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Enjoy the wonders of Ghibli with this decorative crochet wall hanging pattern featuring Totoro

Creating anything relating to Ghibli  is always such a treat. Having already made some beloved Totoro crochet keychains and brooches I was looking for an excuse to try something a bit different.

One of my best friends is pregnant, due in October, which got me thinking about what I could gift her. I’d made the rainbow and cloud wall hanging recently which was a massive success, but I didn’t want to replicate it. After some good old Pinterest searching, I fell in love with all the different styles of crochet wall hangings, especially flat, applique style ones used to decorate kids’ bedrooms. So, I decided to incorporate Totoro into a crochet wall hanging.

The project was going to consist of the following; crochet base made with HTR (UK TERMS) and this base will be attached to the bamboo, then a Totoro applique, along with a branch and some flowers are attached to the base. I also added the letter D, as my friend is naming her little treasure Daphne.

The applique for Totoro was taken from a French pattern I found via Maillalenvers.  I thought this version did the best job at replicating Totoro’s true form. The pattern was only provided in French, so it took me a while to translate into English.

It starts with creating Totoro’s belly in white yarn, then you change colours to grey and continue working the body around the belly. The last few rows are worked at the top of the head only, and lastly the ears, which looks a little confusing but if you separate them out evenly, they will look fine.

My version alters slightly from the original French pattern, during the last few rounds I stopped increasing and created a few extra rounds with 72ST. This accidentally created a 3D -like effect, which I actually love! “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents”, as the wonderful Bob Ross says.

MATERIALS:

  • Approx. 200g Drops cotton worsted yarn; grey / light blue / white / brown / pink
  • 4mm
  • Safety eyes
  • Stuffing
  • Bamboo, stick
  • Needle and thread to make nose/mouth and weave ends

INSTRUCTIONS: ***UK TERMS***

BACKING = 4mm hook

  CH51  
1 From second chain on hook 50HTR = 50 ST
2 17 REPEAT = 50 ST
  At the end of your last row, fasten off, tie in the ends  

TOTORO BODY = 3mm hook worked in closed rounds

NOTES: The CHAIN to begin and SLIP STITCH to close are NOT counted. Your first stitch in each row, will be in the same stitch as the previous slip stitch.

White

  Magic Ring  
1 CH1, 12TR, SL ST to close = 12 ST
2 CH1, 12INC, SL ST to close = 24 ST
3 CH1, 1TR, (INC, 1TR) X11, INC, SL ST to close = 36 ST
4 CH1, INC, (2TR, INC) X11, 2TR, SL ST to close = 48 ST
5 CH1, 2TR, (INC, 3TR) X11, INC, 1TR, SL ST to close = 60 ST
  Fasten off, tie in the ends  

The centre belly section is now finished.

For a nice finish and symmetry, align the centre seam of the belly pointing upwards. This isn’t essential, but it will give a nice finished look to Totoro.

Now attach the next colour, grey from the centre seam to continue.

Grey

6 CH1, (INC, 4TR) X12, SL ST to close = 72 ST
7 72HTR = 72 ST
8 72HTR = 72 ST
  NOW MAKE THE HEAD  
9 (INC, 5DC) X2, INC, 4DC, SLIP STITCH, TURN = 21 ST
10 SKIP SLIP STITCH, DEC, 16DC, DEC, SLIP STITCH, TURN = 19 ST
11 SKIP SLIP STITCH, 14DC, SLIP STITCH, TURN = 15 ST
12 SKIP SLIP STITCH, 12DC, SLIP STITCH, TURN = 13 ST
13 SKIP SLIP STITCH, 10DC, SLIP STITCH, TURN = 11 ST
14 SKIP SLIP STITCH, 8DC, SLIP STITCH, TURN = 9 ST
  NOW MAKE THE EARS  
  CH6, 1DC in second chain from hook, 1HTR, 1TR, 1DTR, 1HTR in the next stitch on the head, 8 SLIP STITCH, CH6, 1DC in second chain from hook, 1HTR, 1TR, 1DTR, 1HTR in the next stitch on the head  
  Optional – now go around the body with SLIP STITCHES  
  Fasten off, tie in the ends  

Now you want to sew on the nose and attach some safety eyes. Then on the white belly, sew some V shapes with matching yarn from the outer body.

TREE BRANCH – COMING SOON

CHERRY BLOSSOMS – follow this from Pretty Ideas

Now you can arrange and sew these pieces to your backing. Then use a needle and thread to attach the base around your stick. The more times you do this, the more secure it will be.

After the base is attached, you then need to create a long chain or iCord to either side so that your piece can hang off anything.

You’ll notice that I’ve attached some tassels and beads at the bottom of each side, this is totally optional but I thought it was a nice finishing touch.

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