possum opossum

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Do you say pos­sum or opossum?

“The ‘O’ is silent, I think,” sug­gests Mike.

Or we can say, “pos­sum, o‑possum” all poet­ic-like. Which reminds me of the won­der­ful voice-act­ing of William Shat­ner in Over the Hedge as Ozzie the pos­sum, espe­cial­ly in the “Rose­bud” scene.

Here’s the 10th (!!) pat­tern of our 12 Days of Wood­land Crea­tures project! A possum!

I used:

Worsted weight yarn in white, grey and pink

3.5 mm hook

2 small beads for eyes

Nee­dle and thread for sewing and embroidering



Round 1: With white, 4 sc in mag­ic ring, join in first sc.

Round 2: ch 1, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around, join in first sc.

Round 3–4: repeat round 2.

Round 5–6: ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, join in first sc.

Round 7 (ears):

Change to grey, fas­ten off white, press head flat so that the work­ing loop on the hook is on the right top cor­ner of head. So there would be 1 stitch at each cor­ner of head, and 6 stitch­es in between on both sides (14 stitch­es around alto­geth­er). Cro­chet through both lay­ers of head.

ch 2, hdc in next sc through both lay­ers, ch 2, sl st in same st as the hdc, sc in next sc, skip next sc, 3 sc in the stitch direct­ly below next sc (in the row below), sc in next sc, sl st in next sc, ch 2, hdc in last sc, ch 2, sl st in last sc, fas­ten off, weave in ends.


Round 1: With grey, 6 sc in mag­ic ring, do not join.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, do not join (12 sc).

Con­tin­ue mak­ing 1 sc in each sc around until piece is 1″ tall.

Nex­t row: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc tog over next 2 sc*, repeat from * to * 3 more times.

1 sc in each sc around until piece is 1.75″ tall. Fas­ten off, leave tail for sewing.


With pink, ch 12, sl st in sec­ond ch from hook, sl st in each ch to end, fas­ten off, leave tail for sewing.


Embroi­der nose with pink yarn. Sew on eyes. *Tip: insert sewing/embroidering nee­dles from the low­er (or chin) part in the back of the head and tie off threads/yarn there, because it will be cov­ered by the neck part of the body when it’s attached to the head.

Attach body to low­er part of the head on the back of the head.

Attach tail to low­er bot­tom of body.


Pos­sum is wish­ing every­one a very hap­py week! :D




12 thoughts on “possum opossum

  1. I’m try­ing to make this adorable opos­sum! The direc­tions for the head seem to result in a per­fect cir­cle, vs. the tri­an­gu­lar shape it should be. The pat­tern works in rounds, not rows, and there is no men­tion of turn­ing any­where in the head portion.

    Start­ing with a mag­ic ring, then increas­ing for 3 rows by alter­nat­ing two sc then one sc makes a cir­cle increas­ing in size, then fin­ish­ing with rows of sc.

    Is there an edit? Or am I mis­un­der­stand­ing the directions?


  2. Hel­lo Lisa, so sor­ry about the delay in reply. The pat­tern (repeat­ing 1 sc in next sc and 2 sc in next sc) will result in a cone shape, which, when fin­ished and fold­ed in half, will result in a tri­an­gu­lar shape :) The last row of sc is made after the cone is fold­ed in half and cro­chet­ing into both lay­ers of the cone shape. 

    Increas­es are made dif­fer­ent­ly when cro­chet­ing a per­fect cir­cle. For ref­er­ence, a cir­cle is made by start­ing with how­ev­er many sc in a mag­ic ring, then the next round is 2 sc in each sc, the 3rd round is repeat­ing 1 sc in next sc and 2 sc in next sc, and the fourth round is repeat­ing 1 sc in next 2 sc and 2 sc in next sc… and so on. 

    Hope this helps! Hap­py crocheting!

  3. He’s adorable! I love pos­sums and it’s so nice to find one that isn’t being shown in a neg­a­tive light. So much pos­sum hate out there! When I was a kid we raised some pos­sum babies that sur­vived the car acci­dent that killed their mom, and pos­sums have been spe­cial to me ever since. I still remem­ber what it is like to have a baby pos­sum hang­ing from my fin­ger with its tail! So any­way, thanks :) I’m going to have to make some to play with with my four year old.

  4. it’s so awe­some that you raised the pos­sums after the acci­dent! i’m glad the pat­tern brings back fond mem­o­ries :) hap­py crocheting!

  5. Hel­lo, thank you for shar­ing this adorable pat­tern! I’m only get­ting 12 stitch­es around on the head (before switch­ing to grey yarn) instead of the 14 in the pat­tern. Each time I count and fol­low the direc­tions I come up with 12 total, can you advise me what I’m doing wrong? Thank you!! :)

  6. hi Lau­rie, it’s hard to tell why you’re only get­ting 12 stitch­es around with­out see­ing the piece you’re work­ing on. But if you’re find­ing that you’re miss­ing 2 stitch­es con­sis­tent­ly, in the 6th round you can just add two stitch­es even­ly some­where in the round, regard­less of what the pat­tern says, so you arrive at round 7 with 14 stitch­es. I don’t think it will change the over­all shape very much. hope this helps, hap­py crocheting!

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