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My first posted pattern!
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*I have rewritten and updated this pattern, and you can download it from Craftster (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405679.msg4778836#msg4778836) or Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blue-totoro-amigurumi---updated). You can also download a pattern to make the larger grey Totoro, based on the same pattern, at the same post on Craftster or on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grey-totoro-amigurumi )*

Well, this was what I set up this LJ for. I'll post the pattern for the white totoro next, then some of the very easy and quick things I have made.
Check out my Flickr pages for more photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/96575205@N00/

Blue Totoro Crochet Pattern

Materials:
Blue & white yarn, double knitting (US sport or worsted?)
Small amount of black yarn/embroidery thread for nose & claws
Stuffing
1 pair 9mm black safety eyes
Embroidery needle
3.5mm hook (US E hook)

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
st = stitch or stitches
sc = single crochet (US), double crochet (UK)
hdc = half double crochet (US), half treble (UK)
ss = slip stitch
inc = increase
inc 2 = increase by working 2 sc into one st
dec = decrease
dec 2 = decrease 2 st down to one
FO = finish off

Instructions:
Work in continuous rounds. Most rounds are written in the format:
Round number: [work a number of sc, increase or decrease by one st] x however many times (leaving however many st that round).
Leave long tails of yarn on each part in order to sew to body. Leave an extra long one on one arm to sew upside-down V marks on tummy.

Work the body until the hole is still big enough to fit your hand inside (rnd 48 or so) then fit the eyes. Put the safety eyes through the centre of the white crocheted parts (you could use circles of white felt). Position on about round 14. Stuff fairly well, then complete the body until there is just a small hole left. Sew on the nose. Stuff firmly and sew shut.
Stuff arms slightly then sew claws before attaching to body.
Stuff ears firmly and position with longer hdc parts to the outside. Sew to body.
Stuff tail firmly and position with hdc parts at the bottom. Sew to body.
Sew edges of white parts of eyes to the body.
Sew white tummy in place and embroider blue markings.

Body (blue yarn):
1: 6sc into magic ring
2: 2sc into each st (12st)
3: [1sc, inc 2] x 6 (18st)
4: [2sc, inc 2] x 6 (24st)
5: [3sc, inc 2] x 6 (30st)
6: [4sc, inc 2] x 6 (36st)
7: [5sc, inc 2] x 6 (42st)
8: [6sc, inc 2] x 6 (48st)
9: [7sc, inc 2] x 6 (54st)
10: [8sc, inc 2] x 6 (60st)
11-20: Work 60sc for 10 rounds
21: [5sc, inc 2] x 10 (70st)
22: [6sc, inc 2] x 10 (80st)
23-38: Work 80sc for 16 rounds
39: [18sc, dec 2] x 4 (76st)
40: [17sc, dec 2] x 4 (72st)
41: [16sc, dec 2] x 4 (68st)
42: [15sc, dec 2] x 4 (64st)
43: [14sc, dec 2] x 4 (60st)
44: [13sc, dec 2] x 4 (56st)
45: [12sc, dec 2] x 4 (52st)
46: [11sc, dec 2] x 4 (48st)
47: [6sc, dec 2] x 6 (42st)
48: [5sc, dec 2] x 6 (36st)
49: In back loop only [4sc, dec 2] x 6 (30st)
50: [1sc, dec 2] x 10 (20st)
51: [dec 2] x 10 (10st)
52: [dec 2] until hole is small enough to be sewn closed

Ears (blue yarn, make 2):
1: Ch 2, 4sc into 1st ch, link to 1st sc with slip st.
2: [1sc, inc 2] x 2 (6st)
3: [2sc, inc 2] x 2 (8st)
4: [3sc, inc 2] x 2 (10st)
5: [4sc, inc 2] x 2 (12st)
6: [5sc, inc 2] x 2 (14st)
7: [6sc, inc 2] x 2 (16st)
8: [7sc, inc 2] x 2 (18st)
9: [8sc, inc 2] x 2 (20st)
10: [9sc, inc 2] x 2 (22st)
11: [10sc, inc 2] x 2 (24st)
12-16: Work 24sc for 5 rounds
17: [4sc, dec 2] x 4 (20st)
18: [3sc, dec 2] x 4 (16st)
19: 8sc, 8hdc (16st)
20: 1sc, 1ss, FO

Tail (blue yarn):
1: Ch 2, 4sc into 1st ch
2: 2sc into each st (8st)
3: [1sc, inc 2] x 4 (12st)
4: [1sc, inc 2] x 6 (18st)
5: Work 18sc for 1 round
6: [2sc, inc 2] x 6 (24st)
7: Work 24sc for 1 round
8: [3sc, inc 2] x 6 (30st)
9-15: Work 30sc for 7 rounds
16-17: 15hdc, 15sc (30st)
18: 15hdc, 1sc, 1ss, FO (only do 17st of the round)

Arms (blue yarn, make 2):
1: Ch 2, 6sc into 1st ch
2: 2sc into each st (12st)
3: [2sc, inc 2] x 4 (16st)
4: Work 16sc for 1 round
5: [3sc, inc 2] x 4 (20st)
6-8: Work 20sc for 3 rounds
9: [4sc, inc 2] x 4 (24st)
10-12: Work 24sc for 3 rounds
13: [4sc, dec 2] x 4 (20st)
14-16: Work 20sc for 3 rounds
17: [3sc, dec 2] x 4 (16st)
18: Work 16sc for 1 round
19: [2sc, dec2] x 4 (12st) FO

Tummy (white yarn):
1: 6sc into magic ring
2: 2sc into each st (12st)
3: 2sc into each st (24st)
4: Work 24sc for 1 round
5: [2sc, inc 2] x 8 (32st)
6: [3sc, inc 2] x 8 (40st)
7: [7sc, inc 2] x 5 (45st)
8: [8sc, inc 2] x 5 (50st)
9: [9sc, inc 2] x 5 (55st)
10: [10sc, inc 2] x 5 (60st)
11: [5sc, inc2] x 10 (70st)
12: [6sc, inc2] x 10 (80st)
13-14: Work 80sc for 2 rounds, FO.

Eyes (white yarn, make 2):
1: Ch 2, 8sc into 1st ch, link to 1st sc with slip st, FO. Make sure there is a hole in the centre to put safety eyes through.

***This is a free pattern of my design, so please do not sell it. Otherwise, use as you like, but if you make this Totoro to sell you must include a link to this pattern. Thank you!***




Hello

(Anonymous)
I'm new here, just wanted to say hello and introduce myself.

Your TOTORO is lovely!

(Anonymous)
I also have a Totoro which is a gift from my brother on my birthday. Of coz it is not a crochet stuff. Thanks for posting your cutie Totoro. May I know how tall is it??

Shirley - Hong Kong

totoro rocks

(Anonymous)
wow! i love studio ghibli and i love crochet! thanks so much for posting this pattern. Been on your flickr page too, love all your work! Those toys are all so cool :)

This is wonderful!!
I want a totoro like this! It's cuter than some totoro plushies I see out there 8D

omg, that is totally cute!! I came across your post while looking on CrochetPatternCentral, I think I am going to get started on this, but in different colours ^^,
My daughter loves Totoro!! Too cute

Se ve súper lindo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yo también quiero uno.

This is AMAZING! I'm saving this to my memories!

thank you so much for this!!!
just saw the link on a forum and can't wait to make it x

Whoa, this is too cute! It's way out of my league right now, but I can't wait to try it someday!

Minor difficulties...

(Anonymous)
Hey,
You don't know me but I love your totoro pattern, and I am in the middle of it right now, but I had a question about the white bit around the eyes. About what round should I start on those? You said to put the actual eyes in around round 48, so I'm assuming that around round 46-47?

Just need a little clarification but no stress...
This pattern is really cute, by the way. Looks exactly like him, and will there be a pattern for the grey one? I could make a whole set! :) Too cute.

Thank you,
Lauren

Re: Minor difficulties...

Hi,

I'm glad you like the pattern. You can make the white circles any time before round 48, and then fit them by putting the shaft of the black safety eye through the middle & fixing it in. I'm not sure I've made it clear, but then you sew around the edges of the white circles to fix them on to the body. Just make sure you leave enough of a tail of the white yarn to do the sewing.

Yes, I would love to make a grey totoro, just not in scale with the other two!

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Amazing! I've just started to crochet and I'm going to print out your pattern and put it on my inspiration board!

Thank you for the perfect baby shower present!
How tall does the Totoro get and what is the gauge?

Hi! The totoro is about 8"/20cm tall. There's no gauge necessary for toys - not like clothes that need to be an exact fit. The yarn I used was double knitting weight (probably sports weight in the US), so if you use a thicker yarn he'll end up bigger. Just make sure that the blue and white yarns are similar weights.

Good luck with making him, I'm glad you like him!

Adorable pattern! However, I'm having issues with the ears. I've made one twice over and it keeps turning out being a lot wider than it is tall, rather than being tall and narrow like it is in the picture.

Oh, nevermind, I think I figured it out. I misinterpreted inc 2 as meaning to work 2 sc into one and then do it again. Hence it turned out too wide. I'll try again with this new knowledge :]

I've just completed mine today. It turned out great!

Thanks so much for the pattern =)

God bless

Sincerely,
Shahira

asking

(Anonymous)
Hi, very nice creations. Congrats !
- I'm wondering if I may translate your totoro (blue one) in french to put it on my blog? Of course with quoting and linking your website.
- May I use my french translation (if i may do it), to make a knitalong for french people?
Thanks you for you sharing !


Of course! I mean, mais oui! If you can send me the link when you have done it, that would be great. I'd love to see my pattern in French.

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How about Totoro in Red?

(Anonymous)
I followed your pattern and made a Red Totoro. Blue is much nicer. I like your patterns. Thanks.

Thank you so much for your wonderful patterns
(http://www.zimagez.com/zimage/totoro004vv4.php) (http://www.zimagez.com/zimage/0001705.php)

i went looking for free things and didn't expect to find something as neat as this...
congrats of the awesome pattern.. i'm going to try it

Es genial ¡Muchas gracias!

I had a question about the magic circle. I'm pretty new to crocheting and I was wondering what that was or how to make it. If you could tell me it would be really appreciated. thank you.

totoro

(Anonymous)
Thanks for the pattern. I have had to re learn how to crochet after 30 years. Making one for my daughter who is a huge fan of the film, she's a bit big for stuffed toys but I think she will be thrilled. The dragon looked good too, she might need one of them as she is at university in wales. Once again many thanks. Libby

Great! Thank you for sharing

(Anonymous)
It took me roughly 4 days of furtive, into the night crocheting to make Totoro in time for the House present exchange. Thank you for sharing and thank you for making my housemate's Christmas a memorable, handmade one. I've uploaded pictures to flickr here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/77917288@N00/4200584923/ Feliz Navida!

-sam

Made one!

(Anonymous)
Thank you so much for this fantastic pattern! I just finished one for my son. He's 3 and he ADORES Totoro! He's down for his nap, and I have it all set up for him when he comes out, I can't wait to see his reaction! :D

Aww! Totoros are great for any age, aren't they?

Very awesome pattern and very nice of you to offer it for free. I'm going to make 2 of these for my Japanese teachers for writing recommendations letters for me. Whenever I finish, I'll try to post pictures if you'd like.

That would be cool, thanks!

Thank you so much for sharing!

(Anonymous)
I just have to thank you for sharing this... The blue Totoro is totally adorable, pattern is easy to follow, and the result is awesome. I made one for a gift for a 10-year old for Christmas, she loved it!!

Re: Thank you so much for sharing!

Thank you! I'm so pleased it was appreciated.

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