Winnie the Hedgehog Beginner Friendly Pattern

Meet Winnie the Hedgie,
Winnie was designed by accident when I was designing a head for my miniature Hunny Bear (Winnie the Pooh. See the original post here). One of the heads turned out too long for my bear but was too cute to trash. I knew I could turn it into something else and that's how Winnie was born.

Quick and easy!

I believe this is a fairly easy pattern if you know the basics of crochet. It is definitely a quick project and a good scrap yarn buster. There will be a video tutorial to follow in the next day or so. Check back for updates. Scroll down this page for the written pattern.  I hope you enjoy!

Worsted weight yarn for the body. Use any color. I chose lighter colors for the body
Eyelash yarn in any color for the spines. Don't be afraid! This yarn is added after the body is done and is fairly simple to do.
Black yarn or embroidery thread for the nose.
Use yarn for eyes or dot in the eyes with black paint.
3.75mm hook *you can use a bigger hook
Blunt end yarn needle for sewing
Polyester stuffing

About Eyelash yarn,
Eyelash yarn is called different things in different yarn companies. Red Heart Yarn used to have eyelash yarn called Foxy but it has been discontinued. I have a few rolls in my stash. Lion Brand calls it Fun Fur. It looks pretty much the same for each brand. They come in all sorts of colors.

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

How to read the rows that work  in the round: Mark off the last stitch and move that marker at the end of each row. Each row has a sequence. 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. Some rows will have instructions that take you right to the marker. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.

How to print the pattern,
Use the free print friendly service here

Starting at the tip of the nose
1) magic circle  with 6sc (6)
2) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (8)
3) 1sc in next 7st then 2sc in last st (9)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (12)
5) 2sc in next 3st then 1sc in next 9st (15)
6) 2sc in next 6st then 1sc in next 9st (21)
7) 1sc in next 6st then 2sc in next st (24)
8-11) 1sc in each st for 4 rows
12) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)
13) 1sc then 2tog (12)
stuff the majority of the body
14) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (9)
f/o leaving a tail for sewing. Weave in and out of the remaining stitches, stuff more into the body as needed then pull yarn tail to close gap. Knot off  and hide yarn tail inside body.

Nose and eyes. Add these before the spines.
Nose: Pull black yarn through from the back end and out through the center hole of row 1. Wrap around the top of that row a number of times until you have the size of nose you want then bring the yarn tail back through and out the back end.
Eyes: carry the yarn back through and come out in between the 4th and 5th row. Count the rows starting at the top of the nose, not the bottom. Wrap the yarn around a little bit of yarn to make a spot for the eye then bring the yarn needle into the head and out where the other eye will go, wrap a spot then back through the body and out through the back end of the body. Knot off and hide yarn tails inside body.

Take note of the spines' line,
Set the body down on a flat surface, note where the body and the flat surface meet. You will start here and end here for every row. You could even mark this line lightly with a pencil if you feel that would make it easier.

Spines: starting on the front end using eyelash yarn
Insert your hook under a stitch post, in between the 5th and 6th row, at the start of the spines' line, pull the eyelash yarn through, ch2 and 1sc into the next stitch hole, ch2 then 1sc in the next st hole, repeat across the row to the line on the other side. If you don't ch2 between each sc then the spines will not be as full. At the end of the row ch2 and repeat the same steps on the next row and so on for each row until you get to the back end.

I found it easier to make a line with the eyelash yarn across the bottom but you don't have to do it that way, you can keep going around until it's all filled in.
If you want to do the same as I did then once you reach the back end (between row 11 and 12) repeat, ch2 and 1sc in the next st, across the bottom of the body in a straight line to the other side then continue going around and around until the back is all filled in. It's a little bit more effort to get your hook where you want it to go in this area but it's still easily done.

Fluff up those spines!
After you have finished adding the eyelash yarn run your needle across each row, back and forth, to release  all the fibers that were caught when you crocheted them. Or pull at them with your fingers. This will fluff up the hedgehog. After that you shouldn't be able to see the body underneath the eyelash yarn unless you dig for it.

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  1. Happy Christmas, Sharon! And thank you for your generosity all year around.
    From Argentina, Moni

  2. Could you get the same or similar affect on the quills if you use just regular yarn?


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