Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bandit The Amigurumi Raccoon

crochet raccoon pattern
Amigurumi Woodland Animal number three! I started with Amigurumi Beaver and shortly after Adorable Mister Fox followed and now we have
Bandit the Raccoon! (pattern has been translated into Spanish here)

  
Copyright 2013 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved

Read me  ~>  Work in continuous rounds, do not join. I used Red Heart Super Saver and also Red Heart Comfort with a 3.75 mm hook. If you crochet more on the loose side then use a smaller hook so you don't get gaps and stuffing showing through the stitches. Have any questions or if you come across a mistake in the pattern please leave a message in the comment section below.
Read me ~>  It's a good idea to add in a marker at the end of row 2 and move that marker at the end of every row. I just use a short length of yarn and pull it through the last stitch I put in at the end of every row.

Special notes:  This pattern will give you a Raccoon about 6 1/2 inches tall depending on your choice of yarn and hook size.

st = stitch
sc = single crochet
2tog = 2 stitches together
sl st = slip stitch
f/o = finish off


Supplies used:


3.75mm hook
grey worsted weight medium #4
white worsted weight medium #4
black worsted weight medium #4
black sport weight yarn for the nose, you could also use worsted weight
black felt for the eye patch
black sewing thread and a sewing needle
safety eyes 7.5mm but use any size you like or even use felt or yarn for eyes

How to read the rows: Each row has a sequence as given below. For example 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.

Switching colors: we use the jogless stripe method to switch colors, this will eliminate *most* of the color jump that comes with switching colors. Don't worry, it is easy and the pattern does this stitch by stitch with you. Knot off color changes once you get a row or 2 past where you changed colors.

HEAD starting with Grey

*sew on the eye patch before stuffing the head. Make sure you are happy with placements before securing anything in place.

1) magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)
6) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (36)
7) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (42)
8-12) 1sc in each st for 5 rows switch to white on the last st of row 12
13) (sl st first st, 1sc in next 4st then 2tog) now for the remainder of this row 1sc in next 5st then 2tog (36)
14-15) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
16) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (30)
17) 1sc in each st
18) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (24)
19) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)

f/o leaving a long tail for sewing.



Muzzle starting with White

1) magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 1sc the 2sc in next st (9)
3) 1sc in each st, switch to grey on last st
4) (sl st first st then 1sc in next st then 2sc in next st) now for the remainder of this row, 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (12)
5-6) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
      sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Use the sport weight yarn and stitch in the nose before sewing muzzle to the face. Sew the muzzle in before stuffing the head, see photos below.


Make the eye patch with black felt
. To get an eye patch with both ends that match cut a rectangular shape about 4 1/2 inches long and about 1 1/2 wide. Fold it in half, if needed use white chalk to draw on the shape you want then cut the felt on the chalk line with it still folded.
Put the safety eye through the felt then place on the face, push the stem of the safety eye through the yarn and then attach the back of the safety eye.
On my raccoon, the top of the widest part of the eye patch is just under row 8 and the bottom is just under row 13;
use regular sewing thread and needle to whip stitch around the entire outer edge of the patch.
I placed the eyes wide apart but you decide where you think the eyes look best..
Now sew the muzzle in place.


Click on images to enlarge them
felt for making a patch
crochet muzzle for raccoon
black felt eye patch for raccoon

Body with Grey

*take a look at the photos and see how the body is positioned  under the head. It will be the starting magic circle that will be the front used as the belly button so make sure to take care when finishing off the last rows of the body as neatly as you can and after you stuff the body take care not to pull the stuffing through that last couple rows when closing the gap as that will show on the back of the Raccoon.

1) magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)
6) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (36)
7) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (42)
8) 1sc in next 6st then 2sc in next st (48)
9-13) 1sc in each st for 5 rows
14) 1sc in next 6st then 2tog (42)
15) 1sc in each st
16) 1sc in next 5st then 2tog (36)
17) 1sc in each st
18) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (30)
19) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (24)
20) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)

*stuff the body

21) 1sc then 2tog (12)
22) 2tog 6 times *add more stuffing if needed. Use a stuffing stick or the back end of a pencil

f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Using a yarn needle, weave the yarn tail in and out through those last 6 st then pull the yarn tail until the gap closes, knot off the yarn tail then hide inside the body


Legs start with black

 
1) magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc in each st, switch to grey on last st
4) sl st first st, 1sc in next 11st
5-11) 1sc for 7 rows
sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. fold flat, do not stuff . Sew under the body. Take your time to position and sew on neatly, the legs are as wide as the body when placed side by side. You could pin them in place before sewing to make sure you are happy with the placement before sewing them in place.


crochet raccoon parts

Arms start with black
 

1) magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3-5) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
switch to grey on last st  
6) (sl st first st then 2tog) now for the remainder of the row 1sc then 2tog (8)
7-13) 1sc in each st for 7 rows
f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. stuff hand, do not stuff arms. Sew just under the head


Ears start with black

1) magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 1sc then 2sc in next st (9)
3) 1sc in each, switch to grey on last st
4)  (sl st first st, 1sc in next st then 2sc in next st) now for the remainder of this row, 1sc in next 2st then 2sc   in next st (12)
5) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (15)
6-9) 1sc in each st for 4 rows
sl st the next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. pin the ears in place before sewing to make sure you are happy with the placement. Some people like to sew the ears on before they stuff the head. You could do this too. I like sewing the ears on after the head is stuffed and sewn to the body but that is just personal preference. 


 Tail start with Black *take your time. There are quite a few color changes for the tail. Do not break free from the yarn until the pattern says to do so, instead loop up the yarn for each change. You will want enough length in each change to be able to knot off the changes once you get to row 22, see photos below. Click on photos to enlarge them.

1) magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 1sc then 2sc in next st (9)
3-4) 1sc in each st for 2 rows, switch to grey on last st of row 4
5) (sl st first st, 1sc next st then 2sc next st) for the remainder of this row, 1sc next 2st then 2sc next st (12)
6) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (15)
7) 1sc in each st, switch to black on last st
8)
(sl st first st, 1sc next 3st then 2sc next st) for the remainder of this row, 1sc next 4st then 2sc next st (18) 
9) 1sc in each st, switch to grey on last st
10) (sl st first st, 1sc next 4st then 2sc next st) for the remainder of this row, 1sc next 5st then 2sc next st (21) 
11-13) 1sc in each st for 3 rows, switch to black on last st
14)
(sl st first st, 1sc next 5st then 2sc next st) for the remainder of this row, 1sc next 6st then 2sc next st (24) 
15) 1sc next 7st then 2sc next st (27)
16) switch to grey on first st, sl st next st then 1sc in next 25st
17-18) 1sc in each st for 2 rows, switch to black on last st of row 18
19)
sl st first st, 1sc next 26st
20) 1sc in each st, switch to grey on last st
21) (sl st first st, 1sc next 6st the 2tog) for the remainder of this row 1sc in next 7st then 2tog (24)
22)
1sc in each st *stop and pull out your last stitch so you don't loose it, turn tail inside out and cut the color change loops then knot each pair off.
23) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (20)
24) switch to black on first st, sl st next st then 1sc next 18st

25) 1sc in each st, switch to grey on last st
26) (sl st first st, 1sc next 2st then 2tog) for the remainder of this row 1sc next 3st then 2tog (16)
27) 1sc in each *you can now break free from the black yarn, roll back the tail and knot off the color changes.
28) 1sc next 2st the 2tog (12)

29-30) 1sc in each st for 2 rows

sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew to the back of the body. I sewed mine off center but you decide where the tail looks best, see photos

tail turned inside out after row 22


crochet raccoon tail

 And that's it! If you do make a Raccoon please post pictures on my facebook page Amigurumi Freely, I would love to see!
        scroll to the very top of this page for the pattern links to the other 2 pictured


  Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and help keep the patterns free. If you do give a donation, please accept this note as my sincere thanks and know that you have helped a great deal.
Many Blessings to you!



Copyright Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go All rights reserved 

You may sell finished products. Do not reprint this pattern on any site, magazine or book. If you'd like to share this pattern please provide a link back to it.  


24 comments:

  1. hi, thank you very much for the pattern, i love it so much. Regards

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    1. Hi Sharon, Martha here. Just had to tell you how much I enjoy all of your patterns. Have made several of the big foots and the patterns are easy to follow, the Baby Bigfoot is one of my favorites. He/she fits right into a cradle purse, ADORABLE!!, THANKS for YOUR wonderful patterns and for sharing with us.
      HUGGGSSS, Martha

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    2. Hi Martha! I'm so happy to read your message today, thank you very much. I really appreciate it.
      So glad you are enjoying the patterns and happy to hear that Little Bigfoot Baby fits in the cradle <3

      BIG hugs to you!!
      Sharon xo

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  3. What a fab racoon! Thanks for sharing

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  4. Hi Sharon!! I love your patterns!! :) I have a question for you on the raccoon. In the directions for the tail, most of the time you say to change color on the last stitch, but sometimes you say to change on the first stitch. Is that correct, or is it always supposed to be changed on the last stitch? Thanks so much!

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    1. Hello, that was very observant of you but yes that is correct. It depended on the sequence that followed the color change. It would be less confusing to switch on the first st (sometimes). I like to keep the sequences as simple as possible when I can :)) Thanks for asking!

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    2. Awesome!! Thanks for your reply! :)

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  5. Impressive pattern! It reminded me of my sister so much! I featured it on a round up at MNE Crafts!
    http://www.mnecrafts.com/2014/05/amigurumi-round-up-10-free-patterns.html

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  6. dear i like all your patterns. thank you for giving us the written pattern also. wishes to creat new things and give us.

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  7. Hello Sharon,

    Your raccoon is very cute, i love your patterns.
    I made a spanish translation of your pattern, you can see it here http://losenredosdelyanne.blogspot.com.es/2014/04/patron-gratuito-mapache-bandido-amigurumi.html

    I hope you like it.

    Hugs, LYA

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  8. You are so talented, l love them all....especially your raccoon and fox. Thank you so much.

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  9. I totally ADORE this one! Recently made a scarf in a shape of a raccoon, now I gotta do the raccoon itself! :)) Thank you so, so much for this pattern, it's wondeful!

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  10. Could you make a bat out of this pattern? Minus the tail of course, but how could you make the wings lol :)

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  11. Just found your site about month ago and love the patterns they are sooooooo cute and the grandbabies love them....thanks for sharing

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  12. Hi Sharon
    I LOVE these animal patterns. They are well written and so easy to crochet. So far I have done the elephant, the pig and I'm working on the raccoon now. I hope you're feeling much better and have gotten rid of the headaches by now.
    ( PS Being an English nut, I have to tell you that in your request for a donation you have used the word " except" when it should read "accept". Hope you don't mind the correction !)

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    1. thank you so much! I'm thrilled to know you are enjoying the patterns. And yes, much better now :)

      I don't mind the correction at all, I really appreciate it. I'm not sure how I let that happen. I did a copy and paste so it was a one time thing that got applied to every post, lol Now I'm going through them, will take me a bit to correct them all.

      Thanks again!

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  13. Merci j adore et vous expliquer très bien je réussi à vous comprendre même si je parle que français merci xxx

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  14. row 6 of the arms should be (10) not (8) and ty for all the wonderful patterns!

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    1. you're welcome!

      The count for the arms, row 6 is correct at (8)

      you started row 6 with 12 stitches
      you were supposed to crochet 2tog 4 times. If you crocheted 2tog 4 times that means you have subtracted 4 stitches from the row.
      12-4 is 8.

      But thank you for taking the time to comment if you thought there was a mistake. I appreciate that :)

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  15. Im so upset! I was doing so so well and then my marker fell out and now I can't find where my last row ended... URG.
    By the way, I love the design of this. I'm working SO HARD to try and make this work!

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    1. I will try to help you,

      If the row included crocheting stitches together then back it up to the last 2tog you've done and count your stitches. Then continue the sequence until you have the right number of stitches for that row. (Crocheting 2 stitches together turn 2 stitches into 1).

      If the row included putting 2sc into one stitch then back it up very slowly and watch as the stitches come out, watching for those 2sc in one stitch. Then count your stitches and continue on with the row as normal until you have the right number for that row. (putting 2sc into 1 stitch turns 1 stitch into 2 stitches).

      If it's just rows of single crochets then make your best guess as to how many stitches you had done before you lost your marker and continue on.

      I've done this myself, lost a marker, and even for those rows of just single crochets it always works out just fine.

      I hope that helps!

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    2. Thanks so so much I got it fixed now! :)

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