Monday, December 15, 2014

Totoro and Soot Sprites Free Pattern With Video



This is the written pattern for the Totoro and his brown sack,  the tiny White Totoro and the Soot Sprites that I designed for the Catbus.
The bus is already a free pattern and it comes with a video tutorial right here.

Here is the video tutorial for the Blue Totoro.

The video for the Soot Sprites, the White Totoro and the brown sack is not ready yet.

*Please
note this page will be updated once the next video is ready to view. You can now scroll down this page for the written patterns and don't forget to read the
important information on the way to the pattern!


Copyright 2014 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved

Read me ~> How to read the rows: Each row has a sequence as given below. 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.
Read me ~>  Work in continuous rounds, do not join. 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.

Supplies:
Red Heart
Comfort Yarn
3.75 mm hook
blunt end yarn needle for sewing
scissors
100% polyester stuffing
fabric glue
or tacky glue
felt for eyes 

black paint or black felt pen
steel pet brush for the soot sprites

Abbreviations
:

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

totoro made with yarn

For this project I sewed the ears onto the head while I was still crocheting the body. I found that the easiest way. But they can certainly be sewed in place after the body has been stuffed and closed. To make it the way I found easiest then you will make the ears before you make the body. Eyes are 2 round pieces of white felt that I glued to the head on the 4th and 5th row using tacky glue. I dotted in the black pupils with black acrylic craft paint. I did this step after the doll was stuffed and closed. The  nose was whip stitched into place centered just below the eyes after the doll was stuffed and closed but you can also do this step as you are still making the doll.
For video tutorial click here

orange totoro

This pattern is for the Blue Totoro. If you would like to make one like the one pictured above then follow along the exact same pattern but hold 2 strands of worsted weight yarn together and use a 5mm hook. Instead of white for the tummy I used an off white color. I also brushed out the grey one with a steel pet brush to get him fluffy looking. Tie in some black embroidery thread for the whiskers then rub them with glue to keep them from fraying.

Tu
mmy: with white

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in each st for 1 row
sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Before sewing the tummy patch to the body add in the little tummy markings with the same color you use for the body.
The top of the patch should be on or above the 7th row (you can adjust of course if it looks better a little higher or lower.

Tail:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)

2) 1sc in each st
3) 2sc in each st (12)
4) 1sc in each for 1 row
5) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (9)
sl st next st and f/o leave a tail for sewing. Stuff and shape tail and pin in place before sewing


Arms:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)

2) 1sc then 2sc in next st (9)
3-4) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
f/o leave a tail for sewing. Do not stuff arms. Sew them in place after the tummy patch is sewn on. I put mine on a slant with the top corner in line with the top of the tummy patch. You can of course sew them straight, whatever you feel looks the best.


Ears:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)

2-3) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
sl st next st and f/o leave a tail for sewing. Do not stuff ears

 
Body: Starting at the top of the head working down to bottom of body:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (16)
4) 1sc in next 7st then 2sc in next st (18)
5) 1sc in next 8st then 2sc in next st (20)
6) 1sc in each st for 1 row
* you can sew the ears in now. This makes it easier than sewing on after the body has been closed up
7
) 1sc in next 4sc then 2sc in next st (24)
8) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (28)
9-14) 1sc in each st for 6 rows
15) 1sc in next 5st then 2tog (24)
16) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)
17) 1sc then 2tog (12) stuff and shape the body. You can also add more stuffing in after the next row
18) 1sc then 2tog (8)
19) 2tog twice and f/o leave a tail for closing up the gap. Weave in and out of the remaining st, pull to close gap and knot off. Hide yarn tail inside body.


Tiny White Totoro:
Again I found it easier to sew the ears in place before closing up the body. So the pattern starts with the ears first. The eyes are done the exact same way as the Totoro above but are placed on the 3rd and 4th row.



Ears:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 5st (5)

2-3) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
sl st next st and f/o leave a tail for sewing. Do not stuff ears


Body:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3-4) 1sc in each st for 2 rows * sew ears in place before starting row 5
5) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (15)
6) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (18)
7) 1sc in next 8st then 2sc in next st (20)
8) 1sc in next 9st then 2sc in next st (22)
9) 1sc in next 9st then 2tog (20)
10) 1sc in next 8st then 2tog (18)
11) 1sc in next st then 2tog (12)
stuff and shape the body. You can also add more stuffing in after the next row
12) 1sc in next st then 2tog (8)
f/o leaving a tail you will weave in and out of the remaining stitches then pull tight to close the gap. Knot off and hide yarn tail in the body

Tail:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 5st (5)

2) 2sc in each st (10)
3) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (8)
sl st next st and f/o leave a tail for sewing. Stuff and shape tail and pin in place before sewing

Brown Sack: (this part of the pattern is not in the video. I will update when I get it into the next video in this series)
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (14)
4) 1sc in each st for 1 row
5) 1sc in next 5st then 2tog (12)
6) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (9)
7-8) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
sl st next and finish off. Hide yarn tail inside sack then stuff the sack leaving the last  3rows unstuffed.

Strap:
chain 12 and f/o. Weave one yarn tail in and out of row 7. Pull tight to close the sack and seal the stuffing inside. Knot off. Using your yarn needle carry the yarn tail through the sack and out. Bring the other yarn tail into the sack through row 7 about 2st over from where the first yarn tail entered. Knot off and bring it down into the sack and out. Cut both yarn tails free.

 


Soot Sprites: with black (these are not in the video but will be part of the next video in this series)
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4-5) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
6) 1sc then 2tog (12)
7) 1sc then 2tog (8)
f/o leaving a long tail. Weave in and out through the remaining st, do not pull yet. Brush the yarn all over until it is all frizzed out. Stuff the doll with either stuffing or black yarn. I actually stuff mine with black yarn and it works great, especially if you need to brush it more, no stuffing gets pulled through and no stuffing shows through anywhere. Once it's fully stuffed pull the yarn tail to close the gap. Knot off and carry the yarn tail right through the middle and out through the top. Figure out where you will put the eyes, you'll need to snip away the fuzz in that area. Glue on 2 small pieces of white felt and dot in black pupils with a pen or paint. Or use tiny wiggly eyes. Cut the yarn tail free now and brush out the doll a bit more to frizz it some more.





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14 comments:

  1. I'm a beginner at making amigurumi toys. I thought that amigurumi patterns are hard to follow until I find your website and your youtube channel. First I tried to make your mouse and than the teddy bear. Your instructions are easy to follow and I also will try to make these Totoros. Thank you so much for all these cute amigurumi patterns. Love from Turkey

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  2. I happened across your site yesterday, after plugging in youtube, looking for a crotcheted stuffed toy. LOVE your animals. Oh my gosh, you are so talented! I made one yesterday, first time ever. I have enjoyed crotcheting afghans, and various other baby items but I have never even attempted a stuffed toy. I know he's not perfect, but just the same I like him :) I look forward to trying others. I know I will only get better! Thanks so much for taking the time to post everything. Have a craft filled day!!
    Judith

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  3. Hi Sharon, when you brush the your Amigurumi toys is it possible to use just ordinary worsted yarn or do you use a fancy yarn? I don't want to wreck one that I have finished.

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    1. Hi Dorothy! Any acrylic yarn will work :)
      Cotton will not brush up

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  4. Hi Sharon, loving ur patterns at the moment ! Just finished the bear and now doing Totoro! My lovely husband is asking for a cathulu teddy along with his friends! Just wondering if u know of any patterns?
    Many Thanks
    Kim

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  5. Thank u soooo much Sharon i hav been looking for a site like this since i started crocheting. I REALLY LOVE all ur patterns especially ur Totoro pattern ,haven't finish yet but its looking great. Thanks again - Angel

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  6. is there anyway you can do nightmare before Christmas patterns? I love how easy your patterns are to follow and I'm new to crocheting and I was hoping I could make some nightmare before Christmas things.

    Thank You!!
    -Jareka

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  7. Hi, I had learned how to make teddy bear. It's easy and awesome. A little favour if you can teach how to make amigurumitogo 'mr bean teddy bear'. Appreciate :))

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  8. This pattern is amazing, but I have a question regarding the crochet hook sizes I use, since I'm completely new to arigurumi. Looks like you've used a yarn that's originally for crochet hook size 5.5mm, but you've used 3.75mm hook, and I understand why. However, what if I want to use a DK yarn instead? What size hook would I use then?
    Thanks so much! :)

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    1. I've never worked with DK yarn but a 3mm should work fine, I believe DK yarn is quite thinner than what I've used in this pattern so maybe even a smaller hook? But honestly if you crochet more on the tight side like I do then a bigger hook will work too. I give hook sizes but that's only if you want the exact size of amigurumi you see in my photos. If you crochet more on the loose side then a bigger hook will cause gaps in your stitches so try a couple rounds and see what hook will work best. Feel free to change the hook size to what works for you.

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  9. I love this pattern. This was my very first attempt at amigurumi and I found your instructions very easy to follow.

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  10. I love making these guys! I do however have a question, how big is the medium totoro? Ive usually used "I love this yarn" for projects, so I was surprised by how small he came out! (~3.5") I then used a yarn called "lion brand jiffy" given to me by a fellow crochet user and he came out a good size bigger. Currently making a doubled up yarn totoro for a friends bday, he'll love it!

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  11. Hi Sharon! I love you tutorials and stuffed animals. I am trying to make this toy but the only crochet hook size i have is a 6.5mm crochet hook. Is that ok to use?

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    1. that is very large hook. If you're using a medium weight yarn you will have to hold 2 or 3 strands together for it to work, otherwise you will have gaps in your stitches. It would also work if you have a bulky or chunky yarn, then you will have a larger Totoro. I talk about holding yarns together here Easy Way To Enlarge Amigurumi Depending also how tight you crochet, you could use up to a 5mm maximum for one strand of yarn. I would suggest getting smaller hooks, like a 3.75mm, a 4mm and a 4.5mm to play around with and see which one works best for you.

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