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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!***




Dutch translation of the Totoro pattern

I made a dutch translation of this pattern on http://www.tenderfeelings.be/index.php/amigurumi/totoro

Re: Dutch translation of the Totoro pattern

Excellent - it's great to spread it round the world!

I have a weakness for Totoro and it's one of the few anime that I actually can enjoy. Thank you for posting this pattern, I'm so looking forward to making it!
I had a question. You state that you used knitting weight yarn but do you know the brand you used? I'm having problems finding the right blue-grey yarn for the MC. Thank you so much if you can get back to me on this.

Sorry to be so slow to reply - unfortunately I think I got the yarn I used from a charity shop and was very pleased when it turn out to be the right colour! Are you on any kind of online group like Craftster? It might be worth asking around to see if anyone knows of a good yarn (I'm guessing you're not in the UK, so there'd be no point in me mentioning a yarn you can only get over here).

LOVE IT!

(Anonymous)
I bought a couple of your patterns recently and love the results! (Ewok and Leia) You are awesome! Can't wait to make the totoro!

Thank you! I wrote the Totoro pattern quite a while ago, so it's kind of in crochet 'shorthand', I hope you can follow it easily.

Thanks for the pattern! Mine didn't turn out perfect, but I think my son will be happy anyway. Here's a not-so-great pic of mine with your page in the background: http://twitgoo.com/u3ead

Looks pretty good to me! Thanks for posting a pic, I'm glad you liked the pattern.

Hi,
I'm trying to make this doll and a bit confused. on each round, when i finish, do i close it up and add a chain stitch, or do i just keep going to the next round and so forth?
I know how to crochet, but I don't really know the terms so I had to look up the terms on youtube as I really want to make this doll...I've never made anything from pattern before either(as u can see..)
Thanks for ur help!

Hi, the rounds are worked continuously, in a spiral, so don't join and do a chain. Mark the start of each round by putting a bit of yarn underneath the first stitch.

I wrote this pattern quite a while ago, I didn't necessarily use standard terms, so I hope it makes sense. If you search for 'how to make amigurumi' you should find lots of useful help and tips. Here's one of my favourite sites: http://www.planetjune.com/blog/amigurumi-help/

Many thanks for the dragon!

(Anonymous)
Your dragon pattern is brilliant! Thank you so much. I did modify it slightly, but this is easily the best one I've found.

My effort is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ravenslane/4603743501/

Ravenslane

Re: Many thanks for the dragon!

Thanks! I'll go and check out your photos.

great site,

(Anonymous)
i was looking for this information for a long time and i found it on your site...thanks. and may you interest in some arts, just visit my site www.indobatik.net. please add a link and i hope we can sharing about arts :)

Just wanted to say thank you, and that the Totoro I made using your instructions came out great for my son's birthday.
~Luna~

Thanks, I'm pleased it came out well.

AMAZING flikr photos

(Anonymous)
youre an amazing crocheter.
you have to post more of your patterns!

Re: AMAZING flikr photos

Thank you! I have put a few more free patterns on my blog: http://lucyravenscar.blogspot.com/ and I have a few patterns for sale: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lucyravenscar

OMG so cute >.<

(Anonymous)
OMG thats so cute! Im a huge fan of My Neighbor Totoro, thanks for the pattern! I love your work it looks amazing, so I wanted to ask you for some advice... you see I just started to crochet and I wanted to make a giant walrus for my little sister... something like 1.50 meters. Do you know how can I make it? Thank you very much!

Thank you! I've never made anything so big, your best bet would be to use very thick yarn, or several strands, and a big hook. I think you should try a few smaller projects first though!

I want to learn to crochet just to make one!

(Anonymous)
How long would it take to teach myself to crochet well enough to make one of these?
And do you recall how much material did you use to make it?

Re: I want to learn to crochet just to make one!

Difficult to say, because I learned to crochet when I was little so I already knew the basics before I tried to make amigurumi-type creatures. However, you only use one main stitch for most amigurumi (single crochet), so you just have to learn to do that nice and neat, and quite tightly. Try searching for 'how to crochet' and 'how to make amigurumi' and you'll find lots of online tutorials.

As for amounts of yarn, I would say I used less than 100g of yarn for the blue totoro and less than 50g for the white totoro.

I hope that helps!

Totoro Pattern

(Anonymous)
It's such a cute thing! ^^ I love it! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern, It's perfect!!

Questions

(Anonymous)
Love the pattern! It's the most detailed of all the Totoros I've seen so far!
Have a couple of questions though. Started on my Totoro and then read that the eyes position on round 14. That makes me a bit of confused. If the eyes is posistioned on round 14 (as round 14 is in the pattern if that makes sense) then the start of the Totoro (where i made my magic ring) is the head of the Totoro? And then where i fasten off the thread gets to be the bottom? Don't know if i'm making any sense (english is not my native language). Trying to get if round 14 means round 14 seen from the start (with magic ring), the 14 that's 14 in the pattern...or if it's round 14 seen from the "end" where i fasten of the thread? I get all loopsided trying to get it right :) Is the magic ring the head of the Totoro where the ears go or is the head the part where i fasten off the thread?
And a second question, think someone else asked it earlier in comments but I haven't seen any answer. Can I start with a magic ring on the arms, tail and ears parts to or is there a special reason why those part don't start with magic rings. I can get that the white eyepart does not start with magic ring because off the need for a hole in the middle where the eyes go, but unsure off the other parts. But I'm fairly new to amigurumis so maybe It's just me not getting it.
Got to be a pretty long comment but really wanna get my Totoro to look good! Make your pattern justice :)
Thanks for keeping the pattern free and keep up yor good work!

Hi, I'm glad you like my pattern! You start making the totoro from the top of the head, so the eyes go in 14 rounds from the top. The reason I say to do the magic ring at the start of the body and not the other parts is that the magic ring is very flat, but starting by crocheting into the 2nd chain from hook is a bit more pointy, and so works well for the ears in particular. I must say that I find the magic ring quite fiddly, so I don't use it if I don't have to. If you prefer doing the magic ring it would probably work fine for all the parts.

I hope this helps!

Back loops only?

(Anonymous)
Thank you for posting this wonderful free pattern! Totoro was my favorite movie when I was younger. I was just wondering, for round 48 of the body, are we supposed to decrease in the back loops too?? Thank you so much!!!!

Hi, I'm glad you like it! Yes, you should decrease in the back loops. The round into BLO is there to help make the base a bit flatter. If you have any problems with it I think you could probably manage without it though, just do the round in both loops.

Totoro size

(Anonymous)
Can you tell me the dimensions of your Totoro? I finished the body last night, and he seems really big. I'm thinking I misread something somewhere. He's alot skinnier AND taller than yours :( Not nearly as cute.

Hi,

The body of mine is about 6 inches tall, not including the ears. I used fairly thin double knit yarn, so if you've used any thicker that will make it larger. They do get fatter when you stuff them, too.

Re: Totoro size (Anonymous) Expand

Thank you!

(Anonymous)
Loved the pictures of your finished product! I am a huge Miyazaki fan and was thrilled to see Totoro in Toy Story 3! It made me want my own Totoro but he's not easy to find in the States, so your pattern is dearly appreciated! Now I can make my very own Totoro!

A question for any who have made or are making Totoro. Has anyone made him using a medium (4) weight yarn? I'm using Vanna's Choice, dusty blue and size F/8.75mm hook...wondering if anyone has a size estimate for the changes or even pictures of their own work? As of now I'm on rows 23-28 and can prob use it to hold a stack of standard cd/dvds lol

Also, is there a pattern around to make Ponyo or Yubaba's baby (Po) when in mouse/rat form? Just re-watched Spirited Away in both languages and am loving the idea of a cute little mouse from yarn!

Thanks again!
Caro

Thanks! Are you on Ravelry? Quite a few people have made this Totoro there, and they often state which yarn they've used.

Also, I've just been checking out the Miyazaki Swap thread on Craftster, and someone made a cute Po that turns into a mouse: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350376.msg4171798#msg4171798

Re: Thank you! (Anonymous) Expand
Wow, that's amazing...gotta try it out!

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oouwww so cute!!! thanks for sharing the pattern. Can't wait to start making totoro.

THANK YOU!

(Anonymous)
Thank you very much for the lovely/great/awesome patterns! =D

Hello :)

My boyfriend and I love Totoro and the baby white Totoro. Unfortunately I do not know how to crochet :( I really wish that I did know how to crochet because I would use your patterns to make a few Totoros for us. My question is whether or not you might be selling the pair (the white Totoro and the regular Totoro) and how much it would cost.

Thank you and amazing work on all of your crochet animals!

-Samantha-

love it!

(Anonymous)
Hi .. I am new to this website and found your wonderful pattern. I can't wait to try to make it.

I'm in love with this Totoro. I need him in my life. I want to learn to crochet in the round just to make him.

Thank you so much! This will be my first project :)

Sent here by io9! http://io9.com/5717724/the-greatest-otherworldly-knitting-patterns/gallery/

I'm definitely trying out this adorable Totoro! Thanks for the pattern!

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