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Dog Amigurumi Pattern – Brush Crochet

Here’s a Dog Amigurumi pattern, but with a twist! I use Brush Crochet Technique to create a very fluffy dog! It was my first time experimenting with brushing out yarn, but I had great fun with it and love the realistic furry effect that this technique gives.

Dog Amigurumi Pattern Brush Crochet

First let’s talk about yarn. When doing Brush Crochet, natural fibers work best. This means yarn such as wool, alpaca, mohair, etc. (all coming from fuzzy animals!) will give you the best fluffy amigurumis. You can even go meta for this pattern and use chiengora (aka dog yarn, yes there is such a thing!).

You can use acrylic too, but the effect will be less fuzzier. For my doll, I used a yarn blend that was 50% wool and 50% acrylic and it was still quite fluffy. But if you use a 100% natural fiber yarn, you should be able to work up an even greater amount of fluffiness.

Next, your handy tool is the Pet Slicker Brush. This brush can be found in pet stores or in almost any pet section. The sharp metal bristles help to release the fibers and fluff them up.

Brush Crochet Amigurumi

When you’re brushing, you’ll need to brush quite vigorously. Don’t be afraid of the fibers, you won’t hurt it, and you can’t mess up, so just brush it quite hard. Have patience because it does take some time. The motto to remember about Brush Crochet is “Just Keep Brushing.” And yes you can sing it like Dory does in Finding Nemo :P. “Just Keep Brushing, Just Keep Brushing!”

I’ve created a video tutorial so you can see the Crochet Brush technique in action, and I give you more tips on how I go about brushing my amigurumi. It is quite the workout!

Video Tutorial

Let me know if you also experiment with Brush Crochet. I’d love to hear all about your experience and how your project came out!

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Amigurumi Dog Back

Dog Crochet Pattern

DOG AMIGURUMI PATTERN – BRUSH CROCHET

LEVEL: Easy

HOOK SIZE: 6.5mm hook

YARN:
Loops & Thread, Cozy Wool (wool 50% and acrylic 50%, chunky weight):
Harvest
Fleece

NOTIONS:
Pet Slicker Brush
Yarn Needle
Eyes: 16mm Shank Button in Black or Safety Eyes (2)
Nose: 19mm Shank Button in Black or Safety Eye (1)
Scissors
Polyester Fiberfill
Stitch Marker

FINISHED SIZE:
Approximately 7in/18cm tall, 6in/15cm long

HEAD
With Harvest color yarn (brown)
Round 1:    6 sc into magic ring
Round 2:    2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] – 24 sc.
Round 5-7:    Sc in each st around.
Round 8:    [Sc2tog, sc in next 2 st] around – 18 sc.
Round 9:     [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 12 sc.
Round 10:   [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 8 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

SNOUT
With Harvest color yarn (brown)
Round 1:    Ch 5, Sc in next 4 ch, on other side of ch, sc in next 4 ch – 8 sc
Round 2:    [2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 2 st] around – 12 sc.
Round 3:    Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

EAR (make 2)
With Harvest color yarn (brown)
Round 1:    4 sc into magic ring
Round 2:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 6 sc.
Round 3:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] around – 8 sc.
Round 4:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 12 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Do not stuff.

Brush Amigurumi Dog Crochet

BODY
Round 1:    With Harvest color yarn (brown), 6 sc into magic ring.
Round 2:    2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 st] around – 20 sc.
Round 5:    Sc in each st around – 20 sc.
Round 6-10:    With Fleece color yarn (aran), sc in each st around – 20 sc.
Round 11:    [Sc2tog, sc in next st 8 st] around – 18 sc.
Note: Begin stuffing, and stuff as you go.
Round 12:    [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 12 sc.
Round 13:    Sc2tog around – 6 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Finish stuffing and sew closed.

LEG (make 4)
Round 1:    4 sc into magic ring.
Round 2:    2 sc in each st around – 8 sc.
Round 3-5:    Sc in each st around – 8 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Tail:
Round 1:    6 sc into magic ring.
Round 2-8:    Sc in each st around – 6 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Do not stuff.

Dog Amigurumi Carry

ASSEMBLY
1. Stuff the head lightly. With your Pet Slicker Brush, brush your amigurumi head vigorously and strongly. It will take some time, but you will see a halo start to form. Keep Brushing and the fiber will get more fluffier and longer. See the video tutorial for visual reference. Finish stuffing the head more firmly.
2. Stuff snout lightly and sew onto Head (but if you have a safety nose, you’ll want to place that on before you sew on snout to head). Placement is 3 rounds up from last row of head (count from bottom up). Brush out with Pet Slicker Brush.
3. Sew the Ears to the Head. Then brush out with Pet Slicker Brush. For the top of the head I like to brush upward. On bottom of snout, I like to brush downward. As the fibers get fluffy you can also style the fur to go in the direction you wish.
4. Sew on Eyes to head (16mm shank buttons) or you can use safety eyes. If you haven’t done so, sew on nose (19mm shank button) to middle of snout.
5. Brush out Body. Sew Head to Body.
6. Stuff the Legs. Sew onto Body. Brush out Legs.
7. Brush out tail. Sew onto end of Body.
8. Make sure to hide all ends.
9. Finish brushing out to your satisfaction.

Happy Crocheting and please do tag me with your projects on my Instagram or Facebook! I’d love to see!

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Amigurumi Dog Brush Crochet

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Hana
    May 12, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Way too cute!!!!
    So talented. Thank for sharing this adorable fluffy do with us. 🙂

    • Reply
      Ami Amour
      May 12, 2018 at 11:58 pm

      Thank you! So glad you like!

  • Reply
    Silvie
    May 18, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Your little dog looks very nice !!!
    Thank You for Sharing 🙋

    • Reply
      Ami Amour
      May 18, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks so much! Glad you can enjoy.

  • Reply
    Suzij
    May 19, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Cant wait to try thankyou

    • Reply
      Ami Amour
      May 19, 2018 at 11:43 pm

      Thanks for commenting and I’d love to see if you do!

  • Reply
    Melissa de Wavrin
    May 20, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Hi! Can’t wait to make a bunny for a dear friend who’s having a baby! Thanks for the video too! Always good to see it done visually. How much yarn do you need? 😁😁😁

    • Reply
      Ami Amour
      May 24, 2018 at 1:00 am

      Hi Melissa, for me I just used 1 skein of the Extra Chunky Loops and Thread, Cozy Wool yarn which was about 3.5oz. Hope that helps! Ooh a bunny would be the perfect animal to try the brush crochet on! Love to see how it turns out.

  • Reply
    Sherie Rodrigues
    May 24, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Dear Sharon. I love love love your work, and I love your sharing. Both beautiful. Love from Sherie. PS, I am amazed at the talent in our world.

    • Reply
      Ami Amour
      May 24, 2018 at 1:02 am

      Oh thanks Sherie, hey our names are pretty close lol! Thank you for taking the time to write to me. It really means a lot and motivates me to come out with even more patterns . Thank you for your lovely words and I hope you have a great day too!

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    June
    May 26, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    It’s beautiful! Showed my 8yo the finished dog picture and asked her if it’s a real dog? She thinks it’s real xx Gonna give this a try! Will 100% Acrylic yarn not have the same effect then xx Thanks

    • Reply
      Ami Amour
      May 26, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks, June! Acrylic yarn won’t be as fuzzy, so I recommend trying it with a yarn that’s at least 50% wool or alpaca. I’d love to see how yours comes out! Happy crocheting!

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