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Henry the Hamster Crochet Pattern

Updated: 5 days ago



Thank you so much for trying my pattern! This pattern is the property of Lindsey Peppers. You may not copy or distribute any part of this pattern. You are welcome to sell the finished product, but please credit Lindsey Crochets as the pattern’s creator. Find me at Instagram at @lindsey_crochets and at Facebook.com/Lindseycrochets.


The directions are written for the creation of the smaller hamster (worsted weight yarn, 2.5 mm hook). To make the hamster with blanket yarn, follow the modifications in red text.


Materials:

  • 2.5 mm hook

  • 4 mm hook

  • Cotton Weight 4 Yarn: light brown, ivory/white, pink

  • Himalayan Dolphin Baby Yarn (Weight 6, Super bulky)

  • I only used light brown and ivory, the colors I had on hand. You can use pink instead of white for the inner ears alternatively.

  • 2 7 mm safety eyes

  • 10 mm safety eyes

  • Polyester fiber stuffing

  • Stitch marker (to keep track of rows)

  • Finishing/tapestry needle (to sew parts together, embroider nose, and weave in ends)

  • Embroidery thread (or yarn) in black, white, and pink, embroidery needle

Skills:


  • Basic understanding of how to complete amigurumi and follow patterns

  • Working in a spiral

  • Color changing

  • Sewing amigurumi parts together

  • Basic embroidery skills

  • Finishing off (f.o.) and weaving/tucking in ends

  • Chain (ch)

  • Single crochet (sc)

  • Increase (inc.)*

  • Invisible decrease (dec.)**

  • Crocheting in back loops only (BLO)

  • Slip stitch (sl st)

*An increase is 2 scs in 1 stitch.


** An invisible decrease is completed by following these instructions: 1. Identify the next two stitches you wish to combine into one. 2. Insert your hook into the front loop of the first stitch. 3. Insert your hook into the front loop of the second stitch. You should have 3 loops on your hook. 4. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. 5. Yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops.


This pattern is written in US crochet terms.


I choose to begin by chaining two and then completing the proper number of sc starting in the 2nd ch from the hook. Of course, you may alternatively do a magic ring if you prefer.


Head and Body:


Use a 2.5 mm hook (4 mm) and begin with light brown yarn.


R 1: ch 2, complete 7 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (7)

R 2: inc. x 7 (14)

R 3: (sc, inc.) x 7 (21)

R 4: (2 sc, inc.) x 7 (28)

R 5: (3 sc, inc.) x 7 (35)

R 6: (4 sc, inc.) x 7 (42)

R 7-9 (3 rounds): 42 sc (42)


For rounds 10-26, black text indicates light brown yarn while blue text indicates a color change to ivory yarn. Beginning with round 27, the remainder will be crocheted with light brown yarn.


R 10: 16 sc, 2 sc, 6 sc, 2 sc, 16 sc (42)

R 11: 15 sc, 4 sc, 4 sc, 4 sc, 15 sc (42)

R 12: 14 sc, 6 sc, 2 sc, 6 sc, 14 sc (42)

R 13: 13 sc, 16 sc, 13 sc (42)

R 14: 12 sc, inc. x 4, 10 sc, inc. x 4, 12 sc (50)

R 15: 12 sc, 2 sc, (sc, inc.) x 3, 10 sc, (inc. sc) x 3, 2 sc, 12 sc (56)

R 16: dec. x 6, 32 sc, dec. x 6 (44)

R 17: 6 sc, dec., (sc, dec.) x 9, sc, dec., 6 sc (33)


Insert safety eyes in between rounds 13 and 14, 8 stitches apart. (Alternatively, you can embroider closed eyes on rounds 14, about 2.5 stitches wide and 5 stitches apart.) Embroider nose with pink yarn/embroidery thread in between eyes and in between rounds 14 and 15. If desired, use white yarn/embroidery thread to make a half circle framing the outer edge of each eye. The nose is about 2 stitches wide. Finish embroidering the nose using black embroidery yarn to create a vertical line about 2 rounds long below the nose. Embroider whiskers on the sides of the face between rounds 15-16 and then between rounds 16-17. Each whisker should be about 2-3 stitches wide. Stuff the head and continue to stuff as you go.



R 18: 7 sc, dec., (sc, dec.) x 5, sc, dec., 6 sc (26)

R 19: (sc, inc.) x 4, (sc, inc.) x 5, (sc, inc.) x 4 (39)

R 20: 12 sc, inc., 12 sc, inc., 12 sc inc. (42)

R 21: 14 sc, 14 sc, 14 sc (42)

R 22: 15 sc, 12 sc, 15 sc (42)

R 23-24 (2 rounds): 16 sc, 10 sc, 16 sc (42)

R 25: 17 sc, 8 sc, 17 sc (42)

R 26: 18 sc, 6 sc, 18 sc (42)

R 27: (4 sc, dec.) x 7 (35)

R 28: (3 sc, dec.) x 7 (28)

R 29: (2 sc, dec.) x 7 (21)

R 30: (sc, dec.) x 7 (14)

R 31: dec. x 7 (7)


F.o. and weave in ends.


Ear (Make 2)


R 1: ch 4, starting from the 2nd ch from the hook complete: sc, inc. x 2. On the other side of the chain complete: inc., 2 sc (9)


R 2: BLO 3 sc, inc. x 3, 3 sc (12)

R 3: BLO 4 sc, inc. x 4, 4 sc (16)


Next you will use pink (or white/ivory) yarn to crochet along the leftover front loops of round 1 and 2 for a total of 21 stitches. After you attach yarn onto your hook, insert hook into the final remaining front loop of round 3. Your hook should be pointed inward, towards the center of the ear. Create a slip stitch on this loop, followed by a single crochet on each remaining loop all the way around, working in a spiral. When you’re finished, f.o. And weave in the beginning and ending tails.


F.o. and leave a long tail for sewing. You can either sew the ear on as is or pinch the bottom of the ear together (where you just finished off) so that 2 pairs of stitches align and sew these together. For the blanket yarn version, I weave in all ends at this point, and use similarly colored worsted weight yarn to later sew the ears onto the hamster.






Sew ears onto the head of the hamster onto rounds 8-9.


Leg (Make 2 in light brown and 2 in ivory)


Use a 2.5 mm (4 mm) hook.


R 1: ch 2, complete 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (6)

R 2: (2 sc, inc.) x 2 (8)

R 3-4 (2 rounds): 8 sc (8)

R 5: ch 1, fold the top of the leg half and crochet closed with 4 sc (4)


Leave a long tail for sewing. For the blanket yarn version, I tuck in the end and use similarly colored worsted weight yarn to sew the legs onto the hamster.


Sew the 2 ivory legs at a slight angle (each facing inward) on rounds 20-21. Sew the 2 light brown legs near rounds 29-30, also at a slight angle (so that they face inward and “hug” the rounded body).



Tail


Use a 2.5 mm (4 mm) hook and light brown yarn. Stuff if desired.


R 1: ch 2, complete 5 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (5)

R 2: inc. x 5 (10)


F.o. and leave a long tail for sewing. For the blanket yarn version, I weave/tuck in all ends at this point, and use similarly colored worsted weight yarn to sew the tail onto the hamster. Sew the tail onto the back of the hamster’s body on rounds 24-26.









The end!


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