crochet hedgehog pincushion

Small Crochet Hedgehog (Free Pattern)

Introducing our little crochet hedgehog! A couple years ago, Kiran crocheted a tea cup pincushion for me for my birthday, since we had just started Chai Coffee Crochet. So, for ages now, I’ve been wanting to make her one (because she was using a little dog she made that was too shallow and so the pins kept poking out on the other end!). I wanted to design her something myself and so I decided on a little hedgehog, where the pins are part of the design! I love this as a little crochet pincushion. Make one for a fellow crafter or even one for yourself! Us crocheters are always making things for other people (especially those of us who specialise in amigurumi!) so it’s really nice to have something functional to crochet for yourself.

You can also crochet this as a hedgehog stuffed toy amigurumi for the kid in your life. Plus, the legs are designed to allow it to stand so it would make a really cute desk buddy too!

About this Amigurumi Hedgehog Pattern

This amigurumi hedgehog is very easy to crochet and is suitable for beginners. The pattern is very simple and there are detailed photos of each step. It takes approximately an hour and a half to crochet, depending on your crochet speed.

This hedgehog pattern is low sew, as it is mostly crocheted in one piece. The ears are crocheted on in the leftover back loops. The only sewing is for the legs. When sewing on the legs, you have to be sure that you have placed them in a way that allows your hedgehog to stand, as you don’t want your pincushion or desk buddy rolling around.

While this hedgehog is crocheted in classic colours, it would look very good in an assortment of colours, including variegated yarn for the body. Or you can keep the classic colours and let your colourful pin collection bring a bit of colour to your toy!

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Crochet Hedgehog Free Pattern

This pattern is for your personal use only and cannot be sold, copied, or reproduced in any way without permission from the designers. You may sell finished objects made from this pattern in small quantities but please give credit to as the pattern designer.

Tools & Supplies You Need to Crochet a Hedgehog

  • Yarn: You need a very small amount of yarn in black, beige and brown
  • 2.75 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Two 7mm safety eyes

Crochet Hedgehog: Stitches Used & Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US terms and crocheted in continuous rounds unless specified otherwise.

Sl st: slip stitch

SC: single crochet

INV DEC: invisible decrease

INC: two SC in the same stitch

Pattern notes & Tips

  • Difficulty level: Beginner
  • This pattern is written in US terms.
  • This pattern is crocheted in continuous rounds unless specified otherwise. Use a stitch marker on the first stitch of every round so that you don’t lose track of the start of your round.
  • This hedgehog was made using DK yarn. However, you may use any yarn with the relevant hook. Usually, for amigurumi you go down 2-3 sizes from that recommended on the yarn label. Just note that the size of the hedgehog will vary, based on the yarn that you use.
  • In order to make the hedgehog stand, be sure to pin the feet in place to check the positioning before sewing them on.

Finished Size of Your Amigurumi Hedgehog

This hedgehog is approximately 4 inches long, using DK yarn.

How to Crochet a Hedgehog Pincushion

Hedgehog Body

Begin with black

Stuff as you go

Round 1: 4 SC into a magic circle (4)

Change to beige

Round 2: (SC, INC) twice (6)

Round 3: (2 SC, INC) twice (8)

Round 4: (3 SC, INC) twice (10)

Round 5: (4 SC, INC) twice (12)

Round 6: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 7: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Round 8: (3 SC, INC) six times (30)

Change to brown

Round 9: (4 SC, INC) six times in BLO (36)

Round 10: 36 SC (36)

Insert your safety eyes between rounds 6 and 7 on either side of the nose, approximately six stitches apart.

Round 11: (5 SC, INC) six times (42)

Round 12-22 (11 rounds): 42 SC (42)

Round 23: (5 SC, INV DEC) six times (36)

Round 24: (4 SC, INV DEC) six times (30)

Round 25: (3 SC, INV DEC) six times (24)

Round 26: (2 SC, INV DEC) six times (18)

Ensure that your hedgehog is well stuffed.

Round 27: (SC, INV DEC) six times (12)

Round 28: INV DEC six times (6)

Fasten off. Insert the needle in front loop of each stitch and pull tight to close. Weave in the ends.

EARS (2)

Using beige

Now attach yarn in the front loops remaining from Round 9, one stitch above the eye with a sl st.

how to insert yarn for hedgehog ears

(DC, chain 2, DC) in the next stitch.

Sl st to the following stitch.

Fasten off and make the second ear.

crochet hedgehog face

Feet (Make 4)

Using beige

Do not stuff

Round 1: 5 SC into a magic circle (5)

Round 2: 5 SC in BLO (5)

Fasten off. Pin the feet onto the bottom of your hedgehod and check to see if it can stand. Move them as needed so that your hedgehog can stand. Sew them into place.

amigurumi hedgehog feet

Your hedgehog pincushion is now complete! Now add those pins so that you can easily access them for your next crochet project!

What are other small crochet animal patterns?

If you’re looking for more small animal projects, don’t miss our Kozu Palm Pets series of small crochet animals. They are all approximately four inches in height and take just a couple of hours to crochet.

Is it easy to crochet this hedgehog?

Yes it is! This hedgehog is very easy to crochet. It requires the basic amigurumi techniques such as magic circles, colour changes, and crocheting in the back loops. You will also need to now single crochet and double crochet. If you know these basics, it is definitely an easy crochet pattern for beginners!

What yarn do you need to crochet this hedgehog?

The yarn that you need to crochet this hedgehog can vary based on your preference. Just note that the size will vary based on the yarn that you use. This hedgehog pincushion was 4 inches long using DK yarn. If you use a thicker yarn, it will turn out bigger, depending on the difference in the yarn size. Similarly, if you use thinner yarn, it will turn out smaller.

How do I crochet a large hedgehog stuffed toy?

If you would like to crochet this hedgehog as a larger stuffed toy, you can use thicker yarn. If you use super bulky yarn, it will turn out to be approximately three times the size that it is using DK yarn! This pattern is very suitable to be used with plush yarn as well, if you want a cuddly hedgehog plushie.