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Panda Crochet Pattern – Mini Noso

The Noso Panda must feed just as much bamboo as his large conspecifics, but thanks to a spectacularly good metabolism puts on no gram weight to his slim appearance.

The Nosos (“no sew”) are a series of amigurumi whose bodies are crocheted in one piece and without sewing on the arms and legs. Less sewing, more fun!

This crochet Panda is crocheted with chain stitches, slip stitches, single crochet stitches and half double crochet stitches in spiral rounds and in rows and is easy to crochet.

The depicted Amigurumi Panda has been crocheted with the “Schachenmayr Catania” yarn with a 2.5 mm crochet hook and has a height of 5.5 cm.

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Panda Crochet Pattern

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Crochet the Head, Upper Body and First Leg

The complete body is crocheted in one piece in the colors White and Black in spiral rounds with single crochet stitches. The following pictures show the finished body.

ATTENTION: Since the body needs in some places a little more precise description, the step-by-step pictures for the body were done in a different and better discernable color so that you can see the steps more clearly.

Therefore, always follow the written instructions for the colors to use and for possible color changes, even if the step-by-step pictures for the body are in a different color.

The first part which is crocheted in one piece consists of the head, upper body and the first leg.

Apart from the head, it is recommended to fill all parts of the body with polyfill only after all limbs have been completed.

Use the check boxes to mark your finished rounds, rows and steps.

  • Crochet the head in spiral rounds in White.
  • Round 1: 6 sc into the Magic Ring (6 stitches).
  • Round 2: [1 increase] repeat till end of the round (12 stitches).
  • Round 3: [1 sc, 1 increase] repeat till end of the round (18 stitches).
  • Round 4: 1 sc, 1 increase, [2 sc, 1 increase] repeat 5 times, 1 sc (24 stitches).
  • Round 5: [7 sc, 1 increase] repeat till end of the round (27 stitches).
  • Round 6: Crochet 27 sc (27 stitches).
  • Round 7: The 2 marker threads that are used in this round will later indicate the places where the safety eyes will be attached. 6 sc, 1 sc with a marker thread, 4 sc, 1 sc with a marker thread, 15 sc (27 stitches).

  • Round 8-9: 2 rounds, each round 27 sc (27 stitches).
  • Round 10: [7 sc, 1 decrease] repeat till end of the round (24 stitches). If you use safety eyes, attach them now where the threads are.

  • Round 11: 1 sc, 1 decrease, [2 sc, 1 decrease] repeat 5 times, 1 sc (18 stitches).
  • Round 12: Fill the head with polyfill. [1 sc, 1 decrease] repeat till end of the round (12 stitches).
  • Round 13: [1 decrease] repeat till end of the round (6 stitches).
  • Round 14: Color change to Black. Crochet the complete round into the front loop only. [1 increase] repeat till end of the round (12 stitches).
  • Round 15: [1 sc, 1 increase] repeat till end of the round (18 stitches).
  • Round 16: Fill the head with polyfill again if there are any unfilled areas. 1 sc, 1 increase, [2 sc, 1 increase] repeat 5 times, 1 sc (24 stitches).

  • You now have a circle at the head that counts 24 stitches. These stitches are divided into 3 parts. From the two smaller parts, each consisting of 6 stitches, the arms will be crocheted later and from the larger part, consisting of 12 stitches, the torso.

  • Round 17: Color change to White. To separate the respective areas, proceed as follows: Separate the 1st arm. One arm area consists of 6 stitches. First, crochet 1 single crochet stitch. Then push through the 7th stitch from the crochet hook with the crochet hook still attached to the last crocheted stitch. To do this, simply skip 6 stitches and then push through the 7th stitch.

  • Tighten the thread and crochet 1 single crochet stitch. With this you have successfully separated the first arm area.

  • Now crochet 5 single crochet stitches along the body. Then separate the 2nd arm, also consisting of 6 stitches. To do this, proceed in the same way as for the 1st arm. Skip 6 stitches and push the crochet hook through the 7th stitch. Tighten the thread so that the 6 stitches are separated and crochet 1 single crochet stitch.

  • Then crochet another 4 single crochet stitches. With this you have crocheted a total of 12 stitches and successfully separated both arm areas (12 stitches).

  • Round 18: [2 sc, 1 increase] repeat till end of the round (16 stitches).
  • Round 19: Crochet 16 sc (16 stitches).

  • Round 20: Now crochet the 1st leg. Color change to Black. Each leg consists of 6 stitches. First crochet 5 single crochet stitches.

  • To separate the 1st leg, push the crochet hook through the 6th stitch counterclockwise from the crochet hook and crochet 1 single crochet stitch (6 stitches).

  • Round 21: [1 sc, 1 increase] repeat till end of the round (9 stitches).
  • Round 22: 1 sc, 1 increase, [2 sc, 1 increase] repeat 2 times, 1 sc (12 stitches).
  • Round 23: [1 decrease] repeat till end of the round (6 stitches).
  • Finish: Cut the yarn generously to close the foot later.

Crochet the Second Leg

Continue crocheting the second leg in Black in spiral rounds with single crochet stitches.

  • Crochet the leg in spiral rounds in Black.
  • Round 1: Push the crochet hook through the 3rd stitch from the 1st leg. Yarn over the Black colored yarn and pull it through the stitch you just pushed through.

  • Then crochet 1 sc into the 6th stitch counted counter-clockwise from the crochet hook. Then crochet 5 sc, crochet the last sc into the same stitch through which the thread was pulled through (6 stitches).

  • Round 2: [1 sc, 1 increase] repeat till end of the round (9 stitches).
  • Round 3: 1 sc, 1 increase, [2 sc, 1 increase] repeat 2 times, 1 sc (12 stitches).
  • Round 4: [1 decrease] repeat till end of the round (6 stitches).
  • Finish: Cut the yarn generously to close the foot later.

Crochet the First Arm

Both arms are crocheted, like the previous part, in the color Black in spiral rounds with single crochet stitches.

  • Crochet the 1st arm in spiral rounds in Black.
  • Round 1: Push with the crochet hook through the stitch that is directly at the “armpit” of the panda. Yarn over the Black yarn and pull it through the stitch you just pushed through. Then push the hook from the front through the opposite stitch at the “armpit” and crochet 1 sc. Crochet another 5 sc. Crochet the last sc into the same stitch through which the thread was pulled through (6 stitches).


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  • Round 2: [1 sc, 1 increase] repeat till end of the round (9 stitches).
  • Round 3: 1 sc, 1 increase, [2 sc, 1 increase] repeat 2 times, 1 sc (12 stitches).
  • Round 4: [1 decrease] repeat till end of the round (6 stitches).
  • Finish: Cut the yarn generously to close the arm later.

Crochet the Second Arm

The 2nd arm is crocheted in the same way as the 1st arm. The 2nd arm is also crocheted in the color Black in spiral rounds with single crochet stitches.

  • Crochet the 2nd arm in spiral rounds in Black.
  • Round 1: Push with the crochet hook through the stitch that is directly at the “armpit” of the panda. Yarn over the Black yarn and pull it through the stitch you just pushed through. Then push the hook from the front through the opposite stitch at the “armpit” and crochet 1 sc. Crochet another 5 sc. Crochet the last sc into the same stitch through which the thread was pulled through (6 stitches).
  • Round 2: [1 sc, 1 increase] repeat till end of the round (9 stitches).
  • Round 3: 1 sc, 1 increase, [2 sc, 1 increase] repeat 2 times, 1 sc (12 stitches).
  • Round 4: [1 decrease] repeat till end of the round (6 stitches).
  • Finish: Cut the yarn generously to close the arm later.

Crochet the Ears (2x)

The ears are crocheted in Black in spiral rounds with single crochet stitches. Crochet a total of 2 ears.

  • Crochet the legs in spiral rounds in Black.
  • Round 1: 6 sc into the Magic Ring (6 stitches).
  • Round 2: [1 increase] repeat till end of the round (12 stitches).
  • Round 3-4: 2 rounds, each round 12 sc (12 stitches).
  • Finish: The ears do not need to be filled with polyfil. Cut the yarn generously and leave a long tail for sewing.

Crochet the Muzzle

The muzzle is crocheted in White in spiral rounds with single crochet stitches.

  • Crochet the muzzle in spiral rounds in White.
  • Round 1: 5 sc into the Magic Ring (5 stitches).
  • Round 2: [1 increase] repeat till end of the round (10 stitches).
  • Round 3: Crochet 10 sc (10 stitches).
  • Round 4: Crochet only 1 sc.
  • Finish: Cut the yarn generously and leave a long tail for sewing.

Crochet the Eyebrows (2x)

The eyebrows are crocheted in White in rows with chain stitches. Crochet a total of 2 eyebrows.

  • Crochet the eyebrows in rows in White.
  • Row 1: Crochet 2 chain stitches (2 stitches).
  • Finish: Cut the yarn generously and leave a long tail for sewing.

Crochet the Bamboo

The bamboo is crocheted in Khaki in rows with chain stitches, slip stitches and half double crochet stitches.

  • Crochet the bamboo in rows in Khaki.
  • Row 1: Crochet 8 chain stitches (8 stitches).

  • Row 2: 1 slip stitch into the 2nd stitch from the hook, 1 half double crochet, 1 slip stitch.

  • Row 3: 4 chain stitches.

  • Row 4: 1 slip stitch into the 2nd stitch from the hook, 1 half double crochet, 1 slip stitch.

  • Row 5: 4 slip stitches along the initial chain.
  • Finish: Knot both threads together and cut them close to the knot.

Assembling

Fill the Body: After you finished crocheting the body of the panda, it is necessary to fill it and close the openings. First use the openings at the arms and legs to fill the body with polyfill and then the respective limbs.

Close Openings: After you have filled the entire body with enough polyfill, it is time to close the openings. First, using a thread in White, sew together the 4 stitches in the crotch of the panda.

Then close the arm and leg openings.

Muzzle: Sew the muzzle centered under the eyes onto the head.

Nose: Embroider the nose with a Black-colored thread. Embroider the nose on the middle of the just sewn on muzzle. To do this, pull the thread horizontally several times from one stitch through the next, skipping 1 stitch between those stitches. Then pull the same thread from the center of the newly created nose through a stitch that is a few stitches underneath.

Ears: Sew the ears 1 to 2 stitches right and left from the top center of the head onto the head. Before sewing on, press the ears together.

Eyebrows: Attach the eyebrows right and left, 1 stitch row above the eyes, onto the head.

Bamboo: Use a Khaki colored thread to sew the bamboo shoot to the end of one of the arms.

DONE!

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