Saturday, June 13, 2015

Large Totoro Pattern Three of Three For Stacking Set




And finally we have the larger Totoro which is the 3rd and final pattern for the set of Nesting or Stacking Totoros! It has taken me a bit of time to get the 3 patterns posted and I am so thrilled to finally have them all ready for you to make and to enjoy! Video tutorials will follow asap.
The other 2 patterns needed for the set are:
Tiny White Totoro
Medium Blue Totoro
Scroll down this page for the Grey Totoro pattern. Please read over the instructions and important notes that will help you assemble the doll.

Please note if you'd prefer Totoro without the egg I do have a few patterns available including the Cat bus. Use the search bar in the upper right corner of this blog.

There is a print friendly button at the bottom of this pattern. If you would like to leave a donation please do so by using the donation button also located at the bottom of this
pattern. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and do help me to keep on providing free patterns!

Thank you so much and enjoy!

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 ~>  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. Work in continuous rounds, do not join. Have any questions or if you come across a mistake in the pattern please leave a message in the comment section below.

Supplies:
Red Heart Comfort yarn in Grey 
3150 plus a small amount of white for the tummy patch
4.0 mm hook *use a smaller hook if you crochet fairly loose
blunt end yarn needle for sewing
scissors
pieces of felt or paint for the eyes

1 plastic Easter egg similar in color to the yarn used to make the body (C = 9" or see size pictured below)
emery board or sand paper
fabric fusion or tacky glue

Abbreviations:

st = stitch
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
f/o = finish off
*IMPORTANT - The limbs, tummy patch and tail need to be sewn on before the egg is glued in place. See the assembly instructions at the bottom of the page and follow them in order they are given for the best results. Using the emery board or sand paper rough up the entire egg, making sure you rough up all around the edges.
click on photos to enlarge them

LARGE SIZE TOTORO:

Ears:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2-3) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
4) 1sc then 2sc in next st (9)

5) 2sc in first st the 1sc in next 8st (10)
6) 1sc in each st for 1 row
7) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (8)
8) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (6)

9) 1sc in each st for 1 row
sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail for sewing. Use a stuffing stick to push some stuffing into the middle area only, this will help the ears maintain their shape.


Arms:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 1sc then 2sc in next st (9)
3-6) 1sc in each st for 4 rows

 sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail for sewing. Do not stuff

Tail:

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

5) sl st each st for 1 row (9)
f/o leaving a tail for sewing. Lightly stuff


Feet:

1)
magic circle or adjustable loop with 7st, sl st and f/o leaving a short tail for sewing. You will have 4 yarn tails, just hide them inside the body when you're done sewing.

White Tummy Patch:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12) *work the starting yarn tail into this row or cut it and tuck it behind the patch when you sew it to the body
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 tail for sewing. Add in tummy markings with thread, yarn or paint.
 

Bottom Half of Body:
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 next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)
6) 1sc in next 14st then 2sc in next st (32)
7-11) 1sc in each st for 5 rows

sl st next st and f/o. Weave in the yarn tail

Note: For a slightly lighter weight yarn you might need to add more rows after row 11. Place the the egg inside the body when you have finished row 11. If the bottom edge of row 11 reaches the line as pictured in assembly photos below then you can stop. you might have to stretch it a bit for it to reach
 

Top Half of Body:
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
6) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (28)
7) 1sc in next 6st then 2sc in next st (32)
 

8-11) 1sc in each st for 4 rows 
sl st next st and f/o. Weave in the yarn tail
Note: For a slightly lighter weight yarn you might need to add more rows after row 11. Place the the egg inside the body when you have finished row 11. If the bottom edge of row 11 reaches the edge of the egg then you can stop. you might have to stretch it a bit for it to reach.
 

ASSEMBLY: for best results please assemble the doll in the order given

1) sew the ears onto the top half of the body. The loop that you started the body with should be in the middle of the ears.



2) sew the tail on to the bottom half. This should be placed over the 5th, 6th and 7th row

3) sew the feet on. These should have a slight gap between them. Lay them over the 3rd, 4th and 5th row but only sew the parts of the feet that are sitting on the 3rd and 4th row and leave the front part of the feet free from sewing. Make sure that the tail is centered between them as pictured above and below. 


 
4) sew the tummy patch on. When I first made this doll I sewed the arms on first but after I got the tummy patch on I realized the arms were too far back so I had to undo them and sew them on again. For this reason we sew the tummy patch on first. Sew the bottom part of the patch first. Be sure it is centered between the feet and the bottom edge of the patch is just above the 6th row.


 5) Now place the top half onto the bottom. This part is a bit awkward to hold while sewing so take your time. Make sure there's no gap between the bottom and the top then continue sewing the patch to the top half.

6) sew the arms to the top half of body. See photos for distance between the patch and the arms. The top edge of the arms should be sitting on the 2nd last row of the top half.


7) Whip stitch a nose and then glue eyes on. For the eyes I used 2 disks that I painted. If you don't have something similar you can use paint, felt or buttons. Use a tiny amount of hot glue or fabric glue. Be careful not to use so much glue that it oozes out onto the doll.



8) Glue the top half of egg in. Do not have any glue puddles or the glue will seep through the yarn and be visible. Instead spread the glue around evenly, making sure to also get the glue right around the edge but not over the edge. The top half should go all the way inside the body. You might have to stretch the body a bit to ensure that the bottom edge is completely in line with the top edge of the egg. 



9) Glue the bottom half of the egg in. The bottom half of the egg has a ridge, make sure this ridge is completely visible as pictured below and the crochet edge is below that ridge line or the egg will not close properly. Test the egg first to see how it opens and closes.
Leave the egg halves apart and check on them after 10 minutes to see if the all the edges are still as they should be and haven't drifted up or down. Let the glue completely dry before putting the halves together.



And you're done!

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Many Blessings to you!


I do have more of the Easter Egg amigurumis. Each one listed below also has instructions to make them without the egg inside.
  1. Frog Catches Flies
  2. Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
  3. Fly
  4. Rosey The Monkey
  5. Browning The Bear

4 comments:

  1. This nest of Torotos is so cute. Thank you for sharing these patterns to make my own nest.

    I wish you a nice weekend, Margaret

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  2. Hi Sharon,first of all ,i love all your creations, but can you put them all on YouTube pls?

    Have a wonderful day,Anika

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  3. I'll use the big totoro's top half (adding some more 1sc rows) as egg cosy. Making him in different colours.

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    1. it's much bigger than a real egg though. I actually just posted an excellent size for an egg if you're interested right here

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