Totoro Inspired Easter Egg Cosy

About this pattern:


Inspired by the Studio Ghibli character, Totoro, this pattern details how to create an adorable egg cosy. Whether for an Easter egg hunt, a gift or a cute way to hide a chocolate stash, it won’t fail to bring a smile to any Totoro fan.
The pattern is designed to accommodate a Kinder Surprise as a familiar reference for size and shape, but can be used to hide whatever you can fit! After Easter, it could easily be stuffed and stitched for a permanent toy.

Materials:

  • DK Yarn (Grey, white, black)
  • • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • • Stitch markers and pins
  • • Yarn needle
  • • Felt (Optional)

Stitch Abbreviations:

Sc = Single crochet
Slip st = Slip stitch
Sc2tog = single crochet decrease
** = a repeating stitch pattern

Measurements:

The completed piece measures approx. 10 cm and is designed to fit a large egg (chocolate or otherwise).

Pattern Notes:

Stitches are written in standard US terms. The main body and head piece are written as rows worked in the round with a slip stitch to join – this is to create the level join between the two pieces so they sit neatly on top of each other. The rest of the pieces are worked in continuous rounds to create a more rounded look (a stitch marker may be useful to keep track). To limit confusion, joins will be listed in the text where required.

Let’s Get Started!

MAIN BODY

Using grey yarn, working in rows in the round.
NB. Slip stitch to join and chain 1 at the end of each round.

Lower Body
Rnd 1 : Stitch 6sc into a magic ring. (6)
Rnd 2 : 2sc in each stitch around. (12)
Rnd 3 : *sc, 2sc* Repeat 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4 : *sc in next 2 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times. (24)
Rnd 5 : sc in each stitch around. (24)
Rnd 6 : *sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times. (30)
Rnd 7 : sc in each stitch around. (30)
Rnd 8 : *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times. (36)
Rnd 9 – 10 : sc in each stitch around. (36)
Rnd 11 : *sc in next 4 stitches, sc2tog* Repeat 6 times. (30)
Rnd 12 : sc in each stitch around. Slip st to join, fasten off. (30)
Upper Body
Rnd 1 : Stitch 4sc into a magic ring. (4)
Rnd 2 : 2sc in each stitch around. (8)
Rnd 3 : *sc, 2sc* Repeat 4 times. (12)
Rnd 4 : sc in each stitch around. (12)
Rnd 5 : *sc, 2sc* Repeat 6 times. (18)
Rnd 6 : sc in next 2 stitches, 2sc Repeat 6 times. (24)
Rnd 7 – 8 : sc in each stitch around. (24)
Rnd 9 : *sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 4 times. (28)
Rnd 10 : sc in each stitch around. (28)
Rnd 11 : *sc in next 13 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 2 times. (30)
Rnd 12 – 14 : sc in each stitch around. Slip st to join, chain 1. (30)
Fasten off on last Rnd.

Weave in the ends for both body pieces as they will not be required for assembly later.

ARMS (Make 2)
Using grey yarn, working in continuous rounds:

Rnd 1 : Stitch 6sc into a magic ring. (6)
Rnd 2 : 2sc in each stitch around. (12)
Rnd 3 – 4 : sc in each stitch around. (12)
Rnd 5 : *sc in next 4 stitches, sc2tog* Repeat twice. (10)
Rnd 6 – 7 : sc in each stitch around. (10)
Fasten off leaving a tail for joining.

EARS (Make 2)
Using grey yarn, working in continuous rounds:

Rnd 1 : Stitch 4sc into a magic ring. (4)
Rnd 2 : *sc, 2sc* Repeat twice. (6)
Rnd 3 : sc in each stitch around. (6)
Rnd 4 : *sc, 2sc* Repeat three times. (9)
Rnd 5 : *sc, sc, 2sc* Repeat three times. (12)
Rnd 6 : *sc2tog* Repeat 6 times. (6)
Fasten off leaving a tail for joining.

PATCH
Using white yarn, working in continuous rounds:

Rnd 1 : Stitch 6sc into a magic ring. (6)
Rnd 2 : sc in first three stitches, 2sc in next 3 stitches around. (9)
Rnd 3 : 2sc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, 2sc in remaining seven stitches. (17)
Rnd 4 : sc in first five stitches, *sc, 2sc* Repeat six times. (23)
Rnd 5 : 2sc in first two stitches, sc in next stitch, 2sc in next two stitches, sc in following 6 stitches, 2sc in next six stitches, sc in remaining 6 stitches around. (33)
Rnd 6 : sc in each stitch around. Slip st into next stitch and fasten off. (33)

Choose which side of the piece you would prefer to be showing (for this pattern I have used the reverse side for the even texturing). Using grey yarn, stitch the arrow pattern into the patch.


Note: The patch is deliberately not a perfect circular shape and is slightly oblong to fit the overall egg shape. So take a few seconds to orient the patch and centre the stitches as you wish.

ASSEMBLY

Now that all the pieces have been created, the overall egg cosy can be constructed.

Align the upper and lower body pieces with the upper piece directly on top. Ensure the seams are matching. This will be the back of the cosy. Using pins, fix the patch piece to the front of the egg cosy so that it overlaps the two body pieces. Using matching white yarn, attach the patch around the edge. This will secure the upper and lower body together and create a hinge for the body to open and close.

Attach the arms to the upper body, on either side of the patch. Attach the ears to the head.

Using yarn and a yarn needle (or optionally felt), stitch on the face details. As a guide, roughly align the eyes with the width of the ears to keep it even. If you wish to crochet the eyes then follow the first two rounds of the patch pattern to create them in white and fasten off, stitching in the black detail after.

All that’s left is to fill him up!

I hope you have enjoyed this pattern. You can find more egg cosy patterns and more on our site http://www.ninjacatcrafts.home.blog.

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©2019 Ninja Cat Crafts. This pattern is the property of Ninja Cat Crafts. The written pattern and images are for personal use only and not for sale or redistribution. Items made based on this pattern may be sol, but with clear credit to Ninja Cat Crafts,

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