute i saw them. I love them!

  8. Maryangela said

    Hi, June!

    First of all, I’dlike to say I find your work really cool – and I so apreciate the your tutorials! It’s very generous of you and they have helped me a lot. I have this blog in portuguese where there’s a link to your page.

    For there’s very little information on amigurumi in portuguese, I’d like to know if I could translate your material and make it avaible in my blog. Note that I would always refer to you as the author and always link to your page. It’s just a way to build the amigurumi comunity here in Brazil. Please, let me know what you think about it. Thank you so much!

    Mary

  9. Adry said

    Hi June!
    They are so lovely!
    I did a translation of the pattern, and put it in my blog. I linked your blog, of course. Is it ok?, tell me if you don´t agree, I will eliminate the post inmediatelly. sorry for my english, I know I must improve it.
    Regards.

  10. Anne said

    Oh no! More lemmings??!

    <3 thanks alot!!

  11. I love you

  12. arcalae said

    Lemmings! How cute, an ultimate amigurumi keychain for a gamer geek like me ^^ thanks!

  13. Anne said

    Thank you so much for this pattern, I have 4 great Grand Daughters and I know they’ll absolutely love these.
    Kisses, Anne

  14. Naware said

    I have been looking for something to make for a gf two lil ones and these look like just the ticket! I’m SO excited and can’t wait to make them, will be posting pictures on my own blogs for anyone to see! (you can find me on Twitter for any updates)

  15. Michal said

    These are so cute!! Thanks for sharing this pattern!

  16. Ali said

    I just love the the patterns that you share with us. Thanks

  17. Thanks for a lot of inspiration, never thought that mascots could be made in this way. Good luck!

  18. Marianne said

    Oh Wow! These are so cute! Thanks so much! I’ll try to remember to come back on payday (Friday) and leave you a donation. You are so generous to make this pattern available. Thanks again. :)

  19. Wahoo! said

    Wow lemmings are so cute! When I go to Calfronia next summer I will be very busy making them on the plane!

    Also now I know what I can make for everyone’s birthday!

  20. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    What a great littel pattern. I’ll be starting on my first lemming tomorrow, at a gift for my friend’s birthday.

    From one crochet designer to another, hats off!

  21. melissa rose said

    hey i love these, but i was wondering, i havent made any yet and ive only made a doll in d3 so for that i have to stuff the arms, but u dont specify if u stuff them or not so im assuming no…????? thank you

  22. June said

    Melissa, the arms are very tiny, so you don’t need to stuff them. You might find that the yarn ends inside the arms (from changing colour at the wrists) are enough to fill out the arms without any stuffing. You can squeeze a tiny bit of stuffing into the arms too, if you want, or just leave them unstuffed – whichever you’d prefer :)

  23. melissa rose said

    thank you :-) now i can make one, or to, or three :-P, in my next class :-)

  24. Lana said

    Hi, love the pattern, I’m a big Lemmings geek and I’ve already started making one! =D I was just curious what kind of eyelash yarn you used for the basic lemming. Is it a particular brand? I’m having trouble finding that particular green color

    • June said

      Hi Lana, I used Patons Cha-Cha in Reggae which I think is now discontinued (although you may be able to find some on eBay, and I see there’s some up for sale or trade on Ravelry – that’s probably your best chance to get it) . Eyelash yarns aren’t anywhere near as common as they were a couple of years ago – luckily (for me!) I bought a lifetime’s supply when they were still in fashion. It’s very difficult to find anything except Fun Fur these days :(

      • Moira said

        I’ve never worked with either eyelash yarn or fun fur. What’s the difference when doing one of these little guys?

        • June said

          ‘Fun Fur’ is the brand name of one type of eyelash yarn (made by Lion Brand). Some people call all eyelash yarns ‘fun fur’. Check out my General Fuzzy Yarn Tips to see some of the other types of eyelash/novelty yarns you could use. Each type gives a slightly different effect, but, these days, many types have been discontinued and most craft stores don’t stock many/any types, so the most important factor is to choose one you can find easily, and in a colour you like :)

          • Moira said

            These little dudes are so easy to do! I’m still fairly new to crochet (four tiny whales, one cthulhu, and 12 octagons for a blanket) and it only took me a few hours to put one of these together! I’d have been quicker but I was watching Torchwood at the same time and kept getting distracted. 😀

            I put a pic on FB with a link to your pattern.

            I ended up picking up a multi-colored eyelash yarn so each one I do will have different hair.

  25. Vero said

    Realmente fantásticos!, gracias por compartir tus trabajos, veré de hacer estos pequeños muñequitos.
    Saludos desde AR

  26. stinne said

    lovly little creatures…

    i hope it´s okay that i usted your pickture on my blog to link to this page.

    http://raccoon-design.blogspot.com/p/diy.html

    • June said

      Thanks, Stinne! And I’m happy for you to use my picture, providing you’re linking back to my site (which you are!) :)

  27. Aram said

    Hi,I really love these two funny dolls.I am from Iran and I haven’t seen them before.I can’t stop waiting,I am going to make them as soon as possible,but I couldn’t get what is the part about back loops for?? I have finished the faces but stopped at that part

    • June said

      Aram, the back loops only round is used to create a sharper corner between the bottom and the side of the body, so the base of the body will sit flat on the ground without curving up at the sides.

  28. Yady said

    Hi June,

    Do you know about geocaching? In short, it’s a treasure hunting game using GPS devices. Among the items found in geocaches (the treasure ‘chests’) are travel bugs, trackable items that travel from cache to cache with the help of people who find them.

    When we got married last month, my husband and I placed a travel bug in a geocache near the wedding venue. This travel bug consists of a bride and groom that I made by adapting your pattern to make a smaller version. Of course, I added a link to the pattern in the travel bug’s profile (which can be found here: http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=3315531).

    Thanks very much for the wonderful pattern!

    • June said

      How lovely, Yady, and congratulations to you and your new husband! I hope the little wedding pair have lots of travel adventures :)

  29. Crochetlover said

    Hello!
    This little figurs are soooo cute! I will do some to my parents and my brother, the would like it. Im from Sweden by the way, so i dont write so good english, so you know
    Thank you for the pattern!

  30. Tammy said

    I LOVE these!! I thought they were the Fraggle Rock characters too! I don’t know how to crochet, but if I ever learn I’m definitely making these! Thanks!!!

  31. Thank you so much for this adorable lemmings ! I didn’t resist to make one.
    You can see it at http://unegrenouillerouge.com/?p=138

  32. Alisha said

    Does anyone make and sell these. I live in the US and would love one

    • June said

      Alisha, check the of my customers do list of my customers who sell items based on my patterns at http://www.planetjune.com/buytoys – maybe you’ll find one of them who has what you’re looking for in stock, or can custom-make it for you :)

  33. Wolvie said

    I´ve made plently of them in a half of a year. It was very fun to do them ^^

    Thank you for the patterns!! This woke my love for the little Lemmings up.

    And this is the result:
    http://chibithekla.deviantart.com/art/crochet-Lemmings-Lemmings-everywhere-421466096

  34. Adele Davis said

    How tall is the Mop Top?

    • June said

      As it says in the intro, they are about 4″ (10cm) tall :)

  35. Marlène said

    C’est un très beau travail j’adore. Bravo.

  36. Manda said

    These are really cute and adorable! Thanks for sharing this pattern and other patterns! Manda

  37. Ellisen said

    Love your fantastic mop tops. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

  38. Laura Cline said

    I don’t remember the Lemmings video games, but they look just like Fraggles. I swear I remember pics of some people making a boatload of these and staging them all over a building.

    • June said

      Well remembered, Laura – that was a very cool project! I blogged about it here way back in 2009 if you want to see some photos :)

  39. Becky said

    I am very new to this. Could you tell me how you add that cute hair?

    • June said

      Becky, all you need to do is follow the instructions for Hair in the above pattern. You might also want to check out my Fuzzy Yarn Tips for additional pointers on working with the eyelash yarn :)

  40. Caz said

    You have a very real gift; your critters et al look so ‘real’ – thanks for sharing!

  41. Patricia Taplin said

    Love these mascots June, I make small bags in pink in crocodile stitch with these just sticking out the top, as presents, and they are so loved. So thank for this lovely pattern. Regards Patricia.

  42. jacqui christiance said

    I love these little guys. Thank you for sharing your designs, your knowledge of your craft and and your generosity. Thank you, jacqui

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