Leo the Beaver Crochet Pattern

Hey there! If you love crochet beavers or quick crochet projects, this post is for you!

This post has been a long time in the making.

It all started back in October. The boys’ birthdays are exactly one month apart (I/we made it very easy on my husband!) so we decided to do a joint birthday for them since they’re still little and won’t mind it right now.

And in all of my wisdom, I invited C’s whole preschool class (16 kids) plus other family/friend’s kids and then decided to MAKE the party favors.

Yeah, I was WAY too ambitious and overconfident!

Oh and not only was I making these favors, I was also designing them.

I know.

I’m hoping that I will learn from this, but I won’t be surprised when I bite off more than I can chew again this year. Probably sooner rather than later, but I digress…

So I jumped in with both feet and designed 11 different woodland animals. Yes. ELEVEN. Again, way too ambitious. And I had planned to make two of each to have enough for all of the kids.

But of course I didn’t stop there. I also decided to make small tents and a tee pee since it was a camping/outdoor theme for the party. I seriously need someone to stop me sometimes!

But if you’re here, I’m betting you’re here for the woodland critters!

This week I’m sharing the first one that I designed. And he’s a cutie! This adorable little beaver (C named him Leo), was fun to make and it didn’t take too much time or yarn. He also has the legs, body and head as one piece, which cuts down on the amount of sewing and weaving in of ends that are needed to make each animal, which I LOVE!

And he doesn’t use much yarn and works up pretty quickly, too, (as long as you’re not trying to make a ton of them in a very short period of time!) so he makes for a great quick crochet project!

And yes, I will be sharing the other ten patterns over the next ten weeks, so if you love woodland critters, bookmark this page and check back every Friday!

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Woodland Critter #1- Leo the Beaver Crochet Pattern

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Skill Level: Easy

Yarn and Hook Size

38 yards               A) Red Heart Super Saver in Café Latte (364 y/333 m per 7 oz/198.5 g skein); 100% acrylic, worsted weight (#4) yarn

10 yards                B) I Love This Yarn in Brown (355 y/324.6 m per 7 oz/198.5 g skein); 100% acrylic, worsted weight (4) yarn

<1 yard                  C) Coats and Clark Cotton Embroidery Floss in Black (8.75 y/8 m); 100% cotton

<1 yard                  D) Coats and Clark Cotton Embroidery Floss in White (8.75 y/8 m); 100% cotton

4.5 mm crochet hook

2.0 mm crochet hook (for crocheted eyes and nose)

Notions

Measurements and Gauge

Finished measurements are 5.5 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide by 4 inches front to back. The gauge is 4 stitches and 4 rows equals 1 inch.

Abbreviations

ch                  chain

dc                  double crochet

dec                  decrease

inc                   increase

MR                  magic ring

Rd                  round

rep                  repeat

sc                  single crochet

sl st                  slip stitch

() denote a group of stitches worked in the same stitch

[] denote a group of stitches that repeats as many times as directed

Instructions

Note: Most pieces are worked in continuous rounds (those that are not are noted as such). You will only need one stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round, moving it to the first stitch of each new round.

Legs/Body/Head

Using A

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rds 3-6: sc 12 (12)

At this point, fasten off the first leg and weave in ends. Repeat Rds 1-6 for the second leg, but DO NOT fasten off the second leg. Weave in starting end and continue as follows:

Rd 7: sc 6 on first leg, beginning in first stitch of the last round of the first leg, sc 12, sc 6 on second leg (24)

Rds 8-10: sc 24 (24)

Rd 11: [sc 2, dec], rep [] five more times (18)

Rds 12-13: sc 18 (18) Stuff legs with fiber fill

Rd 14: [sc, dec], rep [] five more times (12)

Rd 15: sc 12 (12) Stuff the rest of the body with fiber fill

Rd 16: dec 6 (6)

Rd 17: sc 6 (6)

Rd 18: inc 6 (12)

Rd 19: [sc, inc], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 20: [sc 2, inc], rep [] five more times (24)

Rd 21: [sc 3, inc], rep [] five more times (30)

Rds 22-23: sc 30 (30) If using safety eyes, add in row 23 in stitches 15 and 18

Rd 24: [sc 3, dec], rep [] five more times (24)

Rds 25-26: sc 24 (24)

Rd 27: [sc 2, dec], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 28: [sc, dec], rep [] five more times (12) Stuff the head with fiber fill

Rd 29: dec 6 (6)

Arms (Make 2)

Using A

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rd 3: sc 12 (12)

Rd 4: [sc 2, dec], rep [] twice more (9)

Rds 5-6: sc 9 (9) Stuff with fiber fill

Fasten off and leave a 6 inch tail to sew onto body

Muzzle

Using A

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 7 (7)

Rd 2: sc 2, (sc 3), sl st, (sc 3), sc 2 (11)

Fasten off and leave a 6 inch tail to sew onto head

Nose

Using C

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 3, dc 3

Fasten off and pull MR as tight as possible, putting a knot in the thread to keep the MR tight. Leave 6 inch tail to sew onto muzzle.

Teeth (make 2)

Using D

Ch 4

Row 1: Starting in 3rd ch from hook, dc 2 (2)

Fasten off and leave a 6 inch tail to sew onto face. Weave in starting end.

Tail

Using B

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rd 3: [sc, inc], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 4: [sc 2, inc], rep [] five more times (24)

Rds 5-6: sc 24 (24)

Rd 7: [sc 2, dec], rep [] five more times (18)

Rds 8-9: sc 18 (18)

Rd 10: [sc, dec], rep [] five more times (12)

Rds 11-12: sc 12 (12)

Rd 13 dec 6 (6)

Fasten off, leaving a 6 inch tail to sew onto body. Press flat

Crocheted Eyes (make 2 if using)

Using C and a 2.0 mm crochet hook

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Insert hook into top of first sc as if to sl st and yarn over with D

Rd 2: inc 3 (6) NOT A FULL ROUND

Fasten off and leave a 6 inch tail of each color to sew onto head

Tip: see the Crochet Eyes for Amigurumi post for pictures on how to make the eyes if you have questions! Or feel free to drop me a line!

Assembly

Sew the arms onto the body from row 11 to row 14, straight on the side of the body.

Sew the muzzle onto the head, in the middle of the face from row 18 to row 22.

If applicable, sew eyes onto the head, from row 22 to row 24, centered around the muzzle with two stitches between the eyes when eyes are sewn on.

Sew the nose onto the muzzle with the bottom tip of the nose in the center of the magic ring of the muzzle.

Sew the teeth onto the muzzle below and on each side of the tip of the nose.

Sew the tail onto the body, centered on the back from row 8 to row 11. Be sure to sew it on extra securely, as it can be quite heavy.

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