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Free Crochet Sloth Pattern: Seth the Sloth

Amigurumi Crochet Sloth made with Faux fur holding a crochet hook
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I am so excited to share my brand new free crochet sloth pattern with you to make my friend Seth the Sloth. This is a relatively simple amigurumi pattern that just looks incredible using the faux fur yarn. All my friends and family that have seen him want him or one of their own. This is my favourite crochet sloth pattern that I’ve created so far and I’m sure you’ll love him too.

When I got the idea for making an amigurumi sloth, I tried a few different things but I never felt really happy with them. After I made my crochet koala, Kaya Koala (get her free crochet pattern HERE), I fell in love with working with faux fur yarn and I just knew that I had to use it to make a sloth. Once I had that I idea, I started immediately and worked on it late into the night. I was so inspired that I couldn’t put the hook down! I knew I’d pay for my lack of sleep the next day but I didn’t care. I HAD to finish the sloth and I wouldn’t rest until I did.

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When I was finally finished (at an obscenely late hour for someone whose kids were going to be waking up at 6am), I was ecstatic. Tired, but ecstatic. I put Seth up on a shelf so my kids couldn’t get a hold of him before I was able to take pictures of him and headed to bed. The next morning, my kids went crazy as soon as they saw him and immediately started arguing over who was going to keep him. After explaining to them that Seth was for Mommy’s blog and that Mommy was going to keep him for a while, they agreed to wait until I was done with him to play with him… but only if I would let them each pet and cuddle him for a minute. Honestly, seeing how excited my kids get over my projects makes me more excited about them and seeing the joy on their faces when I give them a new toy I create makes it all worth it.

Crochet sloth resting it's arm on a ball of faux fur yarn with a crochet hook in it's lap.

This free crochet sloth pattern uses mushroom buttons instead of safety eyes, so for safety reasons, I wouldn’t recommend giving this toy to a small child that may put the toy in their mouth. My children are past that stage so I feel comfortable letting them play a toy that has buttons for eyes like Seth does.

I got the yarn to make this project from Wecrochet.com. I am so in love with their Fable Fur yarn and their Brava Worsted yarns. They don’t pay me to say that and I don’t endorse products I’m not happy with. I just really love working with these products. If you’re planning on buying the materials for this project, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free crochet patterns like this one.

If you’re a fan of free crochet sloth patterns, you’re in luck! I’ve got more! Check out my Free Crochet Sloth Coffee Cozy and my Crochet Sloth Hook Case Pattern.

If this is your first time working with faux fur yarns, check out my video for my tips and tricks for working with faux fur yarn.

Free Crochet Sloth Pattern – Seth the Sloth

Crochet sloth looking at a plant.

Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

Skill Level:

  • Intermediate

Terminology:

  • U.S. Terminology

Supplies:

Abbreviations:

  • CH = Chain
  • ST = Stitch
  • MC = Magic Circle
  • SL ST = Slip Stitch
  • SC = Single Crochet
  • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
  • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
  • FO = Finish Off


Finished size:

  • Approximately 12” Tall


Gauge:

  • Faux Fur Sections: 6 sts x 6 rows = 2 inches
  • Face Patch made with Worsted Yarn: 10 sts x 11 rows = 2 inches



NOTES:

  • All pieces are worked and sewed onto the project with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking side of the fur. 
  • All pieces with the exception of the face patch made with worsted yarn, are worked in continuous rounds.  Do not join the ends of your rows (except where noted).

Face and Head:

Row 1: Using Dove Heather and 3.5mm hook, CH 9. SCINC in the 2nd CH from the hook. SC 6, SCINC in the last CH. (10)
Row 2: Turn. CH 1. SCINC in the first ST, SC 8, SCINC in the last ST. (12)
Row 3: Turn. CH 1. SCINC in the first ST, SC 10, SCINC in the last ST. (14)
Row 4: Turn. CH 1. SCINC in the first ST, SC 12, SCINC in the last ST. (16)
Rows 5 – 7: Turn. CH 1. SC across. (16)
Row 8: Turn. CH 1. SCDEC, SC 12, SCDEC (14)
Row 9: Turn. CH 1. SCDEC, SC 10, SCDEC (12)
Row 10: Turn. CH 1. SCDEC, SC 8, SCDEC (10)
Row 11: Turn. CH 1. SC across. Turn. (10)
Change to Fable Fur Kuma and 5.5mm hook.
Round 12: Turn piece clockwise and place 24 SC evenly around the outside edge of the piece.  When you get to first and last rows of the piece, you will have to insert your hook into the top of the first row (between Rows 1 and 2 – see picture below for help) and the top of Row 10 (between Rows 10 and 11 – see picture below for help) in order to get your hook and yarn through the piece.  Turn the piece so the furriest side is facing you.  That’s now the right side.


Round 13: Working in continuous round now with the right side facing you, SC in each ST around (24)
Round 14: SC around (24)
Round 15: (SCINC, SC 3) x 6 (30)
Rounds 16 -17: SC around (30)
Round 18: (SCDEC, SC 3) x 6 (24)
Round 19: SC around (24)
Round 20: (SCDEC, SC 2) x 6 (18) – start stuffing, adding more stuffing as you go.
Round 21: (SCDEC, SC 1) x 6 (12)
Round 22: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
FO leaving a long tail. Use the tail to sew up the hole.

Eye Patches: (Make 2)

Using Black yarn and 3.5mm hook, CH 7.
Round 1: SCINC in the 2nd CH from the hook. SC 4, SC 5 in the last CH. On the other side of the CH, SC 4, SC3 in the last CH. (18)

Join with a sl st and FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the face.  Place the back of the button through the small gap created when you put 5 SCs in the last CH of the eye patch. Secure button using a length of black yarn and your tapestry needle. Repeat with the other eye patch.  Position each eye patch on the face, slightly overlapping the edge of the face and sew onto the face.

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Nose

Using a length of black yarn approximately 15 inches long, embroider a nose onto the face of your sloth approximately 3 stitches long.  There should be 3 stitches on either side of the nose between the nose and the end of eye patches.

Close up image of the face of the crochet sloth made with this free crochet sloth pattern

Body

Round 1: Using 5.5mm hook and Fable Fur yarn, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC.  (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Round 3: (SCINC, SC 1) x 6 (18)
Round 4: (SCINC, SC 2) x 6 (24)
Round 5: (SCINC, SC 3) x 6 (30)
Rounds 6 – 7: SC around (30)
Round 8: (SCDEC, SC 3) x 6 (24)
Round 9: SC around (24)
Round 10: (SCDEC, SC 2) x 6 (18)
Round 11: SC around (18)
Round 12: (SCDEC, SC 1) x 6 (12) – Start stuffing.  Adding a bit more stuffing after each round.
Rounds 13 – 14: SC around (12)
FO leaving a long tail to secure to the head.  Sew the body onto the head, adding more stuffing as you seam to support the head. Stuff firmly.

Arms (Make 2)

Round 1:  Using 5.5mm hook and Fable Fur yarn, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC.  (6)
Rounds 2 – 14: SC around (6)
FO leaving a long tail to sew arms onto body.  Do not stuff.  Sew arms onto either side of the body just below where the head meets the body.

Crochet sloth being held by the hand.

Legs (Make 2)

Round 1:  Using 5.5mm hook and Fable Fur yarn, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC.  (6)
Rounds 2 – 14: SC around (6)
FO leaving a long tail to sew legs onto body.  Do not stuff.  Sew legs onto either side of the bottoms of the body.

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21 Comments

  • Marci

    My friend, who taught me to crochet, sent me this pattern because she knew I was looking for a sloth pattern for my daughter who is big on sloths. (She turned 8 in February and her birthday party was sloth themed.)
    First off, the instructions were wonderful. And you didn’t mention how quickly the sloth comes together. I’d budgeted a week or two (I’m a slow crocheter) to work on it, but it was done in basically a day. If my daughter hadn’t kept stealing it to cuddle on it, it would have been done quicker.
    Second, my girlfriend cautioned me against feeling compelled to use the fur yarn because novelty yarns are so challenging to work with. This yarn was amazing. Following your tips I was able to feel my way through the pattern and except for one minor screwup on an arm where I apparently missed a stitch and so the yarn wasn’t secure (there was a big whole) and I had to unworn about four rows to get back to it; I had no problems. (And again, how much of a problem was it really if I still finished the sloth in day.
    While I have a short list of things I’d do differently (including seating the head better on the body. It’s a bit wobbly), in general we love it.

      • Marci

        Sorry about all the typos in my previous comment. I blame the phone. (Never me!) I wanted to mention that we didn’t do button eyes, I made pompom eyes using the same black yarn as the eye patches and a fork. I think the eyes are a little too big (or the patches a little too small) so I might investigate a smaller pompom for next time, but again, limited regret. He’s like an anime sloth with the big black eyes!

      • Lmt0805

        Hi, thanks for the pattern, just made Seth using James C Brett Chinchilla. First time using a faux fur yarn and definitely needed your hints and tips. Pattern was great to follow, cant wait to get some more yarn and have a go at tour other patterns.

        • Ashley Parker

          Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the pattern and that my tips helped you :-). I haven’t heard of James C. Brett Chinchilla yarn so I’ll have to check it out 😉

  • Jill Shaffer

    Adorable! I really must try this, but is there a specific reason you didn’t use safety eyes? I would just feel a little better using them.

    • Ashley Parker

      The safety eyes weren’t able to go through both the layer of the eye patches and the face. When I tried using safety eyes between the layers, it was creating some weird bulging on the face so I decided to use the mushroom buttons. You can definitely use them if that’s your preference but to get the look I wanted, I went with the mushroom buttons 🙂

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