Ready for a craft? Kawaii, not kowai! Wish for lots of tricks (or treats!) this Halloween with this festive Kabocha Daruma.

Kawaii, not kowai! Wish for lots of tricks (or treats!) this Halloween with this festive Kabocha Daruma.

Difficulty:

What You’ll Need:

  • Size B - 2.0mm crochet hook
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • Dark orange yarn (light weight)
  • Light orange yarn (light weight)
  • Green yarn (light weight)
  • Gold embroidery thread
  • Fiber fill
  • 2 safety eyes
  • Something to weigh the base down (dried beans, poly pellets, glass pebble, fiber fill if nothing else on hand)

The materials and tools needed to create crocheted kabocha daruma. Pictured on a dark surface are a crochet hook, embroidery neede, scissors, dark orange yarn, light orange yarn, green yarn, gold embroidery thread, fiber fill, 2 safety eyes, and a glass pebble.

Stitch Key:

  • st - Stitch
  • ch - Chain Stitch
  • slst - Slip Stitch
  • sc - Single Crochet
  • dc - Double Crochet
  • inc - Increase
  • dec -Decrease

Stem**

(Make in green)**

  • Row 1: Start 5 sc in a magic ring [5]
  • Row 2: Inc in all 5 [10]
  • Rows 3-9: Sc in each stitch; Fasten off leaving enough yarn to attach

Curls **

(Make 2 in green)**

  1. Ch 15, turn [15]
  2. In ch second from the hook, two sc in same stitch.  In the remaining 13 sts, three sc in each stitch until row is complete; fasten off [41]

Face**

(Make in light orange)**

  • Row 1: Chain 20 [20]
  • Row 2: Sc 19; chain one and turn [19]
  • Row 3: Sc 18; chain one and turn [18]
  • Row 4: Sc 17; chain one and turn [17]
  • Row 5: Sc 16; chain one and turn  [16]
  • Row 6: Sc 15; chain one and turn [15]
  • Row 7: Sc 14; chain one and turn [14]
  • Row 8: Sc 13; chain one and turn [13]
  • Row 9: Sc 12; chain one and turn [12]
  • Rows 10 - 11: Slst around the border; place safety eyes and embroider face details using gold embroidery thread.

Base**

(Make in dark orange)**

Piece 1:

  • Row 1: Chain 5, slst to connect the round [5]
  • Row 2: Chain 3, 14 dc into loop, slst to connect the round [14]
  • Rows 3-4: Ch 2 (2 sc in one st, 1 sc in next st) complete round; slst to connect and tie off [21]

Piece 2:

  • Row 1: Chain 5, slst to connect the round [5]
  • Row 2: Chain 3, 14 dc into loop, slst to connect the round [14]
  • Rows 3-4: Ch 2 (2 sc in one st, 1 sc in next st) complete round; slst to connect and tie off [21]
  • Rows 5-6: Sc in each st; slst piece 1 to piece 2 making sure to stuff with your weights before stitching shut; leave tail long enough to sew to body

Body**

(Make in dark orange)**

  • Row 1: Start 7 sc in a magic ring [7]
  • Row 2: Inc in each st [14]
  • Row 3: One sc, two sc in same stitch; repeat across the round [21]
  • Row 4: One sc, two sc in same stitch; repeat across the round [30]
  • Row 5: One sc, two sc in same stitch; repeat across the round [45]
  • Rows 6-26: Sc in each stitch
  • Row 27: 5 sc, dec 1; repeat 7 times
  • Rows 28-29: 3 sc, dec 1; repeat (9x first round, 6x second round)
  • Row 30: Slst in final row; attach face, stem and curls. Embroider accent lines in light orange yarn. Stuff tightly with fiberfill. Attach base. Enjoy!

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