Sunday, July 10, 2016

Lil' Trouble Teddy and Friends

Lil' Trouble Teddy,

These little guys are quick to make.They're a great little project to bring along to a doctor's apt or anywhere you'll be stuck waiting for a bit. If you're worried, make a Lil' Trouble Teddy or two, they will keep your hands busy and your mind occupied!

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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.

Red Heart Comfort yarn in  any color

3.75mm hook for head and body
4.25mm hook for limbs *this is optional, you can use the same hook for the entire project. If you want the ami to be the same size as mine then use what I used. If you don't have a 4.25 then use a 4mm or a 4.5mm hook.
blunt end yarn needle for sewing

polyester stuffing
yarn for Koala and Bear eyes and mouth
10mm googly eyes for frog
tacky glue


st = stitch
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch

hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet

FLO = front loops only
ch = chain
f/o = finish off

With 3.75mm hook. Starting at the top of the head:

There is a full video tutorial for the head and body here
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4-7) 1sc in each st for 4 rows
8) 1sc then 2tog (12)
9) 1sc then 2tog (8)
10) 2sc in each st (16)
11) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (20)

*stuff head firmly and full. Shape as you stuff.
12) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (25)

13) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (20)
14) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (16)
15) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (12)
sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail long enough to sew up the gap. Weave in and out of the FLO of the  remaining st, stuff the rest of the body firmly and full, shape as you stuff. Use a stuffing stick or the back end of a pencil to push the stuffing into the right spots. If unsure how to shape please view part one of the video tutorial Pull the yarn tail to close up the gap. Knot off and hide yarn tail inside body.

If you have any troubles with the next part of the pattern please view part two of the video tutorial.

With 4.25mm hook Arms and Legs: Make 4
*optional for frog: I thought thinner arms looked better on the frog. I made 2 chains of 8 for the frog arms, folded the chain and sewed it closed same way as instructed below. The frog legs are the same as instructed below.
1) ch 8

2) starting with 2nd ch, 1sc in each ch (7)
f/o. Fold chain and sew the edges closed, going through one visible loop only of each side. Hide the starting yarn tail inside limb and use the finishing yarn tail to sew the limbs to the body. 

Tip: I would sew the limbs on before crocheting the ears or  frog eyes  onto the body. I used the arms as a guide, making sure the ears or frog eyes are in line with the arms.

1) Sew the arms just under the neck. Hide the yarn tails inside the body.
2) pin the legs in place, they should be more towards the front so the body doesn't flop over. Sit it down on a flat surface to make sure it will sit up on its own. Sew in place and hide yarn tails in the body.
3) insert yarn into a space where the tail should go, ch1 then make 3hdc in the same space you inserted the yarn. f/o and shape. Hide yarn tail inside the body

With 4.25mm hook for Bear and Koala
Ears and Frog Eyes:

frog  insert yarn in between the middle loop and the 1st row,
for bear insert yarn in between the 1st and 2nd row,
for koala insert yarn in between 3rd and 4th row,
ch1 then
make 3dc in next space then 3dc in next space after that . sl st just in front of the last dc you put in. f/o and shape the ear, stretch them out. Pull the yarn tails through a st in the back of the head and pull on each, this will help shape the ears a bit more. Once you're happy with how the ears look, knot the yarn tails together then hide in the head.

The koala's ears get an extra row added on. Insert yarn in between the head and edge of ear, ch 2 and 1sc into first stitch, ch2 and 1sc in next st, repeat until you have no stitches left. sl st into head and f/o. Hide yarn tails in head.
For the inner white parts. Cut 3 strands of white yarn, knot them side by side in the middle of the ear. Cut them to desired length, fray the strands by splitting them with your yarn needle. If you're worried about them coming loose, add a bit of glue behind them. Let dry.

For the faces, I inserted black yarn where I thought the koala nose should go, wrapped a number of times then hid the yarn tails in the head. The eyes are yarn again, wrapped around the 6th row.
The frog eyes are glued in place. I added in a red strand of yarn for the mouth.
Same techniques used for the bear face, I just kept it simple. Google images and get ideas for your little Trouble Teddies. OR leave them faceless. Play around with different things, use buttons or felt. Add fabric to the ears as I did for a couple of them. I just glued the fabric on with tacky glue. 

There are other patterns in this series
  • Lil' Oak Hiding Tree ~  click here
  • Ace, The Tiny Squirrel ~ click here
  • Stinky, The Tiny Skunk ~ click here
  • Sly  the Lil' Fox ~ click here
  • Nugget the Lil' Owl ~ click here
  • Lil' Acorn ~ to be added

And now you're done. I hope you enjoyed the pattern Post pictures on my facebook page Amigurumi Freely. Or post them on instagram with the hashtag Sharon_Ojala.

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Many Blessings to you!

Copyright 2016 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved 
 You may sell finished products. Do not reprint this pattern. If you'd like to share this pattern please link back to it. 


  1. These little ones are so cute. I love th tiny koala the most. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

    Have a great sunday, Margaret

  2. These wee creatures are just so adorable!!! Thank you so much for the patterns!! =)

  3. Thank you very much for this cute pattern!

  4. Will you be posting a pattern for the mouse and the elephant?

    1. yes, those ones have completely different ears and tail then the three pictured here so will be on a separate pattern page. I'll get them up very soon

  5. Hello,
    Thank you very much for your patterns and your generosity

    I tried several times to donate but the paypal page doesn't work on my IPad. Perhaps you should mention It to them. Any way as soon as I got the opportunity to use a PC I will donate

  6. thank you so much for ur lovely patterns... i'm totally new in the crochet field ... i hope i learn more from you ... your explaination so clear and easy to understand ... again thanks

  7. Hi Sharon -- I love all your creations. I just started on the Teddy Bear. I hope I can get through it and it looks nice. So glad I found you.

  8. These are precious! I will not be able to make before Christmas - but have saved patterns and will make later for my Granddaughter! I know she'll love them!
    Thank you so much! May you and your family have a Blessed and Beautiful Christmas!
    God bless you@

  9. Thank you for this and all of your other free patterns. I certainly appreciate your time and effort for sharing this amazing craft. I truly love being able to have a printer friendly copy next to me when doing each project.

  10. Can I use thread or safety eyes instead of yarn? Thanks!


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