happy together: dumpling + soy sauce :D

Anoth­er pair of plush­es for the hap­py togeth­er series! :D (I’m con­tem­plat­ing the idea of mak­ing a sep­a­rate page for the series, but for the time being you can see oth­er char­ac­ters of the series here, here, and here.)

I’m mak­ing this as a wed­ding gift for a friend who first met her fiancé at a dumpling gathering!

I always eat dumplings with soy sauce… but I don’t know if that’s the norm. I think so… any­way, I wrote down the pat­tern to share. One might think of oth­er things to make that pair bet­ter with soy sauce. (Wasabi? Sushi? Plain bowl of rice? Pos­si­bil­i­ty is end­less for this lit­tle bot­tle of soy sauce!)



Bits of worsted weight yarn in white, brown, and red

3.5mm cro­chet hook

Stuff­ing (I used yarn ends from unrav­el­ing old work)

Embroi­dery thread in pink and white

Nee­dle and thread

4mm black beads for eyes


Dumpling is made by cro­chet­ing a cir­cle, which is then fold­ed in half and seamed togeth­er with a scal­loped edge.

The cir­cle is cro­cheted in con­tin­u­ous rounds (i.e. no slip stitch at the end of round):

With white

ch 3, 5 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 2 sc in top of begin­ning ch, 2 sc in each of next 4 sc, sc in next sc, repeat [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] until piece mea­sures 1 3/4 inch­es across.

Then, repeat [1 sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] until piece mea­sures 2 1/4 inch­es across. Then sc in next sc, sl st in next sc. Don’t fas­ten off.

Fold piece in half so that the raw stitch lies on the fold line, like so…

The scal­loped edge is worked through both lay­ers of the fold­ed cir­cle, through the back loop only of the front lay­er and both loops of the back lay­er, like so…

Cro­chet scal­loped edge as follows:

[ch 2, 3 hdc in next st, sl st in next st] 4 times. Leave hook on loop, sew on the eyes and mouth.

Con­tin­ue with repeats of [ch 2, 3 hdc in next st, sl st in next st] across until there are 3 or 4 stitch­es left. Stuff dumpling, then com­plete scal­loped edge, fas­ten off.

And dumpling is com­plete! :D

Now on to the bot­tle of soy sauce. It’s made in rounds, and each round ends with a sl st into the first sc of the round.

With brown

Round 1: ch 3, 5 sc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in top of begin­ning ch.

Round 2: ch 1, sc in same st, 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc.

Round 3: ch 1, sc in same st, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times, sl st in first sc.

Round 4: ch 1, sc in same st, through back loop only, 1 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc.

Round 5: repeat row 4, except work each stitch through both loops.

Round 6–8: repeat row 5. Don’t fas­ten off.

I embroi­dered “soy!” on the bot­tle at this point.

Cut a round piece of card­board (I cut mine from a frozen piz­za box) about the size of the bot­tom of the bot­tle and place it into the bot­tom of the bot­tle. This way the bot­tom will stay flat when the bot­tle is stuffed.

Con­tin­ue with shap­ing the bottle:

Round 9: ch 1, sc in same sc, [2 sc tog, sc in next sc] around, sl st in first sc.

Round 10: repeat row 9.

Sew on eyes and mouth.

Round 11–13: ch 1, sc in same sc, 1 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc. Fas­ten off.

Now we make the bot­tle cap:

Round 1: Join red where brown is fas­ten off, sl st in each sc around in front loop only.

Round 2: ch 1, sc in same st, through top loop only, 1 sc in each st around, st sl in first sc. Leave a 6″ tail for sewing, fas­ten off.

Stuff bot­tle firm­ly to keep shape.

Top of cap, with the sprout:

With red

Round 1: work 6 sc in mag­ic ring, sl st in 1st sc.

Round 2: ch 3, dc in next sc. Fas­ten off.

Sew top of cap to top of bot­tle, weave in ends.

Soy joy! :D

Every­body says “soy!”

And here they are again, hap­py togeth­er :D


If you spot any mis­take or need clar­i­fi­ca­tion please feel free to drop me a note! Chee­rio! :D

25 thoughts on “happy together: dumpling + soy sauce :D

  1. I absolute­ly LOVE this adorable dumpling and soy sauce! Great pat­tern :) And thanks for the shout-out about my siu mai too! Love all your dain­ty, cute work Trish!

  2. SO, cute!!!!!! i am 13 and i think i might just have to make this. but since i don’t have brown, ill stick with the dumpling. Thanks!!!!!

  3. hi again!! just made the dumpling, and it turned out so, cute!!!! am about to make the soy sauce, ( i got brown,) and
    i’m hop­ing for the best!

  4. After 12 years of liv­ing in Chi­na, I have final­ly been invit­ed to join a good friend and her fam­i­ly for Lunar New Year (Spring Festival)Dinner. Guess what’s get­ting passed out as we eat the real ones at mid­night?!?!?!? EXCITED!!!

  5. Hi there, thank you for shar­ing your pat­tern! They are so adorable. I have a ques­tion in regards to the bot­tle: “Round 2: ch 1, sc in same st, 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc.”

    Do I sc from the chain 1 that I’ve just made? Or do I sc from the loop where the chain orig­i­nat­ed from?

    Thank you for your help.

  6. Sor­ry about the delay in respond­ing! Yes you would sc from the loop where the chain orig­i­nat­ed from. Thank you for giv­ing the pat­tern a try!

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