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Free Crochet Dog Pattern – Henley the Hound

Brown Crochet Puppy begging for a treat with a text overlay indicating this is a free crochet dog pattern.
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I am so so excited to share with you my free crochet dog pattern for Henley the Hound. Henley is a sweet and playful puppy that is just begging to be played with. Henley is a crochet dog that is sitting on his hind quarters and is holding his paws up to ask for a treat or for someone to play with him.

Dogs have always been a big part of my life and I have wanted to design a free crochet dog pattern for the blog but didn’t want it to be like a doll. I had made a few different attempts but I didn’t like any of them enough to keep so I’d always end up frogging it and starting again. When I saw the ball of We Crochet Brava Worsted yarn on my shelf in Brindle, I was inspired to try again. I really love this colour and decided it would be a great colour for a dog. It was my husband’s suggestion to make Henley’s ears and tail in a darker brown and I couldn’t be happier with how he’s turned out. I hope you’ll love him too.

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This free crochet dog pattern is suitable for intermediate crocheters or adventurous beginners. Henley is designed to be able to stand up on his own. The placement of the thighs, feet and tail provide some assistance for him to stand up which is further aided by the use of poly pellets in the base of Henley’s body. Poly pellets are plastic pellets that add weight to your project. The poly pellets are placed in a nylon stocking to prevent them from falling out of the toy through the stitches. This is an optional step however, if you choose not to use them, it may make Henley a bit less stable/less able to stand up on his own.

Amigurumi dog with some Clover USA Crochet tools looking up at a ball of purple yarn.

The tools I used in this project were generously supplied by Clover USA. I used their Clover Amour Crochet hooks, Chibi Bent Tip Tapestry Needle, Locking Stitch Markers and Patchwork Mini Scissors. All of these tools have become part of my go-to toolbox. All of these tools are really great quality and enjoyable to use. Locking stitch markers are an absolute necessity (in my opinion) when making amigurumi and these stitch markers never disappoint. I never realized what a game changer a bent tip tapestry needle could be until I tried them. If you do amigurumi projects regularly, then I definitely recommend checking them out.

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Back view of the amigurumi dog made with this free crochet pattern and some Clover USA tools.

Free Crochet Dog Pattern for Henley the Hound

Skill Level:

  • Intermediate


Terminology:

  • U.S. Terminology

Supplies:

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Abbreviations:

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


Finished Size:

  • Approximately 8.5” tall x 4.5” wide across the hips


Gauge:

  • 9 sts x 11 rows = 2 inches – Gauge is not vital to the project as long as tension is maintained throughout the project and there are no holes where stuffing can be seen.  However, please note if you do not match gauge, it will affect the size of your project and therefore, potentially the amount of yarn required.

Pattern:


Notes:

  • This project is worked in continuous rounds.  Do not join at the end of every row (unless indicated).  Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of every round, moving it up at the start of each new round.
  • For a cleaner SCDEC, do your SCDEC under the front loops only of the stitch rather than under both loops.  This is often referred to as an invisible decrease.
  • Work the SL STs in the arms loosely so that you are able to work into them when adding future rows.
  • Henley is designed to be able to stand up on his own. The placement of the thighs, feet and tail provide some assistance for him to stand up which is further aided by the use of poly pellets in the base of Henley’s body. Poly pellets are plastic pellets that add weight to your project. The poly pellets are placed in a nylon stocking to prevent them from falling out of the toy through the stitches. This is an optional step however, if you choose not to use them, it may make Henley a bit less stable/less able to stand up on his own.

Head

Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Brindle and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)
Round 4: SC 1, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC 1 (24)
Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
Rounds 6  – 10:
SC around (30)
Round 11: (SCINC, SC 2) x 5, SCINC, SC 14 (36)
Round 12: (SCINC, SC 3) x 5, SCINC, SC 15 (42)
Round 13: SC 2, SCINC, (SC 4, SCINC) x 5, SC 14 (48) – Place eyes in STS 10 and 25 of Row 13
Rounds 14  – 15:  SC around (48)
Round 16: (SCINC, SC 5) x 5, SCINC, SC 17 (54)
Rounds 17 – 23:  SC around (54)
Round 24:  SC 2, SCDEC, (SC 4, SCDEC) x 8, SC 2 (45)
Rounds 25 – 26: SC around (45)
Round 27: SCDEC,(SC 3, SCDEC) x 8, SC 3 (36) – Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing after each round.  Stuff firmly.
Round 28: SC 2, SCDEC, (SC 4, SCDEC) x 5, SC 2 (30)
Round 29: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24)
Round 30: (SC 2, SCDEC) x 6 (18)
Round 31: (SC 1, SCDEC) x 6 (12)
Round 32: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)

FO and weave the tail through the FLO of the last round to close the hole. Weave in end.

Close up image of the nose and face of the crochet toy made with this free crochet dog pattern.

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Body

Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Brindle and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)
Round 4: SC 1, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC 1 (24)
Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
Round 6: SC 2, SCINC, (SC 4, SCINC) x 5, SC 2 (36)
Round 7: (SC 5, SCINC) x 6 (42)
Rounds 8  – 26: SC around (42)
Round 27: (SC 5, SCDEC) x 6 (36)
Round 28: SC around (36) – If using Poly Pellets, add them to the nylon stocking. Secure the top with a knot (or your preferred method) and place it in the bottom of the body now.  Start stuffing, adding a bit more every couple of rounds.  Make sure to stuff around the Poly Pellet pack.  Stuff firmly.
Round 29: SC 2, SCDEC, (SC 4, SCDEC) x 5, SC 2 (30)
Round 30: SC around (30)
Round 31: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6. (24)
Round 32: SC around (24)
Round 33: SC 1, SCDEC, (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5, SC 1. (18)

Join last ST to first ST with a SL ST and FO leaving a long tail to sew the head onto the body. Sew body onto head. For a playful look, sew the head slightly off center/leaned to one side.  Add stuffing to the body as you sew the head on and stuff firmly to help support the head.  Not enough stuffing may cause the head to droop.

Brown amigurumi dog standing up and begging for a treat

Left Arm

Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Brindle and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 8 into the MC. (8)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 2, SC 2, (SCINC) x 2, SC 2 (12)
Round 3:  SC around (12)
Round 4: SCINC, SC 1, SCINC, SC 3, SCINC, SC 1, SCINC, SC 3 (16)
Rounds 5 – 8: SC around (16)
Rounds 9 – 12: In FLO, SL ST 8, working back under both loops, SC 8 (16) – Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing every couple of rounds.  Stuff firmly.
Rounds 13 – 18: SC around (16)
Round 19: SC 7, (SCDEC) x 4, SC (12)
Round 20:
SC around (12)
Round 21:
SC 6, (SCDEC) x 3 (9)
Round 22: SC 5, (SCDEC) x 2 (7)

FO leaving a long tail that’s long enough to close the top of the arm and sew it onto the body. Use the tail to whip stitch the top of the arm closed.

Right Arm

Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Brindle and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 8 into the MC. (8)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 2, SC 2, (SCINC) x 2, SC 2 (12)
Round 3:  SC around (12)
Round 4: SCINC, SC 1, SCINC, SC 3, SCINC, SC 1, SCINC, SC 3 (16)
Rounds 5 – 8: SC around (16)
Rounds 9 – 12: In FLO, SL ST 8, working back under both loops, SC 8 (16) – Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing every couple of rounds.  Stuff firmly.
Rounds 13 – 18: SC around (16)
Round 19: (SCDEC) x 3, SC 8, SCDEC (12)
Round 20:
SC around (12)
Round 21:
(SCDEC) x 3, SC 6 (9)
Round 22: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 5 (7)

FO leaving a long tail that’s long enough to close the top of the arm and sew it onto the body. Use the tail to whip stitch the top of the arm closed.  The ends of the arms are angled to fit flush with the sides of the body this is the part that will lay next to the body (see image below).  In the image below, is the left arm and I’m pointing out the part of the arm that should be lain next to the body when sewing onto the dog.  Sew left arm onto the left side of the body and sew the right arm onto the right side of the body, angling the paws upwards towards the chin.  Making one paw slightly lower than the other gives it a playful look.  Using sewing pins to pin the arms onto the body first will help you ensure your arms are in a place you are happy with and hold them in place while you’re sewing them on.

Left arm of Henley the Hound – This picture shows the part of the arm that should lay flat against the body when sewing the arms to the body.



Ears (Make Two)

Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Sienna and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)
Round 4: (SC 2, SCINC) x 6 (24)
Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
Rounds 6 – 8:
SC around (30)
Round 9: SCDEC, SC 13, SCDEC, SC 13 (28)

Close up image of the dark brown ear on the dog toy made with this free crochet dog pattern.


Round 10: SC around (28)
Round 11: SCDEC, SC 12, SCDEC, SC 12 (26)
Round 12: SC around (26)
Round 13: SCDEC, SC 11, SCDEC, SC 11 (24)
Round 14: SC around (24)
Round 15: SCDEC, SC 10, SCDEC, SC 10 (22)
Round 16:  SC around (22)
Round 17: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 7, (SCDEC) x 2, SC 7 (18)
Round 18: SC around (18)
Round 19: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 5, (SCDEC) x 2, SC 5 (14)
Round 20: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 3, (SCDEC) x 2, SC 3 (10)

Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.
FO leaving a long tail that’s long enough to close the top of the ear and sew it onto the head. DO NOT STUFF.  Use the tail to whip stitch the top of the ear closed. Sew an ear onto either side of the head, lining the tops of the ears to be in line with the center of the eyes.

Feet (Make Two)

Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Brindle and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 8 into the MC. (8)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 2, SC 2, (SCINC) x 2, SC 2 (12)
Round 3:  SC around (12)
Round 4: SCINC, SC 1, SCINC, SC 3, SCINC, SC 1, SCINC, SC 3 (16)
Rounds 5 – 9: SC around (16)
Round 10: (SCDEC) x 3, SC 10 (13)
Round 11: (SCDEC) x 3, SC 7 (10) – Add stuffing to the foot. Stuff firmly.  Do not add any more stuffing to the foot beyond this point.
Rounds 12 – 16: SC around (10)
Round 17: (SCDEC) x 5 (5)

FO leaving a long tail for sewing.  Weave the tail through the FLO of the last round to close the hole.  Flatten the part of the foot that was not stuffed.  This part will lay flat against the bottom of the body.  Pin the feet to the body and wait to sew them on until after both thighs are completed.



Thighs (Make Two)

Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Brindle and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)
Round 4: (SC 2, SCINC) x 6 (24)
Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
Rounds 6 – 8:
SC around (30)

Round 9: SCDEC, SC 13, SCDEC, SC 13 (28)
Round 10: SC around (28)
Round 11: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 10, (SCDEC) x 2, SC 10 (24)
Round 12: SC around (24)
Round 13: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 8, (SCDEC) x 2, SC 8 (20)
Round 14: SC around (20)
Round 15: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 6, (SCDEC) x 2, SC 6 (16)
Round 16:  SC around (16)

Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long tail to sew piece to body. Flatten the piece (it will naturally want to curve) and pin around the outside of the piece to either side of the lower part of the body, lining the bottoms of the piece up with the outside edge of each foot.  Use the tail to sew the thigh around the outside of the thigh piece, to the body and add a bit of stuffing between the thigh and the body before closing it up.  Sew along the bottom of the thigh to the foot.  This will help it look like it’s all one piece.  Use the tail on the foot to sew the foot to the bottom of the body.  Repeat with the other thigh/foot.

Step one of the leg application process for this free crochet dog pattern
Step two of the leg application process for this free crochet dog pattern

Tail

Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Sienna and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 4 into the MC. (4)
Round 2: SC around (4)
Round 3: (SCINC, SC) x 2 (6)
Round 4: SC around (6) – Start stuffing.  Adding more stuffing after each few rows.  Stuff firmly.
Round 5: (SCINC, SC 2) x 2 (8)
Rounds 6 – 8: SC around (8)
Round 9: (SC 3, SCINC) x 2 (10)
Rounds 10 – 26: SC around (10)

Close up image of the amigurumi dog tail

Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long tail for sewing.  Stand your dog upright and place the tail near the bottom of the base, at the back of the dog so it rests on the table and assists the dog in standing upright on its own.  Sew to the base using the tail of yarn left from finishing the tail.

Nose

Thread a tapestry needle with black embroidery thread and knot the ends together.  Pull the needle through a stitch near the back of the head and out through the center of the magic circle in the front of the head, pulling the knot into the dog’s head to hide it.  Start to embroider the nose in a rounded triangular shape, working into Round 3 of the head and bringing the thread back out through the magic circle of the head.  Work over this section until you have a filled in shape that resembles an upside down triangle with a rounded edge.  The outside edges of my nose line up with the outside edges of the eyes.  FO and weave in end. 

Close up image of the embroidered nose on the amigurumi dog



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