Bitsy the Crochet Spider is here for the Halloween Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet! This cute little amigurumi spider is crocheted in a single color of Sport Weight Yarn with a 3.5 mm (E) crochet hook.
For Bitsy, I used Scheepjes Stone Washed in Black Onyx (Color 803) and the little bit of pink for the cheeks was Rose Quartz (Color 820). I crocheted my project with a 3.5 mm (E) hook and Bitsy is approximately 2.25 inches across (not including the legs). If you’d like a smaller crochet spider you can easily use a smaller hook. If you use a 3.25 mm (D) Bitsy’s body size will be about 1.75 inches across (diameter).
Bitsy the Crochet Spider is the second pattern to be released for the Halloween Crochet Along this year. I hope you will join us to make some Spooktacular Halloween Crochet projects and then enter our end-of-CAL giveaway too! If you make one of the projects be sure to tag it with #CALCentralCrochet so we can see it too! Get all the details about our annual Halloween CAL in my CAL intro post here, and Marie’s post here.
Bitsy the Crochet Spider Amigurumi Pattern
- Yarn: Scheepjes Stone Washed. (affiliate link) 50 g and 130 m. 78% Cotton, 22% Acrylic. Sport Weight Yarn . Machine wash and dry.
- Colors: 1 skein Black Onyx (803) and a small amount Rose Quartz (820) and Smokey Quartz (9070) (affiliate links).
- Crochet Hook: 3.50 mm (E) Clover Amour (affiliate link)
- Finished Project: Bitsy the Spider: Black Onyx (23 g) and (59.8 m); small amount of Rose Quartz and Smokey Quartz.
- Scissors, Tapestry Needle (yarn needle), Stitch Marker, 2 x 12 mm black safety eyes and 2 x 8 mm black safety eyes.
Bitsy the Spider 1.75 inches tall X 2.25 inches wide (not including the legs). Legs measure approximately 2 inches long X 0.6 inches wide.
I crocheted my project with a 3.5 mm (E) hook and Bitsy is approximately 2.25 inches across (not including the legs). For narrower legs, use a 3.25 mm (D) hook.
If you’d like a smaller crochet spider you can easily use a smaller hook. If you use a 3.25 mm (D) Bitsy’s body size will be about 1.75 inches across (diameter). For narrower legs, use a a 2.75 mm hook.
Approximately 5 sc stitches per 1 inch and 6 rows sc per 1 inch.
For amigurumi projects it is very important that you have tight stitches so the Polyfil does not show between them. I have provided the gauge I attained with my yarn and hook but you can make your amigurumi in any yarn weight so long as you can adjust your hook size to have no spaces between the stitches. If you can see spaces between your stitches you need to try using a smaller hook, or crocheting with a tighter tension.
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.
US Terminology used
- ch – chain
- DMR – double magic ring
- m – meters
- oz – ounces
- Rnd – round
- rem – remaining
- 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
- Crochet Stitch Dictionary
- DMR – Double Magic Ring
- How to Close your Amigurumi Circles
- Invisible decrease (inv dec)
- We do not slip stitch to join when making our amigurumi spider. Please mark your place with a stitch marker.
- I use a DMR (double magic ring) to begin my amigurumi projects. You may substitute a magic ring (magic circle), or a chain 3 and slip to form a ring, if you prefer.
- When you work the sc2tog decreases work under the front loop only (it makes the stitch less thick). This is also known as an invisible decrease (inv dec).
- Add Bitsy Crochet Spider to your Ravelry library here.
Bitsy Crochet Spider Crochet Pattern
This adorable little amigurumi spider is crocheted in continuous rounds, from the top-down.
Bitsy Crochet Spider Body
Using your 3.50 mm (E) hook (or size required for gauge):
Rnd 1: Make a DMR and work 6 sc into the ring. [6 sc]
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. [12 sc]
Rnd 3: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st*. Work from * to ** around. [18 sc]
Rnd 4: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts*. Work from * to ** around. [24 sc]
Rnd 5: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts*. Work from * to ** around. [30 sc]
Rnd 6-Rnd 15: 1 sc in each st around. [30 sc]
Insert Safety Eyes between Rnd 10 and Rnd 11. I placed the eyes about 3.5 cm apart (you can see 4 sts between them once affixed). Then place the second set of eyes (if you are using both sets) 1 cm over from the edge of the first eye (1 stitch shows between them when done). Add some poly-fil at this point to fill the top of the spider (do not overstuff).
Rnd 16: *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts*. Work from * to ** around. [24 sc]
Rnd 17: *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts*. Work from * to ** around. [18 sc]
Add more poly-fil at this point (do not overstuff).
Rnd 18: *Sc2tog, 1 sc in the next st*. Work from * to ** around. [12 sc]
Add a tiny bit more poly-fil at this point (do not overstuff).
Rnd 19: Sc2tog around. [6 sc]
Finish off leaving a 4 to 5 inch tail of yarn for closing. Follow this tutorial to close the last round of stitches neatly.
Bitsy the Spider Legs
The legs begin with a foundation chain. We work across the chain like normal then rotate our work to crochet across the base of the chain to our starting point. This creates an oval shape.
With your 3.50 mm crochet hook (or size required for gauge):
Rnd 1: Ch 4, sk the first ch, 1 sc in each of the next 2 chs, 2 sc in the last ch. Rotate your work to crochet along the base of the foundation chain. You have already worked 2 sc in the last ch so we skip the base of it. 1 sc in each of the next 2 chs. [6 sc]
Rnd 2-10: 1 sc in each st around. [6 sc]
If you would like longer legs, work more rounds.
Finish off, leaving a 4-5 inch tail of yarn for sewing the legs to Bitsy the Crochet Spider.
I attached Bitsy’s Spider legs in line with her eyes (between rounds 10 and 11). Please see the following image for placement. I use my small tapestry needle to sew legs to the body.
You can leave Bitsy’s legs straight or add the optional leg bend.
Optional leg bend: to make the legs have a slight bend (instead of straight legs) use your leg yarn-end to sew a small fold at round 3 of the leg. Flatten the leg, bend it downwards and pinch at round 3, then sew through the leg at the top edge of round 3 to come out at the bottom edge of round 3. I worked 3 stitches through the fold (repeat this for each leg) before weaving in my end.
I used a small amount of pink (Rose Quartz) to sew 2 stitches on each cheek (see image).
I used a small amount of light gray (Smokey Quartz) to make a stitch around the bottom of the two large eyes (see image).
Weave in any remaining ends securely.
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