I’ve been planning to create my own amigurumi Eeyore crochet pattern for years now and finally pandemic lock-down got me to do it. It really came out cute and adorable!
Out of all Winnie the Pooh characters Eeyore is by far my favorite one. Whenever I feel down, I remember one of the Eeyore quotes and life gets better:
” It’s snowing still. And freezing. However, we haven’t had an earthquake lately. “
In this post I will provide some guidance around crocheting Eeyore parts and some tips and tricks for assembly. If you don’t have my pattern yet, then you can get Amigurumi Eeyore Crochet Pattern from my Etsy store. If you do – I hope you enjoy it!
Amigurumi Eeyore Crochet Pattern Instructions
For this project I chose to use Scheepjes Cahlista. I did this for two reasons. First of all, it is a silky smooth, thick cotton yarn giving stunning effects. Secondly, Cahlista is available in a wide range of colors which allowed me to find ideal shades of blue, beige, lilac and pink.
Here a bit of warning though – Cahlista is not the easiest to work with. This yarn is made of 8 cotton strands which are loosely twisted so depending on your crocheting technique you may find it difficult to use. I did get frustrated couple of times 🙂
If Scheepjes Cahlista is not available in your area, or for whatever reason you don’t want to use it, then try to find a replacement. I would recommend cotton yarns for this pattern, something like Gazzal Baby Cotton XL (they have great colors), Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, or Bernat Handicrafter.
Although, to be honest, some of my colleagues made this Amigurumi Eeyore with chenille yarn and it came out superb. If you’d like to go that route you can try out Lion Brand Naptime or Bella Chenille. Just note that if you use chenille yarn then the toy will most likely come out larger as this type of yarn is bulkier.
For mane I used Phildar Nounours black although at the time of writing this post I don’t see it available anywhere (I had some stock from my previous amigurumi projects). As a replacement you can try NICEEC Fur Yarn, Red Heard Fur Yarn or Soft Fur Yarn.
If you’d like to search for replacements and need a hand then check out my post on yarn weights, which will give you an insight into parameters you’d want to analyze.
On top of yarn mentioned above, you will need following accessories:
- Crochet hook: 3mm (US D/3)
- Stitch markers
- Toy stuffing (Note: if you wish to explore some more options then have a look at my Stuffing for Toys blog post)
- Tapestry Needle
- Button – I recommend wooden ones solely for ecological reasons
- Row counter
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Notes to the Amigurumi Eeyore Crochet Pattern
18 sts/19 rows = 10cm/4 inches square in single crochet
- 34 cm (13.5 inches) tall
- 30 cm (12 inches) wide
- 25 cm (10 inches) deep
- Mr – magic ring
- Sc – single crochet
- Inc – 2 in one
- Decr – 2 together
- Ch – chain
And one last hint – in general for any type of amigurumi or toy crochet projects use smaller hook than what yarn manufacturers suggest on a label. You want stitches to be ‘condensed’ so that when you stuff your toy the white filling doesn’t shine through. For Cahlista suggested hook size is 4.5mm – I used 3mm.
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Amigurumi Eeyore Crochet Instructions
I will go through components in the sequence laid out in the pattern, but it doesn’t really matter in what order those parts are crocheted. Sequence may matter when assembling Eeyore, but I will go over this later.
HEAD & EYES
Head pattern is very simple. We start with a beige (‘tea’) yarn and crochet around for a number of rows. This part will imitate Eeyore’s muzzle. Then we change color to blue and continue working around until we have the whole head done. Stuff as you go or at the very end. I prefer to do it at later stages as I find it easier to work but it’s really up to you. Note that the output should be peanut shaped, as shown on the picture.
Eyes are also fairly easy. Each eye consists of one egg shaped white part imitating eyeball, one egg shaped black part imitating iris and a triangle working as an eyelid. We start crocheting eyelid using black yarn – this row will simulate eyelashes.
For eyelid it is important to change color at the very last stitch of the foundation chain. That is because we start the next row beginning from the second chain from the hook and so the last chain really visually already belongs to the second row. If we changed color on the first stitch of second row, then that one black chain would be visible on the second row. And we don’t want that.
For all eye parts leave long tail for sewing. No need to do it for head.
Each amigurumi Eeyore ear is made of 2 identical parts crocheted using same pattern – outer blue and inner lilac (or ‘lavender’). I don’t think the pattern itself should cause any difficulties. If you have any questions though, leave them below the post – I’ll do my best to help.
The most tricky piece is joining both components. When finishing lavender parts, you want to securely fasten off and cut thread. For blue parts – don’t cut as we will continue working around.
You should finish blue elements in the left upper corner. Place lavender piece onto the blue piece and working counter clockwise join both elements. For each ‘long’ edge you should have 49 single crochets (i.e. number of rows for each ear part), for top edge – 6. When going through the ‘corners’ (I marked those with arrows on the image) crochet 2 in one to avoid folding.
While working around hide loose threads between both parts (so inside) and you won’t have to work them in. When finished – fasten off and leave long tail for sewing.
Amigurumi Eeyore body is crocheted in blue. We start with making round ‘base’ and then through a number of increases and decreases we create the belly. The only challenging part here is making sure that decreases are crocheted tight – remember we don’t want any gaps here so that the white stuffing doesn’t shine through.
I believe the Eeyore crochet pattern should be self-explanatory until row 62 where we stop working around. This is the place where we start making a triangle shaped ‘collar’ which will imitate Eeyore’s chubby neck. Beginning from row 62 chain 1 and turn your work at the end of each row.
Your end result should slightly resemble a boot 🙂 Stuff firmly the belly area. Upper parts should be stuffed loosely so we can achieve that ‘bend forward’ effect later on upon assembly.
We start with crocheting soles, which are triangle shaped. This part (until row 21) should be fairly easy. Beginning from row 22 we start working around, ‘closing’ a foot.
You should finish the base triangle at the upper tip. To continue just start working counter clockwise. Row 22 totals to 58 single crochet stitches – 2 x 21 (so 42), which is made of number of rows for 2 triangle longer sides, plus 16 which was a number of stitches in the foundation chain. Once you past this part it should be straightforward to get to row 46.
At row 47 pattern for both legs diverge – if you look at the image you will see that legs are similar but collars imitating tights are on opposite sides. At this stage we stop working around and turn our work at the end of each row. Now a bit of explanation – don’t be surprised that we don’t always crochet till the very end of each row. That is OK – irregularities will disappear upon sewing it all up.
Stuff lower parts firmly, but leave upper parts loosely filled.
We start by making a palm, which consists of 2 ‘triangles’ (well.. nearly 🙂 ) joined together. When finished smaller triangle fasten off and cut thread. When you are done with the larger one – do not cut thread. Place smaller triangle on top of the larger one and join sides and the top. Crochet around counterclockwise leaving one side (bottom) open.
When finished joining, turn the piece inside out and start working around the ‘hole’ (row 13 in the pattern). You should have 30 stitches here, which is made of 10 stitches for smaller triangle foundation chain and 20 stitches for the last row of the larger triangle.
From here until row 40 the crochet Eeyore pattern is fairly straightforward. Beginning from row 40 we stop working around and start making a ‘collar’ which will imitate a shoulder. Idea is similar to what we have done for legs except for the fact that both arms are same. We will rotate them upon assembly to make them into left and right.
Stuff firmly in the lower parts, leave upper parts stuffed loosely.
And a bit of warning!! In my amigurumi Eeyore project I insert a toy wire into arms to be able to change/tweak arm position later on. This is not suitable for small children and individuals with certain types of disabilities as it may cause danger for them. If your toy is intended to be used by those individuals or children – do not insert the wire to prevent any accidents.
Those are parts that we will attach to imitate that lighter belly and inner legs and arms of the Eeyore. Crochet in ‘lavender’ yarn. Make 2 arm pieces, 2 leg pieces and one for the belly. I believe pattern is self-explanatory – joining those with the body may be a bit tricky but I will go over it in the ‘Assembly’ section of this post.
We first make a circle with a ‘tail’ and then attach fluffy black yarn to simulate hair. Cut roughly 25-30 pieces of fluffy yarn, roughly 20 centimeters/8 inches long each. To attach the fluffy yarn to the base just pull the piece of yarn from one side to the other, then make a ‘u turn’ and pull it back.
At this stage don’t worry if it looks too long or uneven. We’ll trim it once attached to the Eeyore’s head.
TAIL and BALLOON
Tail is attached to the body through a button therefore in row 8 we make a chain of 4 to create the hole for the button. Hair at the end of the tail should be attached in a similar way as what we have done to create mane. To attach a bow simply tie it, just at the place where hair begins. And that’s it – tail ready 🙂
As for the balloon – I think the only tricky part is working with the wire. You need to first shape it and then insert in the work around row 22. Take a look at the image to see how to shape the wire. Make sure you leave long ‘tail’ which will imitate the cord. Once you crochet the cord part – just pull it onto the wire part. Attach the ‘cord’ to the balloon and then sew it the ‘flounce’ piece (‘that third part’).
Crochet Eeyore Assembly
Below I will lay out steps needed to assembly all parts of Eeyore amigurumi and tips on adding few finishing bits (especially around the face). I strongly recommend sewing up pieces in this sequence.
I am using seamless joining technique. If you’re not familiar with it then please search YouTube for tutorials. It’s a brilliant method to join amigurumi body parts.
Lastly, as you probably already noticed, I prefer to firstly pin parts and when I’m happy with the outcome I proceed with sewing. That way I can quickly and easily adjust position of parts if needed. Once it’s sewed up, it’s way more difficult.
OK, so let’s proceed to assembling our crochet Eeyore.
STEP 1: Attach head to the body.
Firstly look at the upper body part and identify the spots which I marked with stars at the image (first from the left). Then identify corresponding spots on the head (second image). Make sure that the side where you changed colors from tea to blue on the head is facing down. That way it won’t be visible.
Then pin all 6 places. Look at the outcome. Head should face similar direction as the belly. The tip of the body should be attached pretty high on the head to create that chubby Eeyore’s neck. I marked it with a pink heart on the last image. Make corrections if needed.
Sew it up using thread tail left after finishing body.
STEP 2: Attach legs to the body
Similar to Step 1 – first we need to identify spots on the body and on each leg that we need to connect. I marked those spots with stars on the images. Just join respective ‘stars’.
Try to stay symmetric if possible. You may need to pull a bit to connect legs to the bottom part of the body. Feet should be a bit twisted (tips pointing outwards).
Again, I would recommend pinning legs onto the body and sew it only when you are satisfied with a result. Sew it up using thread tail left after finishing each leg.
STEP 3: Attach arms to the body
Follow same logic as in Step 2 – identify spots on the body and arms (as shown on the image) and join respective ‘stars’. Remember not to stuff too much on the upper parts of arms as we don’t want them to be too chubby.
Sew it up using thread tail left after finishing each arm.
STEP 4: Attach eyes to the head
Firstly, attach the white background. Place it on a blue area but closely to ‘tea’ area. Twist it slightly so that the bottom tip points outwards and top is pointed inwards. Take a look at the image.
Then attach the black part – place it onto the white piece, along the inner edge and towards the top. Look at the image to see what I mean.
Finally, put eyelid on top and sew in. Eyelid is located diagonally, the tip if the triangle facing towards the outer edges of the head. Again – see the pictures.
STEP 5: Add face details
Here we’ll be working on adding some character to our Eeyore amigurumi. Cahlista is thick and using it as is would make those details too heavy. Therefore, we’ll be working with ‘half’ of the yarn. I mentioned before that Cahlista consists of 8 strands. Just split them up and use 4.
Note that here I temporarily pinned ears to check how the overall effect looks like. We’ll be sewing those ears later on.
- Shining eyes – create white spots on the black part of the eyes to imitate ‘shining’. Just take white yarn and sew 2 spots (larger and smaller) on each eye.
- Lip corners/cheeks – take a bit of tea yarn. Using tapestry needle pull it through both sides of the muzzle. Pull and tie a knot. See images for details.
- Lips – using black yarn sew in lips, beginning from one lip corner (the place where you tied a knot), through the bottom center of the muzzle, all the way to the opposite lip corner.
- Wrinkles and nostrils – using black yarn first add the vertical line (running from the head top to lip line). Then add horizontal wrinkles and nostrils.
- Eyebrows – using black yarn make eyebrows. Right above the eyelids, thicker towards the center of the head.
STEP 5: Attach ears to the head
Place ears symmetric on the head sides. Not too high, roughly at the level of the tip of the eyelid. Again, pin it first and correct ear position to better suit your preferences. Sew it with the thread tail left after finishing crocheting ears.
STEP 6: Attach ‘lavender patches’
Start with attaching leg parts. Look at the images – I marked connecting points with color coded stars. Place the lavender patches slightly low so that it covers slightly also the bottom parts of legs (so fold it a bit underneath the legs). Pin it, don’t sew it yet.
Then proceed to attaching the body part. Start from the bottom. Align this piece to already pinned leg parts. Look at the image and follow color coded stars. Make sure not to leave any gaps between lavender parts. Pin it, don’t sew it yet.
Lastly, attach arm patches. Follow similar steps as above. I marked key points with color coded hearts. Again, do not leave gaps between belly patch and arm patches.
Once it’s all pinned and you are happy with the result – proceed with sewing. I would suggest to start sewing from legs, then belly, then arms. But really it doesn’t matter much.
Add some stitches onto legs and arms.
STEP 7: Attach hair to the head and the neck
Place the round part on the top of the Eeyore’s head. Tail should run along the neck. At this stage do not worry if the fluffy yarn strands are too long. Pin it and sew it in once you are happy with its position.
Once sewed trim it to create mane-like appearance. To preserve the shape use hair spray.
STEP 8: Attach tail, place balloon
Sew in button to the bottom part of the crochet Eeyore’s backside. Attach the tail through the button hole.
Place the balloon into amigurumi Eeyore’s hand.
And you’re done!
I really hope you enjoyed the Eeyore crochet pattern.
If you have any questions – leave them below and I will do my best to help.
Share your Eeyore with us as well. I’m looking for inspiration 🙂