Last week I showed off the toys I made for the Haven Hospice yarnbombing, which included a mole. As it took quite a lot of faffing to get the pattern right I would very much like to share it so that others might get some use out of it!
If you make a mole using my pattern I would love to see a photo.
You will need:
– Black yarn
– Light pink yarn
– Dark pink yarn
– 4mm crochet hook
– Polyester toy stuffing
– Wool needle
Body and head
1. 6sc in magic ring
2. 2sc in each sc around (12 stitches)
3. (1 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (18 stitches)
4. (2 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (24 stitches)
5. (3 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (30 stitches)
6. (4 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (36 stitches)
7. Ch 3 (first dc), 4 dc, 2 dc in next sc, (5 dc, 2dc in next sc) rep 5 times (42 stitches) sl st into 3rd stitch of chain
8. Ch 3 (first dc), 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc, (6dc, 2dc in next sc) rep 5 times (48 stitches) sl st into 3rd stitch of chain
9 – 12. Sc 48
13. (4 sc, decrease 1) rep 8 times (40 stitches)
14. (3 sc, dec 1) rep 8 times (32 stitches)
15. Sc all (32 stitches)
16. Sc all (32 stitches)
17. Sc all (32 stitches)
18. (2 sc, dec 1) rep 8 times (24 stitches)
19. Sc all (24 stitches)
20. Sc all (24 stitches)
21. (1 sc, dec 1) rep 8 times (16 stitches)
22-27. Sc all (16 stitches)
28. (2 sc, dec 1) rep 4 times (12 stitches)
29. Sc all (12 stitches). Stuff bottom fairly firmly, stuff neck (top two inches or so) lightly.
30. (2 sc, dec 1) rep 3 times (9 stitches)
31. Sc all (9 stitches). Switch to pale pink yarn. When you cut the black yarn leave a long tail and ensure it is left outside the toy as you continue because you will need it later on to help shape the body.
32. Sc all (9 stitches)
33. (1 sc, dec 1) rep 3 times (6 stitches). Switch to darker pink yarn.
34. (dec 1) rep 3 times (3 stitches)
35. Sl st, then fasten off.
36. Weave the end of the pink yarn into the nose to hide it.
37. Thread your wool needle with the long tail of black yarn and use it to help shape the body by making small stitches and pulling tight where you feel the body/neck ought to be a bit curved. Use your own judgement, there is no right or wrong way to do this!
Paws (make two)
1. With black yarn, and leaving a long tail (to sew the paw onto the body later), Ch 16, join with sl st to first Sc to form a ring (make sure that your chain isn’t twisted before you join it). Place marker.
2. Sc all (16 stitches)
3. Sc all (16 stitches). Change to pink yarn.
4. Sc all (16)
5. Sc all (16)
6. Sc all (16). Fold your work in half so that the stitches on each side line up. You will now work through both sets of stitches to make a single row (and to close the top of the paw off). You’ll find that you get seven pairs lined up, then a squashed stitch at each end of the fold line. Start with the first pair of stitches and finish with the squashed stitch at the far end.
7. Ch 1, (hdc 1, sc 1) x 4 (8 stitches), turn.
8. Ch 4, then hdc into the first 3 ch of the chain you’ve just made, sc into next stitch, ch4, then hdc into the first 3 ch of the chain you’ve just made, skip one stitch and then sc into next sc. Repeat until end, you should end up with four fingers but may have to adjust how many stitches you skip between fingers (do whatever looks right, the closeness of the fingers to each other will vary depending on your yarn and the tension). You should finish with a sl st into the last stitch, then fasten off. Stuff paw very lightly and then sew to body of mole using the wool needle.