No-Sew Crochet Sloth Pattern

This no-sew crochet sloth pattern is quick, easy and cute!

A hand holding a small plush crochet sloth toy with another sloth toy lying on a white surface in the background.

Sloths have been popular for a while now but I’ve never been one to keep up with trends, I just go where my creativity takes me.

This darling sloth is worked similarly to my other pocket plush no-sew patterns.

I knew that I wanted to keep some of the typical sloth elements like the long arms and facial colouring but getting that right on a small scale took a bit of work.

The little side smile was the perfect finishing touch and gives him such a cheeky personality.

Two plush crochet sloth toys, one beige and one brown, lying on a white background.

How to Crochet a Sloth

This crochet sloth pattern is worked in a continuous spiral from the bottom up using mostly basic stitches.

We’ll begin by chaining 2 and working 8 single crochet into the second chain from hook. This is my preferred starting method when using plush yarn.

The arms and legs are crocheted as we go with 4 rounds of colour changes to create the eye patches and face.

Finish off with some simple facial features and you have a cute little sloth.

Two plush crochet sloth toys, one beige and one brown, lying on a white background.

Why You’ll Love This Crochet Sloth Pattern

  • Basic stitches: Uses mostly single crochet stitches.
  • No-sew: Doesn’t require any sewing aside from hiding ends and adding facial features.
  • Instant gratification: Can be finished in less than an hour.

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  • Super bulky yarn in main colour (MC), cream (C) and contrast colour (CC) (I used Premier Yarns Parfait Chunky in Toffee/Teddy Bear, Cream and Teddy Bear/Mustard for the sloths pictured)
  • 4.5mm crochet hook
  • 8mm safety eyes
  • 4 ply yarn in black or black embroidery floss
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Fabric glue
  • Stitch marker, yarn needle, scissors

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – increase
  • invdec – invisible decrease
  • FLO – front loop only
  • bo – bobble stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st/s – stitch/es
  • […] – repeat the instructions in brackets
  • (…) – indicates stitch count at end of round

Special Stitches

Bobble Stitch (bo)

  1. Yarn over.
  2. Insert your hook into the indicated stitch.
  3. Yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook).
  4. Yarn over and pull through first 2 loops (2 loops on hook).
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 three more times in the same stitch (5 loops on hook).
  6. Yarn over and pull though all 5 loops on hook.
  7. Push bobble to the right side of fabric.

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Finished Size

The finished sloth measures approximately 2.75″ (7cm) tall. Size may vary depending on tension and materials used.


Gauge is not important in this pattern. Use a hook size to match your chosen yarn. Make sure that your stitches are tight enough to prevent stuffing showing through and adjust hook size if necessary.


  • Pieces are worked in a continuous spiral. Mark the first stitch of each round with a removable stitch marker.
  • All bobble stitches are worked in the front loop only.

Pattern Instructions

Sloth (starting with main colour)

R1: Ch 2, 8 sc in second ch from hook (8)

R2: [Sc,inc] x4 (12)

R3: 4 sc, FLO bo, 3 sc, FLO bo, 3 sc (12)

R4: [Sc] x12 (12)

R5: 5 sc, ch 7, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, 4 sc, ch 7, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, 3 sc (12 on the body)

Fold the arms down in front and ignore them in the next round.

R6: [Sc] x12 (12)

The next round is worked in the front loop only and is the start of our colour change rounds – see materials list for colour abbreviations.

All colour changes take place in the last yarn over of the previous colour. I prefer to cut my yarn after each colour change but do what works best for you.

R7: With MC, FLO [sc, inc] x2, sc; with C, FLO [inc, sc] x2; with MC, FLO inc, sc, inc (18)

Stuff the body (R1-6).

Tip: Focus stuffing towards the outer edges to help create a flat bottom.

R8: With MC, 6 sc; with CC, 2 sc; with C, 4 sc; with CC, 2 sc; with MC, 4 sc (18)

R9: With MC, 7 sc; with CC, 2 sc; with C, 2 sc; with CC, 2 sc; with MC, 5 sc (18)

R10: With MC, 8 sc; with C, 4 sc; with MC, 6 sc (18)

Insert safety eyes between R8 and R9, 3 sts apart.

R11: [Sc, invdec] x6 (12)

Stuff the head and continue to stuff as you go.

R12: [Invdec] x6 (6)

Cut the yarn leaving a tail and pull through last st. Weave the yarn tail through the front loops only of the final round and pull to close. Hide the end inside the sloth.


Using 4 ply black yarn or black embroidery floss, sew a nose between R8 and R9, centred between the eyes (approximately 2 sts long). Sew over it 4-5 times or until you have your desired look.

Using 4 ply black yarn or black embroidery floss, sew a mouth over the round below and off centre to the nose. Using a toothpick, apply a small amount of fabric glue to hold the curve.

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