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Papillon Amigurumi – Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet an adorable Papillon Amigurumi as a keepsake for yourself or for a special dog lover in your life!

Papillon’s are known for their distinctive butterfly-like ears and charming demeanor. This little papillon amigurumi captures both of these essences and is super cuddly too!

Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter, or just getting started, you’ll love working up your little papillon plushie. You’ll find lots of details and photos throughout this pattern to help you along the way!

For the papillon amigurumi pictured in this pattern, the traditional orange and white colors were used. However, this little doggy works up beautifully in different color combinations as well so you can match a specific pup in your life!

If you’re looking for more animal amigurumi projects, you can find more on the blog HERE!

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Grab your yarn and hook and let’s get started working up your furry friend! Keep reading for all of the pattern details below. Enjoy working up your papillon amigurumi!

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Materials:

  • Worsted Weight (#4) Yarn – Cotton or acrylic yarn will work for this project. The papillon amigurumi pictured in this pattern was made with Vanna’s Choice yarn in the White and Rust colorways. You’ll need approximately 80 yards of yarn in total, which breaks down to about 50 yards of white and 30 yards of the orange color.
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Safety eyes – 9mm size
  • Safety nose – 11 mm size
  • Stuffing (any fiber-based stuffing like Poly-fil or Fiber Fill)
  • Scissors – for cutting yarn tails
  • 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.

Gauge

  • Gauge is not critical for your papillon amigurumi to turn out, however, for reference, 2 inches square is approximately 12 rows of 10 SC stitches.

Finished Size:

  • When finished, this papillon amigurumi measures approximately 5” tall from bottom to top (in seated position).

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 some color changes on the papillon’s body. You’ll change between white to orange frequently. 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 on the arms and legs, when you attach these limbs to the body, keep the color change towards the bottom so it’s not easily seen.  

The Pattern

Snout/Nose

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

Pull ring in tight, leaving room for a safety nose to go through the center (if using). If not using a safety nose, pull ring tight so you can stitch on the nose later.

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

Rounds 3-4: SC in each st around (12)

Sl st to next stitch and fasten off leaving a tail to sew onto face. Place a safety eye into the center of the circle and secure back. Set snout aside for now.

Body and Head

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

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

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

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

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

Change color to orange. For the next rounds, you will be switching back and forth from orange to white to create the orange section on the back. Each stitch is a SC for this section. The number of stitches in each color is listed in brackets after the instructions for that round. O = Orange, W = White.

Round 6: SC in each st around (5 O, 24 W, 1 O) (30)

Round 7: SC in each st around (6 O, 22 W, 2 O) (30)

Round 8: SC in each st around (7 O, 21 W, 2 O) (30)

Round 9: SC in each st around (7 O, 21 W, 2 O) (30)

Round 10: SC in each st around (8 O, 20 W, 2 O) (30)

Round 11: SC in each st around (8 O, 20 W, 2 O) (30)

Round 12: SC in each st around (9 O, 19 W, 2 O) (30)

Round 13: SC in each st around (9 O, 21 W) (30)

Continue working in white.

Round 14: SC in each st around (30)

Round 15: *INV DEC, SC next 3 sts, repeat from * around (24)

Round 16: *INV DEC, SC next 2 sts, repeat from * around (18)

Add some stuffing to the body.

Round 17: *INV DEC, SC next st, repeat from * around (12)

Change color to orange. Next, you will start increasing again to form the head.

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

Round 19: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around (24)

Round 20: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around (30)

Round 21: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around (36)

Round 22: SC in each st around (36)

Round 23: SC in each st around (36)

Round 24: SC in each st around (36)

For the next rounds, as you work the stitches listed for each round, you’ll also be changing back and forth from orange to white to create the white section on the face to the top of the head. The number of stitches in each color is listed in brackets after the instructions for that round. Stitches will either be SC or INV DEC stitches, with the exception of one sl st.  O = Orange, W = White.

Round 25: SC in each st around (26 O, 2 W, 8 O) (36)

Round 26: SC in each st around (26 O, 3 W, 7 O) (36)

Round 27: SC in each st around (26 O, 3 W, 7 O) (36)

Round 28: SC in each st around (26 O, 1 W (sl st instead of SC), 3 W, 6 O) (36)

Round 29: *INV DEC, SC next 4 sts, repeat from * around (21 O, 4 W, 5 O) (30)

Round 30: *INV DEC, SC next 3 sts, repeat from * around (16 O, 4 W, 4 O) (24)

Eyes – Insert safety eyes between rounds 26 and 27, approximately 7 stitches apart. If you would like to your dog to have eyelashes, it is easier to add them before the eyes are secured. First, place your safety eyes where you would like them to be, but do not secure the backs yet. Next, remove the eyes. This creates a little hole to help you see where the eyelashes should be placed. Use your yarn needle to stitch on the eyelashes. Then insert the safety eyes again and secure the backs tightly.

Snout – Add a little stuffing to the snout before sewing to the face.  Place the snout in the center of the face with the top lining up with the bottom of the eyes. Using your yarn needle, sew in and out of each stitch around the outside of the snout, passing through a stitch on the face. When secured, weave yarn tail and cut yarn.

Add some stuffing to the head. Continue stuffing as you work the following rounds to finish the dog’s head. Be sure to add enough stuffing to the top of the head before the opening gets too small.  

Round 31: *INV DEC, SC next 2 sts, repeat from * around (11 O, 4 W, 3 O) (18)

Round 32: *INV DEC, SC next st, repeat from * around (7 O, 3 W, 2 O) (12)

Round 33: INV DEC in each st around (6 O) (6)

Fasten off. Use your yarn needle to sew the top of the head closed. Weave in ends and cut yarn.  

Ears (make 2)

Round 1: In orange, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC in ring (6)

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

Round 3: SC in each st around (8)

Round 4: *2 SC in first, SC in next st, repeat * around (12)

Round 5: SC in each st around (12)

Round 6: *2 SC in first, SC in next 2 sts, repeat * around (16)

Round 7: SC in each st around (16)

Flatten ear and slip stitch closed by passing through both layers. Fasten off, leaving a long enough tail to sew the ears on to the head later.

Arms (make 2)

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

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

Rounds 3-4: SC in each st around (12)

Round 5: *INV DEC, SC next 2 sts, repeat from * around (9)

Rounds 6-9: SC in each stitch around (9)

Change color to orange.

Rounds 10-11: SC in each stitch around (9)

Stuff the arm gently, more towards the lower half. Flatten arm and SC across to close top. Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing onto body. Repeat for second arm. Set aside for assembly later.

Legs (make 2)

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

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

Round 3: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around (16)

Rounds 4-5: SC in each st around (16)

Round 6: *INV DEC, SC next 2 sts, repeat from * around (12)

Round 7: *INV DEC, SC next 2 sts, repeat from * around (9)

Rounds 8-10: SC in each st around (9)

Change color to orange.

Rounds 11-12: SC in each st around (9)

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing onto body. Stuff the leg all the way from the bottom to the top. Repeat for second leg. Set aside for assembly.

Papillon Dog Assembly Instructions

Follow these steps to assemble your papillon amigurumi.

1. Sew the ears onto the head lining up across from each other. For the dog pictured, the ears are placed at the 4th to 9th round from the top of the head.

2. Sew the arms onto the body, one on each side. The arms will line up at the last white round before the start of the orange for the head. For the dog pictured, the arms are sewn on with a slight diagonal to bring them more forwards, rather than just pointing straight down.    

3. Sew the legs to the front of the body at the bottom so your dog can sit. Place your dog on a flat surface and line up the legs with the bottom of the body when its sitting. Sew in and out of each stitch around the leg, passing through a stitch on the body.  Weave in all yarn tails.

4. For the fluffy chest, cut some pieces of white yarn approximately 8” long. Knot them around stitches close to the top of the dog’s chest, below the head. To attach the yarn, fold a strand in half and pull it through a stitch on the dog with your crochet hook. Pass the ends of the yarn through the loop and pull tight (see photos of ears below for a visual on how the knots are tied). 

5. Make the fluffy ears by cutting pieces of orange yarn approximately 8” long. Separate the yarn pieces in half, keeping two strands wrapped together. Working around the outside edge of the ear, knot strands of yarn around each stitch and then trim them to the desired length (about half an inch for the dog pictured). To knot the yarn, use your crochet hook to pull a folded strand of yarn partially through a stitch on the ear. Then pass the other end of the yarn through the loop, pulling tight. Once you’ve worked your way around the outside of the ear adding strands of yarn, trim them to about half an inch long. Finish off by gently using a comb on the yarn ends to give the ears a fluffier look.

6. For the tail, cut one piece of yarn in orange and two in white, each measuring approximately 8” in length. Separate the pieces of yarn in half, keeping two of the  strands wrapped together. You should have two separate pieces of orange and four pieces of white. Gather the pieces of yarn together and knot them around a stitch in the center of the dog’s back a couple rounds up from the bottom when sitting. Pull the knot tight and then trim yarn to the desired tail length. For the dog pictured, the tail is approximately 2” long.

You are all finished making your crochet papillon amigurumi! I hope you found this crochet pattern clear and easy to follow!

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