Crochet

Are you ready for Halloween?

Are you a Halloween fan? Or maybe prepping for some autums decoration? I am not into spooky ghostly decoration, but spiders are multi purpose in this autumn and Halloween season, right? I will explain to you how to crochet this simple amigurumi style spider, which has plenty of possibilities to make it cute, fun or straight up scary.

It is all a matter of color and yarn choice and some final finishing details, that are only limited by your own imagination.

Let me introduce you to my Spider Suzan crochet pattern. It is also available for free download on Ravelry. Click here to get it .


SPIDER SUZAN CROCHET PATTERN DUTCHCROCHETBYMDK
DutchCrochetbyMdK – Marjolein de Koning designs ©️


SPIDER SUZAN


Level:

This spider amigurumi is crocheted in the round, without closing rounds. Level: beginner/ intermediate beginner


Materials:
o Yarn ( I used a bit of DK acrylic)
o Crochet hook ( I used 3 mm hook)
o Scissors
o Stitch marker
o Darning needle to weave in ends
o Polyfill or other filling of your choice
o Safety eyes or yarn to embroider eyes: (8 mm for DK yarn is big enough, but if you prefer to use Aran or worsted weight yarn, use bigger eyes)
o Optional: felt or yarn to embroider or sew a cross on the spiders back.


I made it with Acrylic DK, but any yarn and hook that will give a stitch not showing the filling, will do.
I usually use a size smaller than the recommended size hook for the yarn, so no filling comes out.
You can always put your filling in a piece of pantyhose, in matching color of the amigurumi, to be sure filling stays in.
I use washable polyfill. You could also use scraps of yarn (in a pantyhose) or wool to stuff the body. Make sure filling does not spill, especially when the toy is given to small children.


Abbreviations and used stitches
Ch: chain
SC: Single crochet SS: Slip stitch
FO: fasten off * ..* repeat part between asteriks rep: repeat
MR: magic ring


A message about safety first:
I use safety eyes, but if you make this for children < 3 years, it is better to embroider the eyes. Although safety eyes are meant to be not removable, you don’t want to let a small child unattended due to possible choking hazard.

Pattern:
Let’s start with the upper part of the body (the backside or shield)
1) Start with a MR and sc 6 in the ring ( or alternatively, chain 4, close with a ss and sc 6 in the ring) (6 sc)
2) 2 sc in every stitch around (12 sc)
3) 1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch, rep around (18 sc)
4) * 2 sc, 2 sc in next stitch*, rep around (24 sc)
5) * 3 sc, 2 sc in next stitch*, rep around (30 sc)
6) * 4 sc, 2 sc in next stitch*, rep around (36 sc)
7) * 5 sc, 2 sc in next stitch*, rep around (42 sc)
8) * 6 sc, 2sc in next stitch*, rep around (48 sc)
9) * 7 sc, 2 sc in next stitch*, rep around (54 sc)
10)Sc in every stich around (54 sc)
11) Rep round 10 (54 sc)
12) Rep round 11 (54 sc)
13) Rep round 12 (54 sc)
14) Rep round 12 (54 sc), join in last stitch of round 13 with a ss, FO and leave a tail at least 4 x the circumference of the round if you are going to crochet top and bottom together.

If you will sew together, 3 times circumference should be enough to sew.
Attach the 8 or 10 mm safety eyes between round 10 and 11, 12 stitches apart. (8 mm for DK yarn is big enough, but if you prefer to use Aran or worsted weight yarn, use bigger eyes)


Or embroider them with a piece of scrap yarn, by making a French knot, or make a V-shape for sleepy eyes. Use your imagination! You can even choose to embroider eye lashes, for a girly spider.

Creepy Spider


Belly part of the spider
Repeat round 1 – 10 from upper part of the body
Join in Last stitch of round 9 , FO and weave in end, or leave a long tail for sewing if you did not do that yet on the first part
Place the belly on the open side of the back of the spider, right side facing out, and sew or slip stitch the two rounds together.
You can either choose to slipstitch 40 stitches, fill the body firmly and then close the rest
Or you can whipstitch the parts together, fill when you still have an opening and then sew together the rest.
FO, weave in ends by stitching trough the filling a few times in different directions, try not to pull too hard to avoids dents in the body, then cut the yarn, and stretch the spider body a bit to let the last end pull into the body.


Legs
Leg 1: Attach yarn under the right eye (spiders right eye 😉 ), chain 14, turn and sc 13, ss in next stitch
Ss 4
Leg 2: chain 14, turn and sc 13, ss in next 5 stitches
Leg 3: repeat leg 2
Leg 4: repeat leg 3
Now SS 2 extra for the center back part (do spiders have a tail? I don’t think so, but otherwise here would be the tail 😉 )
Leg 5: repeat instructions from leg 2
Leg 6: repeat leg 5
Leg 7: repeat leg 6
Leg 8: chain 14, turn and sc 13, ss until you reach where your yarn is attached . Join and FO, weave in ends

Optional decorations


Optional:
Cut a cross from white felt ( or color of your personal choice) and attach this to the back shield (either by hot glue or sewing)
Or: Embroider a cross
Or: attach white yarn in tail part, chain the length of the back an join in front in the middle between the eyes. FO and weave in ends. Then attach yarn on the side of the spider, chain the width of the shield and attach on the other side. FO and weave in ends

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Rewind, relax, making retro potholders

The classic triangle potholder with loop in double stranded cotton
My classic triangle potholder and a square one in waffle stitch or woven stitch

I enjoyed making some quick stash busting cotton potholders in double stranded cotton. I have used regular 150m/50 gram cotton ( drops in white and a petrol turquoise like blue) and a 3.5 mm hook.

The triangle ones work up in half an hour and are ideal last minute gifts, or small projects to take with you on a trip or vacation. I made them for our planned vacation, because I always burn my hands cooking with different pots and pans than I have at home. I like the look and feel and I finally got to use my cute little faux leather tags.


Would you like me to make you a set of these? Please feel free to drop me a message. I have many colors cotton in stock and would be happy to make your favorite combination.

Did you know I send them for free within Netherlands?

Check my Etsy shop for ready made gifts here on dutchcreations.etsy.com.

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