Nursery Rhymes: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

SKILL LEVEL:
Easy
Basic stitches, simple shaping and finishing.
SIZE:
Approx: 11 cm in diameter and 9 cm in length
 
MATERIALS:
Yarns:
Approx 25 grams in double knitting/light worsted yarn in blue
Small amounts in double knitting/light worsted yarn, in white/cream, black, pink, light blue and brown
 
Hooks & Notions:
Size 4,00 mm Hook
Size 3,50 mm Hook (for eyes)
Yarn Needle
Stitch Marker
Fiberfill/Toy Stuffing
GAUGE:
Tension/Gauge is not necessary for this project to be perfect
I use US Crochet stitch terminology

INSTRUCTIONS

Body:

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With blue yarn, make a magic ring

Work 6 SC into circle, mark last SC with a Stitch Marker, continue in the round
Rnd 2: work 2 SC into each SC (12 SC), move marker
Rnd 3: work 2 SC into first SC, work 1 SC into next SC. * Work 2 SC into next SC, work 1 SC into next SC. Repeat from * until end (18 SC), move marker
Rnd 4: work 2 SC into first SC, work 1 SC into next 2 SC. * Work 2 SC into next SC, work 1 SC into next 2 SC. Repeat from * until end (24 SC), move marker

Rnd 5: work 2 SC into first SC, work 1 SC into next 3 SC. * Work 2 SC into next SC, work 1 SC into next 3 SC. Repeat from * until end (30 SC), move marker
Rnd 6: work 2 SC into first SC, work 1 SC into next 4 SC. * Work 2 SC into next SC, work 1 SC into next 4 SC. Repeat from * until end (36 SC), move marker
Rnd 7: work 2 SC into first SC, work 1 SC into next 5 SC. * Work 2 SC into next SC, work 1 SC into next 5 SC. Repeat from * until end (42 SC), move marker
Rnd 8: work 2 SC into first SC, work 1 SC into next 6 SC. * Work 2 SC into next SC, work 1 SC into next 6 SC. Repeat from * until end (48 SC), move marker
Rnd 9: work 2 SC into first SC, work 1 SC into next 7 SC. * Work 2 SC into next SC, work 1 SC into next 7 SC. Repeat from * until end (54 SC), move marker
Rnd 10: work 2 SC into first SC, work 1 SC into next 8 SC. * Work 2 SC into next SC, work 1 SC into next 8 SC. Repeat from * until end (60 SC), move marker
The next round and every round after, work in backloops only!
Rnd 11-13: work 1 SC into each SC (60 SC), move marker
Rnd 14: *SC2tog, work 1 SC into next 8 STS, repeat from * until end (54 SC) move marker
Rnd 15: *SC2tog, work 1 SC into next 7 STS, repeat from * until end (48 SC) move marker
Rnd 16: *SC2tog, work 1 SC into next 6 STS, repeat from * until end (42 SC) move marker
Rnd 17-18: work 1 SC into each SC (42 SC), move marker
Rnd 19: *SC2tog, work 1 SC into next 5 STS, repeat from * until end (36 SC) move marker
Rnd 20: *SC2tog, work 1 SC into next 4 STS, repeat from * until end (30 SC) move marker
Rnd 21: *SC2tog, work 1 SC into next 3 STS, repeat from * until end (24 SC) move marker
Start stuff body firmly
Rnd 22: *SC2tog, work 1 SC into next 2 STS, repeat from * until end (18 SC) move marker
Rnd 23: *SC2tog, work 1 SC into next 1 STS, repeat from * until end (12 SC) move marker
Finish stuffing
Rnd 24: *SC2tog, repeat from * until end (6 SC). Fasten off and SL ST opening close. Weave in ends.
Hair:
With light blue yarn, SL ST into the first exposed loop on top of the head.
Working randomly into the following loops of the next 4 to 5 rounds –
*CH 8 into next loop,
CH 4 into next loop,
CH 5 into next loop,
CH 8 into next loop, repeat from * randomly until last round. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Eyes: Make 2
With white/cream yarn and 3,50 mm hook, make a magic ring
Work 6 SC into circle, mark last SC with a Stitch Marker, continue in the round
Rnd 2: work 2 SC into each SC (12 SC),
Rnd 3: working into the next 5 STS only –
work 1 SC into next ST,
work 1 HDC into next ST,
work 2 DC into next ST,
work 1 HDC into next ST
work 1 SC into next ST
SL ST into next ST and fasten off – leave a tail for sewing eye onto body
With some black yarn embroider straight stitches into a V shape for pupils onto the top part of the eye.
Nose:
With pink yarn, make a magic ring
Work 6 SC into circle, mark last SC with a Stitch Marker, continue in the round
Rnd 2: work 2 SC into each SC (12 SC), move marker
Rnd 3: work 1 SC into next 2 STS,
work 1 HDC into next ST,
work 2 DC into next ST,
work 1 HDC into next ST,
work 1 SC into next 2 STS,
work 1 HDC into next ST,
work 2 DC into next ST,
work 1 HDC into next ST,
work 1 SC into next 2 STS (14 STS), fasten off and leave a tail for sewing nose onto body.
Stuff with a little bit of fiberfill/toy stuffing before closing nose.
Legs: Make 8 (Yes I know my spider has only six, per request of my daughter!!)
With brown yarn, CH 26
Row 1: work 1 SC into 2nd CH from hook, work 1 SC into each ST until end, turn (25 SC)
Row 2: CH 1, work 1 SC into each ST until end, turn (25 SC)
Row 3: this part might be a bit tricky. if you find you are having trouble with the 4,00 mm hook, switch to the 3,50 mm hook for this row
CH 1, SL ST into next ST and the foundation CH from row 1 – this will form a tube.
continue to SL ST into each ST and the corresponding foundation CH until end.
Fasten off and sew legs onto body.

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13 Comments

  1. This has to be the cutest itsy bitsy I've ever seen.

  2. so cute. I love his "hair"! Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  3. Author

    Hi Mila! Thank you so much 🙂 I will be sure to visit!!

  4. Author

    Thank you so much 🙂 Yes, hanging from the ceiling with a small crocheted web!!

  5. So cute and I'd love to see him hanging from the ceiling on an elastic chord! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling sunday, great to see you again!

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