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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!***




hi, i hope you respond to this. i am new to livejournal and crotcheting...i have worsted weight yarn in white, blue and grey. inorder to make the grey totoro bigger i was thinking of doubling the grey yarn. i am wondering what needle size you would recommend? also, do you recommend that i adjust the pattern? double the whole thing?? i usual knit. thank you! your patterns are truly amazing! thank you!

There is usually hook size advice on the yarn label, but if not, there is a chart here that might be useful to you.

I made the Totoro in finer weight cotton yarn and followed the pattern exactly, figuring that the whole thing would just scale down automatically. It seemed to work just fine (see my comment right below yours).

Coming back to show you what you made me do! :)



I made the eyes from all yarn, since I couldn't find safety eyes that were small enough to look good. I also altered the ears a bit -- I made them a bit smaller. Basically I struck out row 11 and changed the following two lines to "11-14: Work 22 sc for 4 rounds" and "15: [9sc, dec 2]x2 (20st)" and then continued to follow the pattern from there. It was very clear and easy to follow! Thanks!

Edited at 2011-01-08 06:43 pm (UTC)

Thanks for sharing your edit, I think I may do that myself! I was halfway through the body, intending to make *the* Totoro when I realised that this was a pattern for the blue one, but it's great to see that it works fine for the big one too :D Lovely photo <3

thank you so much for the pattern!

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Nice photo - you did a lovely job!

just saw the link to this pattern on pretty light (http://itsprettylight.blogspot.com/2011/01/learning-to-crochet.html)

love the result! I'm going to make it for sure) thanks a lot!

Thanks, I hope you find it easy to make.

The photo on Pretty Light was lovely, wasn't it?

Thank you so much for the pattern. It looks so awesome.

Just one question though.
It's my first time with a non spherical amigurmi and I'm having trouble stuffing the body.
Do you have any tips on how to do it?

It's not easy to stuff a large body like this. Take a handful of stuffing at a time and push it in firmly. After there's quite a bit in there, each time you push more in push up the rest of the stuffing to make it as firm as possible. It is quite a slow process!

Thank you so much for this pattern. It made me start crocheting again after 20 years pause!

Thank you for your pattern!
I have used it for a King Totoro ( http://saschasid.livejournal.com/4054.html )
Btw I'm from Russia, so if you're interested in translating the pattern - this work is already half-done)


I love your photos! I'm happy for you to translate the pattern and put it on your live journal.

nice patteren - i just have to translate it to danish :) and i think i might make him with an open mouth - I love his smile

Thanks - I think one with a big smile will look great. If you post you Danish translation anywhere, please post a link here.

OMG

I just discovered amigurumi and I always wanted a totoro :D

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I WILL TRY THIS!

(well... after trying something more simple haha)

Good luck! This is quite a simple pattern, though it's fairly large, so hopefully you'll be able to try it soon.

amazing!

(Anonymous)
Amazing pattern! I want to work it with cotton, how much cotton do I need? For blu color 150g is enough? Thanks!

Thanks! I have been intending to remake this pattern to check the amount of yarn, but I'm afraid I haven't got round to it yet. 150g should easily be enough I think.

number of skeins of yarn

how many skiens of yarn did you need or each color???

Re: number of skeins of yarn

I haven't remade this to check, although I intend to, but one 100g ball of blue yarn should easily be enough - you won't need very much white.

Thank you! I am so happy to finish it by using your free pattern. God bless you and your family!

http://mission52.livejournal.com/

Help!!!'n

(Anonymous)
Ummmmm I do not get the instruction for leaving an extra long tail to sew on the arm to sew the upside down V's. Help?

The upside-down Vs are the same yarn as the body. Rather that using a separate piece of yarn, use the same yarn that you've already sewn the arm on with to do the embroidery. You don't have to do it that way, I just find it easier.

How many grams of yarn did u use?

I need to make this again to check, but you'd be fine with 100g of the main colour - you don't need very much white.

aber

(Anonymous)
Nice and thanks!

My Totoro came out really cute! Thank you for the pattern! It was very easy to follow and I had so much fun making him.

Thank you!

Thanks, I'm really pleased to hear you enjoyed making the pattern!

Incredible

(Anonymous)
Oh my God. You are my new hero! Love your knitting!!

I am having problems trying to make the Totoro. I can make all the parts, but the body is giving me so much trouble. I know I am doing something wrong, but I have no idea what. The body keeps looking like a floppy hat with ripple sides rather then a egg shape. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong? I really want to make this for my Daughter as she is a big Totoro fan.

I think you are probably crocheting too loosely. To make amigurumi you need to crochet quite tightly, pretty much tightening each stitch after you make it. However, don't make the stitches too tight, or you won't be able to get your hook in them on the next round! If you search for 'how to make amigurumi' you'll find lots of useful hints and tips that may help.

problems after repeat rows of 80

Hello,
I just wanted to ask if there was a typo error in the directions after BODY > 23-38: Work 80sc for 16 rounds...

It seems when you try to complete
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)
etc.
they will skip when you do it as written.
Example: [18 sec, dec 2] if you do the math it leaves you with 72, not 76. Because this particular pattern is so large I marked the starting point with a white yarn, so I could keep count... I continued to do this, but I always fell short in the last bit.. I had 18(19/20), 38(39,40), 58(59/60),
then that gets me 3/4 the way there... as for the last bit, here is where i fall short: 78 (79/80) -- 80-8 (2 decreases x4) = 72 [this is what i end up with, not 76].... and this happens every round...

Any suggestions on how I can get the bottom wrapped up? I've done what you said 3 times, and the only way it looks like, is to add stitches PAST the beginning mark... but, that doesn't seem correct...
PLEASE HELP!

Re: problems after repeat rows of 80

Hi,

I think the problem is just in the way I wrote it in my own shorthand, which may not make sense to everyone! Dec 2 just means decrease two stitches down to one, not decrease twice. So [18sc, dec 2] means do 18 sc then decrease, so you end up with 19 stitches. 19 x 4 = 76. I really intend to write this pattern out in a more formal way, but I keep getting busy with new patterns.

I hope this helps.

Knitting?

(Anonymous)
Do you have a version of this converted to knitting perhaps? :)

If you do i would appreciate it so so much!

I'm sorry, I'm afraid not. I can't actually knit, though I keep meaning to learn.

Gonna try this!

(Anonymous)
Hi, I´d bookmarked this a long time ago but never tried this pattern. I found it again today and I´m happy to see that you´re answering questions and comments!

I have only one question, I want to make this little friend but I have no patience nor time to make it that bigger... do you have any method to make it smaller keeping the proportions?

Thanks!

Mariana

The easiest way to crochet something to a smaller (or larger) scale is to change the yarn and the hook size. The only trouble is that it takes just as long to make! Otherwise you'd just have to experiment a bit - don't increase as much and don't do as many rounds, but keep an eye on the shape. Or you could make the white totoro in blue and add arms and a white circle for the tummy. Whatever you do, have fun!

Thank you very much for sharing this lovely pattern <3 I made my own totoro following this and I absolutely love it ..^__^..

Thanks, I'm really pleased you enjoyed the pattern.

My friend will love me for making her this. Thank you for the pattern! I greatly appreciate it!

Thanks! Have fun making it.

question

(Anonymous)
I wanna use this pattern for the grey totoro so I was just wondering if there's any way of changing this pattern slightly to make the outcome smaller??

Do you mean that this size would be the grey Totoro, so you want to make a smaller blue Totoro? The easiest way to make different sizes is to use different thicknesses of yarn, otherwise you really have to change the pattern as you go along.

Interesting site, keep up the good work

(Anonymous)

I'm glad that I've found your heavens-hellcat.livejournal.com web site. I'm so surprised by your way of thinking and writing. Have you thought about writing a book?

Re: Interesting site, keep up the good work

Thank you! I'd love to write a book, but I must admit I haven't done anything to make that happen.

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