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Crocheted toys have become quite popular in my house. Previously, I would find crochet patterns I thought the kids would enjoy and make them. But most of the time I would think there could be a better way to make the same animal. Also, the kids like challenging me to make more unique softies. So I decided to design my own free crochet softie pattern for a starfish. This is the first in a series of new crochet toy patterns I will be releasing over the next couple of months.

Free crochet softie pattern for a starfish

This simple starfish is easily customizable to make with any type and weight of yarn you have available. The most important thing is to ensure you are using an appropriately-sized crochet hook. You want to create a tight enough weave so the stuffing does not show through the finished softie.

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Materials and Notes for Free Crochet Softie Pattern – Starfish

Any type of yarn (weight of yarn and hook size will determine the finished size of your starfish). Since this is a toy, I highly recommend a durable, easily washable yarn.

Crochet hook – choose a size that gives you a tight single crochet fabric with the yarn you are using.

Yarn needle.

Scissors.

Stuffing.

For Reference:

Blue/Green (large) made with approximately 100 yards of Deborah Norville Serenity chunky weight yarn and size H crochet hook.

Blue/Yellow/White (medium) made with approximately 95 yards of a light worsted weight yarn and size E crochet hook.

Teal/Grey (small) made with approximately 90 yards of sock/fingering weight yarn and size B crochet hook.

Special Stitches

Inc: 2sc in the same st.

Dec: Sc the next 2 sts tog.

Starfish Free Crochet Softie Pattern

Follow the pattern twice to make two identical sides.

Main Body

Round 1: Sc6 in magic circle

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

Round 3: Inc in next st, sc. Repeat around (18 sts).

Round 4: Inc in next st, sc2. Repeat around (24 sts).

Round 5: Inc in next st, sc3. Repeat around (30 sts).

Round 6: Inc in next st, sc5. Repeat around (35 sts).

Round 7: Inc in next st, sc6. Repeat around (40 sts).

Round 8: Inc in next st, sc7. Repeat around (45 sts).

Round 9: Inc in next st, sc8. Repeat around (50 sts).

Move to the first leg, which is worked in rows.

Leg 1

Row 1: Sc1 (this will be considered the last st of main body and used for the fifth leg), sc10, ch1, turn.

Row 2: Sc1, dec, sc4, dec, sc1, ch1, turn (8 sts).

Rows 3-5: Sc8, ch1, turn.

Row 6: Sc1, dec, sc2, dec, sc1, ch1, turn (6 sts).

Rows 7-9: Sc6, ch1, turn.

Row 10: Sc1, decx2, sc1, ch1, turn (4 sts).

Rows 11-13: Sc4, ch1, turn.

Row 14: Decx2, ch1, turn (2 sts).

Row 15: Sc2, ch1, turn.

Row 16: Dec. Cut yarn and pull tail through.

Legs 2 – 5

Row 1: Beginning in the next st on the main body after the previous leg, sc10, ch1, turn.

Row 2: Sc1, dec, sc4, dec, sc1, ch1, turn (8 sts).

Rows 3-5: Sc8, ch1, turn.

Row 6: Sc1, dec, sc2, dec, sc1, ch1, turn (6 sts).

Rows 7-9: Sc6, ch1, turn.

Row 10: Sc1, decx2, sc1, ch1, turn (4 sts).

Rows 11-13: Sc4, ch1, turn.

Row 14: Decx2, ch1, turn (2 sts).

Row 15: Sc2, ch1, turn.

Row 16: Dec. Cut yarn and pull tail through.

Finishing the Starfish Free Crochet Softie Pattern

Work in all ends that have not already been secured.

Line up both sides of the starfish with wrong sides together.

Starting in the main body st under the first st of one of the legs, sc through both layers all the way around the starfish.

I made 17 scs on each side of each leg with an extra sc at the tip/point of the leg for a total of 35 sts per leg (175 sts total).

Stuff as you go with the desired amount of firmness. I found it easiest to crochet the first three legs together, stuff them, finish the fourth leg, then stuff it and the body. After I crocheted together one side of the fifth leg, I stuffed it before proceeding to crochet the second side.

Join with a sl st in the first sc of the joining round.

Cut yarn, pull through, and weave in the tail.

Enjoy your new starfish made from my free crochet softie pattern!

Happy crafting!

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