Axolotls, aka the Mexican walking fish, are adorable creatures that make great handmade plushies. Whether you’re looking for a more realistic looking or a kawaii style axolotl, then this list of crochet axolotl patterns is for you.
I’ve gathered these free and paid (it costs less than a coffee) patterns to include in this list. I’m sure you will love every one of them. Pick your favorite axolotl to crochet and get your supplies ready.
Is the Amigurumi technique new to you? No worries, keep scrolling for my tips and a list of materials you will need, including the recommend yarns.
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Can beginners crochet amigurumi axolotls?
They certainly can if they are familiar with the basic stitches and techniques for Amigurumi making. And most patterns in this list are rated as beginner friendly.
So, if you are just getting started and know how to do a magic circle and single crochet, you will most likely be able to make them.
Additionally, most patterns in this list come with YouTube video tutorials as well. Which makes them even easier in case you are a visual learner.
The skills you will need
Most crochet axolotl patterns in this list will call for these basic crochet stitches and techniques:
- Chain (ch)
- Slip stitch (sl st)
- Magic ring or Magic circle (mr or mc)
- Single crochet (sc)
- Half double crochet (hdc)
- Double crochet (dc)
- Increase (inc), which meanis you will do two sc in next stitch
- Decrease (dec), which means you will do two sc together
- Basic hand sewing
- Fasten off (FO)
Tips for crocheting axolotls
The success of your finished crochet axolotl will depend mainly on your experience with Amigurumi. But here is what else I wish I knew before making my first amigurumi:
Tip# 1: Use a smaller crochet hook
Use the smaller hook possible that you are comfortable with for the yarn thickness you’re using. The smaller the hook, the less holes you’ll have, and your stuffing won’t show through.
Tip# 2: Stitch Markers all the way
Since Amigurumi patterns are crocheted in continuous rounds, make sure you place a stitch marker in the beginning or every row. Moving it up as you go. Otherwise, you will lose track of your stitch count.
Tip# 3: Choose a smaller first project
If you’re trying Amigurumi for the first time, choose a small project. That way, if you have to frog, you won’t be discouraged to start over. And they are usually made with simple shapes, which makes them easier to crochet.
Tip# 4: Don’t overstuff
Overstuffing your crochet axolotl will make it too stiff. When you add too much stuffing fiber, it will show trough your stitches, even if they are tight. So, please make sure you add just enough fiber to make it firm.
Materials to crochet axolotl patterns
Please, make sure you check the list of supplies in the chosen crochet axolotl pattern. But here is what you will need for most patterns in this roundup:
- Yarn – axolotl, like most Amigurumi projects, can be crocheted with a variety of yarn types. But the most common types are worsted weight (#4) and bulky (#5).
- Crochet hooks – the hook size will depend on the weight of the yarn you’re using. Usually, for worsted weight yarns, the size recommended is between 3.5 mm (US E) and 5.00 mm (US H).
- Stuffing fiber – good quality fiber, such as PolyFill, is the best because it holds the shape of your stuffed animals longer. And it’s easy to care for as well.
- Stitch Markers – they are essential to make Amigurumi, so you don’t miss count of your stitches.
- Safety Eyes – again, the eyes sizes will depend on how big or how small your plush will be. But the most used sizes range from 4mm to 10mm.
- Yarn needles – they are used to sew the limbs and to fasten off your project. My favorite needles are the ones with the bent tips.
- Scissors – you will need a pair of sharp yarn scissors to cut your yarn tails.
What yarn is best for a crochet axolotl?
Most axolotls will look adorable with worsted weight (#4) to super bulky chenille yarn (#6). However, you can use any weight of yarn you like. Here is a list with my yarn recommendations:
|24 / 7 Yarn
|I Love This Yarn
|Loops & Threads
|Super Saver Yarn
Crochet Axolotl Patterns
More Amigurumi Patterns
- Cute Crochet Duck Patterns
- Adorable Crochet Gnome Patterns
- Free Amigurumi Doll Patterns
- Cute Crochet Elephant Patterns
- Free Amigurumi Patterns For Beginners
These cute critters have been so popular within the crochet community lately. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, I hope you found a crochet axolotl pattern you love in this list.
You will sure find many adorable patterns out there. But I hope I have inspired you into creating your next Amigurumi project with this blog post.
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