No-Sew Crochet Axolotl Pattern

This no-sew crochet axolotl is quick, easy and cute! It would make a great addition to your next market/craft fair or a fun gift.

Two small pink crochet axolotls being held in the palm of a hand.

Axolotls are one of those weird yet fascinating creatures that everyone loves.

When I was in primary school, we had one as a class pet. I still remember how exciting and fun it was getting to feed it.

How to Crochet an Axolotl

This crochet axolotl pattern is worked in a continuous spiral from the top down.

We’ll begin by chaining 2 and working 6 single crochet into the second chain from hook. This is my preferred starting method when using plush yarn.

Even though it can be a bit tricky to get them in, we’ll be adding the eyes after we crochet the first bobble stitch round as they help with placement.

Once the head and body is finished we’ll add the gills using surface crochet and a contrasting colour.

Two small pink crochet axolotls lying side by side on a wooden heart shaped tray.

What Do You Need to Crochet an Axolotl?

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Safety eyes
  • Notions (stitch marker, yarn needle, scissors, etc)

Always check the pattern before getting started for specific requirements.

Why You’ll Love This Crochet Axolotl 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.

Two pink crochet axolotls lying on a small piece of paper that looks like a beach.

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No-Sew Crochet Axolotl Pattern

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Materials

  • Super bulky yarn in light pink and dark pink (I used Premier Yarns Parfait Chunky in Ballet Pink and Bubblegum)
  • 4.5mm crochet hook
  • 8mm safety eyes
  • 4 ply yarn in black or black embroidery floss
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • 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 axolotl measures approximately 3.25″ (8.5cm) long. Size may vary depending on tension and materials used.

Gauge

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.

Notes

  • 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

Axolotl (starting with light pink)

R1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook (6)

R2: [Inc] x6 (12)

R3: [Sc, inc] x6 (18)

R4-6: [Sc] x18 (18) 3 rounds

R7: [Sc, invdec] x6 (12)

R8: [FLO sc] x12 (12)

R9: 4 sc, FLO bo, 3 sc, FLO bo, 3 sc (12)

Insert safety eyes between R5 and R6, 3 sts apart.

Stuff the head and continue to stuff as you go.

R10: [Sc] x12 (12)

R11: 4 sc, FLO bo, 3 sc, FLO bo, 3 sc (12)

R12: [Invdec] x6 (6)

R13: [Sc] x6 (6)

R14: [Sc, invdec] x2 (4)

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 axolotl.

Finishing

Using pins, mark out the placement of the gills. Starting between R2 and R3, find a natural line on either side of the head approximately 1.5 stitches away from each eye and ending between R6 and R7.

You will be chaining and slip stitching between each round to create the gills following the path that you marked out.

Starting on the right with the axolotl facing up, insert your hook into the first stitch between R2 and R3 and coming out between R3 and R4. Place dark pink yarn on your hook and pull through.

Ch 3, sl st into R4, ch 4, sl st into R5, ch 3 sl st into R6

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Repeat on the other side.

Using 4 ply black yarn or black embroidery floss, sew a mouth over R6, centred between the eyes.


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