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oh no! more lemmings

Sorry, I couldn’t resist that post title!

I am amazed by the response to my Lemmings, particularly on Craftster (7000 views and rising!). I’m glad I’m not the only one with fond memories of these guys! If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, you can play a port of the original Lemmings game online here or here (but don’t blame me if you don’t get any work done today – it is very addictive).

crocheted lemmings by planetjune

I’ve been getting questions about how I made all the accessories. I’m afraid I only improvised them, so I can’t give you a real pattern for any of them. But I can give you some hints:

Umbrella To avoid having colour changes showing through, I made 6 triangles (3 red, 3 white) and then stitched them together into the umbrella shape, with a little hole in the centre for the handle to poke through. The handle is just a thin crocheted tube with a wire inside (the same wire goes right through the lemming to the ground to make the lemming float).
Backpack I made a crocheted tube, flattened it and stitched across the bottom. The straps are just chains crocheted with 2 strands of yarn held together.
Blocks To make each block, I crocheted a square then folded it in half and single crocheted around the edges. It was too floppy with only 1 layer of crochet.
Pickaxe Crocheted around floral wires. The wire from the handle goes into the arms to keep it securely attached.
Blocker’s hands I made the arms a little differently for the blocker, in two pieces:
  • Hand: 5 sc in magic ring, sc in each st around for 2 more rows.
  • Arm: ch 6, form into a ring, sc in each st around for 5 rows.
  • Flatten hand.
  • Stitch hand onto one end of arm tube before stuffing arm.

Oh, and I used Patons Cha-Cha in Reggae for the hair, but I know Fun Fur have a few green shades too.

Happy Lemming making!

12 Comments »

  1. Polly day said

    Hello there very cute I do crochet commissions for a fair price how can I help it it making these little fellows yours kindly polly

    • June said

      Hi Polly, I’m not sure if you were asking a question, but if so please see my FAQ for info on selling items made from my patterns 🙂

      • Polly said

        Hi there June I was tagged in this post as some one was after a crocheter who takes commissions so I clicked on the link and now I don’t really know what to do I shall come back to this after a bit more searching but these little fellows are sooooo adorable
        did you make up these patterns yourself?
        Are they crochet or knitted?
        And what yarn do you use ?

        • June said

          Gotcha! You can find my free crochet pattern for them here: http://www.planetjune.com/moptop – and if you choose to donate for the PDF version (linked from that page) you’ll also get my tips for the lemming accessories 🙂

  2. Jomas said

    I woke up this morning and thought “I know! I need a stuffed toy Lemming! How to make it… I know! Amigurumi!” And then I went to the internet… and lo and behold – there you are! Thank you so much for doing the experimentation and then writing it up, you’ve saved me a lot of work!

  3. Stephen said

    They’re great! If you could mass-produce these (or something like it) I think you’d make a bomb, despite how old the lemmings franchise is.

    You can set them up as though they’re traversing your work area…

  4. Echo said

    I so want them there amazing!!!!! I always loved Lemmings. I actually got my old amiga sittin with the disk in it just so i can play when ever.

  5. konimusa said

    Waw, I have to say they’re all fantastic! I’m a fan of Lemmings and I love yours! Congrats! ^__^

  6. OMG!! These Lemmings are absolutely adorable!!

  7. Those are adorable!!

  8. melodiame said

    Great!, some time ago i readed how to make a sackboy doll….i wanna one :S

  9. I came across your blog and wish to say “wow!!! this is fabulous!!!”. I love your crafts and Lemmings. Will try out crochetting these little cuties one of these days. Thanks.

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