Crochet Rat Amigurumi Pattern

Cute or creepy, this crochet rat amigurumi pattern can go either way! Add an ink black rat with glowing red eyes to your Halloween decor, or change up the colors for a fuzzy new friend.

Crochet amigrumi rat pattern - shows front and back views of the rat with text saying "Eek, a rat! So cute it's scary!"

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CAL Central Halloween Crochet Along

This crochet amigurumi rat pattern is my design for the 2022 CAL Central Halloween Crochet Along. Join in the fun on the CAL Central Crochet Facebook group, and check out the main post for all the other fun patterns. While you’re there, be sure to enter the giveaway. There are some really great prizes!

Use the hashtag #CALCentralCrochet when sharing pictures of your rat on social media.

Make a Mischief

A group of rats is known as a mischief. If you’ve ever had a pet rat, you know just how accurate that term is! Rats are social creatures, so make yourself a whole mischief of them!

Rat waiting to scare my husband

My amigurumi rat got up to some mischief right away. She waited patiently on this ledge for my husband to come in the door and see her. He was not necessarily amused (but I was!)

Wild Vs. Fancy Rats

Wild rats and domesticated rats (also called fancy rats) are very different. Wild rats can carry diseases and cause all sorts of damage in their search for food. Pet rats, cared for by humans, tend to be very clean and…well ok they still like to eat a lot and tear stuff up.

I kept pet rats many years ago. They can be very loving, are fairly easy to train, and are fun to play with. This little albino troublemaker was named Angel. The picture is from 2005, so is a bit fuzzy.

My sweetest rat ever was a fawn-colored cutie named Chester, who mostly just loved to snuggle and eat yogurt-covered blueberries.

Fairfield Poly-Fil and Poly Pellets

Fairfield provided the Poly-Fil stuffing that I used in this project. I chose Ultra Plush Poly-Fil for a super squishy and smooth finish.

Ultra Plush Poly-Fil from Fairfield World

I’ve also included Fairfield Poly Pellets as an optional add-in. I did not use these in the sample I made, but it is a great option if you want to add more weight for stability. They are small though, so I would avoid using them in anything made for young children.

Poly Pellets

Materials

  • Yarn: Worsted weight yarn
    • 75 yds black
    • 5 yds pink
    • 1 yd red
  • Hook: US size H (5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to match gauge
  • Notions:
    • Yarn needle
    • Stitch marker or scrap of yarn to use as running stitch marker
    • Fairfield PolyFil fiber fill
    • Stuffing tool or chopstick
    • Fairfield Poly Pellets and a nylon stocking (optional, for added weight)

Project Level

Intermediate – uneven shaping, working in the round on small pieces, some joining of pieces.

Size

About 13 inches from tip of nose to tip of tail.

Gauge

13 sc x 16 rounds = 4 inches

Abbreviations used

ch = chain

dec = decrease (See Special Stitches)

inc = increase (See Special Stitches)

rnd = round

RS = right side

sc = single crochet

sl st = slip stitch

st(s) = stitch(es)

Special Stitches

Decrease (dec): Insert hook into front loop only of both of next 2 stitches, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook. This is an alternative to a single crochet 2 together (sc2tog) stitch. If you prefer, you can use the standard sc2tog instead.

Increase (inc): Sc in back loop only of indicated st, then sc in both loops of same st. This counts as two stitches in the end of round stitch counts.

See this tutorial for a more detailed look.

Almost Invisible SC Increase - Stitches n Scraps

Instructions:

Most of the pattern is worked in continuous rounds. Do not join or turn your work unless specifically indicated.

Head

With black, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (4 sts)

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

Rnd 3: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 4: [Inc in next st, sc in next st] around. (12 sts)

Rnd 5: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 6: Sc in next st, [Inc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts] 3 times, inc in next st, sc in last st. (16 sts)

Rnd 7: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 8: [Inc in next st, sc in each of next 7 sts] twice. (18 sts)

Rnd 9: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 10: Sc in each of next 4 sts, Inc in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of last 4 sts. (20 sc)

Rnd 11: Sc in each st around.

Neck:

Rnd 12: [Dec, sc in each of next 3 sts] twice, [inc, sc in each of next 4 sts] twice.

Rnd 13: Dec, sc in next st, dec, sc in each of next 4 sts, inc, sc in each of next 5 sts, inc, sc in each of next 4 sts.

Rnd 14: Sc in each of next 3 sts, dec, sc in each of next 4 sts, inc, sc in each of next 3 sts, inc, sc in each of next 4 sts, dec.

Rnd 15: Sc in each of next 9 sts, [inc, sc in each of next 2 sts] 3 times, inc, sc in last st. (24 sts)

Rnds 16-19: Sc in each st around.

Body:

Rnd 20: Inc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of last 16 sts. (26 sts)

Rnd 21: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 22: Sc in each of next 2 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of last 16 sts. (28 sts)

Rnd 23: Sc in each of next 3 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of last 17 sts. (30 sts)

Rnds 24-29: Sc in each st around

Rnd 30: Sc in next st, dec, [sc in each of next 3 sts, dec] 3 times, sc in each of last 12 sts. (26 sts)

Rnd 31: [Dec, sc in each of net 2 sts] 3 times, dec, sc in each of last 12 sts. (22 sts)

Rnd 32: [Sc in each of next 3 sts, dec] 3 times, sc in each of next 5 sts, dec. (18 sts)

Rnd 33: Sc in each st around

Rnd 34: [Dec, sc in next st] around. (12 sts)

Stuff head and body firmly.

Rat head and body, stuffed firmly.

If you would like more stability, you can add extra weight to the body with Poly Pellets. Put some pellets into the toe of a nylon stocking and tie it closed. Trim off the excess stocking, and put the remaining bundle near the bottom of the body. Pack all around the beads with stuffing so they don’t show. Poly pellets can be a choking hazard, so don’t use them if you are making this for a small child.

Toe of stocking filled with pellets and knotted. Image also shows a funnel, which was used to help fill the stocking.

Tail

Rnd 35: Dec around. (6 sts)

Rnds 36-45: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 46: Dec, sc in each of last 4 sts. (5 sts)

Rnds 47-51: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 52: Dec, sc in each of last 3 sts. (4 sts)

Rnds 53-56: Sc in each st around.

Use stuffing tool to stuff tail lightly

Rnd 57: Dec, sc in each of last 2 sts. (3 sts)

Fasten off.

Sew tail through each of the 3 sts and pull to close.

Weave in ends.

Main portion of crochet amigurumi rat, including head, body, and tail.

Thigh (make 2)

With black, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sts)

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

Rnd 3: [Inc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, inc in next st, sc in each of last 6 sts. (16 sts)

Rnd 4: [Inc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts] 3 times, inc in next st, sc in each of last 6 sts. (20 sts)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Weave in starting tail.

Ear (make 2)

With black, ch 2.

Rnd 1 (RS): 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook, change to pink, 2 sc in same ch, join with sl st to first st. (4 black sc, 2 pink sc)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, turn, inc in each of first 2 sts, change to black, inc in each of last 4 sts, join with sl st to first st. (8 black sc, 2 pink sc)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sl st in each of first 2 sts, sc in each of next 4 sts, sl st in each of next 2 sts, leaving pink sts unworked. (4 black sc, 4 black sl sts)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Fold ear in half with RS together, so that pink portion rests inside of black portion.

Weave in pink ends.

Sewing bottom corners of ear together to make it curl.

With shorter black tail, sew the two bottom corners of ear together so that it curls into a teardrop shape, then weave in the end. You should now only have one long tail remaining on each ear.

Front leg and foot (make 2)

Leg:

With black, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (4 sts)

Rnds 2-3: Sc in each st around.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Use stuffing tool to stuff lightly.

Weave ending tail through all 4 sts and pull tight to close.

Foot:

Insert hook into the end of the leg, right under where you closed it. Your hook should basically be going through two of the four stitches from the last round. Pull up a loop of pink.

Row 1: [Ch 3, sl st in same place where you pulled up the loop] 3 times. (3 toes)

Fasten off.

Weave in pink ends and starting black end, leaving the longer black tail for sewing.

Back leg and foot (make 2)

Leg:

With black, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sts)

Rnds 2-3: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 4: [Dec, sc in next st] twice. (4 sts)

Rnd 5: Sc in each st around.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Use stuffing tool to stuff lightly.

Weave ending tail through all 4 sts and pull tight to close.

Foot:

Work as for front foot.

4 little rat legs and feet

Assembly

Use the long tails to sew pieces together as indicated.

Feet and legs:

Using the image as a guide, sew legs to the bottom of the body. Sew only the back half of each leg so that the foot can move freely.

Bottom of rat, showing placement of legs and feet. The front legs are set so the toes just reach the neck, and the back legs are set so that the back hits where the body starts curving for the tail.

The back legs should be just set slightly further apart than the front legs, with the outside edge of the leg sticking out slightly past the body.

Side view of feet, showing that back leg sticks out a bit to the side.

Thighs:

The flatter portion of the thigh is the bottom. Align thigh on side of body, just above back leg. The bottom edge of the thigh should rest on top of the back leg.

Sew thigh to body almost all the way around, attaching it to the back end of the leg where they meet.

When you have just a few stitches left, stuff thigh lightly, then finish sewing all the way around.

Ears and Face

Sew ears to top of head.

With pink yarn, embroider a nose by making 2 or 3 stitches at the starting tip of the head.

Rat face showing pink nose and red, French knot eyes.

With red yarn, embroider eyes with either French knots, or 2 or 3 small stitches.

Remove any remaining stitch markers and weave in all ends.

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