Friendly Crochet Spider
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The cuteness, I tell you! I think I might even be in love with this little friendly crochet spider! How about you? Would you be swatting this one away if you found it in your house? Or making a few for a nice decoration to tuck here and there to make you smile?
Let me tell you the story of this friendly and cute spider crochet pattern! So I was meandering around online, always on the lookout for crochet goodness, and bam. I saw it. A crochet spider. But it was dark and gloomy and had like a gazillion eyes–which is probably accurate in some sense, but I didn’t like looking at all those eyes. Honestly, it was a bit of a creepy crochet spider, but it got me thinking.
And then the same day, I’m at the day job and I move a pile of papers. Because, as a side note, I’m not the most organized person on the planet. So there are stacks of paper all over and I’m forever moving them to look for this or that thing that I can’t find when I need it. I’m sure there is some sort of 12-step organization program I should be following–but who has time for that?
So I move a stack of papers and out creeps a pinkish/red spider. Now I’m going to tell you right now that I killed it. I’m not proud of that. I wish I was the type of individual who would carefully re-home a spider outside. But the truth is that I fall into the ‘I really don’t like spiders camp’ and I squish them quick and all is right with the world again.
But it got me thinking… a pink crochet spider plush really is a cute thing. And a crochet spider looks an awful lot like a re-imagined Crochet Octopus. And if a tiny baby might like to stick his little fingers into an octopus tentacle then maybe he might like a curly little spider leg too, right?
And since I had some leftover yarn from the Sedge Stitch Baby Afghan and the Strawberry Lemon Peel Baby Blanket… well, I got to work! I really love this pink-colored yarn, and I really think it made the perfect amigurumi spider crochet pattern.
You’ll find this spin-off of the Crochet Octopus to be a fun crochet project, I think. A tad shorter with a flat bottom and some cleverness going on with the curly spider legs. I think you might like to make one or three or something! Because you need them. You do!
More Free Baby Crochet Patterns
If you love this Friendly Crochet Spider pattern, you might also like to check out these other patterns for babies. You can find all our Baby Crochet Patterns here.
1. Sedge Stitch Baby Afghan // 2. Bunny Lovey // 3. Fox Rattle
Let’s get started with this adorable crochet spider amigurumi pattern!
Friendly Crochet Spider Materials
Here is what you will need:
- US F5/3.75 mm crochet hook (these are my absolute favorite hooks I recommend to everyone!)
- 1 oz Worsted Weight Yarn, I used leftover Red Heart Ombre Yarn from this afghan and this one
- Fiberfill stuffing
- 9 mm safety eyes
- Tapestry needle and scissors
This pattern requires some basic crochet skills and these are resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Terminology and Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to simple stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns (including the single crochet stitch used in this pattern) and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.
The finished size of this spider is approximately 2″ tall and 6″ wide from the end of one spider leg to the other.
Make a magic ring.
R1: 6 sc into ring (6 st)
R2: 2 sc in ea st around (12 st)
R3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (18 st)
R4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (24 st)
R5: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (30 st)
R6: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (36 st)
R7-11: sc around (36 st)
R12: *sc in next 4 st, sc 2 tog, repeat from * around (30 st)
R13: Legs are worked while crocheting this row as follows: sc in next 4 st, *sl st in front loop only (FLO) of next st, ch 18, 2 hdc in 2nd chain from hook, 2hdc in each chain, sl st in FLO of next stitch (one leg made)*. Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Sc in next 7 st, repeat from * to * 4 more times to form 4 legs on the opposite side of the spider. Sc in last 3 st.
R14: In this row, when you get to the legs, work through the back loop only on the body to go under the legs: *sc in next 3 st, sc 2 tog, repeat from * around. (24 st) Carefully check this round to make sure your stitch count is correct; it’s easy to add or lose stitches when working under the legs.
If you are using safety eyes, now is the time to attach them. Using 9mm safety eyes, attach between rows 10 & 11, allowing approximately 4 stitches between the eyes. For small children, considering embroidering eyes instead after the spider is stuffed and completed.
R15: *sc in next 2 st, sc 2 tog, repeat from * around. (18 st)
R16: *sc in next st, sc 2 tog, repeat from * around (12 st)
Stuff the spider.
R17: *sc 2 tog, repeat from * around (6 st). Fasten off, weave end through last stitches and pull tight.
Wondering if you can make this crochet spider for Halloween? Of course! Make this spider amigurumi crochet toy in black yarn or orange yarn to use for your Halloween fall decorating!
You might enjoy the spider web lovey, a really cute crochet spider web pattern incorporating this fun spider! You can check out the free blanket crochet pattern for the Spider on a Web Crochet Lovey here.
I love seeing your finished projects! If you enjoyed making the Friendly Crochet Spider I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @crochet365knittoo. If you are on Facebook, stop over to the Crochet 365 Knit Too Facebook page or pop over to the Crochet365KnitToo Club and share a photo! I’d love to see your work!
OMG I got up this morning intending to crochet neckwarmers. Then I opened your email and found this adorable spider. I’m on my 2nd one now. I plan on making a bunch of them….I love love love your spider. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent…
My 5yr old grandson fell in love with this spider!! He wants one every color…the first one has to be green. Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern and the hours of enjoyment my grandson will have.
Aww! I’m so glad the spider was such a hit! Green is a lovey color to start with!
I love this pattern. So easy to make. Making them in all different colors to give out as stocking stuffers for our local shop w/a cop program. Thank you.
I was just wondering how many stitches between the legs?
Each leg starts with a sl st into the front loop of the next st, and then once the leg is made, it comes back down with a sl st into the front loop of next stitch, then this is repeated for the other legs. So there is one stitch in between each leg. 🙂
How do you get the legs to do that nice curl? Mine twist every which way. I love all your patterns.
I sometimes encourage them to curl in a spiral as I go along. 🙂