Stacey the Hedgehog Crochet Pattern

What’s cuter than a hedgehog? A crochet hedgehog! Read on to learn how to make your own!

Hedgehogs are a cute and kind of exotic pet option that seems to be becoming a more popular option.

But what if you don’t want to deal with the mess of a live hedgehog (even if they can sleep up to 18 hours per day)?

How about a crochet amigurumi hedgehog!

Much like her real life counterpart, this crochet hedgehog is a solitary creature, but unlike in real life, her quills are soft and loopy, instead of made from keratin (like our fingernails).

I used the loop stitch to create her quills as two separate pieces that are sewn onto the body and head. It makes for a little extra work, but really makes her special!

Unfortunately, this little hedgehog can’t curl into a ball, but she’s so cute and friendly, she won’t be scared of your little one and your little one will love her!

Now it’s time to make your own!

Stacey the Hedgehog Crochet Pattern

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Yarn and Hook

For this hedgehog, I used about 40 yards of Red Heart Super Saver in Cafe Latte and roughly 25 yards of I Love This Yarn in Brown.

I also used less than a yard of pink embroidery floss (like this Coats and Clark embroidery floss) for the nose.

I used two different crochet hooks: a 4.5 mm crochet hook for the main parts (legs/body/head, arms, ears, muzzle, tail) and a 2.0 mm crochet hook for the nose.

Other Notions

Some other things that you will need will be:

I used safety eyes on my Stacey but you can find instructions as well as other eye options in the post linked above. I especially recommend checking it out if you’re making Stacey for a child under 3- all of the options are safer for babies than safety eyes!

Measurements

When finished, Stacey measures 5.5 inches tall, 3.5 inches wide and 2.75 inches back to front. Gauge is not super important for this amigurumi hedgehog, but my gauge measures 4 stitches and 4 rows in 1 inch.

Abbreviations

ch        chain

dec        decrease

inc         increase

ls loop stitch

Rd        round

rep        repeat

sc        single crochet

Special Stitch:

To perform the loop stitch, insert the hook into the stitch, then use your finger to hold the yarn away from the work and create a loop. Grab both the ending side of the loop and the yarn going back to the ball and pull through the stitch. Yarn over and pull through three loops.

Additional pattern notes:

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

Pattern Instructions

Stacey is worked in the spiral round. First you will work her two legs, but DO NOT fasten off the second leg! You will join the first leg and continue to work the body without fastening off (which means less sewing!). The body will then go to the head, also without seaming. This is your first major piece.

Legs/Body/Head

Using your lighter brown worsted weight yarn, you will start with a magic ring and chain 1, then single crochet 6.

Continue working in a spiral as follows, being sure to mark your first stitch of each new round with your stitch marker:

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 for both legs. The ending end of the first leg can either be woven in or crocheted over in the next round.

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)

At this point, you will need to stuff your legs with fiber fill, being sure to stuff them firmly, but not over stuff to where the stitches are pulled too tightly and the fiber fill is spilling out.

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

Rd 15: sc 12 (12)

Now is the time to 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 you will be using safety eyes, add them 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, making sure to add some extra fiber fill and stuff it firmly into the neck space. I often use the end of my crochet hook, but a stuffing tool or the eraser end of a pencil would also work here.

Rd 29: dec 6 (6)

Fasten off and leave a 6 inch tail. Sew the tail through the front loop on all 6 scs and pull tight. Weave in the remaining end.

Arms

The next pieces to work are the arms. Be sure to make 2!

Still using your lighter brown worsted weight yarn, you will start again with a magic ring and chain 1, then single crochet 6.

Continue working in a spiral as follows, being sure to mark your first stitch of each new round with your stitch marker:

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)

Fasten off and leave a 6 inch tail to sew onto the body. Stuff each arm firmly with fiber fill.

Muzzle

Still using your lighter brown worsted weight yarn, you will start again with a magic ring and chain 1, then single crochet 5. Please note that this is different from how most other pieces start!!

Continue working in a spiral and work an increase into each single crochet from round 1 for a total of 10 single crochets in round 2.

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

Body Quills

This section uses your darker brown worsted weight yarn and is worked in alternating rows of loop stitch and single crochet.

To begin, ch 13.

Row 1: Beginning in the second ch from the hook, ls 12 , ch 1, turn(12)

Row 2: sc 12, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 3: ls 12, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 4: dec, sc 3, dec, sc 3, dec, ch 1, turn (9)

Row 5: ls 9, ch 1, turn (9)

Row 6: dec, sc 5, dec, ch 1, turn (7)

Row 7: ls 7, ch 1, turn (7)

Row 8: dec, sc 3, dec, ch 1, turn (5)

Row 9: ls 5 (5)

Fasten off and leave a 18-20 inch tail to sew onto the body.

Head Quills

Like the body quills, this section uses your darker brown worsted weight yarn and is worked in alternating rows of loop stitch and single crochet.

To begin, ch 9.

Row 1: Beginning in the second ch from the hook, ls 8, ch 1, turn (8)

Row 2: inc, sc 6, inc, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 3: ls inc, ls 8, ls inc, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 4: inc, sc 10, inc, ch1, turn (14)

Row 5: ls 14, ch 1, turn (14)

Row 6: dec, sc 10, dec, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 7: ls 12, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 8: dec, sc 8, dec, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 9: ls dec, ls 6, ls dec, ch 1, turn (8)

Row 10: dec, sc 4, dec, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 11: ls dec, ls 2, ls dec, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 12: dec 2, ch 1, turn (2)

Row 13: dec (1)

Fasten off and leave a 12-14 inch tail to sew onto the head.

Nose

Using a pink embroidery thread, you will now make the nose to go onto the muzzle.

Start with a magic ring, and chain 3, then double crochet 3.

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

Eyes

If you are using safety eyes, be sure you insert them where noted in the Legs/Body/Head section above. 

If you need another eye solution, check out my Crochet Eyes for Amigurumi post- that’s where I explain in detail, with photos, how I embroidered the closed eyes on Donnie.

Assembly

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

Stuff the muzzle with a small amount of fiber fill and sew onto the head, in the middle of the face from row 18 to row 22 (if you used safety eyes, center the muzzle between them, then sew from rows indicated).

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 body quills onto the back of the body, centered between the arms and from the neck to where the legs connect to the body.

Sew the head quills onto the body starting from row 28 on the face side and working back onto the back of the head, keeping the quills centered.

Now Stacey is ready to play with your little! Luckily you won’t have to clip her quills like we have to clip kids’ nails!

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