Sometimes I can’t even. 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 to tuck here and there to make you smile?
Let me tell you the story of this cutie pie friendly crochet spider! 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.
And then the same day, I’m at the day job and I move a pile of papers. Because, 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 spider 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! You’ll find this spin off of the Crochet Octopus to be a fun one, 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!
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Friendly Crochet Spider
Here is what you will need:
- US F5/3.75 mm crochet hook
- 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
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.
Finished 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)
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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.
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