Free Crochet Slug Pattern for Beginners: Step-by-Step Guide

Learn how to make a snuggly crochet slug friend to add to your Etsy shops by following this free crochet pattern by Stitch Sister Co.

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How fun are these Snuggle Slugs created by Guest Designer Somerr of Stitch Sister Co.

A snuggly slug! Who would have thought?

Time to comfy up with an irresistibly cute & cozy WIP, and Snuggle Slugs are just the thing! They’re fast, fun, and no-sew, plus they are just as soothing to make as they are to cuddle after!

Learn how to make a snuggly crochet slug friend to add to your Etsy shops by following this free crochet pattern by Stitch Sister Co.

Snuggle Slugs come in three sizes: Pocket, Hug (size featured here), and Jumbo. All three are available in the PDF.

Huge thank you to Somerr for being this month’s guest poster! Be sure to check out her links below and see what she’s up to.

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Materials

Hooks: 8mm & 7mm Hook

Yarn: Super Bulky Weight Sherpa or Faux Fur yarn + Super Bulky Weight Chenille yarn * I used Lion Brand Go For Fleece Sherpa and Bernat Blanket Yarn

Sherpa: approx 37 yards // 2.7 oz

Blanket:  Approx 30 yards // 1.5 oz

Small amounts of contrast worsted weight yarn for embroidering optional facial features such as a smile, eyebrows, and cheeks.
Notions: Scissors, Darning needle, 12 mm safety eyes, Poly-fil, Stitch Markers.

Learn how to make a fun snuggle friend for your kids by following this free crochet pattern.

Stitch Key (US Terms)

ch: chain

st(s): stitch(es)

sl st: slip stitch

sc: single crochet

inc: increase

dec: decrease (using invisible decrease)

Special Stitches

Yarn Change

On the last sc before changing yarn – insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over with new yarn, pull through both loops on hook to complete stitch.

Invisible Decrease

Insert hook into the front loop only of the next 2 stitches, (you will have 3 loops on your hook) yarn over and pull through first 2 loops, yarn over and pull through last 2 loops on the hook.

Notes

This crochet slug pattern is crocheted in continuous rounds (you will not join each round).

In this pattern, I begin with “the ch 2 method.” Another way of beginning is to start with a magic circle. If you are more familiar with this method, just do the specified number of stitches into your magic circle.

Tip: Textured yarn can be tricky to work with at first. It’s helpful to use a finger on your non-dominant hand to FEEL the next stitch to work in.

Gauge

Gauge is not important for this pattern; however, be aware that your tension GREATLY affects the finished size. You may need to adjust your tension and/or hook size to avoid gaps between your stitches.

Crochet Slug Pattern

Body

Begin with Sherpa Yarn and  8 mm hook

R1:  ch 2, 6 sc  in first chain   (6)

R2:  inc in each st around  (12)

R3:  inc in each st around  (24)

R4-15:  sc in each st around  (24)  [12 rounds]

**Or until body reaches approx 8”

Change to Chenille yarn in the last st of R15

Head

Continue with Chenille Yarn and 7 mm hook

R1:  (sc 3, inc) repeat around  (30)

R2-3:  sc in each st around  (30)  [2 rounds]

R4:  (sc 3, dec) repeat around  (24)

R5:  sc in each st around  (24)

** Stuff the head and body

Learn how to make a snuggly crochet slug friend to add to your Etsy shops by following this free crochet pattern by Stitch Sister Co.

Eyes

Count ahead and place a stitch marker in the 5th st,

(this will be the start of your second eye).

R6:  sk 16 st(s), sc 8  (8)

R7-8:  sc in each st around  (8)  [2 rounds]

R9:  inc in each st around  (16)

R10-11:  sc in each st around  (16)  [2 rounds]

R12:  dec around  (8)

Fasten off leaving a long tail to close opening.

Second Eye: attach new working yarn to the marked stitch. Leave a long tail that will be used to stitch the center of the head closed at the end.

R1:  sc in marked st and next 7 st(s)  (8)

** There will be a total of 8 st(s) left unworked between the eyes (4 in front, 4 in back).

Repeat R7-12 and fasten off in the same manner.

** Stuff the eyes, stuffing the base firmly to help keep them erect.

Learn how to make a snuggly crochet slug friend to add to your Etsy shops by following this free crochet pattern by Stitch Sister Co.

Finishing

Opening at the Top of Each Eye  –  Using a tapestry needle, weave finishing tails through the front loops of the last 8 st(s). Pull tight to close the opening and weave tail into the body.

Space Between Eyes — using the long tail left at the beginning of the second eye, whip stitch through the outside loops of each stitch to close.

Mouth —  using worsted weight yarn, embroider a smile.

Optional Cheeks — Apply blush, or use pink yarn to embroider cheeks below each eye.

Optional Eyebrows — Using worsted weight yarn, embroider an eyebrow above each eye.

Learn how to make a snuggly crochet slug friend to add to your Etsy shops by following this free crochet pattern by Stitch Sister Co.

I hope you enjoyed this cute little crochet slug pattern! If you make one and share any pics we would love to see them! Be sure to tag @stitchsisterco and @acraftyconcept.

Happy Crocheting
❤️Ashley

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