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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!***




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

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(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.

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).

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