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Groovy the Llama | Free Crochet Pattern

Groovy the Llama is a fluffy, more realistic take on a crochet llama pattern. This free amigurmi pattern captures the adorable face of this popular animal and is a fun project full of unique stitches and construction methods.

This is my take on a llama is inspired by the ultimate groovy llama. My FAVORITE animated movie of all time is The Emperor’s New Groove. The sarcasm is crisp, the fourth wall is regularly broken, and it is highly quotable. 

Groovy the Llama free crochet amigurumi pattern, Hooked by Kati, pin

Groovy may not be quite as gangly as Kuzco, but he has the expressive eyes, exaggerated features, and fluffy neck fur that reminds me of my favorite emperor. 

Construction

As you know, I love loop stitches for texture. The Groovy the Llama pattern uses them for the neck and chest with space between each round of loops to give a more layered look to the fur.

His legs and feet also use some merging and branching techniques. The videos are very helpful for this pattern because the turning from the loop stitch rounds (wrong side facing out) and the leg branching (right side facing out) can be a bit tricky.

The Premium Pattern also contains a lot of great images to help with assembly.

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Groovy the Llama

You may sell products made by this pattern, but please do not copy this pattern for distribution or sale. That’s not nice (and slightly illegal).

Intermediate pattern.  Need to have knowledge of chains (ch)s, single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), increases and decreases, and amigurumi part attachment. Knowledge of loop stitch useful, but an eagerness to learn is a great substitute. 

All patterns are written in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.

Supplies

  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn, 100% acrylic, worsted weight, 364 yds/7 oz/198 g, Turqua, 1 ball
  • Furls Odyssey G (4.00 mm) hook

  • Two 15mm solid black safety eyes
  • Poly-fil stuffing
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Hair brush

Measurements

14 inches tall x 10 inches long

Pattern Notes

Work in continuous rounds. Do not slip stitch to join unless instructed otherwise.
Recommended: Do not weave in ends until all pieces are attached. This allows you to reposition pieces if necessary.

Pattern Stitches

Loop Stitch (Loop-st):  Insert hook through st, loop yarn back to front over 2 fingers, slide hook over nearside of loop, grab far side of loop and pull through st, yo, pull through both loops on hook, remove fingers from loop.
Single Crochet join (sc join): Place slip knot on hook, insert hook into desired st, yo, pull through, yo and draw through both loops on hook.

Instructions

Head

Ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 4: [sc, inc] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 5: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 6: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 7: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 8: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)

Rnds 9-13: Sc evenly around. (30)

Rnd 14: [3 sc, dec] 6 times. (24)

Rnds 15-16: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 17: [inc, 7 sc] 3 times. (27)

Rnd 18: [inc, 8 sc] 3 times. (30)

Rnd 19: [inc, 9 sc] 3 times. (33)

Rnd 20: [inc, 10 sc] 3 times. (36)

Rnds 21-24: Sc evenly around.

Insert safety eyes in two increases between Rounds 19 and 20.

Start stuffing.

Rnd 25: [4 sc, dec] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 26: [3 sc, dec] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 27: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 28: [sc, dec] 6 times. (12)

Finish stuffing.

Rnd 29: 6 dec. (6)

Cut yarn. Thread needle through back loops of remaining 6 stitches. Pull tight to close. Leave long tail for sewing.

Nose

Ch 2, leaving long tail for sewing at beginning.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: [sc, 2 inc] twice. (10)

Rnd 3: [3 sc, 2 inc] twice. (14)

Rnd 4: [5 sc, 2 inc] twice. (18)

Rnd 5: [7 sc, 2 inc] twice. (22)

Rnds 6-7: Sc evenly around.

Bind off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Press flat with into a wide triangle, increases on each edge. Using needle, working through both stitches of last round (11 sts), sew to head at Round 10, lined up between eyes.  Use starting tail to sew tip of triangle to Round 3 of head and sew straight line down across end of nose. Weave in ends.

Ears

(Make 2)

Ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Sc evenly around. (6)

Rnd 3: [2 sc, inc] twice. (8)

Rnd 4: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] twice. (10)

Rnd 6: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 7: [4 sc, inc] twice. (12)

Rnd 8: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 9: [5 sc, inc] twice. (14)

Rnds 10-13: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 14: [5 sc, dec] twice. (12)

Rnd 15: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 16: [4 sc, dec] twice. (10)

Rnd 17: Sc evenly around.

Bind off leaving long tail for sewing.

Flatten ears with increases/decreases on the edges.  Pinch last round together so edges meet and use tail to sew together. (This will fold the ear slightly.) Attach to head, making sure bottom of ears are three rows below the top of the head, so the ears stand straight up from the back of the head. Sew in line with eyes.  Weave in ends.

Eyebrows

Ch 4.

Row 1: 5 dc in 4th ch from hook (see Pattern Notes). (6 dc)

Bind off and attach arch-side up over safety eyes. 

Neck and Front Legs

Ch 2.

Rnd 1: (RS) 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: [sc, inc] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 5: (FLO) Sc evenly around. (24) This will create a 90 degree angle, RS facing inward, WS facing outward.

Rnd 6: Loop-st evenly around. (24)

Rnds 7-8: Sc evenly around. (24)

Rnd 9: Loop-st evenly around.

Rnds 10-11: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 12: Loop-st evenly around.

Rnds 13-14: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 15: Loop-st evenly around.

Rnd 16: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 17: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 18: 15 loop-st, 15 sc. (30)

Rnd 19: [4 sc, inc] 6 times. (36)

Rnd 20: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 21: 4 sc, 10 loop-st, 22 sc. (36)

Rnd 22: [5 sc, inc] 6 times. (42)

Rnd 23: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 24: 7 sc, 7 loop-st, 28 sc. (42)

Rnds 25-26: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 27: Sc 10, ch 3, skip 21, sl st, turn. (You will now change direction and be working with the RS facing outward. This is now the first stitch of each remaining row.) 

Rnd 28: Working clockwise, 21  sc, sc in each of the three chs. (24)

Rnds 29-30: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 31: [6 sc, dec] 3 times. (21)

Rnds 32-33: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 34: [5 sc, dec] 3 times. (18)

Rnds 35-36: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 37: [4 sc, dec] 3 times. (15)

Rnds 38-39: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 40: [3 sc, dec] 3 times. (12)

Rnds 41-42: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 43: 6 dec. (6)

Cut yarn. Thread needle through back loops of remaining 6 stitches. Pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Stuff neck and leg firmly.

Next Leg

Rnd 1: Work clockwise, RS facing out. Sc Join(see Pattern Stitches) in first stitch left of the ch-3, 20 sc, sc in back side of each of 3 chs. (24)

Rnds 2-3: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 4: [6 sc, dec] 3 times. (21)

Rnds 5-6: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 7: [5 sc, dec] 3 times. (18)

Rnds 8-9: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 10: [4 sc, dec] 3 times. (15)

Rnds 11-12: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 13: [3 sc, dec] 3 times. (12)

Rnds 14-15: Sc evenly around.

Stuff remaining leg.

Rnd 16: 6 dec. (6)

Cut yarn. Thread needle through back loops of remaining 6 stitches. Pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Hind End and Legs

Ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: [sc, inc] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 6: [4 sc, inc] 6 times. (36)

Rnd 7: [5 sc, inc] 6 times. (42)

Rnds 8-13: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 14: (Begin first leg.) 21 sc, ch 9, skip 21, sl st in first st to join. Leave skipped sts unworked.

Rnd 15: Sc in same st, 20 sc, sc in each of 9 chs. (30)

Rnd 16: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 17: [8 sc, dec] 3 times. (27)

Rnd 18: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 19: [7 sc, dec] 3 times. (24)

Rnd 20: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 21: [6 sc, dec] 3 times. (21)

Rnd 22: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 23: [5 sc, dec] 3 times. (18)

Rnd 24: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 25: [4 sc, dec] 3 times. (15)

Rnd 26: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 27: [3 sc, dec] 3 times. (12)

Rnds 28-29: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 30: 6 dec. (6)

Cut yarn. Thread needle through back loops of remaining 6 stitches. Pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Stuff leg.

Next Hind Leg

Rnd 1: Sc join in first st to left of ch-9. Sc 20, sc in back side of each of 9 chs. Sl st in first st to join. (30)

Rnds 2-3: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 4: [8 sc, dec] 3 times. (27)

Rnd 5: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 6: [7 sc, dec] 3 times. (24)

Rnd 7: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 8: [6 sc, dec] 3 times. (21)

Rnd 9: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 10: [5 sc, dec] 3 times. (18)

Rnd 11: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 12: [4 sc, dec] 3 times. (15)

Rnd 13: Sc evenly around.

Stuff hind end and start stuffing remaining leg.

Rnd 14: [3 sc, dec] 3 times. (12)

Rnds 15-16: Sc evenly around.

Finish stuffing.

Rnd 17: 6 dec. (6)

Cut yarn. Thread needle through back loops of remaining 6 stitches. Pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Belly

Ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: [sc, inc] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 6: [4 sc, inc] 6 times. (36)

Rnd 7: (BLO) Sc evenly around.

Rnds 8-17: (Both loops) Sc evenly around.

Bind off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Sew flat end to shoulders, opposite chest fur. Begin stuffing. Sew open end to hind legs. Finish stuffing firmly before belly is attached completely.

Hooves

First Toes

(Make 4)

Ch 2.

Rnd 1: 4 sc in second ch from hook. (4)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (8)

Rnd 3: [3 sc, inc] twice. (10)

Rnd 4: [4 sc, inc] twice. (12)

Rnd 5: Sc evenly around.  

Bind off.

Second Toes/Hoof

(Make 4)

Ch 2.

Rnd 1: 4 sc in second ch from hook. (4)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (8)

Rnd 3: [3 sc, inc] twice. (10)

Rnd 4: [4 sc, inc] twice. (12)  

Rnd 5: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 6: 12 sc, sl st in 1st toe, 11 sc around 1st toe, sc in same st as sl st, sl st in 1st st of 2nd toe. Now working around both toes. (24)

Rnd 7: sc evenly around.

Rnd 8: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 9: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 10: [sc, dec] 6 times. (12)

Stuff.

Rnd 11: 6 dec. (6)

Cut yarn. Thread needle through back loops of remaining 6 stitches. Pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Sew to bottoms of legs, toes facing forward.

Tail

Ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: 6 loop-st, 6 sc. (12)

Rnd 4: [5 sc, inc] twice. (14)

Rnd 5: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 6: 7 loop-st, 7 sc. (14)

Rnd 7: [6 sc, inc] twice. (16)

Rnd 8: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 9: 8 loop-st, 8 sc. (16)

Rnd 10: [2 sc, dec] 4 times. (12)

Rnd 11: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 12: 6 loop-st, 6 sc. (12)

Bind off leaving long tail for sewing. Flatten with loop stitches on one side. Sewing through both layers, sew open end to back of hind end. Weave in ends.

Fur Finishing

Cut all loops of loop stitches. Using bristle brush, Brush straight down on frayed ends. Brush in only one direction. Brush until fluffed as desired. Trim any stretched strands or fuzzy places.

Here is a video on how to Brush and Fluff Loop Stitches.

Weave in all attachment ends when parts are positioned as desired.

Groovy Llama amigurumi free crochet pattern - Hooked by Kati

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