Free Pattern Tuesday – Helga the Hedgehog


I love hedgehogs. I may add feet to her later, but I think she is pretty cute the way she is.

If you want to make her, but don’t have the supplies, there’s a kit for that.

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If you need a tutorial on loop stitch, click here

The pattern has been updated. It is now available on Ravelry.


I love this yarn – Greybeard (95 yds)

I love this yarn – Peacock, Amethyst or Hot Rose (2 yds)

Vanna’s Choice – Beige (7 yds)
12 mm Safety eyes

12 mm safety animal noses

Size E crochet hook

Large eye blunt needle




SC – Single Crochet

Ch- Chain
INC – SC 2 stitches into same stitch

DEC – SC two stitches together
BLO – Back loops only

LS – Loop Stitch

TC – Triple crochet

DC – Double Crochet

Gauge – Gauge is not important for this project, but if you are making it from the kit, you should use the right size needle to ensure you don’t run out of yarn.


Parentheses indicate a repeat. Repeat the stitches in the parentheses for the number of times indicated.

The bracketed number [] is the number of stitches at the end of each row.


I spread my increases out so there isn’t a seam on the finished piece. If you do not like this method, you can do regular increases.


Crochet section is worked in partly in the round. Use a stitch marker or a scrap piece of yarn to mark the beginning of each row. Then you don’t have to count every row. Do not join unless instructed to.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at



In Beige

Ch 2

Round 1: In 2nd Ch from hook, SC 4 [4].

Round 2: INC 4 times [8].

Round 3: INC, 7 SC [9].

Round 4: INC, 8 SC [10].

Round 5: (INC, 4 SC) 2 times [12].

Round 6: (INC, SC) 6 times [18].

Round 7: SC Row [18].

Round 8: (SC, INC, SC) 6 times [24].

Round 9: (3 SC, INC) 6 times [30].

Fasten off.

Insert nose in the center of round 1.

Place eyes between rows 6 and 7, 5 to 6 stitched apart.

With the wrong side facing (inside of the head), find the bottom center. Count back five and join gray with a slip stitch.

There will be stitches at the bottom that are not done in loop stitch to keep the bottom of Helga flat.

Unless otherwise instructed, the Increases in the parenthesis with LS should be done as a Loop Stitch.

Round 10: (4 SC, INC) 2 times (4 LS, INC) 4 times [12 SC, 24 LS].

Round 11: (5 SC, INC) 2 times (5 LS, INC) 4 times [14 SC, 28 LS].

Round 12: 14 SC, 28 LS.

Round 13: Repeat row 12.

Round 14: DEC, 10 SC, DEC, 28 LS [12 SC, 28 LS].

Round 15: DEC, 8 SC, DEC, 28 LS [10 SC, 28 LS].

Round 16: 10 SC, 28 LS

Rounds 17-20:  Repeat round 16 4 times [10 SC, 28 LS per round].

Round 21: DEC, 6 SC, DEC, 28 LS [8 SC, 28 LS].

Round 22: 8 SC, 28 LS.

Rounds 23-25: Repeat Round 22 3 times [8 SC, 28 LS per row].

Start Stuffing

Round 26: 4 SC, DEC, 2 SC remaining decreases are done in loop stitch 2 LS, DEC (4 LS, DEC) 4 times [7 SC, 23 LS].

Round 27: 3 SC, DEC, 2 SC remaining decreases are done in loop stitch LS, DEC (3 LS, DEC) 4 times [6 SC, 18 LS].

Round 28: 2 SC, DEC, 2 SC remaining decreases are done in loop stitch DEC (2 LS, DEC) 4 times [5 SC, 13 LS].

Round 29: (LS, DEC) 6 times [12 LS].

Round 30: DEC 6 times [6 SC].

Fasten off and thread yarn through last round and pull up tight to close.


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21 comments on “Free Pattern Tuesday – Helga the Hedgehog
  1. Connie says:

    Too cute, love it!

  2. Cj says:

    She is cute =>

  3. I noticed some errors. HEAD: round 8: SC 2, inc.
    If I do “sc, inc, sc” the stitch count doesn’t match.
    And where are rounds 17-19?

    • wmthornb says:


      In Round 8, (SC, INC, SC) is 4 stitches done 6 times will equal 24 stitches. You can do (2SC, INC) if you want. I do it this way so there isn’t a spiral indicating the increase stitches on the finished product.

      As for 17-19 – the numbering program on my ipad decided to skip some lines and I didn’t notice it until now. Thank you for pointing it out.


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  5. Theresa says:

    Hi Wendy, I am progressing well with my first hedgehog BUT I’m stuck at Row 23-25 where it says repeat Row 25?? A typo I think, so which row do I repeat? Please help, I’m so close to the end : ( , thanks

  6. Teresa says:

    Love it..I want to make a herd of them..LOL…Thanks

  7. brezartist says:

    Great patterns. Love your site

  8. Sara Beth says:

    This is my first attempt at Amigurumi and I’m confused. Is this worked in the round? And can you do it with the magic ring process instead if it is in the round? And do you chain any between the rows? Thanks!!

    • wmthornb says:

      Sara Beth:

      This project is worked in the round. I personally do not like the magic ring, but it is perfectly fine if you want to start your project that way. Do not chain between rounds. You will work in a continuous spiral around the body. The loop stitch shows on the wrong side of the fabric so when you are doing Helga’s quills, you will need to turn the project around. It says so in the pattern. Good luck and let me know if you have more questions.


  9. Julie says:

    I’m kind of confused on round 10… I’ve never made a loop stitch before.. I know it says that all Increases are loops unless otherwise specified, but if I do that on round 10, it kinda looks wierd. Maybe I’m doing something wrong?

    • wmthornb says:

      Make sure that your have turned it so the wrong side is facing. The loop stitch goes out. And I think you may be talking about the (4sc, inc) section. Those are not loop stitches. Thank you for letting me know it was unclear. There will be a flat set of stitches on the bottom so it lays flat and the loop stitches are around the sides and top. I will make a note to edit this and make it clearer.

  10. Julie says:

    Ok. Thank you 🙂
    She is VERY cute BTW 🙂

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