Lotty the Axolotl

Supplies

  • Size 6 yarn:
    • Premier parfait chunky in Cotton Candy
    • Premier parfait chunky in White
    • Premier parfait chunky in Hibiscus
  • 4.25 mm hook
  • Two 18 mm safety eyes
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Poly-fill

Abbreviations (U.S.)

st/stsstitch/stitches
chchain stitch
slstslip stitch
scsingle crochet
hdchalf double crochet
dcdouble crochet
tctreble crochet
incincrease
decINVISIBLE decrease
sc3togsingle crochet 3 stitches together
FLOwork stitches into the front loop only
BLOwork stitches into the back loop only
MRmagic ring
( ) x #repeat instructions in parentheses the
number of times indicated after the x
{ }stitch count for each round/row
f/ofasten off

Important Notes

  • Unless otherwise stated, all pieces of this pattern use a shift stitch. A shift stitch is an extra stitch or stitches worked at the end of a round in order to keep the seam straight. The stitch marker is then shifted over to where the new beginning of the next round will be. For this reason, I highly recommend using a long piece of yarn as a running stitch marker.
  • You may need 2 skeins of the main yarn color depending on your gauge. I recommend buying 2 just in case.
  • This tutorial is done in a different yarn than the finished project so that you can see what i’m doing easier.

Tail/Body

1) sc 4 in MR {4}
2) sc 4 {4}
3) inc, sc 2, inc {6}
4) sc 6 {6}
5) inc, sc 4, inc {8}
6) sc 8 {8}
7) inc, sc 6, inc {10}
8) sc 10 {10}
9) inc, sc 8, inc {12}
10) sc 12 {12}
11) inc, sc 10, inc {14}
12) sc 14 {14}
13) inc, sc 12, inc {16}
14) sc 16 {16}
15) inc, sc 14, inc {18}
16) sc 18 {18}
17) inc, sc 16, inc {20}
18) sc 20 {20}
19) inc, sc 18, inc {22}
20) sc 22 {22}
21) inc, sc 20, inc {24}
stuff the tail
22) (sc, inc) x 2, sc 16, (inc, sc) x 2 {28}
23) (sc, inc) x 2, sc 20, (inc, sc) x 2 {32}
24) (sc, inc) x 2, sc 24, (inc, sc) x 2 {36}
25) sc 36 {36}
26) (sc, inc) x 2, sc 28, (inc, sc) x 2 {40}
27) (sc, inc) x 2, sc 32, (inc, sc) x 2 {44}
28) sc 44 {44}
29) (sc, inc) x 2, sc 36, (inc, sc) x 2 {48}
30) (sc, inc) x 2, sc 40, (inc, sc) x 2 {52}
Stop, DO NOT fasten off. MAKE SURE YOUR SEAM IS CENTERED. If your stitch marker is not centered, you need to shift your stitch before continuing.

Remove your hook from the loop.
Cast on with the other end of the skein of yarn you are using or use a new skein.

31) sc 40 starting in the 7th stitch from the last stitch you made, turn {40}


32) slst 40 in FLO, turn {40}
33) sc 40 by inserting your hook under the horizontal bar from round 31 {40}


34) slst 40 in FLO, turn {40}
35) sc 40 by inserting your hook under the front loop of rnd 33 , change color and ch 6 {46}


36) sc 46 starting in the first stitch of round 35 (so you should be closing the gap in the center and crocheting in the round again {46}


37) sc 8, ( sc 2, dec, sc 2) x 4, sc 8, dec x 3 {39}
38) dec, sc 6, (sc 3, dec) x 4, sc 6, dec, sc3tog {31}
39) dec x 2, sc 3, (sc, dec. sc) x 4, sc 3, dec x 2, sc {23}
40) dec x 2, sc, (sc, dec) x 4, sc, dec x 2, sc {15}
41) sc3tog, dec x 4, sc3tog, sc {7}
F/O and close.
Stuff the body.

Head

Continue where you left off in round 30
1) slst 6 in BLO, sc 3 in the edges of the sc rounds you did on the body, sc 6 in the chain stitches, sc 3 in the edges of the sc rounds you did on the body, slst 6 in BLO {24}


2) (If you need to make a shift stitch, do it after this round, not before) crochet under the horizontal bar like you did on the body in the first and last 6 stitches: sc 6, (sc, inc) x 6, sc 6 {30}


3) (sc, inc, sc) x 10 {40}
4) (sc 3, inc) x 10 {50}
5) sc 10, (sc, inc, sc) x 2, sc 18, (sc, inc, sc) x 2, sc 10 {54}
6-10) sc 54 {54}
11) sc 18, (sc 2, dec, sc 2) x 3, sc 18 {51}
12) sc 51 {51}
13) sc 18, (sc 3, dec) x 3, sc 18 {48}
14-15) sc 48 {48}
Insert two 18 mm safety eyes between rnds 10 and 11 nine stitches apart (counting on rnd 11)
16) (sc 3, dec, sc 3) x 6 {42}
begin stuffing and stuff as you go.
17) (sc 5, dec) x 6 {36}
18) (sc 2, dec, sc 2) x 6 {30}
19) (sc 3, dec) x 6 {24}
20) (sc, dec, sc) x 6 {18}
21) (sc, dec) x 6 {12}
22) dec x 6 {6}
F/o.

Legs (Make 2)

1) sc 6 in MR {6}
2) inc x 6 {12}
3) (sc, inc) x 6 {18}
4) (sc, inc, sc) x 6 {24}
5) sc 6, (sc, dec, sc) x 3, sc 6 {21}
6) sc 6, (sc, dec) x 3, sc 6 {18}
7-8) sc 18 {18}
9) sc 6, (sc, inc, sc) x 2, sc 6 {20}
10) sc 6, (sc 3, inc) x 2, sc 6 {22}
11) sc 6, (sc 2, inc, sc 2) x 2, sc 6 {24}
12) (sc 3, inc) x 6 {30}
Slst and f/o. Stuff.

Arms (Make 2)

1) sc 6 in MR {6}
2) sc 6 {6}
3) inc x 2, sc 4 {8}
4) sc 8 {8}
5) sc, inc x 2, sc 5 {10}
6) sc 10 {10}
7) sc, inc x 2, sc 7 {12}
8) sc 12 {12}
9) sc, inc x 2, sc 9 {14}
10) sc 14 {14}
11) sc 2, inc x 2, sc 10 {16}
Stuff lightly.
12) sc both sides closed starting in the next stitch and previous stitch {8}
F/o.

Tail Fin

*no need to shift stitch*
1) ch 49 {49}
2) starting in 2nd st from hook: slst, sc, hdc 16, sc 3, slst 3, sc, hdc, dc, tc 9, dc 3, hdc 3, sc2tog x 2, slst 2 {46}
F/o.

Gills (Make 12)

*no need to shift stitch*
1) ch 11 {11}
2) starting in 2nd st from hook: sc 7, slst 3, working on the bottom of the foundation chain: slst 3, sc 7 {20}
F/o.

AFTER:
Put 2 pieces together (make sure the correct sides are facing out and the wrong sides of your work are facing in toward each other) and using a different color of yarn slst in the BLO of both pieces (the two loops that are next to each other). ch 3 and slst both pieces together until you reach the end. Tuck in all but one yarn end for sewing and stuff.

Sewing

Sew your pieces together.

45 thoughts on “Lotty the Axolotl”

  1. i don’t know what i did stitch count and everything was right but my head is a big oval shap and not round. I know how to remove part of it and fix it. Just wondering if anyone else had this issue?

  2. Thank you for the adorable pattern! Should there be instructions to “TURN” at the end of row 33 of the Tail/Body?

  3. Just curious in round 32 why do we have to slip stitch? Cant we just chain stitch it instead? Since its just gonna cover the slip stitch or am I doing it wrong? Im stuck here at round 32 and 33 I cant move on :((

    PS: im a novice

    1. I’m not 100% sure how much I used, but I know I did use a bit over 1 skein of the premier parfait yarn, which is 131 yds/ 120 m.

  4. Are you able to post more pictures of the rounds 33-35, the tail fin, as well as what the back of the project looks when finished please? There are a couple pictures at the end that do not load and say the link is broken so I’m not sure if those ones are suppose to be the back of the project. Thank you!

    1. I fixed the images at the end for the back and side of the project. I will go back and add pictures for the tail fin, but it might not be soon. I’m not sure what more to add to rnd 33-35 picture wise? What exactly are you stuck on for those rounds and for the tail fin?

      1. It’s perfect now! More pictures showed up that weren’t there before for those rounds. And the picture of the back of the project are perfect for the tail fin! Thanks for your quick response 🙂

  5. Sorry to bother you. I don’t know how to work the shift stick and when to work it . Could you tell me store more information about it please . Thanks a lot

  6. I’m sorry. I don’t know how to do the shift stitch. Could you write some more information about it please ?thanks

    1. I’ll try making a more detailed post on it when I have the time, but for now, here’s an excellent resource with examples

  7. I have tried multiple times, I just do not understand steps 33 through 35. I wish you had a short video clip or more pictures for those steps. HELP PLEASE!

  8. I messed up a few times on this pattern the first time I made this and attached the tail fin wrong but it still turned out cute, I made it for my baby sister so I hope she likes it. The head I found a little too big to I used a different size crochet hook for the head the second time I made this and it turned out great. Very beginner friendly just a bit confusing during the head hole but you’ll get it eventually!

    1. Leave it. Later in the pattern, you’re going to go back to that stitch, so you’ll need to leave the yarn attached to it.

      1. Thank you very much for your help and for answering my questions 😇
        (I’m sorry if I ask you so many questions, I’m a beginner)

        1. And what should I do next? I don’t really understand how I should continue the rank, there are 2 loops on the same row, right?

          Sorry if I bother you again 😅

          1. No worries!! Ask away 🙂
            shift your stitch if you need to and then with a new piece of yarn, start crocheting in the 7th stitch away from the one you just left.

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