Axolotl Buddy by Irene Strange

Axolotl Buddy

January 2022
DK (11 wpi) ?
11 stitches and 11 rows = 2 inches
in sc in round
3.0 mm
3.5 mm (E)
5.0 mm (H)
137 - 142 yards (125 - 130 m)
Samples are 24cm, 27cm and 50cm long, size changes depending on the yarn and hook used.
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Who doesn’t need a happy Axolotl Buddy to brighten up the winter blues?

The instructions are written in US crochet terms, there are charts for the set up rounds of the head and gills, and the tail frill, and step-by-step photos detailing how to make the pieces and finish the toy.

When made with DK weight yarn (sample 1 made in Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK) and 3.0mm hook the finished axolotl will measure about 24cm/9½ in tall. When made in Chunky textured yarn with 5mm hook the sample measures about 50cm/19in long.

You’ll need to know how to:

・make a Magic Ring
・work in a round
・single crochet
・chain stitch
・slip stitch
・half double crochet
・double crochet
・work around a chain
・work into 3rd loop / back hump of a chain

You will need the following materials:

The pattern can be made in a variety of yarn combinations and will look great in solid, speckled or variegated yarns. The three samples use the following yarns, hooks and eye sizes:

Sample 1 - Yellow and Pink - Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK + Scheepjes Furry Tales
1 ball/50gr of Main Colour
3gr/2metres of Contrast Colour fur
8mm safety eyes
3mm crochet hook

Sample 2 - Bright Pinks - Sirdar Happy Cotton DK + Scheepjes Furry Tales
3 ball/60gr of Main Colour
3gr/2metres of Contrast Colour fur
10mm safety eyes
3.5mm crochet hook

Sample 3 - Pale Pink Fluffy Yarns - Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky + Sirdar Alpine
3 balls/150gr of Main Colour, held double throughout
10gr of Contrast Colour fur
15mm safety eyes
5mm crochet hook

Note on gauge: Above gauge measured on sample in Sirdar Happy Cotton. It’s not essential to match gauge, keep stitches close together amigurumi-style so no stuffing shows through.