Amigurumi Axolotl Crochet Pattern
Follow my Amigurumi Axolotl Crochet Pattern to make an adorable crocheted Axolotl for your children, grandchildren or even yourself! My free crochet pattern includes detailed written instructions and a row-by-row video tutorial that will walk you through making your Axolotl toy.
Amigurumi Axolotl Crochet Pattern
For this project I used DK Weight / Light Weight Yarn  and a 3.75 mm (F) crochet hook but you can use any yarn and hook combination you want. Just be sure there are no large spaces between your stitches. They need to be tight together so the stuffing doesn’t peek through. Try using a 4 mm (G) hook with Medium Weight Yarn .
The Story Behind my Axolotl Crochet Pattern
To celebrate the launch of the new of Minecraft Caves and Cliffs Update (part 1) and the addition of my children’s new favorite mob, I have crocheted a cute amigurumi Axolotl Crochet Pattern. This pattern is available for free in my post below.
My daughter is an avid Minecraft fan. She’s been playing Minecraft and watching Minecraft Videos on YouTube since she was 4-years old. She has always loved gaming and building her own worlds – it’s much like ‘playing house’ where you get to control everything you add to your world and then interact with your environment but in Minecraft the possibilities are infinite.
Minecraft announced they’d be adding some brand new features this year (the date has been marked on our calendar for months) and she just got the update yesterday. She’s super excited about it and she loves the new adds, especially the Axolotls.
Darla’s birthday is next week, so to celebrate her birthday, I have made her this little crocheted Axolotl. I’m certain as soon as she has it she will want another one (so it has a friend) and my son has been eyeing this as I’ve been crocheting it (in secret) these past couple days. Drew’s another Minecraft Gamer with a similar love for Axolotls – although he’s not keen on the albino one that I’ve crocheted. He’s been hinting his pet axolotl should be Cyan (thanks Minecraft) because they are his favorite.
Luckily, this pattern is an easy one to crochet. So if they do need a couple more, I think I will be able to manage them over the next few weeks.
Do your kids play Minecraft? Are they as excited about the addition of the Axolotls as mine are? Just in case I thought I’d share this pattern with you for free today 🙂 I wasn’t sure if there was a need for an amigurumi axolotl but my children think it is a grand idea so maybe yours will too!
I hope you are enjoying a lovely week, R
How to Crochet an Amigurumi Axolotl
- Yarn: Scheepjes Soft Fun. 50 g and 140 m. 60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic. DK Weight Yarn .
- Colors: 1 skein in 507 and 1 skein in 514 in Soft Fun Denim
- Hook: 3.75 mm (F). Furls Blue Odyssey
- Finished Project Yardage: Axolotl: 13 g and 36.4 m.
- Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker, Poly-Fil, 5 mm black safety eyes (x2)
Axolotl measures approximately 9.5 inches tall X 2.25 inches wide not including arms and legs.
Approximately 6 rows per 1 inch and 5 sts per 1 inch (worked in sc )
You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.
- BL – back loop
- CC – contrast color (pink 514)
- ch – chain
- DMR – double magic ring
- FL – front loop
- MC – main color (peach 507)
- R – round
- sc -single crochet
- sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together
- sk – skip
- sl st – slip stitch
- st/sts – stitch/stitches
- * to **– Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.
- [ ] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
- ( ) – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space
- Stitch Anatomy
- Quick Stitch Guide
- Simple Closing Method for Hats
- Whip Stitch
- Invisible Join
- Standing Single Crochet
- Double Magic Ring
- Amigurumi Axolotl Crochet Pattern on YouTube
- Do not slip stitch to join at the end of rounds unless specified.
- You do not half to use a DMR to begin your rounds. You can substitute your favorite starting method for rounds, including a chain-3 and slip stitch to the third chain from the hook to make a ring, a magic circle, or a chain-2 and make all the stitches in R1 in the second chain from the hook. Whichever method you choose, be sure to weave the end in securely on the inside of your project before you add the stuffing.
- When you work the sc2tog decreases work under the front loop only (it makes the stitch less thick).
- This project is worked in continuous rounds. You will need to use a stitch marker so you do not lose your place.
- TIP: when using Poly Fil, try to use large sized pieces. If you break the pieces too small it can make your finished project lumpy – so larger is better.
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Create your Ravelry Project Page here: Amigurumi Axolotl
Free Written Amigurumi Axolotl Crochet Pattern
This project is crocheted from the nose to the tail, in one piece. The legs are made separately and added at the end of the project.
Using your 3.75 mm (F) hook (or size required for gauge):
Amigurumi Axolotl Head
R1: With MC: DMR: 6 sc. [6 sc]
R2: 2 sc in each st around. [12 sc]
R3: 1 sc in each st around. [12 sc]
R4: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st**. Work from * to ** around. [18 sc]
R5: 1 sc in each st around. [18 sc]
R6: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [24 sc]
R7-R8: 1 sc in each st around. [24 sc]
R9: 1 sc in each of the next 16 sts, 1 sc in the BL of each of the next 4 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. [24 sc]
R10: 1 sc in the BL of each of the next 4 sts, 1 sc in each rem st around. [24 sc]
R11: 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. [22 sc]
R12: 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, sc2tog, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 11 sts. [20 sc]
R13: 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. [19 sc]
R14: 1 sc in the next st, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 16 sts. [18 sc]
Place the safety eyes in position. Place eyes between R5 and R6, with 6 stitches between them. Make note of where your BL sc were made because they need to be on the same side as our eyes! (thank you Margie for letting me know I’d forgotten to mention this!!) Add Poly Fil to head at this point (if you wish). Remember not to overstuff his little head!
R15-R16: 1 sc in each st around. [18 sc]
R17: 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts. 
R18: 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts. [21 sc]
R19: 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts. [22 sc]
R20-R27: 1 sc in each st around. [22 sc]
You may wish to add more PolyFil at this point. Remember not to overstuff!
R28: 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts. [20 sc]
R29: 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts. [18 sc]
R30: 1 sc in each st around. [18 sc]
R31: 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts. [16 sc]
R32: 1 sc in each st around. [16 sc]
You will want to add more Poly Fil at this point.
R33: 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. [15 sc]
R34: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. [13 sc]
R35: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts. [11 sc]
R36: Sc2tog, 1 sc in the next st, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. [9 sc]
R37-R38: 1 sc in each st around. [9 sc]
Add a little more Poly Fil. Remember not to overstuff!
R39: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each rem st around. [8 sc]
R40-R41: 1 sc in each st around. [8 sc]
R42-R44: Rep R39-R41 [7 sc]
R45: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each rem st around. [6 sc]
R46-R50: 1 sc in each st around. [6 sc]
R51: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each rem st around. [5 sc]
R52-R53: 1 sc in each st around. [5 sc]
R54: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each rem st around. [4 sc]
R55-R56: 1 sc in each st around. [4 sc]
Amigurumi Axolotl Legs
R1: With MC: DMR: 4 sc. [4 sc]
R2-R12: 1 sc in each st around. [4 sc]
Finish off leaving a 9-inch tail of yarn for assembly.
Amigurumi Axolotl External Gills
These gills are added directly to the Axolotl’s head in the front loops remaining from R9 and R10.
R1: Working with the Axolotl facing you and beginning on the right-most free loop (if you are right handed) join your Color B yarn (pink) with a slip stitch. *Ch 6, sk 2 chs, 1 sl st in the 3rd ch from the hook, 1 sl st in each of the next 3 chs, 1 sl st to the next free loop**. Work from * to ** 3 times. Finish off.
Rep R1 for the second set of free loops.
- Sew the Axolotl’s legs to it’s body using the same color of yarn as the legs. Please see my image below as an example.
- Using Color B (or a different color you have on hand), make a mouth by creating a straight stitch across the center DMR from R2 to R2.
- Weave in any remaining ends.
Make a Ravelry Project Page for you Axolotl HERE
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Ooh I’ll try that – thanks Rhondda! 🙂
Hi Josie, It is tricky! Even for me. You could work the first round as it is written and then ch 1, turn and work back across the leg (as a row). Then keep working the leg as rows instead of rounds and sew the two edges together at the end. Then sew it to the body. That way you’d still have the nice tidy toe end (round 1). The leg might be slightly bigger this way but if you make all 4 the same it won’t matter and no one should notice. I hope this helps a bit 🙂 Best wishes, Rhondda
Hi there – I am a beginner, and I’m struggling with the legs. Four stitches in the round is very fiddly and I’m struggling to find the stitches as I progress.. Do you have any alternate, easier ways of making the legs at all for my beginner skills? Thank you!
Aww, so cute!
Hi Isaac, I will try to add a video tutorial for my axolotl for you later this month 🙂 He might not be in the same color as the original (I’m not certain I have any more of that yarn in my stash!) but I will do my best to get this done in July. Best wishes, Rhondda
Hi im a beginner and am struggling quite a bit following your steps,
would it be possible to upload a step by step video making it a little
easier for visual learners to wrap their head around?
Hi Joanne, Thank you for mentioning this! There was supposed to be a close-up image for the legs there. I’ve added it to the post.
“Attached legs as below” but there are no instructions 🙂
I’m so happy he liked his axolotl! Thank you for letting me know 🙂
I made one for my son and he brought it to summer camp. Now I am making one for his counselor. Thanks so much for the pattern. The creatures it makes will be well loved!
Hi Sandy, this project is worked in rounds. I begin in R1 with a Double Magic Ring (DMR). Here’s the tutorial for that starting method: https://oombawkadesigncrochet.com/secure-double-magic-ring-tutorial/
All the best, Rhondda
I am attempting to make this, but am having difficulty with directions. Do I need to join in second row to form a circle?
What an excellent addition to MineCraft! I think it’s adorable. Thank you so much for sharing. Mommy grandchildren will love it. ♥️♥️♥️