Crochet Squirrel Motif

As the Woodland Blanket is being made for Little Bro aged 5, I wondered if he would like a few leaves and squirrels.

crochet squirrel motif

He would!

and so it seems would some of you!

I was pleasantly taken aback by the squirrel-love that poured in when I posted a picture on Facebook and Instagram, with lots of people asking for the pattern.

Oh my goodness – creating a squirrel is relatively quick and easy compared with creating a pattern for others to follow.

These mischievous little creatures have led me a merry dance, but at last I have arrived at a pattern.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

squirrel motif, free pattern

Pattern for the Squirrel Motif

Stylecraft Double DK

4.5mm hook

US crochet terms. I am left-handed so the photos will show work from a LH perspective, but the pattern should work just fine for right-handers. Working with the right hand the squirrels will face the other way.

Starting with the back leg

Make a magic loop, Ch1, 8sc into the loop, pull loop together, sl into the 1st ch. to join.                                                  8 sts

2nd Round

Ch1, 2sc into each st, sl into the first ch. to join.                                          16 sts

3rd Round

Ch1, 2sc, 2sc into next st,

(back foot) ch4,crochet tutorial

sc into 3rd and 4th st from the hook, sc into same st as the 2scs

free pattern, tutorial

sc into the next tutorial, free pattern

2sc into each of the next 3sts, sc, 2sc into next st, 2hd into next st, 2dcs into next st, 2 tr into next st.

(neck) Ch4 crochet tutorial, squirrel motif

work 4dc into the 4th ch from the hook

** please note that is between the bottoms of these stitches that you will work scs in Round 4. See Picture 6 in Round 4**photo tutorial, squirrel motif

sl into same st of Round 2, 2sl, sl to join.crochet squirrel motif tutorial

4th Round

Sl into next 3sts. sl into next 2 loops (back foot)

Picture 1photo tutorial, squirrel motif

2sl into next st, which takes you round the end of the ‘foot’,

Sl into next 9sts, 4sc,

Picture 2crochet squirrel motif

(tail) 4sc into back loops (if you can find another loop lower down, at the back of the work, to work into as well this stabilises the back loop stitches), 2hd into back loops, ch7,

Picture 3squirrel motif

3hd in 3rd ch from hook,

2dc, 2tr, dtr (yarn 3 times round the hook)  in next ch,

miss 1ch,

Picture 4crochet squirrel motif

2dtr, tr in next ch

2tr, dc, in next ch, sl into next st of Round 3

Picture 5squirrel motif tutorial, free pattern

2sl, Work 5 sc in the gaps between the next sts. (also covering the thread at the base)

Picture 6  **crochet tutorial

Here are a few more photos to explain where the single crochets go

crochet squirrel motif

crochet squirrel

photo tutorial

and in a different colour for clarity

squirrel motif tutorial

Hope that helps.

Picture 7

free pattern, squirrel motif

At last it begins to look like a Squirrel

(head) ch3, sl in 3rd ch from hook,

sl into one of the ch3 (into, not over), sl into first dc of the neck,

Working into the gap between: 4sc, hd, sc.

Picture 8squirrel motif, free pattern

2sl, hd.

Picture 9crochet squirrel motif, free pattern

(front foot)

2sl, ch2, sl in 2nd from the hook, sl into the body at base of front foot . Cut yarn and pull through to the front, then take the end to the back (leave a long tail of thread if you will be sewing this on as applique), or sew in the ends.

Pin to shape and block.

How did you get on? I’d love to know. 🙂

See the finished blanket here: Squirrel Nutkin and Old Brown


72 responses to “Crochet Squirrel Motif

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  2. This is a fantastic pattern and what a unique and perfect squirrel applique. Thank you SO much for sharing and the great pics/tutorial. I’m making an alphabet applique baby blanket and this squirrel is perfect. I didn’t have any trouble with the neck and wonder if it is because I am also left handed. What a treat to have a left-handed pattern. I tried a darker brown for the tail and like the look too.

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    • Hello Anne, thank you so much for your comment.
      I’m so glad to know you had no trouble following the pattern.
      Your blanket sounds delightful.
      Nice to hear from a fellow lefty. 🙂


  3. Hi ….can you tell me the size of this squirrel?

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  5. Thank you so much for going to the extra trouble – that looks very clear – I will give it a try!

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  6. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! I don’t really understand where the 5 sc in the gaps are placed. It’s the photo with the red arrows. After that photo, the neck looks so long and mine is not…

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  7. Well, this has got to be the BEST squirrel applique out there! It is so cute! I read all the comments so see what others have said – I am having a problem with the neck area. It goes from looking one way, and then all of a sudden it has a square end. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much!

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    • So glad you like the look of the motif Fran.
      Can you tell me where you have got to in the pattern. are you on the 4th Round?
      In the 7th photo down of the 4th Round pictures the neck does have a square end whilst it waits for the head.
      Is that where you are?


  8. Love this, so cute!

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  9. Oh wow these are so so cute! I’m so excited to try this pattern!

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  10. Omg these little squirrels are too adorable! Definitely gotta try making these this weekend

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  13. Hi, I love your squirrel pattern which I am attempting to make right now. One question, on rnd 7 after the ch7, 3hdc in 3rd ch from hook, when doing the various stitches: 2 dc, dtr, miss 1 ch, 2 dtr, tr in next ch, 2tr, dc and so on — are these stitches done in individual stitches and/or chains, or are the stitches such as 2 dc, 2 dtr, each done into one stitch or chain? I’m thinking they are done individually but not sure. Also, after stitching in all the chains, I would now be putting my stitches into single crochets or other actual stitches, not chains, is that correct? I hope you understand my questions. I will continue doing as I think it should be and hope my squirrel comes out as cute as yours. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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    • Hi Gigi
      2dc, 2tr, dtr are all done in one chain. I have put each group of stitches that are done in the same chain on a different row. If you look at the photo you can see a ‘bar’ at the bottom of each chain that has multiple stitches in it.
      Making several stitches in one chain causes the tail to curve round.
      I hope that makes sense.
      Good luck.
      Let me know how you get on.


      • I restarted my squirrel and reread over your instructions and it worked! I have a squirrel which is now pinned and blocked. Can’t wait to make some more. I really appreciate your reply. Thank you so much for this sweet pattern.

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  14. Ooh, these look cute – my eldest is a squirrel lover and I have lots of odd bits of Stylecraft DK hanging about as I have made (am making!) two blankets using it. I look forward to rustling up a squirrel or two when I fancy a change from the current project. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

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    • My pleasure Tialys. Do let me know how you get on if you do try out the pattern. Although the pattern was tricky to get right, I’m loving seeing the squirrels scampering across my blanket!


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  17. Of all the wonderful things of yours I’ve seen, I think these are my favourite. Very cute, and nicely done!

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  18. Good to see you generating so much enthusiasm, Sandra – you must be chuffed!

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  19. What little boy wouldn’t want squirrels?! Congrats on the pattern. A great accomplishment that’s not as easy, or fun, to write as often is to create.

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  20. Cute squirrels! Pattern might not take as long as the sea-horses eh?

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  21. So cute! Will have to give them a try – thanks so much for including the pattern!

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  22. Murtagh's Meadow

    You really are a closer clogs – these are so cute!

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  23. I’ve never followed a pattern without a photo tutorial before, and I’ve never used US crochet terms before, not to mention that I had to Google some of the stitches – but I’ve managed to produce something that looks like a squirrel!

    I think I put a couple of stitches in the wrong places, but that’ll be my lack of experience.

    So, thank you for the pattern!

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    • Can’t tell you how thrilled I am to know you had the patience and tenacity to get to the end of the pattern, despite all of the circumstances that could have put you off! Thanks so much for letting me know Gayle! It means a lot. ❤


  24. Loads of love for the squirrels and yes they are pesky I have one who has moved into my barn owl box!!!

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  25. Loved them when I saw them over on Attic 24 and still love them today!

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  26. Oh,oh,oh, ♥️♥️♥️they are adorable, maybe even better than the real thing!!

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  27. Golly, it looks SO much like a squirrel! I don’t know why I’m surprised:)

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  28. I’m not surprised they got so much love, they’re adorable!

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