The making of a chestnut

Pat­tern for a chest­nut! Pret­ty sim­ple and straight­for­ward. I sup­pose the fin­ished size is about the same size as a typ­i­cal chest­nut. I jot­ted down this pat­tern while I was mak­ing it, and I’m new to this pat­tern-writ­ing thing, so I apol­o­gize for mis­takes if there is any, and please let me know if you spot them. Your feedback/comments are much appre­ci­at­ed!

So, any­ways…

To make a chest­nut you’ll need:

  • Worsted weight yarn in tan and brown (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
  • 2 beady eyes (I used 4mm)
  • Pink embroi­dery floss
  • 3.5 mm cro­chet hook
  • Tapes­try needle, sewing needle
  • Stuff­ing

Note: the chest­nut pic­tured is turned inside out, i.e. wrong side is fac­ing out, because I liked the shape of the wrong side bet­ter than the right for the chest­nut. It’s dif­fer­ent for dif­fer­ent yarn and dif­fer­ent amigu­ru­mi, I think.

Pat­tern:

Row 1: with tan, ch 3, 4 sc in 3rd st from hook, sl st in top of begin­ning ch

Row 2: ch 2, sc in same sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in each of next two sc, sc in next sc, sl st in top of begin­ning ch 2.

Row 3: ch 2, sc in same sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, insert hook in top of begin­ning ch 2, drop tan yarn and pick up brown yarn, yo and pull through loop to com­plete sl st. Fas­ten off tan yarn.

Row 4 — 5: ch 2, 1 sc in each sc around, sl st in top of begin­ning ch 2.

Row 6: ch 2, 2 sc tog 3 times, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc tog 3 times, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, sl st in begin­ning ch 2.

Stuff chest­nut. You might also want to sew on the eyes and mouth at this point (before stuff­ing it), but I prefer decid­ing the place­ment for eyes and mouth after the amigu­ru­mi is stuffed and shaped. I usu­al­ly make mag­nets or pin, so I hide the thread ends at the back where I would attach mag­nets or pin.

Row 7: ch 2, 4 sc tog twice, 2 sc tog over last sc and top of begin­ning ch 2. Fas­ten off, weave in end.

Sew on eyes and mouth if you haven’t already.

And there you have it, a chest­nut! I made mine into a fridge mag­net by attach­ing mag­nets to the back…

… and it makes sure I don’t lose the recipes I’d like to try but haven’t got­ten around to make (like this pan­cake cake I picked up at Ikea!)…

I used those very strong mag­nets that look like watch bat­ter­ies, and by putting an extra mag­net behind the fab­ric I can wear it as a pin! Here it is “pinned” on my show­er cur­tain…

Oooh, or it can be made into a key chain or cell­phone charm… strung togeth­er with cro­cheted fall leaves per­haps? Here’s a love­ly free pat­tern of fall leaves on Craft­Styl­ish)

Or it might just sit on your desk and smile at you while you work…

Any­ways, hap­py cro­chet­ing!

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