Super Awesome FREE My Neighbour Totoro crochet pattern!

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Recently I made a very cute Totoro as a maternity present for a friend of mine. I went a bit crochet-crazy, so Totoro became huge (really, like 12″ tall) and I also made his little blue friend Chu Totoro!

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Today I want to share this free Totoro pattern with you! The pattern is very new, so it hasn’t been tested yet. But feel free of course to share your thoughts in the comments! Also, if you decide to make this Totoro yourself, I’d love to see a photo of it so I can share it on my Facebook and on this blog. 🙂

Click on the “read more” tag to view the pattern!

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TOTORO! YEAH!

I used a 3.0mm crochet hook and sports weight yarn, from the Annell Malmedy brand.
I used 2 1/2 skeins (50 grams/125 meters/150yd each) of grey yarn, 3/4th skein of beige/white yarn, 1/2th skein of blue yarn, 1/5th skein of green yarn. I also used about 3 meters/3 1/3yd of black yarn.

Next to that I needed a LOT of fiberfill, about 400 grams. I also used a tapestry needle to sew everything together, and to do the very basic embroidery on the blue Chu Totoro.

About the patterns in general: they’re worked in spirals. The terms I use are American. You need to be able to crochet the following things: magic ring, chain stitches, slip stitches, single crochets, increases and decreases.

Skill level: advanced beginner.

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Here’s a list of with abbreviations all the things you need to know:

  • MR = magic ring
  • sc = single crochet
  • slst = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • st = stitch
  • inc1sc = increase 1 single crochet (= crochet 2 in total)
  • inc2sc = increase 2 single crochet (= crochet 3 in total)
  • sc2tog = single crochet 2 together/decrease 1
  • sc3tog = single crochet 3 together/decrease 2
  • Repeat all round = Repeat the described section until the end of the round
  • Repeat 3x(…) = repeat the part between the (brackets) 3 times

 

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TOTORO

The body (in grey):

  1. MR 6 =6
  2. inc1sc in every st. =12
  3. 1sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =18
  4. 2sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =24
  5. 3sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =30
  6. 4sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =36
  7. 5sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =42
  8. 6sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =48
  9. Crochet 4sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round. (This way the shape of the body will become nicer in the end.)
  10. 7sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =54
  11. 8sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =60
  12. 9sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =66
  13. 10sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =72
  14. Crochet 4sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round.
  15. 11sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =78
  16. 12sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =84
  17. 13sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =90
  18. 14sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =96
  19. Crochet 4sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round.
  20. 15sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =102
  21. 16sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =108
  22. Crochet 6sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round.
  23. 26sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =112
  24. 27sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =116
  25. 28sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =120
  26. Crochet 22 rounds of sc. =120
  27. 28sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =116
  28. 27sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =112
  29. 26sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =108
  30. Crochet 4sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round.
  31. 25sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =104
  32. 24sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =100
  33. 23sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =96
  34. Crochet 4sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round.
  35. 22sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =92
  36. 21sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =88
  37. 20sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =84
  38. Crochet 9sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round.
  39. 26sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =81
  40. 25sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =78
  41. 24sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =75
  42. Crochet 9sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round.
  43. 23sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =72
  44. Start to stuff the body with fiberfill.
  45. 22sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =69
  46. 21sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =66
  47. Crochet 9sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round.
  48. 20sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =63
  49. 21sc, repeat 2x(19sc, sc2tog). =61
  50. 21sc, repeat 2x(18sc, sc2tog). =59
  51. 21sc, repeat 2x(17sc, sc2tog). =57
  52. Crochet 1 round of sc. =57
  53. 17sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =54
  54. Crochet 1 round of sc. =54
  55. Stuff the body a bit more with fiberfill.
  56. 16sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =51
  57. 15sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =48
  58. Crochet 3sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round.
  59. 6sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =42
  60. 5sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =36
  61. Stuff the body with fiberfill.
  62. 4sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =30
  63. 3sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =24
  64. 2sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =18
  65. Stuff the body with fiberfill.
  66. 1sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =12
  67. sc3tog, sc2tog, 1slst and fasten off.

The ears (in grey):

  1.  MR6 =6
  2. 2sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =8
  3. 3sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =10
  4. 4sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =12
  5. 5sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =14
  6. 6sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =16
  7. Crochet 1sc, and turn (do not crochet a turn chain stitch).
  8. Start working in the 2nd stitch as counted from the hook, and crochet 6sc, followed by 1slst. Fasten off.
  9. Stuff the ear with a little bit of fiberfill, and place it onto the head of the Totoro (the longer side of the ear facing the outside).
  10. Make 2 in total.

The belly (in beige/white):

  1. MR6 =6
  2. inc1sc in every st. =12
  3. 1sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =18
  4. 2sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =24
  5. 3sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =30
  6. 4sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =36
  7. 5sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =42
  8. 6sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =48
  9. Crochet 4sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round.
  10. 7sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =54
  11. 8sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =60
  12. 9sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =66
  13. 10sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =72
  14. 11sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =78
  15. 12sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =84
  16. Crochet 5sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round.
  17. 13sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =90
  18. 14sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =96
  19. Crochet 2sc, 2slst and fasten off.
  20. Sew the belly onto the body.

The arms (in grey):

  1. ch24, and close the ch with a slst. =24
  2. Crochet 1 round of sc. =24
  3. 11sc, inc1sc in next st. =26
  4. Crochet 1 round of sc. =26
  5. 12sc, inc1sc in next st. =28
  6. Crochet 1 round of sc. =28
  7. 13sc, inc1sc in next st. =30
  8. Crochet 1 round of sc. =30
  9. 14sc, inc1sc in next st. =32
  10. Crochet 1 round of sc. =32
  11. 15sc, inc1sc in next st. =34
  12. Crochet 8 rounds of sc. =34
  13. Repeat 2x(sc2tog, 15sc). =32
  14. Repeat 2x(sc2tog, 14sc). =30
  15. Repeat 2x(sc2tog, 13sc). =28
  16. Repeat 2x(sc2tog, 12sc). =26
  17. Repeat 2x(sc2tog, 9sc, sc2tog). =22
  18. Repeat 2x(sc2tog, 7sc, sc2tog). =18
  19. Repeat 2x(sc3tog, 3sc, sc3tog). =10
  20. sc3tog, sc3tog, sc3tog, 1slst. =4
  21. Fasten off, and flatten the arm. Do not stuff it.
  22. Sew the arm onto the body of the Totoro, with the round of ch st being on the same height as the top of the belly.
  23. Make 2 in total.

The tail (in grey):

  1. ch34, close the ch with a slst. =34
  2. Crochet 8 rounds of sc. =34
  3. Repeat steps 14 until 21 of the arms of Totoro.
  4. Sew the tail onto the body, place it quite low on the back of Totoro.

The belly decorations (in grey):

  1. ch8, turn.
  2. Start working in the 2nd ch st as counted from the crochet hook: crochet 2sc, sc3tog, 1sc, 1slst, and fasten off.
  3. Make 7 in total.
  4. Sew these onto the belly of Totoro as pictured below: 3 right at the top, and 4 below them.

The eyes (in beige/white):

  1. MR6 =6
  2. inc1sc in every st. =12
  3. Crochet 1slst and fasten off.
  4. Make 2 in total.
  5. Place them onto the head of the Totoro, right underneath the ears.

The eyes (in black):

  1. MR4 =4
  2. Crochet 1slst, and fasten off.
  3. Make 2 in total.
  4. Place them onto the white eyeballs, right in the middle.

The nose (in black):

  1. ch3, turn.
  2. Start working in the 2nd ch st as counted from the crochet hook: crochet 2sc, and fasten off.
  3. Place the nose right in between the eyes. Depending on which facial expression you want Totoro to have, you can move it a bit up or down. Down makes him a bit sad, up will make him look more curious.

The leaf (in green):

  1. MR4 =4
  2. Crochet 1 round of slst. =4
  3. inc1sc in every st. =8
  4. Repeat 2x(inc2sc in next st, 2sc, in2sc in next st). =16
  5. Repeat 2x(inc1sc in next st, 6sc, inc1sc in next st). =20
  6. Repeat 2x(inc2sc in next st, 8sc, inc2sc in next st). =28
  7. Crochet 2 rounds of sc. =28
  8. Repeat 2x(sc2tog, 10sc, sc2tog). =24
  9. Repeat 2x(sc2tog, 8sc, sc2tog). =22
  10. Repeat 2x(sc2tog, 6sc, sc2tog). =20
  11. Crochet 1 round of sc. =20
  12. Repeat 2x(sc2tog, 4sc, sc2tog). =16
  13. Crochet 1 round of sc. =12
  14. Repeat 2x(sc2tog, 2sc, sc2tog). =8
  15. sc2tog, and repeat all round. =4
  16. sc2tog, sc2tog and fasten off.
  17. Flatten the leaf and place it onto Totoro’s head, right between his ears. If you want, you can secure the leaf onto the head with some basic sewing stitches.

 

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CHU TOTORO!

The body (in blue):

  1. MR6 =6
  2. inc1sc in every st. Repeat all round. =12
  3. 1sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =18
  4. 2sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =24
  5. 3sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =30
  6. 4sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =36
  7. 5sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =42
  8. Crochet 3sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round.
  9. 13sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =45
  10. 14sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =48
  11. Crochet 10 rounds of sc. =48
  12. 14sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =45
  13. Crochet 1 round of sc. =45
  14. 13sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =42
  15. Crochet 1 round of sc. =42
  16. 12sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =39
  17. Crochet 1 round of sc. =39
  18. 11sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =36
  19. 10sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =33
  20. Crochet 5sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round.
  21. 9sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =30
  22. Stuff the body with fiberfill.
  23. 8sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =27
  24. 7sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =24
  25. Stuff the body a bit more.
  26. 2sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =18
  27. 1sc, sc2tog. Repeat all round. =12
  28. sc2tog, and repeat all round. =6
  29. sc2tog, and repeat all round. =3
  30. sc2tog, slst and fasten off.

The ears (in blue):

  1. MR4 =4
  2. 1sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =6
  3. 2sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =8
  4. 3sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =10
  5. Crochet 1sc, and turn. (do not crochet a turn chain stitch)
  6. Start working in the 2nd stitch as counted from the crochet hook: 4sc, 1slst and fasten off.
  7. Stuff the ear with a bit of fiberfill, and place it onto the head. Place the longer side of the ear on the outside of the head.
  8. Make 2 in total.

The belly (in beige/white):

  1. MR6 =6
  2. inc1sc in every st. =12
  3. 1sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =18
  4. 2sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =24
  5. 3sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =30
  6. 4sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat al round. =36
  7. Crochet 3sc, and move your stitch marker/beginning of the row to this point. Continue to work on the next step. Do not finish the round.
  8. 5sc, inc1sc in next st. Repeat all round. =42
  9. Crochet 1sc, 1slst and fasten off.

The eyes (in beige/white):

  1. MR6 =6
  2. 1slst, fasten off.
  3. Make 2 in total.
  4. Place the eyes onto the head, right underneath the ears.

The eyes (in black):

  1. MR1 =1
  2. Cut off the yarn, and make a knot with the two ends.
  3. Sew the MR onto the white part of the eye, onto the Chu Totoro’s head.

 The arms (in blue):

  1. ch12, close the ch with a slst. =12
  2. Crochet 1 round of sc. =12
  3. Repeat 2x(inc1sc in next st, 5sc). =14
  4. Crochet 6 rounds of sc. =14
  5. Repeat 2x(sc2tog, 5sc). =12
  6. Repeat 4x(sc3tog). =4
  7. Crochet 1slst and fasten off.
  8. Sew the arm onto the body of the Chu Totoro.
  9. Make 2 in total.

The tail (in blue):

  1. ch14, close the ch with a slst. =14
  2. Crochet 2 rounds of sc. =14
  3. Repeat 2x(sc2tog, 5sc). =12
  4. Repeat 4x(sc3tog). =4
  5. Crochet 1slst, and fasten off.
  6. Sew the tail onto the lower back of the Chu Totoro.

Last but not least… some embroidery!

  • Embroider 3 upside down V-shapes onto the belly of the Chu Totoro, using a double strand of blue yarn.
  • Embroider the nose onto the Chu Totoro’s head, using a double strand of black yarn. Embroider the nose right between the eyes, and make it about 1 1/2 single crochet in width.

 

So, this way my free My Neighbour Totoro crochet pattern! I hope you’ve liked it a lot. Feel free to share this pattern online, you’re allowed to do so as long as you link back to this page. 🙂

PS: Just to be very very very clear: I do not own the rights to Totoro or Chu Totoro, so please look upon this crochet pattern as fan art. Share the love!

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2 Responses to Super Awesome FREE My Neighbour Totoro crochet pattern!

  1. Arietta says:

    Hi! Thank you so much for posting the pattern, it looks amazing! I look forward to making it for my daughter, who is probably the number 1 grown-up Totoro fan. 🙂 I was wondering if you think it would work with a DK cotton yarn. I’m having trouble finding sport weight yarn in the right shades (and also I’ve never worked with very thin yarn, so I’m a bit hesitant…)

    • Joyce says:

      Hi Arietta, I think it can also work with a DK yarn (I’d then go for a 4mm crochet hook tho), but please keep in mind that Totoro will become very tall! 🙂 I think he’ll become something like 50cm/20″ in height when make with DK yarn.

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