Small dog free crochet pattern
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Small Dog Crochet Pattern

Hello and welcome to the free version of this small dog crochet pattern!

This little pup was a happy accident, born of many failed attempts at a Shih Tzu. I honestly just wanted to come up with something, so I just went with the flow and saw what wanted to be crocheted. To my surprise, a lovely amigurumi enthusiast told me that she used my tutorial to crochet her Poodle/Cavachon cross. Looks like failed attempts can lead to adorable dog breeds I hadn’t even considered crocheting before. 🙂

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About the pattern

Terminology

This pattern is written in American terminology.

Size

If using Drops Alpaca and Drops Alpaca Boucle or similar yarns with a 3.5mm hook your dog will be approx. 6cm/2.4” tall and 8cm/3.1” long. If using DK/light worsted weight yarn with a 2.5mm hook with a 3.5mm hook your dog will be approx. 4.5cm/1.8” tall and 6cm/2.4” long.

Construction

The legs are crocheted on the body. The ears, head and tail are sewn on. The nose and mouth are embroidered.

Techniques

You will need techniques such as the magic ring, invisible sc decreases, and closing rounds for this pattern.

Tips and tricks

  1. You crochet in seamless spirals.
  2. Crochet as tightly as you comfortably can. This will ensure your amigurumi will have the right scale and no filling will show through any gaps. If you tend to crochet quite loosely, try using a smaller-sized hook.
  3. Small amigurumi, such as this are not suitable toys for a small child under 3. If this amigurumi will be played with please don’t use safety eyes. You can instead embroider the eyes with yarn or embroidery thread. Although they are called “safety eyes” they can be removed and swallowed by young children.
  4. Have fun! In my opinion, crocheting shouldn’t be just about the result, but mainly about enjoying the process.

Materials

  • Drops Alpaca (4 Ply/Fingering) and Drops Alpaca Boucle (Aran/worsted) in Off White held together 
  • 3.5 mm/size E crochet hook 
  • (In the video tutorial and PDF pattern, I used cotton yarn in DK / light worsted weight in off-white [I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Champagne White] with a 2.5mm crochet hook / between size B-1 or C-2)
  • 5mm safety eyes
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Fiberfill
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle
  • Large-eyed sewing needle
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
Small dog free crochet pattern

Instructions

If you need more guidance for any part of the pattern, you can watch the accompanying video tutorial here or click on the time-stamped links at different parts of the pattern.

Using yarns held together

For the fluffy dog in the cover picture, I used two yarns held together. If you want to do the same hold both yarns together and treat them as one strand. I used Drops Alpaca (4 Ply/Fingering) and Drops Alpaca Boucle (Aran/worsted) in Off White held together.

The little dog is crocheted in one color only. 

Crochet the forelegs (make 2)

The legs don’t need to be filled with fiberfill.

Rnd 1: 8 sc in magic ring (8)

Rnd 2: In BLO: [2 sc, dec]*2 (6)

Rnd 3 and 4 (2 rnds): 6 sc (6)

Sl st in next st and fasten off.

Crochet the hind legs (make 2)

The legs don’t need to be filled with fiberfill.

Rounds 1 to 4 of the hindlegs are crocheted like the forelegs. They have one additional round.

Rnd 5: [2 sc, inc]*2 (8)

Sl st in next st and fasten off.

Crochet the body

Ch 4

Rnd 1: 2 sc (starting in 2nd ch), 4 sc in last ch, sc in other side of chain stitches, 3 sc in last ch (10)

Rnd 2 (see detailed instructions below): 8 sc around hind leg, 3 sc, 6 sc around foreleg, 2 sc, 6 sc around foreleg, 3 sc, 8 sc around hind leg, 2 sc (38)

In rnd 2, you will crochet the legs on. I guide you through the steps of this round in the description below. You may find it easier to watch this part of the video tutorial.

The beginning of the round marks the back of the body. The beginning/end of rnd 2 of the legs marks the back of the paws. The paws should face forward when they are crocheted on.

Start single crocheting in one of the hind legs at the center of the inner leg.

This will ensure that the paw faces forward. Sc in all 8 stitches of the hind leg.

Sc in the next 3 stitches of the belly.

Start crocheting in the first foreleg in the stitch at the back of the leg that is slightly inward-facing. Sc in all 6 stitches of the foreleg.

Sc in the next 2 stitches of the belly.

Sc in the first stitch of the second foreleg. Again, start crocheting in the foreleg in the stitch in the back that is slightly inward-facing.

Sc in all 6 stitches of the foreleg.

Sc in the next 3 stitches of the belly.

Start single crocheting in the other hind leg at the center of the inner leg.

Sc in all 8 stitches of the hind leg. 

Sc in the remaining 4 stitches of the round.

Rnd 3: Dec, 5 sc, dec, sc, dec, 4 sc, 2 dec, 4 sc, dec, sc, dec, 5 sc, dec, 2 sc (30)

Rnd 4: 30 sc (30)

Fill the legs with the yarn ends.

In the next round, you will crochet the neck opening. You can watch this part of the video tutorial here. The opening should be centered at the front of the body. Therefore, it is important to skip the 6 stitches that are centered in the front of the body. You may need to change the number of sc you make before and after the neck opening by +-3. 

This is because we all have slightly different tension when we crochet, and using a different yarn type or brand might also produce a different result.

Rnd 5: (+-3) 11 sc, 4 ch, sk 6 [img 10], (+-3) 13 sc (28)

Rnd 6: Sc, dec, [2 sc, dec]*2, 4 sc in back loops of chains, [dec, 2 sc]*2, dec, sc, dec (21)

Rnd 7: [dec, sc]*7 (14)

Rnd 8: 7 dec (7)

Fasten off. Fill the body with fiberfill through the neck opening and close round. [img 14]

Crochet the neck

Join the yarn at the side of the neck opening, in the stitch right next to the first skipped stitch (that is already crocheted in).

Rnd 1: 6 sc, sc in the stitch left next to the last skipped stitch (that is already crocheted in), 4 sc in the chain stitches, sc in the stitch in which you first joined the yarn (12)

Rnd 2: 12 sc (12)

Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a long yarn end for sewing.

Fill the neck with fiberfill.

Crochet the head

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)

Rnd 2: [inc, sc]*3 (9)

Rnd 3: 2 sc, 5 inc, 2 sc (14)

Rnd 4: 5 sc, 4 inc, 5 sc (18)

Rnd 5 and 6 (2 rnds): 18 sc (18)

Secure the last stitch before embroidering the nose and mouth.

Embroider the nose and mouth

Watch this part of the video tutorial here.

Embroider the nose, using an approx. 30cm/12” long piece of black embroidery floss and a large-eyed sewing needle.

When embroidering, stitch through the fibers, not in between stitches. 

This way you have more control over the position of the stitch because the thread does not have room to move around.

Insert the needle near the center of the magic ring, from the inside out.

Embroider a V-shape on the upper half of round 1 of the head.

Fill the V-shape to embroider a triangle. With the last stitch, stitch through to the upper left corner of the triangle.

Make a horizontal stitch to the right upper corner of the triangle.

Make a small vertical downward stitch to connect the nose and mouth. Then make a small horizontal stitch to the left.

Stitch through the center point of the mouth and make an equally small horizontal stitch to the right.

Stitch through the center of the mouth to the inside of the head.

Tie the thread ends together inside the head.

Insert the safety eyes

Watch this part of the video tutorial here.

Insert the safety eyes in between rounds 4 and 5 with approx. 6 stitches in space in between.

Fill the head with small portions of fiberfill as you go.

Continue crocheting as follows:

Rnd 7: [4 sc, dec]*3 (15)

Rnd 8: [sc, dec]*5 (10)

Rnd 9: 5 dec (5)

Fasten off, close the round and weave in the yarn end.

Crochet the ears (make 2)

The ears are crocheted in rows.

Ch 3, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing.

R 1: 2 sc (starting in 2nd ch, ch, turn (2)

R 2: Sk 1, sc, ch, turn (1)

R 3: Sc (1)

Fasten off, leaving a long yarn end for sewing.

Weave the yarn end at the tip through to the base of the ears.

Crochet the tail 

The tail is crocheted in one single row.

Ch 7

R 1: 6 sc (staring in 2nd ch) (6)

Fasten off, leaving a long yarn end for sewing. [img 5]

Assembly

You can watch this part of the video tutorial here.

Pin the ears on rounds 7 and 8 of the head with about 4 stitches space in between.

Sew them on at the base.

Sew the head on with the back of it aligning with the neck.

Sew on the tail centered at the rear side.

Weave in all the yarn ends.

The little dog is now complete!

I hope you enjoyed crocheting it as much as I did. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at stellasyarnuniverse@outlook.com. 

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Happy creating!

Stella xx

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