I designed this little guy just for fun as a new toy for my son. It's loosely based on a doodle of a little alien that I used to draw when I was younger. But it's a pretty random thing to make, so I figured there wouldn't be much interest in it. Just in case, I posted a picture of my doodlebug to a crochet group I'm part of to get some feedback. The response was overwhelming.
Since everyone was so supportive and positive about this little amigurumi, I decided to write up the pattern after all. I've been furiously working on polishing up the pattern since then and I'm happy to announce that it is now available! You can find it on Ravelry or on Etsy, if you're interested.
The pattern is in English and includes both written instructions and pictures to help walk you through the process. It's a pretty simple amigurumi, but is designed for intermediate level crocheters (those with a bit of crochet experience) since it does use techniques like the magic circle (you can find a great tutorial on Planet June if you're not already familiar with the magic circle). As a bonus, this pattern also includes a step-by-step photo-tutorial on the invisible decrease to help make your amigurumi neater.
You can customize this pattern by using any color or weight of yarn that you'd like to use, since gauge doesn't matter as long as you're consistent. Just be sure to adjust your hook size as needed to make sure that your stitches are tight enough to keep the stuffing in. I made mine with an assortment of worsted weight yarns: Red Heart Shimmer in Lime for the body (about 60 yds), Crafter's Secret in Orange for the nose, I Love This Yarn in Yellow for the feet, Red Heart Super Saver in Turqua for the antennae stalks and Vanna's Choice in Lime for the antennae ends. As you can see, this is a great way to use up your yarn scraps!
I've heard so many great ideas for using this little doodlebug, from dressing him up in holiday outfits, to making him into a rattle or a lovey, to turning him into your new crochet buddy. So if you make one of your own, I'd love to hear about it! How did you customize yours? What's your doodlebug's job? Contact me in the comment section below or on social media (check out my contact page for the links). And, of course, if you have any difficulties with the pattern please let me know and I'll do my best to help you out. Happy hooking!
***You're welcome to do whatever you'd like to with finished products made from this pattern but if you do sell them, I ask that you link back to my page. You may not copy this pattern, repost it anywhere (either altered or in its original form), or claim it as your own. You may not use any photos on this site for your own use. ***
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