A dear friend and sister in Christ asked me if I would make a crocheted Eeyore stuffed animal for her daughter’s 18th birthday, and though this isn’t the type of project I’m normally drawn to, I said yes. I purchased a set of 4 vintage Winnie the Pooh & Friends patterns on Etsy, picked more true-to-character Eeyore colors than those used in the pattern, and got started. It was a fairly big project – the finished product was around 18″ tall and it was probably the most involved pattern I’ve ever worked from – but it was so rewarding to see the video of my friend’s daughter opening her gift and absolutely loving it! Now, the focus of this post isn’t the main pattern; instead I’m going to share a free crochet pattern I created for those big, mournful eyes!
I worked the eyes as instructed in the purchased pattern, and I just didn’t like them at all. They were too…flat, for lack of a better word. Lifeless. I frogged those and just came up with my own pattern for the eyes. I was pretty excited with how they turned out, because aside from an odd scarf here and there, these eyes are my very first pattern!
Big Sad Eeyore Eyes – Free Crochet Pattern
Hook: F / 3.75 mm (I used my Tulip Etimo hook – I can’t recommend these highly enough!)
Yarn: I needed a washable, soft, affordable yarn, so I picked Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek from Hobby Lobby. I’ve used this before and it’s a delight to work with. I picked the colors Black, Light Gray, Dark Gray, White, Plum, and Mauve.
- sc: single crochet
- hdc: half double crochet
- dc: double crochet
- sl st: slip stitch
- st: stitch
- sts: stitches
I’ve never made a stitch chart in my life, but I realized that I wasn’t very thorough in explaining this pattern the first time around, so I decided to dive in and give it a shot. Sorry if they are more confusing than helpful!
Using whatever yarn and hook you’ve been using for your project:
For the black part of the eye, which is the same on both eyes:
- With black, make a magic ring, ch 2, then make 2 sc, 3 dc, 2 sc, 3 dc. Join with sl st. to first sc, switching to white as you complete the stitch. Leave a 6″ starting tail with the white yarn as you begin.
- Into sl st / chain space you just created, ch 2, dc in the same st. dc in next st., then 2 dc, 3 dc, 2 dc, 3 dc, 2 dc, 1 dc, leave remaining 3 black stitches from the previous round unworked. Finish off
- Starting in the side of the dc you just completed, join eyelid color (in my case, it was dark gray). ch 1, 2 sc in the side of that dc, 1 sc in each of the 3 black sts, 2 sc in end of white starting ch, sl st in the first white dc (top of the stitch).
- Turn without chaining and sl st in the sl st you just made and in the next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in last st. Finish off. (Jump down to finishing instructions)
- Into sl st / chain space you just created, ch 2, 2 dc in the same st. dc in next st., then 2 dc, 3 dc, 2 dc, 3 dc, 2 dc. Leave remaining 3 black stitches unworked. Finish off.
- Starting in last white dc you just completed, join eyelid color (in my case, it was dark gray). ch 1 in that stitch, then 2 sc in the side of that dc, 1 sc in each of the 3 black sts, 2 sc in side of white starting ch. ch 1 and turn.
- sc in same st, hdc next 2 st, sc next 2 st, sl st in next 3 sts, ending in the ch 1 you created in the first row. Finish off. (Jump down to finishing instructions)
- With that white tail you left, using a yarn needle, weave the white around one of the dc stitches near the top of the pupil.
- Weave in all ends and attach to the face with coordinating colors for each part of the eye.
I hope that helps someone! I’m going to humble myself here and share the hilariously scrappy paper I jotted my notes on as I was creating these eyes. I had to sketch a few ideas to figure out roughly how I wanted them to look, so it’s a mess, but it worked! I think it was the day after this that I went ahead and invested a few bucks in a decent graph paper notebook. 🙂 If you have any questions, just let me know. Thanks!