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Polka Bat Crochet Pattern

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Celebrate Halloween with a free Squirrel Picnic web comic and pattern! Read “What’s That Noise?” and crochet the charming oompah band leader, Polka Bat, with this free pattern.

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Polka Bat Crochet Pattern

Difficulty rating 2

Finished size: 7″ tall and 13″ around at the widest point

Materials

85 yds worsted-weight yarn in black (Caron Simply Soft in Black, 6 oz [170 g] / 315 yds [288 m])
20 yds worsted-weight yarn in bright green (Caron Simply Soft in Limelight, 6 oz [170 g] / 315 yds [288 m])
20 yds worsted-weight yarn in white (Caron Simply Soft in White, 6 oz [170 g] / 315 yds [288 m])
G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
Polyester Fiberfill
Yarn needle or tapestry needle
Stitch marker or waste yarn

Gauge

5 sts = 1″
5 rows = 1″

Abbreviations

ch = chain
ea = each
FO = fasten off
hdc2tog = half double crochet 2 together decrease
rep = repeat
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together decrease
sk = skip
slst = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
tr2tog = treble crochet 2 together decrease

Instructions

Eyes (Make 2)

With white, make a magic loop.

Rnd 1: 6 sc into the magic loop. Pull magic loop closed.

FO, leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave in other end.

With a length of black yarn, embroider the pupil in the center of the eye, toward the bottom. One easy way to do this is to come up through the center of the eye and down through any stitch of Rnd 2. Repeat, coming up and going down through these same holes, until the pupil achieves the desired thickness. Tie off at the back of the eye and trim ends.

To make sleepy eyes, use green yarn instead of white. Then embroider a single line across each eye to make it appear that the bat is sleeping.

Body

Tip: The body is crocheted in unjoined rounds. It will help to use a stitch marker or waste yarn to mark the beginning of your round. Move the marker up with each round completed.

With A, ch 2 or begin with a magic loop.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook or into magic loop and close. (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (12)

Rnd 3: * Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * 5 more times. (18)

Rnd 4: * Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * 5 more times. (24)

Rnd 5: * Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)

Rnd 6: * Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * 5 more times. (36)

Rnds 7-15: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 16: * Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * 5 more times. (42)

Rnd 17: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 18: * Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * 5 more times. (48)

Rnd 19: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 20: * Sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * 5 more times. (54)

Rnds 21-30: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 31: * Sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog, rep from * 5 more times. (48)

Rnd 32: * Sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog, rep from * 5 more times. (42)

Rnd 33: * Sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog, rep from * 5 more times. (36)

Rnd 34: * Sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog, rep from * 5 more times. (30)

Stuff bat firmly.

Rnd 35: * Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog, rep from * 5 more times. (24)

Rnd 36: * Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog, rep from * 5 more times. (18)

Rnd 37: * Sc in next sc, sc2tog, rep from * 5 more times. (12)

Rnd 38: * Sk next sc, sc in next sc, rep from * 5 more times. (6)

Join with slst. FO, leaving a tail. Thread tail through remaining sts and pull to close. Weave in end.

Right Wing (the bat’s right)

With black, ch 4.

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and next ch, turn. (2)

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc ea of next 2 hdc. (4)

Row 3: Ch 3, working back down the chain: slst in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch. Hdc in ea hdc across.

Row 4: Ch 1, hdc in ea hdc across.

Row 5: Ch 3, working back down the chain: slst in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch. Hdc in ea hdc across. Turn.

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in ea of next 4 hdc, turn.

Row 7: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, sc in ea of next 3 sc across. Switch to green halfway through the last stitch.

Row 8: Ch 1, place 9 sc evenly along the ends of Rows 1-7, turn. (9)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in back loop only of ea st across, turn.

Row 10: Ch 1. Pairing up the unused loops of Row 8 with sts in Row 9, slst ea pair of sts together. FO, leaving a long tail.

Left Wing (the bat’s left)

With black, ch 5.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea ch across, turn. (4)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in ea ch across.

Row 3: Ch 3, working back down the chain: slst in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch. Hdc in ea hdc across.

Row 4: Ch 1, hdc in ea hdc across.

Row 5: Ch 3, working back down the chain: slst in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch. Hdc in ea hdc across. Turn.

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in ea of next 4 hdc, turn.

Row 7: Ch 1, sk 1st st, hdc2tog, hdc. Switch to green halfway through the last stitch.

Row 8: Ch 1, place 9 sc evenly along the ends of Rows 1-7, turn. (9)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in back loop only of ea st across, turn.

Row 10: Ch 1. Pairing up the unused loops of Row 8 with sts in Row 9, slst ea pair of sts together. FO, leaving a long tail.

Ears (Make 2)

Make a magic loop.

Into the magic loop, crochet the following: ch 1, hdc, 2 dc, tr2tog, ch 1, 2 dc, hdc, ch 2, slst into the magic loop. Close the magic loop. FO, leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave in other end. Pull up on the top of the ear to accentuate the point. Sew each ear to the bat’s head using the long tails.

Feet (Make 2)

With black, ch 2 or make a magic loop.

Rnd 1: 4 sc into 2nd ch from hook or into the magic loop and close. (4)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (8)

Rnds 3-5: Sc in ea sc around.

Tuck in ends and press flat, lining up 3 sets of sts in the middle.

Row 6: Sc this closed with 3 scs (skipping the sts on either end where it is folded). Turn. (3)

Row 7: (Ch 5, slst in 2nd ch from hook, sc, hdc in next 2 chs, slst in sc at base of 5-ch. Slst in next st.) 3 times, omitting final slst in next st.

Sew these to the bottom of the bat so that the toes stick out from under his belly.

With green or the color of your choice, embroider a nose and smiley face. Check out the Resources page for tips and ideas on adding faces to your amigurumi.

Polka Bat Crochet Pattern

See a mistake or something I overlooked, please let me know in the comments or at squirrelpicnic{at}gmail{dot}com. Thanks!

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5 thoughts on “Polka Bat Crochet Pattern

  1. I loved all the items…makes the scary lovable!

  2. I love, love, love your Polka Bat, and have just the right recipient in mind for it 🙂
    Thankyou for posting such a loveable character, Hun 🙂

    • Thanks, Katy! He was fun to make. I’m thinking of making another, this time with wings that are all black and maybe ears that are more pointy. But maybe these quirks are what make him loveable. Hard to decide. I’ll keep you posted on what I discover. 🙂