How To Crochet A Bat ~ Beginner Friendly Video


hi guys welcome
this is Sharon Ojala and today I want to show you how I crocheted this cute
little pocket bat this guy has a free written pattern and that link should be
popping up on your screen you don’t have to click that right now it will stay
there for the duration of this video the link to the pattern can also be found in
the description box below this cute little guy can have his wings open or
closed you can also display him upside down in this video tutorial I cover
every stitch of the wings and how to install wire I also show you how to
install the eyes do the mouth stuff and shape the head close up the body I also
show you how to do the arms the feet and sew the ears and the wings in place if
you are a beginner and you need help with the crocheted rows themselves this
guy and my pocket ghost first 11 rows are exactly the same
this guy has a video tutorial here in YouTube that shows you how to crochet
those first 11 rows so if you’re a beginner and you need help crocheting
the rows then you’ll want to view the video for the pocket ghost I’ve
explained that in this written pattern and you can find the link to the video
tutorial in this written pattern you’ll need a small amount of yarn this is Red
Heart comfort yarn it’s a worsted weight acrylic yarn you’ll need a small amount
of stuffing I use 100% polyester it’s soft and springy and I can sew through
it and not get any clumps so try to find something similar I used an eight
millimeter safety I could use something a little bit smaller or something a
little bit bigger and if you can’t find any safety eyes buttons will work and
felt maybe some yarn wrapped around in that area would also work I also used a
small amount of craft felt I use white behind the eyes and I use some pink in
the ears the Pink I actually attached with tacky glue a couple of stick pins
come in handy when you’re sewing to close up the wings like I have shown
here I used a bobby pin these are great
little things for amigurumi because there’s nothing sharp on there to hurt
anybody I use a blunt in yarn needle this is a
size 13 you don’t have to have the exact same size but I find these blunt ends
work really well and a four millimeter hook scissors a strand of black yarn in
a strand of white yarn in this video I also show you how to add wire to the
wings to make them poseable but you don’t
have to do that these wings here have no wire and they work just fine
they look fine without it if you wanted to add wire like I have then I would
suggest using a 20 gauge or something similar to it’s got nice flexibility
easy to work with if you use the same yarn and hook size that I have used here
then you should get a bat around three and a half inches tall alright guys
we’re going to make the wings first and I did not design left or right so you
make two exactly the same okay we start with a chain of nine yarn over and pull
through nine times there’s our chain of nine and starting
in the second chain from the hook there’s the first one we’re going into
the second one we’re gonna put a single crochet in the next three chains so when
you go through make sure you have two loops of that chain on top of your hook
and one lip of the chain on the bottom this little bit difficult to hold on to
for this first part but you’ll get through it pull the yarn through I’m
just gonna hold on to that a little bit of yarn underneath my hook and make my
single crochet I’m going to get into the next chain and make a single crochet
making sure I have tulips so that chain on top of my hook going into the next chain and that’s my
third one now into the next chain we’re going to put three single crochets and
again make sure you have two loops on that chain on top of your hook there’s
one now going back in that same chain there’s two I need to put one more and
there was three now it’s one single crochet in the remaining four chains now
usually the chain right after where you put three single crochets is going to be
a bit buried and you might have to dig for it make sure you get into that chain
to pull this little bit back here I see it here I’m gonna go through it I’m
gonna make sure that I’m getting the 2 loops on top of the hook still and
depending on what type of yarn you’re using that might be a little bit more
difficult and you might have to work at it a little bit harder than I just did
here so there is my first chain I’m gonna go into the next three and put a
single crochet and there’s the end of row two and now
we have ten stitches across chain one and turn now we’re going to skip the
chain and put one single crochet in the next four stitches so skip that chain
you just made going to the first stitch of the row one single crochet in each
one of those four stitches make sure you’re going through both loops of the
stitch and now three single crochets into the
next stitch one two and three and now one single crochet in the remaining five
stitches of the row one two three four and five so when you get to the end just
make sure you’re going through that last stitch it’s very easy to skip over it
because it kind of dips down I’ll show you what I mean here it was four and now
my fifth one looks a little bit funny but if I turn it towards me I can see
the V of this stitch just make sure you’re getting through both loops of
that B and that’s the end of Row three and now we have twelve stitches across
then we’re in a stay on a hook and we’re going to work up this way and then down
this part of that piece chain one and put a single crochet in that next space
over I’m just going to push through that top hole there from here I’m going to
chain four one two three and four and I’m gonna put a single crochet in the
bottom of that chain I just made so bring my hook down and go through the
bottom of that chain now we’re going to work on these outer
lips of this side and you can see them we’re going to put one single crochet in
the next three loops one two three and you might have to work out a little bit
to get in those loops depending on how tightly you crocheted there there’s one
going into the next loop there’s two and now into the next loop there’s three
from here chain 3 1 2 & 3 and again single crochet into the bottom of that
chain a little bit awkward because that end
piece must have get in the way there’s miss single crochet nine to put a single
crochet in the same lip I was just working in so down here into that same
lip that single crochet now there’s five loops left to work in we’re going to put
a single crochet in the remaining five loops … now we’re gonna crochet along this edge
here I’m gonna push your hook through that first space single crochet and I’m
gonna crochet around this starting yarn tail so I can hide it
push through the next space there we go hold that starting your until over the
hook I can crochet around it and we are done now if you’re gonna add a wire make
sure to leave a nice long tail for sewing in the wire cut that starting
yarn tail free make sure not the cut any of my working yarn that would be a shame pull the yarn tail through that loop and
look liked in the next clip I’m gonna show you how to install the wire if you
use one and like I said in the pattern you don’t have to use the wire if you
don’t want to this guy doesn’t have any wire in his wings and they work out just
fine so the choice is yours wires or no wires you see the one end of the wire is
completely hidden and the other one I left a little bit of a tail on because I
stick that inside the body and I’ll show you how I do that after we do this step
here so the wire is gonna be longer than the wing and I can cut off any excess I
need to now the first stitch is gonna be a little bit awkward just because
everything’s kind of in the way it’s just gonna pull that over and get my
first stitch in there wrapping over the wire so it’s just a series of wrapping
side-by-side all the way down the wing and once you get it started then it
should go a little quicker let’s see these gaps here I’m gonna go
back over the wing again so I’m not worried about those when I get here I’m
just gonna bend the wire down and shape of the wing and continue wrapping all
right once I get to the end here I bend this wire back the other way and I’m
gonna wrap over it I’m not wrapping all the way I just want
to wrap over the tip and then I’m gonna cut it free and you want to make sure
that you got it all hidden here I might have to put a couple in there at the very end okay now I’m gonna cut it free and I’m
gonna push my yarn back a little bit so I’m cutting a little bit lower than that
wrap I just made so I’m gonna push it back in now that tip is hidden away and
it won’t poke through now wrapping back to where I started I’m gonna make sure I
go over any wire that I see I see it goes very quickly well done and I’m just
gonna cut this end up shorter I don’t want it too long alright guys now that
you have your wings made you can set those aside and we’re gonna go on to
make the ears for the bat onto the ears now this is the end of row one I have a
loop with six stitches row two I’m going to show you how to hide the starting
yarn tail into the second row before we do that if you see a gap in your ear you
can pull on that starting yarn tail it close it up okay so Row two is one
single crochet in the first stitch two single crochets into the second and then
repeat that two more times one two one two so let’s do it together when you
push your hook through make sure you’re going to both loops of that stitch and
to hide the starting yarn tail just hold it over your hook and crochet around it there was one single crochet in the
first and now I’m going to go into the second stitch and put two single
crochets hold that starting your until over my hook and now we’re repeating that sequence
one single crochet in the first and two single crochets into the second and now
last time one single crochet in the first and two single crochets into that
last stitch of the row and it’s a little bit dipped down so make sure that
you get into that stitch both loops on that stitch and put two single crochets
now the piece is starting to fold up on itself and that’s totally normal
we’re gonna straighten it out here in second yep now we’re finished row two
and we have nine stitches around let’s cut that starting there until free make
sure not the cut any of your working yarn so before we finish off we’re going
to slip stitch into that next stitch and then finish off so go into that next
stitch grab your yarn pull it through instead of yarning over just pull the
first loop through the second and there we slip stitch now we can finish off
leave a tail for sewing you’re gonna use this tail to sew the ear to the head pull the yarn tail through that loop
get it down to about there and pull tight now the ears kind of folded up so
let’s straighten out there we go now that ear is ready just
be sewn on and we’re going to set it aside and sew it on towards the end of
this video there’s the back of the ear and there’s the front of the ear
you make two of these once you’re done with that set it aside and we’ll come
back to them at the end of the video all right guys in the next clip we’re
going to be installing the eyes and we’re also going to do the mouth
together so if you haven’t finished up to the end of row 9 pause the video now
get those rows down from the top of the head to the end of row 9 and then come
back here and we’ll do those next two steps together alright we’re at the end
of row 9 so I’m gonna pull out my last stitch pull it out and just leave it
hanging so I don’t lose it and that’s gonna be the back of the head so I’m
gonna work on this side here and we’re gonna install the eyes and we’re going
to add felt if you’ve chosen to add felt we can do that at the same time so these
eyes go in between the sixth and seventh row and we just count from up here we
count the Rings 1 2 3 4 5 6 and 7 so in between there with three visible stitch
holes between them 1 2 3 cut out your piece of felt and you’ll
want to have very sharp scissors for this part felt is kind of difficult to
cut and especially smaller pieces I learned a trick years ago if you have
troubles getting pieces that are identical to each other put a piece of scotch tape
over the felt and then draw on it and then you can cut it out cut out the
shape that you’ve drawn okay so I have a little circle here what we can do we can
make a little slit I just bent it over make a little slit for the safety eye to
go through so where you put the bigger part of the felt also changes the look
of the eyes this guy here see he looks like he’s looking right at
me and this guy looks like he’s looking that way and it’s just where I
positioned those bigger part of the felt pieces and you can see you can make them
smaller too so depending on what kind of safety eyes
you have you might have middle back or a plastic back depending on that you just
follow the instructions that were given to you and then place the backs on there
and you’re happy where you have those felt pieces alright I’ll let you play
with that and now next we’re going to add his mouth now again this is personal
preference you can make a small mouth you can make a bigger one it’s up to you
I’m going to show you how I did mine I take a strand of black yarn thread it
through my yarn needle and I’m gonna go in between the seventh and eighth row
so we know that this is the sixth and seventh so I’m gonna go between the
seventh and eighth I bring it through the back I’m just gonna make a simple
line okay I’m gonna knot these two off these two yarn tails I’m not gonna pull
too tightly but I’m gonna make a double knot so it doesn’t come loose in there
can’t gonna cut those yarn tails up short and leave them inside the head
there now I’m gonna take a strand of white yarn so I’m gonna add the teeth
and it’s just a simple wrap on either end you’re gonna wrap once or twice up
to you I’ll do twice okay I’ll do the other end now okay now we can knock
these two off in the back and same thing cut them up short
alright guys you can pause the video now when you’re ready to stuff the head the
pattern will tell you when we’re gonna stuff it you can come back here and I’ll
show you how to shape the head as we stuff it if you need that help and then
we’ll carry on to the next step welcome back guys you must be at the end of row
15 and you’re ready to stuff the head again pull out your last stitch you
don’t lose it and we’re going to shape this head as we stuff it acrylic yarn
can be shaped while you’re stuffing it I love that’s what I love about it you can
stretch it out quite a bit so when I push it in there I’m gonna push the
stuffing to the sides I want to make the head wider here okay I’m just gonna push it in with my
finger make sure that the sides have a good amount of stuffing all right guys
you can pause the video again and if you need help closing at the body
that will be in the next clip so you can go ahead and pause the video and then
hit play again when you get to the last row and I’ll show you how to stuff the
body and how we’re gonna close up the remaining gap now we’re at the end of
row 17 and we’re gonna finish off the body together I just broke free from my
yarn and I’m gonna pull the yarn tail through that loop I’m gonna get it to
about there and then I’m gonna pull tight we’re gonna stuff the body but
before we do that we’re going to weave in and out of the remaining stitches so
let’s read your your needle and just go in and out of these remaining stitches
go in and back out again all the way around okay
I’m back where I started now I can stuff the body and same thing I want to
stretch out the body shape with my fingers as I’m stuffing it so I’m gonna
push it out to the sides on all sides there we go I got a nice fat little body
and now I can pull on this yarn tail to close up that gap pull tight and now
we’re gonna knot off to hold that hole closed so I’m just gonna pull it through
tight okay and if you’re scared it didn’t knot off just do it again just go
through go through that loop and pull tight
now we just need to hide the yarn tail so I’m going to bring it through the
body out anywhere pull on it slightly and cut and that yarn tail springs
back into the body let’s add the arms now these are crocheted right onto the
body and they’re done by using a bobble stitch so we’re going to insert our hook
in between the eleventh and twelfth row and I put my arms in line with the eyes
but over on the outside so in line with the eyes but on the outside all right
like that so I’m going to flip them upside down and I’m gonna go in between
the eleventh and twelfth row and I know that’s right here our eyes are in
between the sixth and seventh so we know this is six seven eight nine ten eleven
and twelve I’m gonna cert my hook through a stitch hole and go underneath
a post and out the other side I’m gonna lay my yarn over the hook and I’m gonna
pull it through the starting yarn tail should be long enough that we can sew it
into the body when we’re done so I’ll pull it through hang on to that starting
yarn tail with your finger so it doesn’t pull through I’ll change fingers and
chain one now we’re gonna make a bobble stitch
using three double crochet we’re gonna yarn over before going back in we’re
gonna go underneath that same post that we went in the first time pull the yarn
through you have three loops on your hook yarn over and pull through the
first two only now you have two loops again yarn over pull the yarn through
now you have four loops yarn over and pull through the first two loops only now you have three loops on your hook
we’re gonna do this one more time you’re an over going back in pull the
yarn through you have five loops on your hook yarn over and pull through the
first two only and there’s our four loops on our hook we’re gonna yarn over
and pull through all four loops and we’re done so we’re gonna break free and
leave a little bit of tail for shaping and sewing pull the yarn tail through
that loop get it to about there and then pull tight let’s get rid of that
starting yarn tail first of all just bring it to the back anywhere pull it
through now we just have to knot off go through that loop pull tight and then
bring the yarn tail out anywhere else pull on it tightly and cut
now we’re gonna shape this arm now depending on your bobble could be loose
a little bit loose or a little bit untidy there if it’s untidy you can use
the yarn tail and just wrap around the end of the bobble and just make a little
few little wraps and that should tidy up the end you don’t have to do this part okay now we want to bring this yarn tail
to the back I’m gonna go underneath the bobble
so when I pull the yarn tail through it’s gonna suck the bottle to the body
let’s go to the back pull and that’s all there is to the arms that one is done
now we cannot up here pull it through and break free so let’s do arm number
two and I’m not gonna flip them upside down this time I’m just gonna go on the
outside of that eye and it goes through and I’m gonna go from this side because
it it helps it look more like the other one if we flipped it upside down it kind
of looks a little bit funny on this end pull the yarn through hang on to that
yarn tail so it doesn’t pull through and chain one yarn over yarn over and pull
through the first two loops you’re an offer pull the yarn through pull through
the first two loops and we have our four loops on our hook
we can yarn over and pull through all four loops and we’re done hey guys I’m
gonna use this yarn tail to go and make the lake’s now in the lake’s I put mine
in the center of those arms it’s out here and I wrap them around the
sixteenth row I’m gonna bring it underneath the sixteenth row and I’m
just gonna wrap around that row a number of times that was one seven so every
round six or seven times there and I’m gonna bring it underneath into the body
and then out where I want to put the other one right about there they’re
fairly close together and I’ll wrap here the same number of times I did for the
first time that’s so his ears on and that ring that we made this is gonna be
the outside of the ear and this is gonna be the inside so fold the inside of the
ear towards each other the sides together and we’re just gonna put a
stitch at the bottom here just to hold that fold and now it’s ready to get sewn
on you can see the ears fur ways back from the arms and the bottom part that
we just so closed goes in between the fifth and sixth row it’s a one two three
four five and six so in between there so let’s pin it in place now there’s
nothing difficult about this the only thing is it’s awkward to hang on to
so let’s pin it in place okay and once you’re satisfied that’s in
the right spot now we can go ahead and sell that bottom part in place just
bring your needle through and out anywhere else go back in that same
stitch hole you came out of and come up underneath the ear I’m gonna go again
over the bottom part of that ear going through both sides see that that’s going
through both sides and now to come out anywhere else just bring it through a
stitch hole now that’s sewn in but if I take this
pin off it could flop this way so I’m gonna put a little stitch right here
inside the ear and tack it to the head so nickel back in through the same
stitch hole and I’m gonna come up underneath that ear right here then I’ll
bring my needle through the ear where I want to put that little tack pull it
through I’ll go over a stitch hole like grabbing onto a post inside there and go
back into the head and out and now that ear is tacked in place once
you’re happy and satisfied that it’s stuck to the head and I don’t like the
look of this little jump here so I’m going to go back through and I wrap over there we go
back into the head and out anywhere and pull alright that fix that it’ll jump
I had there I don’t know what that was but anyway got rid of that no I’m super
happy like that I can knot off bring it out anywhere and cut free and for the
felt in the ears I just glue it in with regular tacky
glue make sure it’s spread out to all the edges so I would highly suggest
pinning these in place before you start sewing the wings and make sure you’re
totally happy with the placement otherwise you’re not gonna be happy once
you’re sewn in and maybe they’re back too far they’re out too far you want to
make sure that you’re so happy with them before you start sewing and you can see
this guy’s wings the tips of my wings here this is row around twelve and
thirteen so you want to make sure that you have them around the same area but
when you flip it forward most importantly is how it looks to you so
don’t be so concerned with the row count just make sure that you’re happy with
how they’re looking okay and then when you’re sewing them in place I just sew
around this little tip here so all this area here and I’m just gonna whip stitch
it to the body and not bring my bring the yarn down and then they needle out
anywhere where it’s comfortable and then just go back and that same stitch hole
and come up beside the wing now I can stitch over it and again back out
anywhere where it’s comfortable I can take that pin off and that’s pretty much
sewn in again I’m gonna check it out here but not another stitch right here
at the along this edge here that should do it if you don’t have the wires in
your wings you might have to put in a couple more stitches and all depends on
what you’ve done all right and the best way I’ve found to close up the wings if
you want to display it that way or give it as gift that way use the bobby pin
because there’s no sharp points on that and it’s not gonna hurt anybody so what
I do is just close it up and I put the bobby pin on the tip one side and then
through the tip on the other side and then right into the body and up so these
aren’t permanently attached I did a wire on here and made a little hook out of
the wire and when I’m done hanging them if I want to put them away for storage I
can just cut this wire off and and then that’s done or you could do some yarn
feet and I’ll show you that in the next clip but this one I’ll show you how I
did the wire so I just took a thin gauge wire 20 gauge would work or thinner and
I’m gonna push it through here there we go
twist those two I’m gonna cut off the excess
there’s my little stem and now I can bend it over and make a hook I like the
wire because you can force it to hang in a certain direction just by twisting the
wire okay there’s my little hook so I think that’s pretty cool now if you
didn’t want to use wire and you want to use yarn let’s do that
there’d be a couple different ways you could do with the yarn if you have a
piece like this where I can’t just slide the bat onto it if I had rings up here
then you’d have to tie it to the bat and then to your piece that you’re
hanging it off of but if you wanted to make rings here take a strand of yarn
and go read about here and we’re going to knot off right here so make a knot there we go
okay that’s not it now this you are until I’m going to get rid of in a
second this one I’m going to loop over my finger and make a knot on this side before I pull it all the way through I
go through that lip and it’s a little tight no I know if it do that again there we go now it’s knotted and there’s
a little loop there and I could make two of them if I want to bring it through
and not over here now just get rid of these yarn tails and you can make a loop
smaller than I’d get there that’s just an example
pull those yarn tails out of the way you can cut those free pulling them slightly
cut and now you have two loops there and then you can slide it over whatever you
need to slide it over alright my friends that brings us to the end of this video
I hope you enjoyed making yourself a little bat if you did make yourself one
of these I would sure love to see it post pictures on my facebook page Amigurumi Freely thanks so much for watching and we’ll see you super soon

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