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In memory of my beloved little assistant : a crochet ferret [free amigurumi pattern]

ferret free crochet amigurumi pattern by ahooka

It’s a bit difficult for me to write about it without sounding melodramatic, and it’s really not my goal…
But Chipie, the one you know about as “my little assistant” is gone at the end of August. We decided to put an end to her suffering after 7 years and a half of her jumping around and bringing us a huge amount of happiness. It was one of the hardest decision of our lives but sadly, it had to be made. 

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When I announced her passing on Facebook, somebody suggested I should make a ferret looking like her to help me cope with my loss. And I thought it was a great idea ! Plus, I already made a crocheted ferret one year ago and never took the time to write a pattern for it. 
So, I looked at a bunch of pictures of her, and that wasn’t easy either… Plus, I felt like I couldn’t do her justice with an inanimate plush while she was all about running and jumping all over the place :)
But I finally did it, and, as I couldn’t make it a paid pattern due to the circumstances, here it is :) I hope you’ll enjoy it and you’ll be able to make your very own cute little assistant too!

(As a very personal digression : ferrets are *oh so cute* little animals, but please think about it before getting one. They need a lot of attention and they’d much rather play than cuddle. And if you’re really in love with them, there are hundreds of organizations with hundreds of abandoned ferrets to handle. – End of the digression – happy crocheting ! ^^) 

ferret amigurumi pattern

Material

• Yarn : I used cotton yarn (Drops Safran) but any kind of yarn would do !
• a 2,5mm hook (B)
• fiberfill
• a tapestry (or yarn) needle 
• A pair of 6mm black safety eyes
• (optional) : a small piece of electric wire to put in the front legs ( – see instructions)
• (optional) : a bit of eye shadow to color the inside of the ears and the “ferret glasses” 

Abbreviations

st : stitch
sc : single crochet
slst : slip stitch
ch : chain
inc : increase
dec : decrease 
BLO : back loop only
FO : Fasten of
(…,…)*x : repeat “x” times the instructions between brackets. 

Pattern

Head

R1 : 6sc in a magic ring(6)
R2 : (sc1, inc)*3 (9)
R3 : sc, inc, (sc2, inc)*2, sc1 (12) – I shift the increases every other row so they won’t show that much – see article “how to make a perfect circle” 
R4 : (sc3, inc)*3 (15)
R5 : sc2, inc, (sc4, inc)*2, sc2 (18)
R6 : (sc5, inc)*3 (21)
R7 : sc3, inc, (sc6, inc)*2, sc3 (24)
R8 : (sc7, inc)*3 (27)
R9-12 : sc in each st (27)
Insert safety eyes between round 7 and 8, 7 stitches apart.crochet ferret amigurumi pattern
R13 : (sc7, dec)*3 (24)
R14 : sc3, dec, (sc6, dec)*5, sc3 (21)
R15 : (sc5, dec)*3 (18)
Stuff the head.
R16 : (sc1, dec)*6 (12)
R17 : dec*6 (6)
FO, weave the yarn tail through the front loop of each remaining stitches and pull tight in order to close the body. Then, weave in the end.

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

Body

R1 : 6sc in a magic ring(6)
R2 : inc*6 (12)
R3 : (sc, inc)*6 (18)
R4 : sc, inc, (sc2, inc)*5, sc (24) 
R5 : (sc3, inc)*6 (30)
R6 : sc2, inc, (sc4, inc)*6, sc2 (36)
R7-10 : sc in each st (36)
R11 : sc5, dec, (sc10, dec)*2, sc5 (33)
R12 : (sc9, dec)*3 (30)
R13 : sc5, dec, (sc10, dec)*2, sc5 (27)
R14 : (sc7, dec)*3 (24)
R15 : sc4, dec, (sc8, dec)*2, sc4 (21)
R16 : (sc5, dec)*3 (18)
Begin to stuff and continue as you go.
R17-20 : sc in each st (18)
R21 : dec*2, sc6, inc*2, sc6 (18)
R22 : sc in each st (18)
R23 : dec*3, sc12 (15)
R24 : sc in each st (15)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing to the head.

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

Pin the head to the body as shown on the pictures and sew it in place. 

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

Front legs (*2)

R1 : sc6 in a magic ring (6)
R2 : inc*6 (12)
R3 : BLO: dec*3, in bot loops : sc6 (9)
R4-5 : sc in each st (9)
Stuff the tip of the leg.
R6 : (sc1, dec)*3 (6)
R7-9 : sc in each st (6)
R10 : (sc1, inc)*3 (9)
FO, leaving a long tail to sew to the body.

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

Once you made both legs, you can either stuff them firmly or use a bit of wire for them to hold the body better (see pictures below and this article on how to make your amigurumis poseable). 

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

Insert the wire 5 rows below the neck, 3 stitches apart. 

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

Check the length with a leg. 

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

And bend the end of the wire (shorten it if necessary).

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

Then put the legs around the wire (if you crochet with a bigger yarn than mine, you might need to stuff the legs a bit before sewing them to the body) 

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

And sew into place.

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

 

Rear legs (*2)

R1 : sc6 in a magic ring (6)
R2 : inc*6 (12)
R3 : BLO: dec*3, in both loops : sc6 (9)
R4 : sc in each st (9)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing to the body.

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

Pin them on both sides of the body, making sure they touch the ground and sew them into place. 

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

Tail

R1 : sc6 in a magic ring (6)
R2-13 : sc in each st (6) – If you use the same yarn as I did, you won’t need to stuff the tail, however if you use bigger yarn, stuff as you go.
R14 : (sc1, inc)*3 (9)
R15 : (sc2, inc)*3 (12)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing to the body. 

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

Pin the tail to the body making sure it touches the ground and sew into place.

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

Ears (*2)

R1 : sc5 in a magic ring (5) – Don’t close the round.
FO leaving a long tail for sewing.

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

Bend slightly the ears and pin them on the top of the head then sew into place.

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

crochet ferret amigurumi pattern

Now all you have left to do is embroider a small snout in the shape of a triangle. Feel free to read “how to embroider your amigurumi details” to help you out with that. You can also add a bit of eye shadow inside the ears and around the eyes to form the “ferret glasses”. 

ferret amigurumi pattern

And that’s it !

ferret amigurumi pattern

I really hope you’ll enjoy this pattern :)

See you soon !

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53 Responses to In memory of my beloved little assistant : a crochet ferret [free amigurumi pattern]

  1. My deepest sympathies :( .. I know how it feels when you have to let your little Furball go but we do it with love and she will live on always in your heart xx I have 2 Ferrets >’o'< and my friends have them too so I look forward to making them these little ones that I can give as gifts this Xmas. Thank you for sharing this pattern xx

  2. So sorry for your loss. My sister has 3 ferrets and I would love to make one for her! Thank you for sharing your awesome pattern!

  3. Thank you for sharing this great pattern! My friend really wants a ferret, but I’m going to use this as a ‘pet rock!’ What is the weight of this yarn?

  4. When I first came across your crocheted ferret, I fell in love. I went in search of a pattern and was so disappointed that there wasn’t one. I found others, but not as good. In my search I learned about your little buddy. I am soooo sorry for your loss. I have a furry friend that is always close by to keep me company. I appreciate your pattern and thank you for the time spent on it. Again, I’m so sorry.

  5. I’m so sorry, your Chipie looks just like my Baby, who lived to be 10. Ferrets are wonderful pets, but it’s so sad they don’t live very long. I know you will miss Chipie very much and my heart goes out to you for your loss.

  6. Gorgeous! I’m so sorry you lost your fur-baby. I know when it happens to my bunny or my kitty I will be devestated. Great pattern!

  7. I’m SO sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is, I have 4 ferrets of my own that are slowly getting old and passing on. Everyone deals with it differently so I can’t say that I feel your pain, it may be worse than mine when they “go”.
    I put mine in an urn with their fav treats and toys and have a picture of their beautiful tiny faces in front.
    Thank you so much for the free pattern. We all should make one in memory of your little assistant. I know that I will be making one for sure!
    I send hugs and dooks your way and hope that your pain will ease soon. Chipie will always be with you in some form and helping you along :-)

  8. Thank you for sharing such a lovely pattern of your companion and assistant. I am so very sorry for your loss. When we take on a fur friend they become part of us. It is a beautiful pattern.

  9. så jättesöt… så sorgligt att mista sitt lilla djur de blir som ens älskade familjemedlemmar… och jättesöt som virkad, tack

  10. Hello, Ophelie. I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear pet. It’s difficult indeed to deal with the loss of our furry loved ones. You never do forget, but the good memories do help with the pain some, in my personal experience. Hope it will the same for you.

    This pattern is beautifully shaped and does look very lively itself. Thank you very much for sharing and I wish you the best as the days go on.

  11. I’m sorry for your loss. We had to make the same difficult decision a few months ago. Our lovely standard poodle Spencer was he was 11.

  12. sorry for your loss of Chipie. We (my family) had two ferrets, Bandit and Charley. They gave up hours of entertainment. We loved them so much but as life is, theirs came to an end also. It has been a couple of years now and I still get an ear to ear smile when I think of them. Thank you so much for the pattern. I will be making two in memory of Bandit and Charley.

  13. thank you for this pattern and so sorry for your little pet, so I apologize for my mistakes in English language because I’m a french reader. I’m so sad too because I lost my beloved dog sharpei at oktober the 14th, it was my friendly femelle dog, donc je continue en français car je vois que ce site traduit dans les deux langues pour vous dire ma compréhension, c’est un drame de perdre nos amis qui ont pris tellement d’importance dans nos vies, j’ai dû aussi en venir à abréger ses souffrances, elle avait 6 ans et demie, et les sharpei ont souvent cette maladie qui l’a emportée, je termine car ce site est dédié aux travaux de crochet et je vous remercie pour ce don, je vais essayer de le faire si je peux en noir, amicalement, françoise

    • Merci Françoise, Chipie était malade aussi, toujours difficile de savoir à quel moment ils souffrent trop ! Grosse pensée pour votre petite sharpei, qui doit peut-être se faire embêter par une petite Chipie là haut ;)

  14. It always hurt to loose a pet and family memeber when they have brought you so much happiness and laughter. I think your pattern is just a great way to honor your little friend.

  15. I’m so sorry to hear. Our pet kids do know how to enhance our lives. What a beautiful tribute to your Chipie. There will now be thousands of Chipies all over the world.

  16. ty for sharing your ferret pattern. ive been looking for one for my son. he also lost a little girl not to long a go sending prays to you. love debi

  17. I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for your kindness in sharing your pattern. I work with children who have disabilities. Many of my children have sad home lives where loss is a constant. One of my students lost his ferret and was very sad. I wanted to make him a crocheted one so he wouldn’t be so sad. Bless you for creating this pattern and sharing:)

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