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Henry the Hedgehog Pattern

By: bergeredefrance.com
Henry the Hedgehog Pattern
Henry the Hedgehog Pattern
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The Henry the Hedgehog Pattern is the cuddliest woodland creature you'll ever find. He's just waiting to be made and have someone snuggle with him. This crochet pattern is intermediate level, but you'll mostly need to know how to single and double crochet in order to work it up. For the fur, you'll need super bulky Abakan yarn, and then worsted weight yarn for the body, a 3.5 mm crochet hook, stuffing fiber, a sewing needle, and black thread for detailing. Once you have these materials, get started right away!

Stitches used - 1/1 Rib, Single crochet, (uk: double crochet) = sc (uk: dc) using 3.5 mm crochet hook:
Row 1 (RS of work): 1 sc (uk: dc) into 2nd ch and into every foll ch st.
2nd and every foll row: 1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc) into 1st sc (uk: dc) and every foll sc (uk: dc).

Intermediate

Crochet HookE/4 or 3.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(6) Super Bulky/Super Chunky (4-11 stitches for 4 inches)

Materials List

  • 2 balls Abakan Yarn in Noir (A) (34242)
  • 1 ball Sport Yarn in Kraft (B) (21120)
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Stuffing fiber (14890)
  • 1 sewing needle
  • Black thread

Hedgehog

Start with the front.

Front

Using col B make a chain foundation of 13 sts.
Crochet in sc (uk: dc) [= 12 sc (uk: dc)], inc at each end 1 sc (uk: dc) 3 times every 2nd row.
To inc 1 st at each end: Crochet 2 sc (uk: dc) on the 1st and last sc (uk: dc).
After the last inc, crochet 3 rows on the 18 sc
(uk: dc) obtained, then dec at each end 1 sc (uk:dc)
5 times every 2nd row, 1 sc (uk:dc) once on foll row.
To dec 1 sc (uk:dc) at each end: Crochet 1 ch., then 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog) on the 2 first dc (uk: sc),
cont the row and when 2 sc (uk: dc) remain at end of row, crochet 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog).
= 6 sc (uk: dc)
The front is complete. Do not fasten off.

Head

Following on from front, make a 34 sts ch. Close the round with 1 sl st into the 1st sc (uk: dc) of last row of front (= 40 sts).
Then, crochet as foll:
Rounds 1 and 2: 1 ch, then 1 sc (uk: dc) into each st, join these rounds and every foll round by working 1 sl st into the 1st sc (uk: dc) of the beg of round (= 40 sts).
Round 3: 1 ch, * 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog), 1 sc (uk: dc) into each of the foll 6 sts *, rep from * to * (= 35 sc (uk: dc).)
Round 4: 1 ch, * 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog), 1 sc (uk:dc) into each of foll 5 sts *, rep from * to * (= 30 sc (uk: dc)).
Round 5: 1 ch, then 1 sc (uk:dc) into each st.
Round 6: 1 ch, * 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog), 1 sc (uk:dc) into each of foll 4 sts *, rep from * to * (= 25 sc (uk: dc)).
Round 7: 1 ch, * 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog), 1 sc (uk:dc) into each of foll 3 sts *, rep from * to * (= 20 sc (uk: dc)).
Round 8: 1 ch, then 1 sc (uk:dc) into each st.
Round 9: 1 ch, * 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog), 1 sc (uk:dc) into each of foll 2 sts *, rep from * to * (= 15 sc (uk: dc)).
Round 10: 1 ch, then * 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog), 1 sc (uk:dc) into foll st *, rep from * to * (= 10 sc (uk: dc)).
Rounds 11, 12, 13: 1 ch, then 1 sc (uk:dc) into each st.
After Round 13, insert yarn through the 10 sc (uk: dc), pull tight and fasten off.
 

Ears (2)

Using col B form a ring, then crochet as foll:
Round 1: 1 ch, 6 sc (uk: dc) into ring.
Round 2: 1 ch, 2 sc (uk: dc) into 1st st, 1 sc (uk:dc) into each of foll 4 sts, 2 sc (uk: dc) into last st. (= 8 sc (uk: dc)).
Round 3: 1 ch, 2 sc (uk: dc) into 1st st, 1 sc (uk:dc) into each of foll 2 sts, 2 sc (uk: dc) into foll st, 1 sc (uk:dc) into each of foll 3 sts, 2 sc (uk: dc) into last st. (= 11 sc (uk:dc)) and fasten off.
Pull yarn tight to close the ring.

Paws (4)

Using col B form a ring, then crochet as foll:
Round 1: 1 ch 8 sc (uk: dc) into ring, close this round and every foll round into a ring by crocheting 1 sl st into 1st sc (uk: dc) at beg of round.
Round 2: 1 ch, 2 sc (uk: dc) into the 1st st, 1 sc (uk:dc) into foll st, * 2 sc (uk: dc) into the foll st, 1 sc (uk:dc) into next st *, crochet 3 times from * to * (= 12 sc (uk: dc)).
Round 3: 1 ch, then 1 sc (uk:dc) into each st taking the back loop.
Rounds 4 and 5: 1 ch, then 1 sc (uk:dc) into each st.
Round 6: 1 ch, * 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog), 1 sc (uk:dc) *, crochet 4 times from * to * and fasten off.

Back

Using col A , crochet around front and head as foll:
Round 1: 1 sl st, 1 ch, then 32 sc (uk: dc) around the head and 51 sc (uk:dc) around front, close this round and every foll round by 1 sl st into the 1st sc (uk: dc) at beg of round. (= 83 sc (uk: dc)).
Round 2: 1 ch, then 1 sc (uk:dc) into each st.
Round 3: 1 ch, 1 sc (uk:dc) into each of first 2 sts, * 2 sc (uk: dc) into the foll st, 1 sc (uk:dc) into each of 2 foll sts *, rep from * to * (= 110 sc (uk: dc)).
Round 4: 1 ch, then 1 sc (uk:dc) into each st.
Round 5: 1 ch, 1 sc (uk:dc) into each of first 2 sts, * 2 sc (uk: dc) into the foll st, 1 sc (uk:dc) into each of 2 foll sts *, rep from * to * (= 146 sc (uk: dc)).
Round 6: 1 ch, then 1 sc (uk:dc) into each st.
Round 7: 1 ch, 1 sc (uk:dc) into each of first 2 sts, * 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog), 1 sc (uk:dc) into foll st *, rep from * to * (= 98 sc (uk: dc)).
Round 8: 1 ch, 1 sc (uk:dc) into each of first 2 sts, * 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog), 1 sc (uk:dc) into foll st *, rep from * to * (= 66 sc (uk: dc)).
Round 9: 1 ch, * 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog), 1 sc (uk:dc) into foll st *, rep from * to * (= 44 sc (uk: dc)).
Round 10: 1 ch, then 22 times 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog).
Round 11: 1 ch, then 11 times 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog).
Round 12: 1 ch, then 1 sc (uk:dc) into each st.
Stuff the hedgehog.
Round 13: 1 ch, 1 sc (uk:dc) into the 1st st, (2 sc tog (uk: dc tog)) 5 times.
Round 14: 1 ch, 3 times 2 sc tog (uk: dc tog), then insert yarn through the rem 3 sc (uk: dc), pull tight and fasten off.

Finishing

Using the needle and black thread, embroider nose using straight st, and the eyes using French knot st.
Sew paws onto front.
Secure and weave in ends.

Abbreviations

ch or ch st
chain stitch
sc
single crochet (uk: dc = double crochet)
sl st
slip stitch
2 sc tog (uk: 2 dc tog)
2 single crochets together (uk: = 2 double crochets together) * leaving last loop of each st on the hook, work incomplete sc (dc) as foll: Insert hook into a st, yo and draw up loop, insert hook into next st, yo and draw up loop, yo and through all rem 3 loops at once.
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This may be the cutest pattern I have seen! I definitely need to work on my amigurumi skills to make this adorable hedgehog!

This pattern brings me right back to my childhood. My sister was absolutely OBSESSED with hedgehogs when she was young. She had a stuffed one that looked just like Henry here, and it was her constant companion until our dog chewed the eyes off Im going to make my sis a replacement hedgehog it is 25 years later, but I think shell still be super excited )

Gah, Henry. You are way too cute. Now I need to work on my amigurumi skillz.

This is so sweet. It just calls out to be hugged! I was thinking of making one in a dark gold color and only putting yellow or gold fur around the face. It will be the cutest king of the jungle. A crocheted tail with a fringe on the end would complete the look! Roar!

I love this pattern and really would love to make it. Can you please let me know if here is a link that will give directions that are easier to follow. I am 70 y/o and have bee crocheting a lot of years but these instructions are confusing to me. TY

OMG!! My daughter is going to love this. She loves hedgehogs and even has one as a pet. Can't wait to get started!

This little guy is so freakin' cute! I love him. Looks a bit too "intermediate" for my skills, but hopefully someday soon I will be a strong enough crocheter that I can make him, too! :)

This is by far THE cutest thing I have ever seen. I have no one to make this for, but I just might have to make it because it's too cute!

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