WIP 05/18/17 Woodland Themed Afghan – Squirrel Applique

Not much time to write a full post… my daughter is turning 7 tomorrow (I can’t believe it!) and I still have so much to do! I started this pattern write up last night and just finished… so here it is, I hope you like him.

Mr. Squirrel! 🙂


Crochet Squirrel Applique

Measures approximately 4.5” tall by 4.5” wide.



  • Medium worsted weight yarn (4)

14 yards – Red Heart Soft in Toast

1 yard – Loops & Threads, Impeccable, in Soft Taupe

1/2 yard – Red Heart Super Saver in Black

6 yards – Lion Brand Fun Fur in Chocolate

  • Crochet hook size G (4.0 mm)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors


BODY (8 yards toast)

Row 1: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 3, leave last 2 st unworked (4)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in same, sc 2, 2 sc in last (6)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc across (6)

Row 4: Ch 6, turn, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st, sc 2, hdc, now hdc 5, 2 hdc in last (12)

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2, sc 6, leave last 2 st unworked (9)

Row 6: Ch 3, turn, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc, now hdc 7, hdc2tog (10)

Row 7: Ch 2, turn, dc, hdc 7, sc, sl st in last (10)

Row 8: Turn, sk 1st st and sl st in next, sl st, ch 3, sk the 3 ch and sl st back into same, sc, sl st 3, sc, sl st 2 (10)

Row 9: Continue and sl st 7 more, mark your 7th sl st.  (Refer to red #’s in picture below).

body row9

Sl st 7 again across bottom of piece (Refer to blue #’s in picture) and end at the beginning ch from Row 1. (14)

Fasten off, leave a tail long enough to sew finished applique to granny square.


TAIL (6 yards toast)

To get the fuzzy tail look, hold toast-colored yarn and fun fur together while working the pattern. If you aren’t comfortable crocheting with fun fur you can work the pattern with just yarn. (Scroll down to see a picture of finished squirrel without fun fur).

Row 1: Working in the sl st’s from Row 9 – Attach yarn to marked st (see picture below),

tail row1

ch 1, sc in same, sc 6, now sc 2 more (9)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc across (9)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc 2, dc 3, hdc 2, sc 2 (9) Now ch 2 and sl st into bottom of the hdc from the previous row (see picture below)

tail row3

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, dc in same, hdc around the post of the ch 2 you just made (if working with fun fur you may have to feel for it through the fur), sc in next (3)

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in same, hdc, dc (3)

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sk 1st and sc2tog (1)

Row 7: Ch 2, do NOT turn, dc in same (See picture below).

tail row7a

Continue along the side and put a sc around each of the two posts from previous rows (see marked st’s in picture below) (3)

 tail row7b


Row 8: Ch 4, turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 2, then sc, hdc, dc (6)

Row 9: Ch 2, turn, dc in same, hdc, sc 3, sl st, turn (6)

Row 10: Sk 1st st and sl st in next, hdc, dc 2, {dc, sl st} in last (6)

  • If using fun fur, fasten off and weave in ends.
  • If not using fun fur, continue to sl st down tail until you get to the squirrel’s back, fasten off, weave in ends.


Finished squirrel, so far, without fun fur.



Using black – stitch on an eye.

Using soft taupe – stitch around outer rim of eye. Also, make a couple stitches inside ear, now stitch on a nose.

Using your long yarn tail from body – sew applique onto granny square.


Have a fun time making him! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! 🙂


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I spend a ton of time working on my patterns, tweaking them, rewording them, and trying to make them easy to understand and error-free for you. I do not have pattern testers so it’s possible that a mistake or typo may occur. Please, nicely, let me know if you find a mistake and I will work to fix it. If you are struggling with the pattern, please let me know so I can try to help you.

11 thoughts on “WIP 05/18/17 Woodland Themed Afghan – Squirrel Applique

    1. Hi Dawn, I just sent you an email that will hopefully clear up the confusion you’re having with Row 4. I have considered making YouTube tutorials. Maybe by next year I will be in a place to make a few of those!


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