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Emilio the Armadillo Free Crochet Pattern

Updated: Jan 9



Hello my fellow crocheters!


Here we are we our last free project of the year. Extremely easy to work, Emilio the Armadillo can make a super cute Christmas gift for your little one!


...and if you are wondering what's special about this creature, here are some interesting facts:

  • armadillos have armored bodies and are able to curl up into tight balls to defend themselves from predators;

  • armadillo are fast diggers with pointy snouts and long sticky tongues that allow them to search for insects underground;

  • armadillos are, for the majority, solitary animals;

  • armadillos also like to sleep—a lot; they are often found sleeping for 16 hours a day.


 

Emilio the Armadillo is worked in 8 separate pieces: Body (from tail to nose), Shell, 2 Ears, 4 Legs.

 

This project is worked with Heartland® yarn by LION BRAND YARN! Made with 100% acrylic fiber that is easy to care for and machine washable and dryable, this sensationally soft yarn comes in heathered and tweedy shades inspired by the natural beauty of the American landscape – each color represents a national park or landmark.

 


***You can purchase a downloadable AD-FREE PDF of the pattern - 7 pages with more than 30 step-by-step pictures and tips to guide you through the making process on Etsy HERE !


 

Here is the FREE Crochet Pattern!


BEGINNER


SIZE

About 8.2 in. long (21 cm)

MATERIALS

• LION BRAND® HEARTLAND® (Art. # 136)

# 136-122G Grand Canyon 1 ball (A)

# 136-135J Yosemite (B)

#140Q Capitol Reef 1 ball (C)

• LION BRAND® Crochet Hook Size E (3.5 mm)

• LION BRAND® Clover Darning Needle Set


OTHER MATERIALS

Poly Filling

Black Embroidery Thread.


GAUGE

20 sc + 20 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm).


ABBREVIATIONS

beg = begin(ninig)

ch = chain

rep = repeat

rnd(s) = round(s)

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

dc = double crochet

sl st = slip stitch

st(s) = stitch(es)




 

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BODY

With A make a magic ring.

Rnd 1: Work 5 sc in a ring.

Rnd 2: Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next one – 6 sc.

Rnd 3: * sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep fro m twice – 8 sc.

Rnd 4: 1 sc in each st around – 8 sc.

Rnd 5: * sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * twice – 10 sc.

Rnd 6: 1 sc in each st around – 10 sc.

Rnd 7: * sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * twice – 12 sc.

Rnd 8: 1 sc in each st around – 12 sc.

Rnds 9 - 10: 1 sc in each st around – 12 sc.

Rnd 11: 1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next 6 sts, 1 sc in next 3 sts – 18 sts.

Rnd 12: 1 sc in next 3 sts, * 1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * 4 times, 1 sc in next 3 sts – 22 sts.

Rnd 13: 1 sc in next 3 sts, * 1 hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * 4 times, 1 sc in next 3 sts – 26 sts.

Rnd 14: 1 sc in next 3 sts, * 1 hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * 4 times, 1 sc in next 3 sts – 30 sts.

Rnd 15: 1 sc in next 3 sts, * 1 hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * 4 times, 1 sc in next 3 sts – 34 sts.

Rnd 16: 1 sc in next 3 sts, * 1 hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * 4 times, 1 sc in next 3 sts – 38 sc.

Rnds 17 - 25: Sc in each st around – 38 sc.

Work 2 more sc. This is going to be your new starting point.

Rnd 26: 1 sc in each 3 sts, * 1 hdc in next 6 sts, sc2tog; rep from * 4 times, 1 sc in next 3 sts – 34 sts.

Rnd 27: 1 sc in each 3 sts, * 1 hdc in next 5 sts, sc2tog; rep from * 4 times, 1 sc in next 3 sts – 30 sts.

Rnd 28: 1 sc in each 3 sts, * 1 hdc in next 4 sts, sc2tog; rep from * 4 times, 1 sc in next 3 sts – 26 sts.

Rnd 29: 1 sc in each 3 sts, * 1 hdc in next 3 sts, sc2tog; rep from * 4 times, 1 sc in next 3 sts – 22 sts.

Begin stuffing and continue until piece is complete.

Rnd 30: Sc2tog, 1 sc in next 18 sts, sc2tog – 20 sc.

Rnd 31: 1 sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next 4 sts, 1 sc in next 7 sts – 24 sc.

Rnds 32 - 33: 1 sc in each st around – 24 sc.

Rnd 34: * 1 sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog; rep from * around – 18 sc.

Rnd 35: 1 sc in next 4 sts, * 1 sc in next st, sc2tog; rep from * twice, * sc2tog, 1 sc in next st; rep from * twice, 1 sc in next 2 sts – 14 sc.

Rnd 36: 1 sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog 4 times, sc in next st – 10 sts.

Rnd 37: * sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog rep from * twice – 8 sc.

Rnd 38: * sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog rep from * twice – 6 sc.

Rnd 39: Sc in each st around – 6 sc.

Fasten off, leaving a long strand. Thread tail through top of sts of last rnd. Pull tail to close opening and knot securely.



SHELL

With B.

Row 1: Ch 19, 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in the next 17 sts – 18 sc; Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from three times, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from three times – 24 sc; Turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; rep from three times, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from three times – 30 sc; Turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 28 sts, 2 sc in next st – 32 sc; Turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, work in back loop, sc in next 3 sts, 1 hdc in next 24 sts, 1 sc in next 3 sts; work in both loops, sc in last st – 32 sts; Turn.

Rows 6 - 14: rep Rnd 5 – 32 sts; Turn.

Row 15: Ch 1, work in back loop, sc2tog, sc in next 28 sc, sc2tog – 30 sc; Turn.

Row 16: Ch 1, work in both loops, sc in each st along – 30 sc; Turn.

Row 17: Ch 1, * sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * three times, * sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog; rep from * three times – 24 sc; Turn.

Row 18: Ch 1, * sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog; rep from * three times, * sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * three times ¬– 18 sc; Turn.

Row 19: Ch 1, sc in each st along – 18 sc; Turn.

Row 20: Ch 1, * sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog; rep from * twice – 16 sc; Turn.

Row 21: Ch 1, * sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog; rep from * twice – 14 sc.


Fasten off, leaving a long strand for sewing Shell to Body.



EARS (MAKE TWO)

With A

Row 1: Ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from the hook, sl st in next ch, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 3 chs, sl st in last ch – 8 sts.


Fasten off, leaving a long strand for sewing Ears to Body.



LEGS (MAKE FOUR)

With A, make a ring.

Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in a ring.

Rnd 2: * sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * three times – 9 sc.

Rnds 3 - 4: sc in each st around – 9 sc.


Fasten off, leaving a long strand for sewing Legs to Body. Stuff Legs.



FINISHING

With A, sew Ears to top of Head between Rnds 29 and 28.

With black embroidery thread, embroider eyes between Rnds 30 and 32.

With B, sew Shell’s edge to Body.

With A, sew Legs to bottom of Body. Sew Front Legs between Rnds 23 and 26, and Back Legs between Rnds 14 and 17.

With C, embroider short vertical lines on the last round of Body to create Nose.

Weave in ends.



I can't wait to see your version of my EMILIO THE ARMADILLO! Feel free to tag me (@elisascrochet) in your photos on Instagram or Facebook!


Elisa

 

This pattern is an original pattern by Elisa Sartori of Elisa's Crochet.  Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it.

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Elisa Sartori of Elisa's Crochet. Permission is NOT granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind. Thank you!


 

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