Baby Squirrel in Acorn · Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

by - February 02, 2022


Crocheting tiny amigurumi can be pretty fun!  I recently designed a tiny, baby squirrel, and am quite pleased with how cute this little guy turned out.  If you'd like, check out the short video preview below to see him in action!


He was very quick to work up, and only stands at 2.5 inches (6 cm) in height.  Definitely one of my smallest amigurumi projects to date, but I just love his pocket-sized self!


Here's a look at him inside of the Acorn Box, which is also a free pattern on my blog.  It works up very quickly with super bulky yarn (or you can hold your yarn doubled).  And, you can easily hide your little critter inside of this acorn house and put the lid on.  

I think he'd make an adorable gift and play set for any little one as a gender neutral toy.


If you'd like to make some more mini forest critters, check out the free Baby Mouse in Moses Basket pattern!  The mouse also fits nicely inside of the Acorn Box.


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Baby Squirrel in Acorn

Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern


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Intro:

The Baby Squirrel in Acorn pattern includes instructions for a miniature, newborn squirrel and his acorn home.  The Acorn is large enough for the little critter to hide within, making this a fun pretend play toy set for young children.  This is a very small but quick amigurumi project.  It makes a wonderful gender neutral (unisex) gift for boy sand girls alike, and is great as decor for woodland themed nursery rooms.


Size:

Height: 2.5 inches (6 cm)


Level of Difficulty:

★★★☆☆  Intermediate, due to having to sew some small pieces.  Requires familiarity with stitches used (below), attaching yarn, attaching safety eyes, and sewing parts together.


Stitches/Terms Used:

  • FO = fasten off 
  • MR = magic ring 
  • ch = chain 
  • sl st = slip stitch 
  • inc = increase 
  • dec = decrease 
  • sc = single crochet 
  • dc = double crochet 
  • Surface slip stitch


Materials:

  • Medium weight yarn in light brown and darker brown 
  • 6mm plastic safety eyes 
  • 2.75mm crochet hook 
  • Stuffing 
  • Yarn needle 
  • Scissors




HEAD

Use light brown yarn. Stuff the head as you work.

R1: In MR, sc 6. (6 sts)

R2: Inc around. (12 sts)

R3: (Sc, inc) x 6. (18 sts)

R4-R5: Sc around. (18 sts)

R6: Sc 3, (sc, dec) x 4. Sc 3. (14 sts)

R7: Sc 3, dec 4, sc 3. (10 sts)

Attach 6mm plastic safety eyes to the head between R6-R7. Stuff the head.

R8: Sc, dec 4, sc.

FO with a long tail for sewing the hole shut.


EARS (x2)

Use light brown yarn. The ears will be crocheted directly onto the head.
  1. Insert hook under a st in R4 of the head, where you want the ear to be.
  2. Pull a loop of light brown yarn through.
  3. Ch 4.
  4. Insert hook back under the st in R4 of the head for a sl st.
  5. FO and weave in the ends.
  6. Repeat on the other side of the head to make the second ear.


BODY

Use light brown yarn. Stuff the body as you work.

R1: In MR, sc 6. (6 sts)

R2: Inc around. (12 sts)

R3: (Sc, inc) x 6. (18 sts)

R4-R5: Sc around. (18 sts)

R6: (Sc 4, dec) x 3. (15 sts)

R7: (Sc 3, dec) x 3. (12 sts)

R8: (Sc 2, dec) x 3. (9 sts)

FO with a long tail for sewing later.


LEGS (x2)

Use light brown yarn.
  1. Ch 6.
  2. Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in each of the next 4 ch.
  3. FO with a long tail for sewing to the body later.


ARMS (x2)

Use light brown yarn.
  1. Ch 5.
  2. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in each of the next 3 ch.
  3. FO with a long tail for sewing to the body later.


TAIL

Use darker brown yarn.

R1: In MR, ch 3 and dc 12. (12 sts)

R2: Ch 3, dc around. (12 sts)

R3: Ch 3, (dc 4, dec) x 2. (10 sts)

R4: Ch 3, (dc 3, dec) x 2. (8 sts)

R5: Ch 3, (dc 2, dec) x 2. (6 sts)

FO with a long tail for sewing to the body later.



  1. Sew the two arms and legs to the body.
  2. Bend over the top part of the tail to create a curve, and use the tail-color yarn and a yarn needle to sew a few stitches to the fold of the tail. This will make it stay in a curved shape.
  3. Sew the curved tail to the back of the body.
  4. Stuff the body.
  5. Sew the head over the body’s opening.

Congratulations on finishing your Baby Squirrel!



Don't forget that you can crochet an Acorn Box (free pattern) for your baby squirrel to cozy up in!  I'm sure this little critter will thank you for some nice shelter.   





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22 comments

  1. I love the squirrel pattern that I bought with the acorn pattern. Both are really cute! One thing...I don't understand Row 1 of the tail. How do you Ch 3, then make a magic ring, or do you make the ring from the Ch 3? There is no clear picture of the back of the finished tail. I have all the rest and the acorn ready for the finishing steps. Thank you.

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    1. I have the same question about the tail...

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    2. After making the magic circle with a ch3 to start, make 12 dc inside the circle ,complete each new row by turning and ch3 …, so basically after one magic ring the rest is in rows 🙂

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    3. This confues me still. Do I start with the magic circle, or start chaining 3?

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    4. I slip stitched to complete the ring then did a ch3. I did this for every row and it looks pretty much the same as the photo.

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    5. It also confuses me. Maybe you could create s short video how to make the tail?

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  2. The patterns are not free - can't be downloaded. I would buy them if they would be properly offered.

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    1. This is a pattern page! the pattern is above.

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  3. Great idea man thanks for keeping it up all the time for baby Squirrel . I am very happy to see your standard. Really I appreciate you continuing your work.

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  4. Wow, your post is really very useful thanks for sharing about baby Squirrel. It's really informative. keep sharing more with us.

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  5. Adorable :-)

    Now, I've got to get busy making one: thanks for sharing!

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  6. I have tried so many times with the head and I can't get the nose right. I give up!

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    1. I have just tried the head as well and just didn’t come out right and I feel I wasted my eyes. I also cannot figure out the eyes. Was there instructions on it?

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  9. Please DO NOT advertise your patterns as FREE when you have disabled print and copy/paste to a file. False advertising!!!

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  10. Could you rewrite the pattern and make it a bit more precise? I had many difficulties at making the squirrel's tail (mine looks so different even though I tried to follow the instructions) and also my squirrel's head has a different shape. I love the look of your tiny one and would like to create another like yours (and not like mine looks like).
    Maybe it's worth an other instruction video ;)

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  11. Where is the free acorn pattern portion of the baby squirrel inside acorn?

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    1. Hi! Here's the acorn box pattern: https://www.sweetsofties.com/2020/05/acorn-box.html

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  12. Beautiful pattern , just finished crocheting all the parts , just have to sew them together. Thank you so much for the free pattern:)))

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  13. Where do you place the eyes and how far apart. I know between row 6 and 7. How far apart from each other?? Please!!!

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  14. This is so great and precious! I now have the pattern but I am just so confused on how to do the nose as I’m someone new to crochet. Any tips??

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