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Amigurumi Sea Otter crochet pattern

Here’s my latest commissioned design – say hello to my Sea Otter!

Sea Otter amigurumi crochet pattern by PlanetJune

This pattern is a little later than scheduled, I’m afraid; I just wasn’t able to write up the pattern until I got over my bronchitis enough to have a clear head. Turning the new techniques I use to create my designs into clear and easy to follow instructions is impossible when my brain isn’t fully functional. But hopefully you’ll agree that it was worth the wait πŸ™‚

I’ve wanted to make a sea otter for years – they are truly adorable. Have you seen pictures of a pair floating together, holding hands?! Awwww!

Sea Otter fun facts

  • Sea Otters are both the smallest marine mammal and the largest member of the weasel family.
  • Their fur is the densest of any animal and traps a layer of insulating air bubbles within it to keep the otter warm in the cold ocean waters.
  • Sea otters almost never leave the ocean. They float on their backs to rest, groom and sleep.
  • Their diet is shellfish and crustaceans. They often use a rock as a tool to crack open the hard shells.
  • They have special kidneys that allow them to drink sea water and process out the salt!

To help with my design, I made a list of essential sea otter features:

  • Sea otters have small sensitive front paws that let then catch their food by touch.
  • To aid in swimming, their back feet are large, flat and webbed, and their tails are broad and strong.
  • Their colour varies from beige to very dark brown, and the fur on their heads lightens with age.
  • They have a diamond shaped nose and small ears. They can close their nostrils and ears when underwater.

Sea Otter amigurumi crochet pattern by PlanetJune

I hope the sea otter’s playful nature has come through in my design – especially in the back feet! I think sea otters really need to have something to hold on their tummies for maximum cuteness, so I’ve also included a bonus pattern to make the simple clam you can see in my photos – you can make the closed and/or open (empty) version.

Sea Otter amigurumi crochet pattern by PlanetJune

If you pledged towards the commission, you should have already received your copy of the pattern. Otherwise, if you’d like to make a sea otter of your own – or a pair to hold hands – you can now pick up the Sea Otter crochet pattern from the PlanetJune shop!

If you’re not quite ready to buy though, how about queuing Sea Otter on ravelry so you don’t forget about it?


  1. Phoebe Lovell said

    I am interested in your pattern but was wondering how big the finished otter will be?

    • June said

      Phoebe, I don’t remember off the top of my head, but if you click through to the shop, I always give the approximate finished size in the product description πŸ™‚

  2. Jessica said

    Thanks for the pattern, my daughter needs this for a school project. I searched the internet and found some of the most ugly things, but yours is very cute! I love crocheting, but don’t have the creativity to create my own projects, I just don’t even know where to begin. So alas I must buy the patterns!

  3. Camille said

    This is my favorite !
    And for me June is the Queen of the Amigurumis : her patterns are the cutest ever !

  4. Liz said

    I albsolutely love him and so will my husband. We saw them this summer at Bear Ctry USA and he just sent me the picture last week of them sleeping holding hands “so they don’t float away from each other”… now my DH wants to hold hands while sleeping. Kinda cute. =)

  5. pam said

    You are a genius. You do know that right? I am in awe.

    Cutest little Sea otter i have ever seen – even including those i have “met” in person!

  6. Alex-Drew said

    gorgeous this is outstanding! your work just never ceases to amaze me you know! and it always puts a smile on my face to see the latest innovations. from seat covers to sea otters! I love this blog. and the entire set up. you even helped me when I needed it and are always here for everyone. you’re a heart-toucher for sure, and this is definitly a community that I should stick around for.

    Sincerely yours~
    Alex-Drew Sweeney

  7. Mimii said

    So cuuuuute !! Excellent ! It gave me smile for my day πŸ™‚

  8. camaharet said

    The clams are the best!

  9. June, I love your new Sea Otter! Definitely worth the wait! Thanks for the interesting Sea Otter facts and your research!

  10. So adorable! So realistic! So Cute!!!

    I’m glad you were able to finish your Sea Otter, he’s fantastic!

    Hope you get well soon!

    Take care! Happy Crocheting! πŸ˜‰

  11. oh my gosh june!

    it is fabulous!
    i am on my way over to the shop now!

    i love it!

    πŸ™‚ melissa

  12. I love this! When I get more experience with crochet I want to try some of your amigurumi patterns. You should also check this out for more sea otter cuteness.


  13. Lindy said

    Awww – love your sea otter – really cute! And the clams are great too:) I also enjoyed reading your sea otter fun facts.
    Love, Lindy xx

  14. Kara said

    Love this!

  15. Amiguruthi said

    He’s lovely! That photo of the two holding hands is adorable as well πŸ™‚

    I like how you’ve posed him – classic sea otter, but his little face looks like he’s been caught having an extra clam or something equally naughty. Sorta the ‘who me?’ look lol πŸ™‚

  16. Too super cute!

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