Occasionally I like to crochet amigurumi for something different! My fave is when they are soft and jumbo sized! I used a bulky yarn to make this donkey so he would be extra cuddly. Feel free to use a smaller yarn but be sure to change your hook size accordingly. The blanket and sombrero I made to go with him are really easy to do and you will just need some scrap yarn. Let me know what you think!
Stitches: Magic loop, Single Crochet (sc), Half Double Crochet (hdc), Increase (Inc), Decrease (dec) You should also be familiar with switching colors.
Legs (make 4):
Starting with brown yarn and 4.50mm hook
Round 1: Magic Loop, sc 6 times into loop
Round 2: Increase in each stitch around
Round 3: *sc, Inc* around
Round 4-6: sc around Switch to grey yarn
Round 7: sc around
Round 8: *sc, dec* around Round
9-20: sc around stuff leg
tie off, leaving long end for sewing pieces together.
Round 1: Magic loop, sc 6 times into loop
Round 2: Increase in each stitch around
Round 3: *sc, inc* around
Round 4: *sc, inc* around
Round 5: *sc 2, Inc* around
Round 6: *sc 3, Inc* around
Round 7-9: sc around
Round 10: *sc 3, dec* around
Round 11: sc around
Round 12: *sc 2, dec* around
Round 13-16: Sc around, begin to stuff body
Round 17: *sc, dec* around
Round 18: Sc around
Round 19: *sc, dec* around
Round 20: sc around
Round 21: Decrease around
Finish stuffing and tie off, leaving a long end for sewing pieces together.
Round 1: Magic Loop, 6 sc into magic loop
Round 2: Inc around
Round 3: *Sc, inc* around
Round 4: *sc in next two stitches, Inc* repeat around
Round 5-9: Sc around
Change to grey yarn
Round 10: sc in next 10, increase in next 4, sc in next 10
Round 11: *sc 6, inc* around
Round 12: *sc 7, inc* around
Round 13: *sc 8, inc* around
Round 14-19: sc around
Round 20: * sc 8, decrease* around
Round 21:* sc 7, decrease* around
Round 22: * sc 6, decrease* around
Round 23: Sc around
Round 24: *sc 5, decrease* around
Round 25: sc around
Place safety eyes on chosen spot on head, (approx. round 13) Begin to stuff head.
Round 26: * sc 4, decrease* around
Round 27: *sc 3, decrease* around
Round 28: *sc 2, decrease* around
Round 29: *sc, decrease* around
Round 30: decrease 6 times
Finish stuffing head, tie off
Ears (make 2)
Round 1: Magic loop, 5 sc into loop
Round 2: ( sc, inc) repeat twice, sc in last stitch
Round 3: (sc, inc) repeat 3 times, sc in last stitch
Round 4: sc in each stitch around
Round 5: (sc, inc) repeat around
Round 6: sc around
Round 7: (sc in next 2 stitches, inc) repeat around
Round 8-10: sc around
Round 11: (sc in next 8 stitches, dec) repeat twice
Round 12: sc around
Round 13: (sc, dec) repeat around
Round 14-15: sc around
Tie off, do not stuff, leave long tail for sewing ears to head.
Round 1: magic loop, sc 6 times into loop
Round 2: increase in each stitch around
Round 3-10: sc around
Tie off, leaving long tail to sew pieces together.
Add black fringe hair to the end of the tail by putting your hook into any stitch, hook it onto a piece of black yarn (your desired length) pull through stitch, loop both ends of yarn over hook and pull through loop.
(A quick google search has several videos if you need a visual) Sew all pieces together and weave in all ends.
To add a mane to the donkey head is very simple. Attach black yarn to any random spot at the top of the head in between the ears by slip stitching it on. Ch 5-10 depending on length of loop you want and then slip stitch again a few rows/spaces over. Repeat this process in random areas down the head until you reach desired amount of hair.
Row 2: hdc in 3rd chain from hook and every chain across
Row 3: with new color, chain 3, Hdc across
Round 1: 4 sc in first chain made
Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch
Round 3: *inc, sc* around
Round 4: *inc, sc* around
Round 5: *inc, sc 2* around
Round 6: *inc, sc 3* around
Round 7-10: sc around
Round 11: inc in each stitch
Round 12: *inc in first, 1 sc in next 4* around
Round 13-16: sc around
optional: I added blue dots around the base of the sombrero by making french knots.