Raccoon Pouf

Make this bean bag for a raucous playtime adventure! The bean bag is crocheted from the top down with all of the features crocheted separately and sewn on.

Skill Level: Easy

Bean bag: 96” circumference

Gauge: 13 hdc and 10 rows = 4” [10 cm]

Materials

Yarn:

Medium Weight Yarn  Lion Brand Heartland (acrylic; 251yards [230 meters]/142 grams): 136-149 Great Smokey Mountains (MC), 7 skeins; 136-151 Katmai (CCA), 2 skeins; 136-153 Black Canyon (CCB), 3 skeins.

Hook: US size G/6 (4.0 mm); US size J/10 (6.0 mm); US size L/11 (8.0 mm)

Notions: Bean bag chair (approximately 96” or other filling like pillows or blankets); tapestry needle; two ½” (1.27 cm) or ¾” (2 cm) buttons per hat; two 2” (5 cm) buttons for bean bag raccoon; polyfill stuffing for snouts and tails; sewing needle and matching thread; two 30” grey zippers

Special Stitches

Spike stitch (spike st): Insert hook into st one row below, YO and draw up a loop, YO and draw through both loops on hook. (It is a single crochet only inserting the hook one row lower than normal.)

Top/main bag Pattern

With 2 strands of MC held together and size L hook, ch 2.

Rnd 1: Work 10 hdc in 2nd ch from hook – 10 sts.
Rnd 2: Hdc inc around – 20 sts.
Rnd 3: *Hdc in next st, hdc inc; rep from * around – 30 sts.
Rnd 4: *Hdc in next 2 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 40 sts.
Rnd 5: *Hdc in next 3 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 50 sts.
Rnd 6: *Hdc in next 4 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 60 sts.
Rnd 7: Hdc in each st around – 60 sts.
Rnd 8: *Hdc in next 9 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 66 sts.
Rnd 9: *Hdc in next 10 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 72 sts.
Rnd 10: *Hdc in next 11 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 78 sts.
Rnd 11: *Hdc in next 12 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 84 sts.
Rnd 12: *Hdc in next 13 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 90 sts.
Rnd 13: *Hdc in next 14 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 96 sts.
Rnd 14: *Hdc in next 15 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 102 sts.
Rnds 15-16: Hdc in each sts around.
Rnd 17: *Hdc in next 16 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 108 sts.
Rnds 18-19: Hdc in each st around.
Rnd 20: *Hdc in next 17 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 114 sts.
Rnds 21-23: Hdc in each st around.
Rnd 24: *Hdc in next 18 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 120 sts.
Rnds 25-26: Hdc in each st around.
Rnd 27: *Hdc in next 19 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 126 sts.
Rnds 28-30: Hdc in each st around.
Rnd 31: *Hdc in next 19 sts, hdc dec; rep from * around – 120 sts.
Rnd 32: Hdc in each st around.
Rnd 33: *Hdc in next 18 sts, hdc dec; rep from * around – 114 sts.
Rnds 34-35: Hdc in each st around.
Rnd 36: *Hdc in next 17 sts, hdc dec; rep from * around – 108 sts.
Rnds 37-40: Hdc in each st around.
Rnd 41: *Hdc in next 16 sts, hdc dec; rep from * around – 102 sts.
Rnds 42-46: Hdc in each st around.
Rnd 47: Hdc in next 99 sts, sc in next st, sl st in next 2 sts.

Fasten off. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Bottom Panel

With 2 strands of MC held together and size L hook, ch 2.

Rnd 1: Work 10 hdc in 2nd ch from hook – 10 sts.
Rnd 2: Hdc inc around – 20 sts.
Rnd 3: *Hdc in next st, hdc inc; rep from * around – 30 sts.
Rnd 4: *Hdc in next 2 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 40 sts.
Rnd 5: *Hdc in next 3 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 50 sts.
Rnd 6: *Hdc in next 4 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 60 sts.
Rnd 7: *Hdc in next 5 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 70 sts.
Rnd 8: *Hdc in next 6 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 80 sts.
Rnd 9: *Hdc in next 15 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 85 sts.
Rnd 10: *Hdc in next 4 sts, hdc inc; rep from * around – 102 sts.
Rnd 11: Sc in next st, sl st in next 2 sts, leave remaining sts unworked.

Mask

With 2 strands of CCB held together and size L hook, ch 36.

Rnd 1: Sc dec in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook, sc in next st, hdc in next 12 sts, sc in next st, sl st in next 2 sts, sc in next st, hdc in next 12 sts, sc in next st, sc dec, leave last st unworked – 32 sts.

Rnd 2: Turn, sk first st, sc in next st, hdc in next 10 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 10 sts, sc in next st, leave last st unworked – 30 sts.

Rnd 3: Turn, sk first st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sc inc in next ch, hdc on side of hdc and in next st, hdc in next 8 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, sc in next st, leave remaining st unworked – 32 sts.

Rnd 4: Ch 4, turn, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next st, sc inc, hdc in next 9 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 9 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next st, leave last st unworked – 33 sts.

Rnd 5: Turn, sk first st, sc in next st, hdc in next 10 sts, sc inc, sc in next st, sl st in next 4 sts, sc in next st, sc inc, hdc in next 10 sts, sc in next st, sl st in next st, leave remaining st unworked – 35 sts.

Rnd 6: Turn, sk first st, sl st in next st, sc in next st, hdc in next 10 sts, sc inc, sc in next st, sl st in next 4 sts, sc in next st, sc inc, hdc in next 10 sts, sc in next st, leave remaining st unworked – 33 sts.

Rnd 7: Turn. Ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next st, sc inc, hdc in next 13 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next 4 sts, hdc in next 10 sts, sc in next st, leave remaining st unworked – 34 sts.

Rnd 8: Ch 4, turn, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next st, sc inc, hdc in next 11 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 12 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next 2 sts. (39)

Rnd 9: Turn, sk first st, sl st in next st, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 12 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 11 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next st, leave remaining st unworked – 37 sts.

Fasten off, cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing. Turn.

Hold 2 strands of CCA together.

Rnd 10: Before attaching yarn, ch 3, sk first 2 sts of Rnd 9, sc in next st, hdc in next 11 sts, sc inc, sc in next st, sl st in next 4 sts, sc in next st, sc inc, hdc in next 12 sts, sc in next st, ch 4 – 35 + ch work.

Rnd 11: Turn, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 sts, hdc inc, hdc in next 4 sts, hdc inc, hdc in next 8 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, hdc inc, hdc in next 3 sts, hdc inc, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next st – 45 sts.

Rnd 12: Turn, sk first st, sl st in next st, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 14 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next st. Leave remaining st unworked – 43 sts.

Fasten off, cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing.

Snout

With 2 strands of CCA held together and size L hook, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 8 sc in second ch from hook – 8 sts.
Rnd 2: *(Sc inc) twice, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * once more – 12 sts.
Rnd 3: Sc in next st, (sc inc) twice, sc in next 4 sts, (sc inc) twice, sc in next 3 sts – 16 sts.
Rnd 4: Sc in next 3 sts, sc inc, sc in next 7 sts, sc inc, sc in next 4 sts – 18 sts.
Rnd 5: Sc in next 5 st, sc inc, sc in next 7 sts, sc inc, sc in next 4 sts – 20 sts.
Rnd 6: Sc in next 3 sts, sc inc, sc in next 2 sts, sc inc, sc in next 5 sts, sc inc, sc in next 2 sts, sc inc, sc in next 4 sts – 24 sts.
Rnd 7: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 8: *Sc in next 3 sts, sc inc; rep from * around – 30 sts.
Rnd 9: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 10: Sc in next 28 sts, sl st in next 2 sts.

Fasten off, cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing.

Nose

With 2 strands of CCB held together and size L hook, ch 2.

Rnd 1: Work 8 hdc in second ch from hook – 8 sts.
Rnd 2: *Sc inc, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * once more – 10 sts.

Fasten off, cut yarn leaving a tail for sewing.

Sew Nose to the end of the Snout.

Ears make 2

With 2 strands of MC held together and size L hook, ch 2.

Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in second ch from hook. Pull tail to close – 6 sts.
Rnd 2: *Sc inc, sc in next st; rep from * around – 9 sts.
Rnd 3: *Sc in next 2 sts, sc inc; rep from * around – 12 sts.
Rnd 4: *Sc in next 3 sts, sc inc; rep from * around – 15 sts.
Rnd 5: *Sc in next 4 sts, sc inc; rep from * around – 18 sts.
Rnds 6-7: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 8: *Sc in next 5 sts, sc inc; rep from * around – 21 sts.
Rnd 9-10: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 11: *Sc in next 6 sts, sc inc; rep from * around – 24 sts.
Rnd 12: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 13: *Sc in next 3 sts, sc inc; rep from * around – 30 sts.
Rnd 14: Sc in each st around.

Fasten off. Cut yarn leaving a tail for sewing.

Inner Ears make 2

With 2 strands of CCB held together and size L hook, ch 3.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc – 2 sts.
Row 2: Turn, (sc inc) twice – 4 sts.
Row 3: Turn, sc in each st across row.
Row 4: Turn, sc inc, sc in next 2 sts, sc inc – 6 sts.
Row 5: Turn, sc in each st across row.
Row 6: Turn, sc inc, sc in next 4 sts, sc inc – 8 sts.
Row 7: Turn, sc in each st across row.
Row 8: Sc inc, sc in next 6 sts, sc inc – 10 sts.

Fasten off, cut yarn leaving a tail for sewing.

Sew Inner Ear to Ear.

Tail

With 2 strands of CCB held together and size L hook, ch 2.

Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in second ch from hook. Pull tail to close – 6 sts.
Rnd 2: *Sc inc, sc in next st; rep from * around – 9 sts.
Rnd 3: *Sc in next 2 sts, sc inc; rep from * around – 12 sts.
Rnd 4: *Sc in next 3 sts, sc inc; rep from * around – 15 sts.
Rnd 5: *Sc in next 4 sts, sc inc; rep from * around – 18 sts.
Rnds 6-7: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 8: *Sc in next 5 sts, sc inc; rep from * around – 21 sts.
Rnds 9-10: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 11: *Sc in next 6 sts, sc inc; rep from * around – 24 sts.
Rnd 12: Sc in each st around, sl st into next st, do not cut yarn, drop CCB.

Attach MC to the same st as the sl st in Rnd 12.

Rnd 13: Ch 1 (do not count as a stitch now or throughout), sc in same st as the sl st, spike st, *sc in next st, spike st; rep from * around, sk the ch-1 sp, join with sl st – 24 sts.

Rnd 14: Ch 1, sc in same st as the join, sc in each st around.
Rnds 15-23: Sc in each st around, do not join.
Rnd 24: Sc in next 23 sts, sl st.
Rnds 25-108: Rep Rnds 13-24 changing colors between CCB and MC every 12 rnds.
Rnds 109-112: Ret Rnds 13-16.
Rnd 113: *Sc in next 7 sts, sc inc; rep from * around – 30 sts.
Rnd 114: *Sc in next 8 sts, sc inc; rep from * around – 36 sts.

Fasten off, cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assembly Instructions

  1. Place bean bag inside cozy. You may need to tie yarn around the bean bag to make it tall and skinny so that it fits inside the cozy. Once stuffed, remove the yarn that was tied around the bean bag. You will need to stretch the cozy quite a bit to make the bean bag fit inside. If the bean bag is easily stuffed, then the cozy is too large and will sag, especially after it has been used.
  2. With locking stitch markers, pin bottom panel to main cozy.
  3. Pin zippers to bag in gap area between main cozy and bottom panel so that the ends of the zippers are together. Sew zippers to cozy with needle and thread.
  4. With locking stitch markers, pin then sew ears, snout, mask and tail to bean bag. Weave in ends. yarn ball

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