After having so much fun participating in the Reddit Secret Santa gift exchange last year, I just had to sign up for the next event, which was Arbitrary Day! My match listed one of her likes as the Reddit Alien, and so I got straight to work. I have now produced the little guy you can see below, and he turned out quite well! So, I thought I’d post the pattern so other fans of Reddit can make their own little fluffy alien (provided they know how to crochet, of course ;P).
- White yarn. I used Paton’s Big Baby 8ply yarn, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It was slippery and quite difficult to work with.
- Black yarn or thread (for the alien’s mouth)
- A 4mm crochet hook
- Small red pom poms (for his eyes – or you could use felt, or crochet little circles)
- A black pipecleaner (for his antenna)
- A white pom pom (once again, you could use felt or crochet to make the circle at the end of his antenna)
- A needle
Sc 5 in a magic ring. Alternatively, ch 2 and sc 5 into the 2nd chain from your hook.
Round 1: 2sc into each sc around (10).
Round 2: *Sc in 1st sc, 2sc in second sc* around (15).
Round 3: *Sc in next two sc, 2sc in next sc* around (20).
Round 4: *Sc in next three sc, 2sc in next sc* around (25).
Round 5: *Sc in next four sc, 2sc in next sc* around (30).
Rounds 6-11: Sc around (30).
Round 12: *Sc in next 4 sc, dec* around (25).
Round 13: *Sc in next 3 sc, dec* around (20).
Round 14: *Sc in next 2 sc, dec* around (15).
Round 15: *Sc in next sc, dec* around (10).
Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing head onto body, and stuff. Squish it down a bit so it has the oval-shaped head of the Reddit Alien, rather than a round ball.
Follow directions for head up to (and including) round 4.
Rounds 5 – 14: Sc around (25). Begin stuffing gently
Round 15: *Sc in next 3 sc, dec* around (20).
Round 16: *Sc in next 2 sc, dec* around (15).
Round 17: *Sc in next sc, dec* around (10).
Fasten off and sew in ends. Finish stuffing.
Ears (make 2):
Sc 4 in a magic ring.
Round 1: 2sc in each sc around (8).
You should get something looking roughly like a semi-circle. Sew ears onto head with the flat part of the semi-circle against the head. Sew tightly so the ears bend towards the head.
Arms (make 2):
Row 1: Sc along chain (5). Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc along chain (5). Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc along chain (5).
You should have something a bit like a small rectangle. Fold it in half, and sew onto body with the curved side facing away from the body. There’s no need to stuff the arms.
Feet (make 2):
Sc 5 into magic ring.
Round 1: 2sc around (10).
Round 2: *sc in 1st sc, 2sc in next* around (15).
Round 3: Sc around (15).
Round 4: Sc, dec around. (10)
Round 5: Sc around. (10)
Round 6: Dec around. (5)
Flatten foot out (no need to stuff) and sew onto bottom of the body. I sewed a stitch into the middle of the foot, creating a concave space that allows the alien to stand up without assistance.
Glue the white pom pom to the end of the pipecleaner, and allow to dry. Stick pipecleaner into the top of the alien’s head and bend at a 90 degree angle.
Glue red pom poms onto the alien’s face and allow to dry. Sew on black mouth.
Sew head to body, and voila! Alien is completed!
If you have any problems with this pattern, email me at kirsty [at] whimsicalkitty [dot] com and I will get back to you as soon as I can!
PS: Of course this isn’t the only thing my Arbitrary Day match is getting…but the rest will have to be a surprise for now ;D
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Thanks so much for sharing the pattern – I've just made one for my friend's birthday. Your pattern saved me a lot of “trying and testing” grief!! :p