Spike the Sloth: One Skein Project

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Spike the Sloth is soft, plush, adorable and perfectly sized for a young child’s hugging buddy. I seriously smile every time I see this little sloth with his big blue eyes. More importantly, he makes  my son smile. This little sloth crochet pattern works up very quickly and only takes one skein of yarn. I will show you how I do it!

One skein of yarn and you can have this adorable plush sloth! He is easy to create using only the basic stitches. He is quick and great for beginners. This is a wonderful free crochet pattern. #crochet #pattern #free #amigurumi

I decided to make a sloth after my son informed me the sloth on TV was name Spike. I knew I wanted to use Bernat Blanket yarn so it would be unbelievably soft and work up nice and quick, so I set out to find all the colors I needed. That is when I stumbled upon Bernat Blanket Stripes by Yarnspirations in the color way Sandbox. It was a combination of all the colors I needed in one skein!  Now I just needed to design a sloth the right size to be made with only one skein and I did!

One skein of yarn and you can have this adorable plush sloth! He is easy to create using only the basic stitches. He is quick and great for beginners. This is a wonderful free crochet pattern. #crochet #pattern #free #amigurumi

I took a skein of Bernat Blanket Baby Stripes and started to unravel it. I rolled it into  four balls, one for each color. Each ball contains two strands of the same color.

One skein of yarn and you can have this adorable plush sloth! He is easy to create using only the basic stitches. He is quick and great for beginners. This is a wonderful free crochet pattern. #crochet #pattern #free #amigurumi

You will want your body color of the sloth to be whichever color you have the most of. In my case I could have used the medium gray, light grey or cream color. I would not have had enough of the darkest color. I was able to make a medium grey and cream colored sloth, both with light grey faces and claws.

Want more one skein projects? Let me know in the comments below!

New to Winding Road Crochet? Check out my other patterns.

Wrapped in Love crochet wrap is a wonderful free crochet project. It uses lionbrand pound of love yarn. This free crochet pattern uses a 4 row repeat with to create a unique texture.  Desert Sunset shawl is a free crochet pattern that is the intermediate crocheter. It uses very few stitches and all special stitches are explained. This is a fun project that creates a unique design. This project only take one skein of Lion Brand Mandala yarn.

sert Sunset Shawl/ Spring Fringed Cowl/ Wrapped in Love Wrap

Spike the Sloth: Free Crochet Pattern

If you like Spike and want me to make more animals like this, let me know in the comments below!

Materials

1 Skein of Bernat Blanket Stripes

Size L – 8 mm Crochet Hook

Size J – 6 mm Crochet Hook

1 Pair of 16 mm Safety Eyes

Large Yarn Needle

Polyfil

Scissors

Pliers (for installing the safety eyes)

Stitches and Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain

Sc – Single Crochet

Hdc – Half Double Crochet

Inc – Two Single Crochet in the same stitch

Dec – One Single Crochet over two stitches

St(s) – Stitch(es)

Slst – Slip Stitch

MC – Main Color

AC – Accent Color

Special Stitches and Notes

DEC – Insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull up loop, insert stitch into the next stitch, yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.

*Inc, Sc 1*, rep 5 times – Repeat from *to* a total of five times.

Dimensions

When sitting the Sloth is 8 inches tall.

One skein of yarn and you can have this adorable plush sloth! He is easy to create using only the basic stitches. He is quick and great for beginners. This is a wonderful free crochet pattern. #crochet #pattern #free #amigurumi

Sloth Body

The base of your sloth is an oval.

Main Color

Using Size L Crochet Hook

R1: Ch 5, Inc in 2nd Ch from hook, 2 Sc, 4 Sc in last Ch. Working down other side of chain,  2 Sc, Inc in last Ch, Slst to first Sc. (12)

R2: Ch 1, turn. Inc, Inc, 2 Sc, *Inc*, repeat 4 times, 2 Sc, Inc, Inc, Slst to first Sc. (20)

R3: Ch 1, turn. Sc, Inc, Sc, Inc, 2 Sc, *Sc, Inc*, repeat 4 times, 3 Sc, Inc, Sc, Inc. Slst to first Sc. (28)

R4-11: Ch 1, turn, Sc around, Slst to first Sc. (28)

R12: Ch 1, turn. Sc, Dec, Sc, Dec, 2 Sc, *Sc, Dec*, repeat 4 times, 3 Sc, Dec, Sc, Dec, Slst to first Sc. (20)

R13: Ch 1, turn. Sc, Inc, Sc, Inc, 2 Sc, *Sc, Inc*, repeat 4 times, 3 Sc, Inc, Sc, Inc. Slst to first Sc. (28)

In row 14 you will be using both the Main color (MC) and the Accent color (AC) to create the sloth face. I cut my yarn each time I changed colors and did not crochet over the second color.

R14: Ch 1, turn. 4 Sc with MC, 6 Sc with AC, 18 Sc with MC. Slst to first Sc. (28)

R15: Ch 1, turn. 17 Sc with MC, 8 Sc with AC, 3 Sc with MC, Slst to first Sc. (28)

R16: Ch 1, turn. 3 Sc with MC, 8 Sc with AC, 17 Sc with MC. Slst to first Sc. (28)

R17: Ch 1, turn. 17 Sc with MC, 8 Sc with AC, 3 Sc with MC, Slst to first Sc. (28)

R18: Ch 1, turn. 4 Sc with MC, 6 sc with AC, 18 Sc with MC, Slst to first Sc. (28)

R19: Ch 1, turn, Sc around, Slst to first Sc. (28)

R20: Ch 1, turn. Sc, Dec, Sc, Dec, 2 Sc, *Sc, Dec*, repeat 4 times, 3 Sc, Dec, Sc, Dec, Slst to first Sc. (20)

R21: Ch 1, turn. Dec, Dec, 2 Sc, *Dec*, repeat 4 times, 2 Sc, Dec, Dec, Slst to first Sc. (12)

R22: Ch 1, turn. Dec, 2 Sc, Dec, Dec, 2 Sc, Dec, Slst to first Sc.  Fasten off leaving a 8 inch tail to sew up the opening. (8)

Wait before stuffing your sloth. You will want to attach the eye spots and safety eyes before stuffing.

One skein of yarn and you can have this adorable plush sloth! He is easy to create using only the basic stitches. He is quick and great for beginners. This is a wonderful free crochet pattern. #crochet #pattern #free #amigurumi

Eye Patches (Make 2)

I made my eye patches using the darkest color of the skein.

Using Size L Crochet Hook

R1: Ch 5, Hdc in the 2nd Ch from the hook, 2 Sc. Fasten off leaving a tail to sew the patch onto the face.

Use a 16mm Safety eye to attach the eye patch and use the tail to sew the rest of the eye patch to the face. I did have to resort to using a pair of pliers to get the safety eyes in, because the two layers were so thick. Using the same color as your eye patches, sew on a mouth and triangle nose. Once the face is done, you can stuff your body and sew it up.

One skein of yarn and you can have this adorable plush sloth! He is easy to create using only the basic stitches. He is quick and great for beginners. This is a wonderful free crochet pattern. #crochet #pattern #free #amigurumi

Fingers/Toes (Make 12)

I made the fingers and toes using the Accent color I used for the face.

Using a Size J hook.

R1: Ch 4, Slst in the first Ch from the hook, 2 Sc, Fasten off leaving a small tail to sew to the Sloth arms and legs.

Arms (Make 2)

Note: In row 7 you only work half a row, this is so the arms wrap around to the front of the body instead of sticking out at the sides. When sewing the arms to the body, sew this half row to the back of the shoulder area.

Using Size L Crochet Hook

R1: Ch 4, Sc in the 2nd chain from the hook. Sc, Inc in the last Ch, turn and work down the other side of the chain. 2 Sc, Slst to first Sc.

R2-6: Ch 1, turn. Sc around, Slst to first Sc.

R7: Ch 1, turn. 3 Sc. Fasten Off.

Legs (Make 2)

Using Size L Crochet Hook

R1: Ch 4, Sc in the 2nd chain from the hook. Sc, Inc in the last Ch, turn and work down the other side of the chain. 2 Sc, Slst to first Sc.

R2-3: Ch 1, turn. Sc around, Slst to first Sc. Fasten Off.

Finishing Up

Do not stuff your arms and legs, the thick yarn gives them enough thickness. Sew three fingers to each arm and three toes to each leg. Sew your legs and arms to your sloth. Give your sloth a big hug and a name and you are all done!

If you like Spike and want me to make more animals like this, let me know in the comments below!.  If you have any questions leave a comment and I will try and help the best I can. If you decide to make a Sloth of your own, I would LOVE to see a photo! If you share it on social media be sure to tag me @windingroadcrochet or #windingroadcrochet.

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One skein of yarn and you can have this adorable plush sloth! He is easy to create using only the basic stitches. He is quick and great for beginners. This is a wonderful free crochet pattern. #crochet #pattern #free #amigurumi

 

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. Linda Murphy

    May 31, 2018 at 12:44 am

    This sloth is the cutest!

    1. Lindsey

      May 31, 2018 at 3:59 am

      Thank you!

  2. Peggy

    May 31, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Love him would definitely like to have more patterns like him. Thank you so very much.

    1. Lindsey

      May 31, 2018 at 3:59 am

      I am so happy to hear that! Let me know if you have an animal in mind. I am brainstorming others to make but would love feedback.

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