Friday, February 27, 2009

Paddy O'Possum

Skill Level: Easy as pie
Just in time for St Patrick’s day, Paddy O’Possum is stopping by for a pint, with his friends, Brunswick and Stewie. Paddy is a good natured fellow with a bit of an identity crisis; he is often mistaken for a rat.

That’s o.k., Paddy, we love you anyway & if it makes you feel any better, my cats are scared of you & your friends. So have fun, enjoy the all-you-can-eat cat chow on the deck & please watch out for cars. Erin go bragh, Paddy!! Ireland forever!!

Materials: This pattern uses very small amounts of yarn, great use for your stash
G hook for stitching hat
H hook for stitching body
F hook for stitching head, legs, tail & hat
Head, Leg & Tail Yarn: Worsted weight yarn (model stitched in Red Heart Super Saver in Linen
Green yarn remnants for hat (worsted weight)
Body Yarn: Novelty Fur in 2 colors (model is stitched in Yarn Bee & other unknown brand in brown & tan)
Crochet thread #10 size or fingering weight yarn in neutral color, to be combined with the fur yarns for Paddy’s body , (model was stitched in unbleached thread, combined with the 2 novelty furs)
Tapestry needle
Sharp embroidery needle
Black embroidery floss
Safety eyes, (plastic eyes that attach with posts & washers)

[ ] = repeat steps in brackets as indicated after bracket
arnd = around
ch= chain
rnds = rounds
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch, stitches
tog = together

Paddy is stitched in un-joined rounds or spirals. His body is crocheted by holding 3 yarns/threads together throughout. For the model, I used a dark fur, light fur & crochet thread.
The crochet thread is used to help define the stitches. When I have tried to crochet with just the fur yarn, I couldn’t see the individual stitches & was thus crocheting blindly. You can substitute fingering weight yarn for the thread, if you like. Just make sure to adjust your hook as needed. Don’t worry about super tight stitches for the body, the fur covers a lot of sins. One final note about the defining thread/yarn, I really don’t think color is that important, as the fur covers most of it.
The head, legs, tail, ears & hat are crocheted in worsted acrylic using an F hook. The head is worked backwards from the customary style. I started at the top of Paddy’s head & ended at his nose.

Rnd 1: With H hook & holding the 3 yarns together,(2 novelty furs & thread or fingering yarn), sc 6 in an adjustable loop.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea st arnd (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [2 sc in st, sc x 1] arnd (18 sts)
Rnd 4: [2 sc in st, sc x 2] arnd (24 sts)
Rnd 5: [2 sc in st, sc x 3] arnd (30 sts)
Rnd 6: [2 sc in st, sc x 4] arnd (36 sts)
Rnd 7: [2 sc in st, sc x 5] arnd (42 sts)
Rnd 8-9: sc arnd (42 sts)
Rnd 10: [sc 2 tog, sc x 5] arnd (36 sts)
Rnd 11: [sc 2 tog, sc x 4] arnd (30 sts)
Rnd 12: sc arnd (30 sts)
Rnd 13: [sc 2 tog, sc x 3] arnd (24 sts)
Rnd 14: [sc 2 tog, sc x 2] arnd (18 sts)
Rnd 15: sc arnd (18 sts)
Rnd 16: [sc 2 tog, sc x 1] arnd (12 sts)
Finish off , stuff firmly & set aside

Rnd 1: With F hook & tan worsted yarn, 6 sc in adjustable loop
Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea st arnd (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [2 sc in st, sc x 1] arnd (18 sts)
Rnd 4: [2 sc in st, sc x 2] arnd (24 sts)
Rnd 5: [2 sc in st, sc x 3] arnd (30 sts)
Rnd 6: [2 sc in st, sc x 4] arnd (36 sts)
Rnd 7: [sc 2 tog, sc x 4] arnd (30 sts)
Rnd 8: [sc 2 tog, sc x 3] arnd (24 sts)
Rnd 9-10: sc arnd (24 sts)
Rnd 11: [sc 2 tog, sc x 2] arnd (18 sts)
Add eyes now if you are using post & washer type, (safety eyes)
Rnd 12: [sc 2 tog, sc x 1] arnd (12 sts)
Rnd 13-14: sc arnd (12 sts)
Rnd 15: [sc 2 tog ] arnd (6 sts)
Finish off & sew nose closed. Embroider nose with black floss.
Ears: make 2
With F hook & worsted yarn, make 6 sc in adjustable loop, finish off leaving long yarn tail for sewing

1. With F hook & worsted yarn, 4 sc in adjustable loop.
2. (Instead of counting rounds, count the individual sts) Sc arnd for 64 sts.
3. Skip 1 sc, sc, skip 1 sc (2 sts)
4. continue for about 10 – 15 more sts & finish off, weave end at tip of tail but leave long at base of tail for attaching to body.

Legs: (make 4)
Rnd 1: With F hook & tan worsted yarn, 6 sc in adjustable loop
Rnd 2: [2 sc in st, sc x 2] arnd (8 sts)
Rnd 3-9: sc arnd (8 sts)
Finish off, stuff firmly

Attach ears, head, legs & tail as shown in photo.

Hat: (striped version) Work in joined rounds
Rnd 1: With G hook & light green worsted yarn, 6 sc in adjustable loop, join & ch 1
Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea st arnd, add dark green yarn during last step of last sc , join & ch 1(12 sts)
Alternating light & dark green, work in striped pattern for the following rnds;
Rnd 3: [2 sc in st, sc x 1] arnd, join & ch 1 (18 sts)
Rnd 4-10: sc arnd, alternating the greens , join & ch 1(18 sts)
Finish dark green yarn off
Rnd11: with the right side or outside of the hat facing you, sc in the outside loop only, arnd for 18 sts, join with sl st.
Rnd 12: [2 Hdc in st, hdc in next 2 sts] arnd, join (24 sts)
Rnd 13: sc arnd , join & finish off (24 sts)
Weave & trim ends, place on Paddy’s head & off to the pub you go…

Paddy O’Possum is my own design. Use it if you like. You can even sell him if you can find a buyer. Just please credit me as designer or I'll tell yore Mama. Thanks!! Oh & let me see your versions of him…


  1. Woman, you never cease to amaze me with your talent and your generosity with said talent.
    I love this little guy!

  2. Thanks!! Hope you're doing all right on this fine day:)

  3. Very cute and funny! Happy St. Paddys to you both

  4. I made one for my brother as a little joke, cause when we waz little a possum got in our house and actually got in the dishwasher. My lil brother was bout 4 or five at the time and went a runnin and screaming like he was being murdered. Our dadd shot the possum right in the dishwasher. As much fun as it waz to see my brother like that, it waz not fun to wash the dishes by hand from den on.

  5. that is too cute ^_^...

  6. cool! look at this =)= two way s smile and a frown!

  7. why did your dad shot the poor thing im a vegan i am also with the peta kids im 12 yrs old but im into this kid of stuff

  8. No possums were hurt in the crocheting of Paddy, he's just playing Possum.

  9. So cute, and you are very generous with your pattern, hard to find now adays! :) Thankyou!

  10. I have used your pattern to honor my outstanding middle school Latin students the last few years. The recepients must be students who have been able to overcome the hardships they have had in the study of Latin. Most of these guys had failing grades to begin with and wound up with high grades by the end of the year. POSSUM is the Latin word for I CAN! I change his green hat for one in purple and add a scarf in yellow (school colors). They just love your creation with my touches!!! Thanks...

  11. Wow, thank you for your kind words and for being such a dedicated teacher!! That's fantastic and I applaud you!