Huggable Hugo the Harp Seal Pup – Amigurumi Pattern

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I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen snow fall. I’ve never had to worry about black ice on the road or heading out into the night with adequate layers. But still…one of my favorite animals has always been the harp seal. As a little girl I had a stuffed pup that I slept with at night until it was no longer white or soft…or frankly sanitary.

Huggable Hugo is my celebration of these chilly winter months and all the nostalgia they bring!

PS. Like my free patterns? I recently wrote a children’s book, All the Ways You’re Important to Me, that contains 10 adorable crochet patterns in the back. I’d love for you to take a peek!


Some notes before we get started!

Materials:

  • Small amounts of worsted weight yarn of your choice in
    • White
    • Black
    • Light Blue
  • US F/3.75mm crochet hook
  • 2 safety eyes (12mm diameter)
  • 1 safety animal nose (18mm diameter)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Fiberfill for stuffing

Skill Level: Advanced beginner

Size: Approximately 9 inches from nose to tail

Pattern Notes: Unless otherwise specified, this pattern is worked using the amigurumi method. Rows are worked in a continuous spiral. No need to slip stitch at the end of a row and chain one before beginning the next one. To keep track of where I’m at in the pattern, I use a brightly colored paperclip as a stitch marker in the first stitch of each row. Keep in mind that the amigurumi technique is very forgiving in terms of gauge! I tend to be a tight crocheter, so I like to start with a slightly larger hook than most patterns call for. If you have a looser gauge, simply size down your hook until the stitches look right for you!

Construction: Body and head are worked as one piece starting from the nose and working down toward the tail. Flippers and bow are made separately.

Abbreviations (US terms):

  • ch: chain
  • slst: slip stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • dc: double crochet
  • inc: single crochet increase (2 single crochet stitches into the same stitch)
  • dec: single crochet decrease (crochet 2 crochet stitches together)
  • st: stitch(es)
  • [number]: indicates number of stitches in each round or row

Pattern

 

Head and Body

With white yarn

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring [6]

Round 2: inc in each st around [12]

Round 3: (inc, sc 1) around [18]

Rounds 4-6 (3 rows): sc around [18]

Round 7: (inc, sc 2) around [24]

Round 8: (inc, sc 3) around [30]

Round 9: (inc, sc 4) around [36]

Round 10:  (inc, sc 5) around [42]

Rounds 11-16 (6 rows): sc around [42]

Round 17: (dec, sc 5) around [36]

Round 18: (dec, sc 4) around [30]

Round 19: (dec, sc 3) around [24]

Attach nose to center of snout and place eyes between rounds 9 and 10, approximately 11 st apart. With black yarn, embroider smile and eyebrows, using the photos as a guide.

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Round 20: (inc, sc 3) around [30]

Round 21: (inc, sc 4) around [36]

Round 22: (inc, sc 5) around [42]

Round 23: (inc, sc 6) around [48]

Round 24: (inc, sc 7) around [54]

Round 25: (inc, sc 8) around [60]

Begin stuffing head.

Rounds 26-33 (8 rows): sc around [60]

Round 34: (dec, sc 18) around [57]

Round 35: sc around [57]

Round 36: (dec, sc 17) around [54]

Round 37: (dec, sc 16) around [51]

Round 38: (dec, sc 15) around [48]

Round 39: (dec, sc 14) around [45]

Round 40: (dec, sc 13) around [42]

Round 41: (dec, sc 12) around [39]

Round 42: (dec, sc 11) around [36]

Round 43: (dec, sc 10) around [33]

Round 44: (dec, sc 9) around [30]

Begin stuffing body. Continue stuffing as you go.

Round 45: (dec, sc 8) around [27]

Round 46: (dec, sc 7) around [24]

Round 47: (dec, sc 6) around [21]

Round 48: (dec, sc 5) around [18]

Round 49: sc around [18]

Round 50: (dec, sc 4) around [15]

Round 51: sc around [15]

Round 52: (dec, sc 3) around [12]

Round 53: sc around [12]

Round 54: (dec, sc 2) around [9]

Round 55: (dec, sc 1) around [6]

Finish off. Sew closed and weave in ends.

 

Back Flippers (Make 2)

With white yarn

Round 1: 4 sc in magic ring [4]

Round 2: (inc, sc 1) twice [6]

Round 3: (inc, sc 2) twice [8]

Round 4: (inc, sc 3) twice [10]

Round 5: (inc, sc 4) twice [12]

Round 6: (inc, sc 5) twice [14]

Round 7: (inc, sc 6) twice [16]

Round 8: (inc, sc 7) twice [18]

Rounds 9-10: sc around [18]

Round 11: (dec, sc 1) around [12]

Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing. Do not stuff. Instead, fold each flipper flat to prepare to sew to sides of tail.

 

Front Flippers (Make 2)

With white yarn, ch 7

Round 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 4 st, sc 3 in next ch, across back of ch, sc in next 4 st, inc in last st [14]

Round 2: sc around [14]

Round 3: (sc in next 6 st, inc) twice [16]

Round 4: (sc in next 7 st, inc) twice [18]

Rounds 5-8 (4 rows): sc around

Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing. Do not stuff. Instead, fold each flipper flat to prepare to sew to sides of body.

 

Bow Sides (Make 2)

With light blue yarn, ch 7

Round 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 4 st, sc 3 in next ch, across back of ch, sc in next 4 st, inc in last st [14]

Round 2: (sc in next 6 st, inc) twice [16]

Round 3: (sc in next 7 st, inc) twice [18]

Round 4: sc around [18]

Round 5: (dec, sc 4) around [15]

Round 6: (dec, sc 3) around [12]

Round 7: (dec, sc 2) around [9]

Round 8: (dec, sc 1) around [6]

Finish off. When both bow sides are complete, sew together in the center.

 

Bow Center

With light blue yarn, ch 12

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across [11]

Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

 

Necktie

With light blue yarn, ch 29

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across [27]

Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

 

Making Up:

Wrap bow center around bow and necktie and sew in place. Sew ends of necktie together and slip over head (sew into place if desired). Sew back flippers on either side of tail end. Sew front flippers to sides of body approximately between rounds 30 and 37. Give your completed Hugo a hug!

I would love to see your finished work! Tag me on Instagram (@handcraftingalife) or share in the comments below!

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Huggable Hugo the Harp Seal Pup is provided free by Cassandra Rendon with the intention of spreading a little joy and creativity. Please feel free to make and give away or sell any amigurumis made from this pattern, but please keep in mind that copying this pattern for your own commercial use is not allowed (plus it’s just kind of a jerk move). For additional information, please contact Cassandra Rendon on her blog (wordpress.com/handcraftingalife) or on Etsy (etsy.com/shop/lascosaschiquitas).

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