This week’s geek craft is Amigurumi Soot Sprites!

Cute as the dickens.

Now, there are actually a fair number of patterns for these, both for free and for purchase; however, they really don’t require a pattern to make. Actually I think it’s silly that people are actually selling patterns for these. 

A soot sprite is basically just a black sphere with some eyes on it.   Making a sphere in crochet is pretty simple, you create a base circle of n stitches in a magic ring, and then every row you add n stitches to the round until you have as many stitches as you want. Once you have it as big as you want, you decrease by n stitches every row until you reach the original number of stitches. Weave around, pull tight, and bind off. I’ll put a more specific pattern below.

Once you have your black sphere, you just need some eyes. Soot sprites have over-large eyes, so off-the shelf googly eyes or black iris safety eyes don’t look quite right. Of the sprites I’ve seen online, the ones that use a large white felt eye with a small black safety eye or bead tend to be my favorites. Alternately, you could crochet a tight white oval and sew a bead in the center for an iris and then sew them onto the sprite.

For more of the “hairy” look of the soot sprite, you can add a strand of black fun fur or eyelash yarn and then tease the strands out a bit.

Untested Soot Sprite Pattern:

Body
Yarn: Black fine worsted or sock yarn. Optional:Black Fun fur/Eyelash yarn crocheted at the same time.
Hook: Fairly small, depending on desired size of sprite: D, E, or F would work well.

Row 1 6 sc in a magic ring and pull tight.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)
Row 3: *2 sc in next sc and then 1 sc in next sc* repeat between * around (18 sc)
Row 4: *2 sc in next sc and then 1 sc in next 2 sc* repeat between * around (24 sc)
Row 5: *2 sc in next sc and then 1 sc in next 3 sc* repeat between * around (30 sc)
Row 6*2 sc in next sc and then 1 sc in next 4 sc* repeat between * around (36 sc)
Row 7-9: 1 sc in each sc around (36 sc)
Row 10: *sc2tog and then 1 sc in next 4 sc* repeat between * around (30 sc)
Row 11: *sc2tog and then 1 sc in next 3 sc* repeat between * around (24 SC)
Row 12: *sc2tog and then 1 sc in next 2 sc* repeat between * around (18 sc)
Row 13: *sc2tog and then 1 sc in next sc* repeat between * around (12 sc)
Row 14: sc2tog around (6 sc). Bind off, weave end around opening and pull closed. Weave in remaining end.

Eyes: Make 2
Yarn: White yarn of a similar weight to the body.
Hook: Again, similar size hook as used for the body or a size smaller.

Row 1: Ch 4
Row 2: 1 sc in second chain from hook, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, 3 sc in starting loop of chain.
Row 3: Continuing around to the bottom of the starting chain, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, 3 sc in last chain loop. Sl-st to first sc of previous row.
Row 4: 2sc in each sc around, sl-st to first sc of the row, bind off leaving a long tail.

Use tail to sew the white ovals onto the body using the long tail of yarn and a yarn needle. Using white thread, sew a black bead just below center of each eye for an iris.

This is an untested pattern, but I’ll give it a go over the next few days and post any corrections I feel are required.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

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