Badtz-Maru Crochet Doll

    Have you ever dreamed of having your very own Badtz-Maru?! Well this crochet craft will help you create a snuggly little mischievous penguin that you can keep or gift to a friend.

    You can find more crochet crafts like this from The Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurumi Patterns For Sanrio Friends by Mei Li Lee. Available online at Barnes and Noble: https://bit.ly/3bqII8J

    Before we get started, let’s go over what Amigurumi is:

    In Japanese, amigurumi refers to knitted or crocheted stuffed dolls. Making amigurumi is a fine art that requires practice and patience. Having a whimsical imagination helps, too. For each step you will see abbreviations. Please see the chart below on what each abbreviation means.

    • CH = CHAIN
    • SC = SINGLE CROCHET
    • DC = DOUBLE CROCHET
    • HDC = HALF-SOUBLE CROCHET
    • DTR =  DOUBLE TRIPLE CROCHET
    • INC =  INCREASE
    • DEC  =  DECREASE
    • INV DEC = INVISIBLE DECREASE
    • SL ST(S) = SLIP STITCH(ES)
    • ST(S) =  STITCH(ES)

    In the patterns, brackets [ ] indicate a group of stitches to be made all at once or repeated a specified number of times. Parentheses ( ) within brackets further set off stitches. Curly brackets { } at the end of the line indicate the number of stitches you should end up with.

    Let’s get started!

    Skill Level: 2

    Materials Needed:

    • Black, white and yellow yarn
    • Yellow and black embroidery floss
    • White felt
    • Two 4-mm black brads
    • Two 4-mm pink brads
    •  Crochet hooks sizes 2.3 mm and 1.75 mm
    • Darning needle
    • Polyester fiberfill

    Basics:

    Head

    • Use black yarn.
    • Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
    • Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.
    • Round 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {18}.
    • Round 4: [Inc, sc 2] around {24}.
    • Round 5: [Inc, sc 3] around {30}.
    • Round 6: [Inc, sc 4] around {36}.
    • Round 7: [Inc, sc 5] around {42}.
    • Rounds 8–12: Sc around {42}.
    • Round 13: [Inv dec, sc 5] around {36}.
    • Round 14: [Inv dec, sc 4] around {30}.
    • Round 15: [Inv dec, sc 3] around {24}.
    • Round 16: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}. Stuff.
    • Round 17: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.
    • Round 18: [Inv dec] around {6}.
    • Fasten off and weave in ends.

     Body

    Use black yarn.

    • Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
    • Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.
    • Round 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {18}.
    • Round 4: [Inc, sc 2] around {24}.
    • Rounds 5–9: Sc around {24}.
    • Round 10: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}. Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. Stuff.

     Arms

    Use black yarn.

    • Round 1: Sc 7 in magic ring {7}.
    • Rounds 2–5: Sc around {7}. Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. Flatten.

     Feet

    Make 2 with yellow yarn.

    • Round 1: SC 3 in magic ring {3}.
    • Round 2: [INC] around {6}.
    • Rounds 3–4: SC around {6}. Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. Flatten piece.

     Beak

    Use yellow embroidery floss and 1.75-mm hook.

    • Round 1: SC 3 in magic ring {3}.
    • Round 2: [INC] around {6}.
    • Round 3: [INC, SC 1] around {9}. Fasten off. Flatten. Whipstitch to close the open end. Leave a long tail for sewing.

     Tummy

    Use white yarn.

    • Round 1: SC 5 in magic ring {5}.
    • Round 2: [INC] around {10}.
    • Rounds 3–5: SC around {10}. Fasten off. Flatten. Whipstitch to close the open end. Leave a long tail for sewing.

    Spikes

    Make 4 with black yarn.

    • Round 1: SC 3 in magic ring {3}.
    • Round 2: [INC] around {6}.
    • Round 3: [INC, SC 1] around {9}.
    • Rounds 4–5: SC around {9}. Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. Flatten.

    Tail

    Use black yarn.

    • Round 1: SC 3 in magic ring {3}.
    • Round 2: [INC] around {6}. Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

    Details

    • Stitch beak onto the center of the head below Round 9. With black embroidery floss, sew an upside down V across the middle.

    • To make eyes, cut white felt into a small, thin rectangle. Round the corners and cut the rectangle in half. You should have 2 U shapes. Snip a tiny hole near the top-right corner of each felt piece and pop a black brad in each hole. Glue eyes onto the head below Round 8, about 3 stitches apart.

    • Glue pink brads onto cheeks.

    Assembly

    1. Stitch head and body together.

    2. Stitch arms onto the sides of the body. Gently squeeze the ends to give them a pointy look.

    3. Stitch tummy, feet, and tail onto body.

    4. Spread spikes on top of the head and stitch in place.

    Now you have a mischievous little penguin named Badtz-Maru!