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Mini Panda Amigurumi – Free Crochet Pattern

This Mini Panda Amigurumi is such a fun size for any panda lover, big or small! Enjoy working it up!

Get ready to melt your heart with the most adorable mini panda amigurumi crochet project – and guess what? It’s only 3.5 inches tall, the epitome of cuteness!

You can stick to the classic black and white panda look, or spice things up with your favorite colors. Ever thought about a blue and pink panda?! Your call!

Gather your safety eyes for that extra twinkle, your yarn in the chosen colors, a 3.5 mm crochet hook, and some squishy stuffing. We’re about to create a little ball of adorableness!

Let the crochet party begin, and let’s make the world a cuter place, one mini panda at a time!

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Let’s get to making your adorable mini panda amigurumi! I hope you enjoy working it up!

Materials:

  • Worsted Weight (#4) Yarn – Cotton or acrylic yarn will work for this project. This pattern was made with WeCrochet/Knit Picks Brava Worsted yarn in White and Black. You’ll need approximately 50 yards of yarn in total, which breaks down to about 30 yards of white and 20 yards of black.
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Safety eyes – 8mm size
  • Safety nose – 8 mm size
  • Stuffing (any fiber-based stuffing like Poly-fil or Fiber Fill)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle to sew on pieces and weave in ends (bent yarn needles are the best for amigurumi projects)

Stitches Used:

  • Ch – chain
  • Sl St – slip stitch
  • SC – single crochet
  • INV DEC – invisible single crochet decrease – insert hook into front loop of next stitch, then insert your hook into the front loop of the following stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 remaining loops on hook. Here’s a video tutorial for the INV DEC.

Finished Size:

  • When finished, this mini panda measures approximately 3.5” tall from bottom to top.

Gauge:

  • Gauge is not critical for this pattern to turn out, however, for reference, 2 inches square is approximately 9 rows of 11 SC stitches.

Important Notes:

  • Continuous Rounds – This pattern is worked in continuous rounds of SC stitches.  This means that at the end of each round, you will proceed right to the stitches of the next round without joining. It is handy to use a stitch marker or piece of yarn to mark the start/end of the round to help you keep track of your stitches.
  • Color Changes –  There are a couple color changes on the panda’s body. You’ll change from white to black for the upper body and then back to white again for the head. To change colors, complete the last single crochet in the first color up until the last yarn over. Yarn over with the new color and pull through the last step of the single crochet stitch. So, your SC will go like this: insert hook into last stitch in the first color, pull up a loop, yarn over with the new color, pull through all loops on hook. Now you will be working in the new color until you change colors again. To help make your color changes less noticeable, the first stitch of the next round can be made a slip stitch instead of a SC stitch. To hide them even more, when you sew on the arms, you can cover that color change with an arm. Keep this in mind as you add the eyes and the nose so that the color change will line up where an arm will be.

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The Pattern

Eye Patches (make 2)

In black yarn, chain 3, make 2 SC in 2nd chain from hook and 4 SC in the last stitch. Now turn your work so you are working on the other side of the chain. Make 2 SC into the last stitch (this is the same stitch as you placed the first 2 SC of the round). Join with a sl st to the top of the first SC of the round.

Repeat instructions to make the second eye patch. Set eye patches aside for now.

Body and Head

Round 1: In white yarn, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: *2 SC in first, SC in next st, repeat * around (18)

Round 4: *2 SC in first, SC in next 2 sts, repeat * around (24)

Round 5: *2 SC in first, SC in next 3 sts, repeat * around (30)

Round 6: *2 SC in first, SC in next 4 sts, repeat * around (36)

Rounds 7-11: SC in each stitch around (36)

Change to black yarn

Round 12: SC in each stitch around (36)

Round 13: *INV DEC, SC in next 4 sts, repeat * around (30)

Round 14: *INV DEC, SC in next 3 sts, repeat * around (24)

Round 15: *INV DEC, SC in next 2 sts, repeat * around (18)

Change to white yarn. Add some stuffing to the panda’s body. Next, increases will be worked again to form the head.

Round 16: *2 SC in first, SC in next 2 sts, repeat * around (24)

Round 17: *2 SC in first, SC in next 3 sts, repeat * around (30)

Rounds 18-21: SC in each stitch around (30)

Round 22: *INV DEC, SC in next 3 sts, repeat * around (24)

Next, add the eye patches, eyes, and nose. First, place the safety eyes through the eye patches in the hole created by the stitches at one of the ends. Then line the patches up on the face, pushing the safety eye post through your project. When you are happy with the placement of the eyes and patches, secure the backs of the safety eyes. Use your yarn needle to sew around each eye patch. Place the safety nose and secure the back when happy with placement. For the panda pictured, the eye patches are lined up with rounds 19-21 and are approx. 3 stitches apart. The top of the nose is lined up with the bottom of the eye patches.

Add more stuffing to the head and continue adding stuffing as you work the next rounds.

Round 23: *INV DEC, SC in next 2 sts, repeat * around (18)

Round 24: *INV DEC, SC in next st, repeat * around (12)

Make sure you’ve added enough stuffing to the panda before the opening gets too small.

Round 25: INV DEC in each stitch around (6)

Fasten off, weave in ends, cut yarn tails. Next, the ears, arms, and legs will be worked up and sewn onto the panda’s body.

Ears (make 2)

Round 1: In black yarn, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring (6)

Round 2: *2 SC in first, SC in next 2 sts, repeat * around (8)

Round 3: SC in each stitch around (8)

Fasten off. Pinch the ear flat and use your yarn needle and yarn tail to sew through the top of the loops closing the ear. Weave in one yarn tail and keep the other for sewing the ear to the head. Repeat instructions above for the second ear.  Set aside for assembly later.

Arms (make 2)

Round 1: In black yarn, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring (6)

Round 2: *2 SC in first, SC in next 2 sts, repeat * around (8)

Rounds 3 -4: SC in each stitch around (8)

Fasten off. Pinch the arm flat and use your yarn needle and yarn tail to sew through the top of the loops closing the arm. Weave in one yarn tail and keep the other for sewing the arm to the body. Repeat instructions above for the second arm. Set aside for assembly later.

Legs (make 2)

Round 1: In black yarn, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring (6)

Round 2: * 2 SC in first, SC in next st, repeat * around (9)

Rounds 3 -4: SC in each stitch around (9)

Fasten off. Weave in one of the yarn tails, leaving the other for sewing onto the body. Repeat instructions for the second leg. Add some stuffing to the legs. Set aside for assembly later.

Assembling your Mini Panda

1. Sew the ears onto the head lining up across from each other. For the panda pictured, the ears are placed at the 3rd to 6th round from the top of the head.

2. Sew the arms onto the body, one on each side. The arms will line up in the rounds of the body that are black. 

3. Sew the legs to the front of the body at the bottom so your panda can sit. For the panda pictured, the legs are approximately 7 stitches apart. Sew through each stitch around the leg, passing in and out of the panda’s body. Weave in all yarn tails.

You are all done your Mini Panda!  

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