This crochet Hedgehog is very cute, easy to make and could be used in many different ways. For Valentine’s Day, you can make a cool card – attach this crochet Hedgehog and add the saying “Don’t “Hedgeitate”, Be My Valentine!”
You can use this crochet Hedgehog applique to embellish a baby blanket or picture frame. You could also use it for photo albums, scrapbooking, or a child’s room decor.
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Hedgehogs are common in Ukraine where I grew up and I saw them in my childhood. They are very cute critters in spite of their spiky needles. I love hedgehogs and have a collection of hedgehogs made from different materials. You can see the photo at the end of this post. My crochet Hedgehog appliques will be a nice addition to this collection!
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Crochet Hedgehog Applique – Free Crochet Pattern
(See a list of crochet abbreviations used in patterns by yarn industry designers and publishers HERE):
Ch – chain
DC – double crochet
DC3tog – double crochet 3 stitches together
HDC – half double crochet
Rnd – round
RS – right side
SC- single crochet
Sl St – slip stitch
St (Sts) – stitch (stitches)
WS – wrong side
Crochet Hedgehog is about 2-1/2” (6.5 cm) long.
- Patons Grace, sport weight #2 yarn (100% mercerized cotton; 136 yds/124 m per 1.7 oz/50 g skein), colors – A for the Body and B – for the Head
- Crochet hook 1/2.75 mm
- Embroidery floss
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With color A:
Start with an adjustable ring.
Row 1. (RS) Ch 3 (counts as first DC), 6 DC in ring, draw the loop closed. To make it easier to do, first, untwist the tail. Then pull the tail to draw the loop closed tightly. Turn.
Row 2. Ch 3 (counts as first DC), DC in first St, 2 DC in each St to the end of the Row (last two DC work into the top of 3Ch at beginning of previous row). You should have made 14 DC total including 3Ch as first DC at the beginning. Turn.
Rnd 3. (This is not a mistake, this is a Round!) Ch 3 (counts as first DC), **DC in next St, 2 DC in next St, repeat from ** 4 more times (you should have 3 Sts left), HDC in next St, 2 HDC in next, 4 SC in last St. Continue working along straight edge – SC into first row-end DC, 2 SC into next two row-end DC, SC into adjustable ring, 2 SC into each of next three row-end DC.
Row 4. Hedgehog’s spines. Ch 3, *SC in 2nd Ch and in 3rd Ch from the hook, Sl St in next two Sts of prev Rnd, repeat from * 7 more times – total 8 spines.
Turn your Hedgehog with WS facing you and join color B to 5th St from the last Sl St of Row 4.
Row 1. Ch 1, SC in next St and in each of next 3 Sts – total 4 SC. Turn.
Row 2. DC3tog, Ch 1.
With black embroidery floss, embroider Hedgehog’s eye and nose.
You can add to you crochet Hedgehog small hearts. The pattern for the Small Heart is HERE.
Or, you can add Balloons and Bow. The pattern for the Heart Balloons is HERE.
The pattern for the Bow is HERE.
I hope you enjoyed this Valentine’s Day crochet Hedgehog applique!
And here is my Hedgehog collection:
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