Hedgehogs are such adorable creatures! I’ve never seen a hedgehog in person (they’re illegal to own without a permit in my state). That being said, I follow a handful of hedgehogs on Instagram!
I named this little hedgehog Pepper for the variegated white and brown specks that look like salt n’ pepper. I worked with brown worsted weight yarn and a thin white crochet thread to mimmic the look of quills. If you’re going for a realistic look, gray or black yarn might work well.
This hedgie works up to be approximately 5 inches long. After some research, I found that it’s about the same size as an actual hedgehog!
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Pepper the Hedgehog
A Crochet Pattern by Picot Pals
5” (12.7 cm) x 3″ (7.6 cm)
Because this is an amigurumi project, gauge isn’t necessary. Use a larger or smaller hook to adjust the size of your hedgehog. If you find that the stitches are too open when using the recommended hook, try using a hook that is one size smaller.
- 2.75 mm crochet hook (size C)
- Red Heart Super Savers yarn in coffee, aran, and buff
- white crochet thread or embroidery thread
- tapestry needle
- 6 mm safety eyes
- single crochet in back loop only
- single crochet increase
- single crochet decrease
- crochet color change
- seamless amigurumi finish
- crochet in a magic circle
- The pattern is worked starting at the nose of the hedgehog.
- Begin each row with a ch 1, this does not count as a stitch.
- End each row with a sl st into the first stitch of the round.
- Combine the white thread and brown yarn together when working on the ‘quills’
- Each stitch is worked in the BLO
BLO – back loop only
ch – chain
dec – single crochet decrease
inc – single crochet increase
mc – magic circle
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
Row 1: 4 sc in mc (4)
Change to buff
Row 2: inc around (8)
Row 3: *inc, sc* 4 times (12)
Row 4: *inc, 2 sc* 4 times 6)
Row 5: *inc, 3 sc* 4 times (20)
Change to aran
Row 6: 4 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 4 sc (24)
Row 7: 5 sc, inc, 4 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc, 4 sc, inc, 5 sc (28)
Row 8: 6 sc, change to white thread and brown yarn, 18 sc, change to off-white, 6 sc (28)
Rows 9-15: repeat row 8 (28)
Row 16: 5 sc, change to white thread and brown yarn, 20 sc, change to off-white, 5 sc (28)
Row 17: 4 sc, change to white thread and brown yarn, 22 sc, change to off-white, 4 sc (28)
Row 18: 3 sc, change to white thread and brown yarn, 24 sc, change to off-white, 3 sc (28)
Change to white thread and coffee
Row 19: 5 sc, dec, 4 sc, dec, 2 sc, dec, 4 sc, dec 5 sc (24)
Row 20: 4 sc, dec, 3 sc, dec, 2 sc, dec, 3 sc, dec sc (20)
Row 21: dec around (10)
Row 22: dec around (5)
Finish off, leave a long tail
Ears (make 2)
5 sc in mc
Finish off, leave a long tail.
- Stitch the ears between rows 5 and 6 on either side.
- Insert the safety eyes between rows 3 and 4.
Use these photos for reference.
Crochet Pattern Diagram
Let me know if you have any questions at all about this pattern in the comments below.
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