Spike the Crochet Sloth: Free Pattern

Spike the Crochet 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 worth of yarn. I will show you how I do it!

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Make an adorable crochet sloth with this free crochet pattern and photo tutorial.

I decided to make a sloth after my son informed me the sloth on TV was named 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.

For my original crochet sloth I used Bernat’s Baby Blanket Stripes in the color way Sandbox. I was able to complete the entire sloth with one skein of yarn. Actually you can create two sloths with one skein of yarn, BUT you may not have enough to make the body all one color. 

Make an adorable crochet sloth with this free crochet pattern and photo tutorial.

The second time I made this pattern, I wanted to make Valentine’s Day Sloths and used Bernat’s Ombre Yarn in the Burgundy Ombre. Each Skein of Ombre actually has 6 colors in it and I picked the two darkest colors and used them for the body, arms and legs. I treated these two colors like they were one 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

In my video tutorial (coming soon), from the SAME skein I used the two dusty rose pink colors for the body, legs and arms. To make it easier for you to know if you have enough for the main part of the sloth I have left weight and yardage for each body part in the material list below.

Make an adorable crochet sloth with this free crochet pattern and photo tutorial.
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

First you will need to take the skein of Bernat Stripes or Bernat Ombre and reroll it into balls like the picture below. Use a food scale to weigh each ball to be able to know how much you have of each color. This will help you decide which color to use for the Body, arms and legs.

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 or light gray.

Please be aware that every skein is different and you may need to get creative with your colors to complete the project with one skein.

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Spike the Crochet Sloth: Free Crochet Pattern

Materials

1 Skein of Bernat Blanket Stripes (or another Blanket Yarn)

You will Need

For Body – 50 yds or 2.38 oz

For Arms – 10 yds or 0.48 oz

For Legs – 4 yds or 0.19 oz

For Face – 4 yds or 0.18 oz

Eye Patches – 2.5 yds or 0.11 oz

For Claws – 7.25 yards or 0.34 oz

(Please note that I calculated the yardage from weighing my yarn before and after I made a certain part)

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

Sc2Tog – Single Crochet Two Stitches Together (Decrease)

St(s) – Stitch(es)

Slst – Slip Stitch

MC – Main Color

AC – Accent Color

Special Stitches and Notes

Sc2Tog – 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.

 

Crochet Sloth 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

Crochet Sloth Pattern

Body

Note: The base of your sloth is an oval.

Main Color

Using Size L Crochet Hook

R1: Ch 5, turn, Work 2 Sc in 2nd Ch from hook, Sc in each of the next 2 stitches, Work 4 Sc in the last Ch. Now working down other side of chain, Sc in each of the next two stitches, work 2Sc in the last Ch, Slst to first Sc. (12)

Row 1 – Diagram:

Make an adorable crochet sloth with this free crochet pattern and photo tutorial.

R2: Ch 1, turn. Work 2 Sc in the next stitch, Work 2 Sc in the next stitch, work a Sc in the next 2 stitches, *Work 2 Sc in the next stitch*, repeat from *to* a total of 4 times, work a Sc in the next 2 stitches, Work 2 Sc in the next stitch, Work 2 Sc in the last stitch, Slst to first Sc. (20)

Row 2 – Diagram

Make an adorable crochet sloth with this free crochet pattern and photo tutorial.

R3: Ch 1, turn. Sc in the next stitch, Work 2 Sc in the next stitch, Sc in the next stitch, Work 2 Sc in the next stitch, work a Sc in the next 2 stitches, *Sc in the next stitch, Work 2 Sc in the next stitch*, repeat from *to* a total of 4 times, work a Sc in the next 3 stitches, Work 2 Sc in the next stitch, Sc in the next stitch, Work 2 Sc in the last stitch. Slst to first Sc. (28)

Row 3 – Diagram

Make an adorable crochet sloth with this free crochet pattern and photo tutorial.

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

R12: Ch 1, turn. Sc in the next stitch, Sc2Tog, Sc in the next stitch, Sc2Tog, work a Sc in the next 2 stitches, *Sc in the next stitch, Sc2Tog*, repeat from *to* 4 times, work a Sc in the next 3 stitches, Sc2Tog, Sc in the next stitch, Sc2Tog, Slst to first Sc. (20)

R13: Ch 1, turn. Sc in the next stitch, Work 2 Sc in the next stitch, Sc in the next stitch, Work 2 Sc in the next stitch, work a Sc in the next 2 stitches, *Sc in the next stitch, Work 2 Sc in the next stitch*, repeat from *to* a total of 4 times, work a Sc in the next 3 stitches, Work 2 Sc in the next stitch, Sc in the next stitch, Work 2 Sc in the last stitch. Slst to first Sc. (28)

Row 13 – Diagram 

Make an adorable crochet sloth with this free crochet pattern and photo tutorial.

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. work a Sc in the next 4 stitches with MC, work a Sc in the next 6 stitches with AC, work a Sc in the next 18 stitches with MC. Slst to first Sc. (28)

R15: Ch 1, turn. work a Sc in the next 17 stitches with MC, work a Sc in the next 8 stitches with AC, work a Sc in the next 3 stitches with MC, Slst to first Sc. (28)

R16: Ch 1, turn. work a Sc in the next 3 stitches with MC, work a Sc in the next 8 stitches with AC, work a Sc in the next 17 stitches with MC. Slst to first Sc. (28)

R17: Ch 1, turn. work a Sc in the next 17 stitches with MC, work a Sc in the next 8 stitches with AC, work a Sc in the next 3 stitches with MC, Slst to first Sc. (28)

R18: Ch 1, turn. work a Sc in the next 4 stitches with MC, work a Sc in the next 6 stitches with AC, work a Sc in the next 18 stitches with MC, Slst to first Sc. (28)

R19: Ch 1, turn, work a Sc in each stitch around, Slst to first Sc. (28)

R20: Ch 1, turn, work a Sc in the next stitch, Sc2Tog, work a Sc in the next stitch, Sc2Tog, work a Sc in the next 2 stitches, *work a Sc in the next stitch, Sc2Tog*, repeat 4 times, work a Sc in the next 3 stitches, Sc2Tog, work a Sc in the next stitch, Sc2Tog, Slst to first Sc. (20)

R21: Ch 1, turn. Sc2Tog, Sc2Tog, work a Sc in the next 2 stitches, *Sc2Tog*, repeat from *to* for a total of 4 times, work a Sc in the next 2 stitches, Sc2Tog, Sc2Tog, Slst to first Sc. (12)

R22: Ch 1, turn. Sc2Tog, work a Sc in the next 2 stitches, Sc2Tog, Sc2Tog, work a Sc in the next 2 stitches, Sc2Tog, 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.

Crochet Sloth Body Video Tutorial

Sloth Eyes, Arms, Legs, Toes Tutorial

Crochet Sloth 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, work a Sc in the next 2 stitches, Slst to the last Ch. Fasten off leaving a tail to sew the eye patch onto the face. (4)

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 2nd Ch from the hook, work a Sc in the next 2 stitches. Fasten off leaving a small tail to sew to the Sloth arms and legs. (3)

Make an adorable crochet sloth with this free crochet pattern and photo tutorial.

Crochet Sloth 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 Ch from the hook. work a Sc in the next stitch, work 2 Sc in the last in the Ch, turn and work down the other side of the chain. work a Sc in the next 2 stitches, Slst to first Sc. (6)

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

Note: After working Row 2, I attached the fingers. I found this much easier than waiting until the entire arm was completed. 

R7: Ch 1, turn. work a Sc in the next 3 stitches. Fasten Off leaving a long tail to sew to the body.

Crochet Sloth Legs (Make 2)

Using Size L Crochet Hook

R1: Ch 4, Sc in the 2nd Ch from the hook. work a Sc in the next stitch, work 2 Sc in the last Ch, turn and work down the other side of the Ch. Work a Sc in the next 2 stitches, Slst to first Sc.

R2-3: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch 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!

How do you like your crochet sloth? 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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19 Comments

  1. Linda Murphy

    May 31, 2018 at 12:44 am

    This sloth is the cutest!

  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.

  3. Deb

    August 20, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Hi Lindsey, Thank you for gorgeous Spike, I am making him for someone. Could you maybe, please, think about making a sweet magic dragon with wings? He would be a dragon that gobbles up and stops bad dreams little people have and all he wants in return is love and cuddles.
    Thank you for sharing your time, skills and patterns.

    1. Lindsey

      August 21, 2018 at 3:42 am

      I will brainstorm about the dragon. I am glad you like Spike! Hmmm…a dream catching …..dream eating dragon….

  4. Lorrene

    October 13, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    A Frog would be adorable ?

  5. Shanon

    October 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I would love an authentic looking sea turtle, since we’re requesting things lol

    1. Lindsey

      October 20, 2018 at 4:50 am

      A sea turtle would be nice. Authentic looking!?! Buried somewhere in my house is a half crocheted rattle snake that looks too darn real. It scared me (deathly afraid of snakes here) even while I worked on it.

  6. Julie Anne Graber

    November 14, 2018 at 1:28 am

    Starting body and instructions hard to follow.. is this don’t in a continuous oval? The turn is throwing me off… Is this a typical turn or just round and round.

    1. Lindsey

      November 14, 2018 at 2:31 am

      Yes you are creating an oval. You will not be working in a continuous round, but instead join and turn at the end of every row and then chain up to start the next row. I wrote this pattern in the shorter hand style of crochet writing. I now use a longer style of pattern writing and will need to adjust this after the holidays. Thank you for pointing out that it is still in the short hand version.

  7. Sara Jacoby

    January 22, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I can’t figure out the beginning either. A tutorial would be very helpful!

    1. Lindsey

      January 23, 2019 at 5:01 am

      Hi Sara, This is one of the first patterns I wrote and I used a short hand version of pattern writing. I know use a much longer version of pattern writing with less abbreviations. I went ahead and added some reading instructions to the abbreviations section of the pattern. I think this will help.

  8. Kathy

    February 10, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Pattern is hard to figure out in a couple of spots, and it’s NOT a one skein project! I got one row from the top of the head when I ran out of the master color, and hadn’t made the arms or legs yet. Very frustrating!

    1. Lindsey

      February 11, 2019 at 12:49 am

      I am sorry for the frustration. This project can be completed with one skein but it is true that every skein will vary with how much you have of each color. You may have to get creative and use another color for the arms. I am currently reworking this pattern to also use the Bernat Blanket Ombre as well. I will also be adding a photo tutorial and video tutorial for the pattern. As well as yardages needed for each color.

  9. Kippi

    March 4, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Super cute project. I wish I could make one too. Have a great week, Kippi #kippiathome

  10. Paula Huffman

    May 5, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Where is instructions for the body as you have marked the head as the body an no head instructions

    1. Lindsey

      May 6, 2019 at 4:57 am

      The head and the body is worked as one piece. So the instructions include both the head and the body.

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