A crocheted tan alpaca made with Bernat Blanket Yarn

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of legs on an amigurumi that were crocheted with the body rather than sewing them on individually at the end, but I’ve never been brave enough to try it until now. I love the way this little alpaca turned out and I was surprised at how easy it actually was! I found this fantastic video of a llama explaining how to do it. I used this general idea for my pattern, but changed quite a few things to make it look more alpaca like. I will do my best to explain how I did it.

Materials

  • Bernat Blanket yarn in Almond
  • Size N crochet hook
  • 2 – 10mm black safety eyes
  • Fiber fill
  • Large yarn needle
  • Black embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors

Terminology (in US terms)

  • ch – chain
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sts – stitches
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • inc – increase (2 stitches in next stitch)
  • dec – decrease (crochet next 2 stitches together)

Amigurumi Alpaca Pattern

Legs (make 4):

  • Row 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6sts total)
  • Row 2: sc around (6sts)
  • Row 3: sc around (6sts)
    • fasten off the first 3 legs but not the 4th

Attaching the 4 legs and continuing on to the body and head:

  • Row 4: start with the 4th leg that wasn’t fastened off. Ch 2, attach to the next leg with a sc, 5sc around the leg, 2sc in the 2 chains between the legs, 6sc around starting leg, 2sc in the other side of the chains, sl st and fasten off. Repeat this step with the other 2 legs.
  • You will now have 2 pairs of attached legs
  • To attach all 4 together – hold the 2 pairs next to each other and slip stitch down the center, picking up stitches from both sides to connect the 2 pieces, don’t fasten off (6sts)
  • Row 5: (this is the first row around the outside of all 4 legs):
    • ch1, inc, sc, inc, 3sc, inc, sc, inc, sc between legs, inc, sc, inc, 3sc, inc, sc, inc, sc between legs (28sts)
  • Rows 6-8: sc around (28sts)
  • Row 9: dec, dec, 20sc, dec, dec (24sts)
  • Row 10: dec, dec, 7sc, dec, 7sc, dec, dec, sl st (19sts)
    • Fasten off with a long tail
    • To close the back end and leave a hole to start the neck, sew all but the front 8 stitches shut
    • Stuff the legs and body
  • Row 11: Join yarn in first stitch where you finished sewing the back end. sc around (8sts)
  • Rows 12-14: sc around (8sts)
  • Row 15: 3sc, inc, inc, 3sc (10sts)
  • Row 16: 4sc, inc, inc, 4sc (12sts)
  • Row 17: sc around (12sts)
  • Row 18: 4sc, dec, dec, 4sc (10sts)
  • Row 19: 3sc, dec, dec, 3sc (8sts)
    • Attach eyes between rows 18 and 19, 3 stitches apart
    • Stuff the neck
  • Row 20: dec 4 times to close, fasten off

Ears (make 2):

  • Row 1: ch3
  • Row 2: sc in 2nd chain from hook, (sc, dc) in next ch
  • Fasten off with a long tail and tie the 2 ends together to round out the bottom of the ear
  • Using the long tail, sew on to the top of the head

Nose:

  • Row 1: 4sc in a magic ring (4sts)
  • Row 2: sc, inc, sc, inc, sl st, fasten off with long tail (6sts)
  • Using the black embroidery thread, sew a nose on the front
  • Using the long tail, sew on to the front of the face, just below the eyes

Tail:

  • Row 1: in a magic ring – sc, dc, ch1, dc, sc, sl st to join to 1st stitch
  • Fasten off with a long tail
  • Sew on to the top of the back end

Hair:

  • Cut 5 – 6 inch pieces of yarn
  • Tie each piece individually to stitches at the top of the head and trim to the desired length
A crocheted tan alpaca made with Bernat Blanket Yarn

I’d love to see pictures if you make one! Definitely let me know if you have any questions. I know this is a more complicated pattern and some parts were difficult to explain.

Happy Crocheting!

2 thoughts on “Amigurumi Alpaca – Free Crochet Pattern

  1. i dont understnd the part where you have attached the second leg to the firstleg and the single crochetet 5 in the attatched leg. After i have crochetet 5 sc in the second leg the pattern says that i shuld crochet 2 sc in the cains but i have more stitchs before i get to the parti the middle what shuld i do??

    1. You should have 6sc stitches around each leg. If you have more, that’s fine. Just sc all the way around the leg until you reach the chain and then do the 2sc across the chain to get to the other leg.

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