Little Knitted Hedgehog | Free Pattern

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Today, we wanted to share this cute little knitted hedgehog pattern with you. Isn’t he fun?!

Finished size

Hedgehog measures 3 1⁄4in (8cm) long


Any DK (US: light worsted) yarn

Note: yarn amounts are approximate


26 sts x 34 rows measure 4in (10cm) square over st-st using 3.25mm needles and DK yarn before stuffing.

Body and head

Beg at nose using the thumb method and A, cast on 8 sts, RS facing to beg.

Rows 1 and 2: P 1 row then k 1 row.

Rows 3 and 4: Change to B and k 1 row then p 1 row.

Row 5: (K1, m1) twice, k4, (m1, k1) twice (12 sts).

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7: (K1, m1) twice, k3, m1, k2, m1, k3, (m1, k1) twice (18 sts).

Row 8: P14, turn.

Row 9: S1k, k9, turn.

Row 10: S1p, p to end.

Row 11: (K1, m1) twice, k6, m1, k2, m1, k6, (m1, k1) twice (24 sts).

Rows 12 to 16: Beg with a p row, work 5 rows in st-st.

Join on C and work with B and C together, treating them as one strand.

Row 17: Knit.

Row 18: K4, *k next st and place index finger of LH behind LH needle and wind yarn round finger and needle clockwise once, then just round needle in the same direction once, k st pulling 2 loops through. Place these loops on LH needle and k into the back of them. Pull loop just made sharply down to secure (this will be referred to as loop-st), rep from * 15 times more, k4.

Rows 19 to 26: Rep rows 17 and 18, 4 times more.

Row 27: (K2tog, k1) to end (16 sts).

Row 28: K2, (loop-st) 12 times, k2.

Row 29: (K2tog) to end (8 sts).

Row 30: K1, (loop-st) 6 times, k1.

Thread yarn through sts on needle pull tight and secure by threading yarn a second time through sts.

Making up

Gather round cast-on stitches of nose, pull tight and secure. Oversew row ends of body leaving a gap. Place a small ball of stuffing into nose with tweezers or tip of scissors and stuff body and head and sew up gap. Embroider eyes in black making a small chain stitch for each eye and a second chain stitch on top of first (see page 164 for how to begin and fasten off invisibly for the embroidery).


To begin embroidery invisibly, tie a knot in the end of the yarn. Take a large stitch through the work, coming up to begin the embroidery. Allow the knot to disappear through the knitting and be caught in the stuffing. To fasten off invisibly, sew a few stitches back and forth through the work, inserting the needle where the yarn comes out.

This pattern has been from 100 Little Knitted Projects from GMC.  With 100 fun, fabulous and frivolous projects to make, you’ll be spoilt for choice. These little masterpieces make the perfect gift. Quick and fun to make, they’ll appeal to all ages and abilities. Why not make them as party favours or use them to decorate a Christmas tree? You could sew brooch backs or key rings to them, or string several together to make fun bunting. There are lots of possibilities to explore, so dig out all those little bits of yarn and start knitting these super-cute knick-knacks.

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