© June Gilbank 2021
Fuzzy Hedgehog is a simple and adorable pattern that makes the most of a novelty textured yarn such as eyelash or fur! From realistic shades to bright and colourful options, there are no wrong choices to make – any novelty yarn looks good as hedgehog spines.
With just two pieces to stitch together, you’ll be able to whip up the sweetest little hedgehog buddy in no time, sized to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand.
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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 www.planetjune.com/hedgehog
|dc||double crochet (treble crochet for UK/Aus)|
|sc||single crochet (double crochet for UK/Aus)|
|sc2tog||single crochet decrease (double crochet decrease for UK/Aus)
(insert hook into stitch and draw up a loop, insert hook into next stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook)
|sl st||slip stitch|
Approx 4.5″ (11.5cm) long. (Your gauge and yarn choice will affect the finished size slightly.)
Gauge is unimportant for this pattern. For a very fluffy or eyelash-type yarn, the most important factor is that you use a hook large enough to catch the yarn without difficulty. For the regular smooth yarn, check that the pieces are crocheted sufficiently tightly that they will not gape visibly when stuffed.
worked from nose to neck
With worsted weight yarn and E hook, make a magic ring, ch 1.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 st)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 2 st. (6 st)
Rnd 3: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) three times. (9 st)
Rnd 4: sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st., sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st. (12 st)
Rnd 5: sc in each st around. (12 st)
Rnd 6: (sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st) four times. (16 st)
Note: In the next round (Rnd 7), you’ll form the ears as you go, by crocheting a short chain and working back into it. Complete the sc following each ear, then mark the stitch you have just completed (shown by asterisk: *) by slipping a stitch marker or a scrap of contrasting yarn through the stitch before you continue.
Rnd 7: sc in next st, ch 2, (dc, ch 1, sl st) in 2nd chain from hook, sc in next st*, sc in next 10 st,
ch 2, (dc, ch 1, sl st) in 2nd chain from hook, sc in next st*, sc in next 3 st. (16 st, plus ears)
Rnd 8: sc, skip ear by folding it forward (see photos below) and sc in the next st (the marked stitch), sc in next 10 st, skip ear by folding it forward and sc in the next st (the marked stitch), sl st in next st. (14 st, plus 2 unworked)
Fold the ear forward and out of the way so you can crochet into the marked stitch.
Fasten off, leaving a short yarn end.
The finished head, from the front (left) and back (right).
worked from back to front
Note: All stitches are worked in back loops only.
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 st) six times. (18 st)
Rnds 4-11: sc in each st around. (18 st)
Rnd 12: (sc2tog, sc in next st) six times. (12 st). Make sure the fluffiest side of the body is turned to the outside, then stuff the body through the hole.
Rnd 13: sc2tog six times. (6 st)
Fasten off, leaving a 16″ (40cm) long yarn end.
If you’re using animal (safety) eyes, insert them now and attach the backs, using the ears as a guide to which side of the head is the top. The eyes should be positioned on either side of the head, 2 rounds in front of each ear.
Stuff the head, making sure you push some stuffing down past the eyes and into the nose.
Using a yarn needle and the long yarn end from the body, stitch the head to the body, all around the open edge of the head.
Tip: Make sure with each stitch into the body that you insert the needle under an actual stitch, and not just into the lashes.
Fluff out any clumps of lashes that are trapped by the stitches by raking over the body a few times with the yarn needle. Repeat this process more carefully around the edges of the head to release the lashes from the joining stitches and blend the join, then trim down any lashes from around the face that cover the eyes or look untidy.
If you didn’t attach the eyes earlier, attach the eyes now. They should be positioned on either side of the head, 2 rounds in front of each ear.
Thread a yarn needle with a length of black yarn for the nose. Make a single horizontal stitch across the top of the muzzle, one round above the centre of the magic ring, and centred between the eyes (a–b, below left). Pull the stitch taut. Re-stitch over the same stitch a couple of times (below, right) until you’re happy with the appearance.
Tip: To keep the stitches secure and hide the ends neatly, see my tutorial at www.planetjune.com/stitching
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