If you have read my previous posts, then you will have seen that I enjoy making crafts for my nieces and nephews. Some time ago I was told that my oldest nephew would like a raccoon plush, so I started making it. This project took significantly longer to finish than originally intended. It was not a difficult project, but it was not as colorful and fun to make as some other projects that I have been working on recently. It was a struggle to make, but I like how it turned out, and I hope my nephew enjoys it.
I already had a good raccoon pattern from Stacey Trock included with a Craftsy class that I had purchased. (I think it was like $10 to $15 on sale.) You can find the class and pattern here. In fact, this class is the one that got me started crocheting again and was my introduction to amigurumi.
This pattern is fairly simple. It requires knowledge of SC, DC, color changes, and joining stuffed animal body parts.
I made one change to the pattern. The original pattern expects the maker to use felt on the eyes--large crocheted black oblong eye patch, small white felt circle, and then plastic safety eye. However, I didn't think I would be able to cut out perfect circles, so I crocheted circles for myself.
My pattern for the white circle for the eye is as follows (back loops only):
Rd 1: MC=ch 2, SC 6 in second ch from hook (6 SC total)
Rd 2: 2SC in first SC, SC in next 2 SC, 2 SC in next SC, SC in next 2 SC (8 SC total)