Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Crochet Hedgehog Pattern

As you know, we have an insane amount of cats, and although I love them dearly there are a few disadvantages....like being able to get milk out the fridge without having a glaring of cats meowing at you or being able to leave a blanket/piece of clothing/anything you don't want hair on anywhere for 5 minutes before one of them finds and sits on it!

One of the biggest problems though is the fact we cant have any other small pets without them wanting to eat it, this goes for the wildlife in the area as well, we would love to out bird feeders up and stuff but that would be like ringing the cats dinner bell!

So we came up with an alternative with crocheted wildlife :D




I saw a few of these a while back but never found a decent pattern, I saw one lady using a funky type of wool to make the hedgehogs look more "spikey" but for the life of me I cant find her blog again however if I do I shall link it below :)

Anyway this is the pattern I came up with using this funky wool called Eyelash wool which looks like this:
 
 
I loved the result this yarn gave, plus it was very cheap, HOWEVER the amount of times this stuff got caught and knotted with itself made me rage so many times!

Anyway! these little guys take next to no time to make and hardly any wool, I made 2 adults and 2 babies and still have most of both my yarns left.


Adult Hedgehogs:
Start by using regular DK (8ply) wool in a beige colour and a 3mm hook


In a magic loop

Rnd 1: 6 sc in the magic loop, pull the loop closed, join with a sl st, ch 1 (6)

Rnd 2-5: 1 sc in each sc around, join with sl st and ch 1 (6)

Rnd 6: 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st and ch 1 (12)

Rnd 7: *1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat to end of row, join and ch 1 (18)

Rnd 8: *1 sc in the next 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat to end of row, join and ch 1 (24)

Rnd 9 - 14: 1 sc in each sc, join and ch 1 (24)

At this point turn your work inside out and attach the eyelash yarn to your work

Note: you turn your work inside out so that the spikes will face outwards

switch to a 4mm hook (its easier to work with the eyelash yarn with a bigger hook)

Rnd 15 - 22: 1 sc in each sc around, join and ch 1 (24)

Rnd 16: sc2tog all the way round, join and ch 1 (12)

Finish off, leave a long tail for sewing

Now turn your work inside out again, the "spikes" should now stick the right way out

Stuff the hedgehog now

Using a tapestry needle, thread the long tail you left and tightly stitch together the hole that remains, secure with a knot and finish off, weaving in loose ends

Now you can add whatever you wish to make it look more of a hedgehog, we simply used a tapestry needle and some black wool to make the nose and eyes, but feel free to make it your own and use beads or buttons or something :)

For the ears we simply did 8 hdc in a magic loop and pulled it closed before stitching one on each side of the head.





Baby Hedgehogs:
 
Start by using regular DK (8ply) wool in a beige colour and a 3mm hook

In a magic loop

Rnd 1: 6 sc in the magic loop, pull the loop closed, join with a sl st, ch 1 (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st and ch 1 (12)

Rnd 3: *1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat to end of row, join and ch 1 (18)

Rnd 4: *1 sc in the next 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat to end of row, join and ch 1 (24)

Rnd 5 - 9: 1 sc in each sc, join and ch 1 (24)

At this point turn your work inside out and attach the eyelash yarn to your work

Note: you turn your work inside out so that the spikes will face outwards

switch to a 4mm hook (its easier to work with the eyelash yarn with a bigger hook)

Rnd 10 - 15: 1 sc in each sc around, join and ch 1 (24)

Rnd 16: sc2tog all the way round, join and ch 1 (12)

Finish off, leave a long tail for sewing

Now turn your work inside out again, the "spikes" should now stick the right way out

Stuff the hedgehog now

Using a tapestry needle, thread the long tail you left and tightly stitch together the hole that remains, secure with a knot and finish off, weaving in loose ends.
And there you go! one family of hedgehogs which your cats wont eat!



Have fun making these and as always leave us a comment and share with us how your hedgehogs turned out!



Also

We have 4 of these little guys, 2 adults and 2 babies but they sadly don't have names yet :'(

So if any of you creative people out there have some lovely names to suggest please leave a comment :)