Totoro

Who doesn’t have a soft place in their heart for the lovable creature, Totoro!

I had leftover cotton yarn from another project and after thinking about what I could make with it, I decided to try to make an amigurumi Totoro! It was such a fun project!

Materials:

  • 1 skein Lion Brand Cotton-Ease yarn (light blue or gray)
  • 2mm crochet hook
  • White felt
  • Black embroidery thread
  • All-purpose glue
  • Stuffing (to fill little Totoro)
  • yarn needle

Abbreviations:

  • sl: slip
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Dec: decrease

Instructions:

Chain 3, sl into first loop.

R1: Chain 1. Sc 6 into loop. Sl into first chain (7 sts)

R2: chain 1. Sc 2 into each loop. Sl into first chain (15 sts)


R3: chain 1. *Sc 1, Sc 2 into next loop. Repeat from * until the end Sl into first chain (23 sts)

R4: chain 1. Sc 22 sts. Sl into first chain (23 sts)

R5: chain 1. *Sc 2, Sc 2 into next loop. Repeat from * until the end Sl into first chain (31 sts)

R6: chain 1. Sc 30 sts. Sl into first chain (31 sts)

R7: chain 1. *Sc 3, Sc 2 into next loop. Repeat from * until the end Sl into first chain (40 sts)


R8-15: chain 1. Sc 39 sts. Sl into first chain (40 sts)

Here’s how mine looked at the end of R10.

R16 (shaping for the neck): chain 1. *Sc 1. Dec. Repeat from * until the end Sl into first chain (20 sts)

R 17-19: chain 1. Sc 19 sts. Sl into first chain (20 sts)

R 20: chain 1. *Sc 1. Dec. Repeat from * until the end Sl into first chain (14 sts)

R 21:  chain 1. *Sc 1. Dec. Repeat from * until the end Sl into first chain (7 sts)


Cut yarn so there’s a little excess. This will be used to thread through the remaining loops and close the top of the head after filling the body.

Ears (make 2)

Chain 3, sl into first loop.
R1: chain 1. Sc 5. Sl into first loop. (6 sts)

R2-R6 : chain 1. Sc 5. Sl into first loop.


Tail

Chain 3, sl into first st to make a loop.

R1: chain 1. Sc 5 into loop. Sl into first loop (6 sts)

R2: chain 1. Sc 3 into next loop. Sc 2. Sc 3 into next loop. Sc 2. Sl into first loop (11 sts)

R3: chain 1. Sc 2. Sc2 into next loop. Sc 4. Sc 2 into next loop. Sc 4. Sl into first loop. (14 sts)


R4-5: chain 1. Sc 13. Sl into first loop (14 sts)

R6: chain 1. *Sc1. Dec. repeat from * until the end. Sl into first loop. (9 sts)


Arms (make 2)

Chain 5 and sl into first st to make a loop

R1: chain 1. Sc 7. Sl into first loop (8 sts)

R2: chain 1. Sc 2. Sc2 into next loop. Sc 2. Sc2 into next loop. Sc 1. Sl into first loop (10 sts)

R3-R7: chain 1. Sc 9. Sl into first loop (10 sts)

R8: chain 1. Sc 1. Dec. sc 2. Dec. sc 2. Sl into first loop (8 sts)

R9: chain 1. Sc 7. Sl into first loop (8sts)

Here’s what all the pieces looked like once they were done. I left excess thread on the pieces so I could use it to sew them on.


I cut a felt piece for his tummy that was about 1.75″ wide. I cut small circles for his eyes.

With the black embroidery thread, I made little markings on the white felt piece and made a knot on the small white circles for his eyes. I sewed a little triangle directly on the body piece for his nose. Afterwards, I glued the felt pieces on and left it alone to dry.

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