This (almost) no-sew baby otter is the cutest add-on for my Free Sea Otter pattern.
Make a sweet gift for Mother's Day in just 20 minutes!
*You can also find the premium, printable PDF for the Sea Otter Pattern HERE if you prefer that. Please note that this pattern is able to remain free due to the ads on this page. Thank you for your support!
- #3 light worsted yarn - here, I'm using Scheepjes stonewashed in Axinite (831) and Brown Agave (822)
- 2.25 mm hook
- Scissors, stitch marker, yarn needle
- Brown embroidery thread
- blo - back loops only
- dec - (invisible) decrease
- flo - front loops only
- inc - increase
- ps - puff stitch
- Yarn over and insert the hook into the next stitch. Yarn over and pull through. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Repeat until you have 7 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all of the loops on the hook. When you sc into the next st, push the "puff" so it faces out.
- sc - single crochet
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- rnd(s) – round(s)
- [#] – stitch count
- (…) x # – repeat the instructions within the parentheses # of times
*We will be working in a spiral.
*Please do not copy/redistribute any part of this pattern as your own. This includes reposting/translating without permission. Feel free to sell your finished products in small quantities - I only ask that you give credit to help support my work. Tag #curiouspapaya to share your work!
HEAD/BODY (start in tan yarn):
Rnd 1: Make a magic circle and (sc) x6 
Rnd 2: (inc) x6 
Rnd 3: (sc, inc) x6 
Rnds 4-6 (3 rnds total): sc all around 
Rnd 7: (sc, dec) x6 
Change to brown yarn.
Rnd 8: (flo) - sc all around 
Rnd 9: sc all around 
Rnd 10: 4 sc, ps, sc into the next st to complete the puff, sc into the next st, ps, sc into the next st to complete the puff, 3 sc 
Rnd 11-12 (2 rnds total): sc all around 
Because we are working in a spiral, add or undo a couple sts as needed to align the legs with the arms.
Rnd 13: 4 sc, ps, sc into the next st to complete the puff, sc into the next st, ps, sc into the next st to complete the puff, 3 sc 
We will create loops to crochet the tail into in the next rnd.
Rnd 14: (blo) - 4 sc, (in both loops) - 8 sc 
Rnd 15: (dec) x6 
Fasten off and leave a tail. Go through the flo with your yarn needle and cinch the hole closed.
TAIL (in brown yarn):
*Note: Center the tail with the body just as you did with the legs.
Row 1: Holding the otter upside down, insert new yarn and make 4 sc in the loops left in rnd 13. DON'T ch 1. Turn. 
Row 2: 3 sc, turn 
Row 3: 2 sc, turn 
Row 4: sc 
Fasten off and leave a short tail for weaving in.
EARS (make two in brown yarn):
Rnd 1: Make a magic circle and 2 sc 
Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.
Sew each ear onto the head between rnds 3-4 of the head.
*Note: Cut a long strand of dark brown embroidery thread. If you have the kind that has 6 strands, unravel 2 of them so that it's thinner.
Nose: Create the nose between rnds 5-6, 1 st wide. Go over it 3x to make the nose thicker.
Eyes: Create each sleepy eye 1 st away from the nose between the same rnds.