Tim the Moose Crochet Pattern

A crochet amigurumi moose, you say? Well that’s not something you see everyday!

Did you know that moose prefer grazing on greens that are higher up because it’s hard for them to lower their heads to the ground? I mean, it makes sense. Those antlers can get huge!

They are also good swimmers, which seems a little strange because if you’re not from somewhere that moose live in the wild (*raises hand*) you only really think of them in the winter time. But they can even go completely under the water for short periods of time! (source)

I liked to learn a little about the animals I featured in this series because you never know what interesting thing you might find that may make an animal even more appealing!

While the Woodland Animals Crochet Series contains all sorts of animals that each presented their own challenges in designing, Tim the moose definitely presented the most unique challenge: how to make his antlers when the animals are so small but anything that would be the right size wouldn’t be sturdy enough to stand straight?

Thankfully, there is liquid starch!

If you want Tim’s antlers to stand up like mine in the picture, you will definitely need some sort of liquid starch or fabric stiffener.

Now it’s time to meet Tim!

Tim the Moose Crochet Pattern

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Yarn and Hook

For this moose, I used about 45 yards of Red Heart Super Saver in Cafe Latte and about 2 yards of I Love This Yarn in White.

Whatever medium brown yarn and whatever white yarn you happen to have on hand would work great as well.

I also used less than a yard of black embroidery floss (like this Coats and Clark embroidery floss) for the nostrils and about a yard each of black and white embroidery floss for the eyes.

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 eyes.

Other Notions

Some other things that you will need will be:

I used the embroidery thread crochet eye for Tim detailed in the post linked above.

Measurements

When finished, Tim measures 7.25 inches tall (including his antlers), 3.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches back to front. Gauge is not super important for this amigurumi moose, but my gauge measures 4 stitches and 4 rows in 1 inch.

Abbreviations

ch        chain

dec        decrease

inc         increase

Rd        round

rep        repeat

sc        single crochet

Additional pattern notes:

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

Pattern Instructions

Tim is worked in the spiral round. First you will work his 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 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 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.

Nose

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

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

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rds 3-4: sc 12 (12) 

Fasten off and leave a 6 inch tail to sew onto the body and stuff the nose with fiber fill.

Ears (make 2)

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

Fasten off, weave in beginning end as much as possible and leave a 6 inch tail to sew onto head. 

Tail

Still using your 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: [sc, inc], rep [] two more times (9)

Rd 3: [sc, dec], rep [] two more times (6)

Fasten off and leave a 6-8 inch tail for sewing onto the body and weaving in the end. Weave in your starting end.

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 crocheted the embroidery thread eyes I used for Tim.

Antlers

The antlers are worked using the white worsted weight yarn and they are worked in rows, rather than in the round.

To start, ch 8

Row 1: sc, [{sc, ch3, sc 2 back along ch 3)], rep [], sc 4 (11)

Fasten off, weave in beginning end and leave a 6-8 inch tail for sewing. Starch with a liquid  fabric starch to keep straight, following the package directions for the starch.

Assembly

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

Sew the antlers onto the head. I start in the second row from the end and work my way down the head, keeping them running to the sides.

Sew the ears underneath the antlers on the sides of the head.

Be sure the nose is stuffed and sew onto the head, in the middle of the face from row 18 to row 22 (if you used safety eyes, center the nose between them, then sew from rows indicated).

Using black embroidery thread, add two small nostrils to the nose.

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 tail onto the body, centered on the back from row 8 to row 11.

Now just make sure no one throws Tim in the water: unlike his brethren, he can’t swim!

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