By K W Warburton, The Reluctant Spoonie

This month marks the release of the long awaited next instalment of the Animal Crossing (AC) series. I started playing AC way back in 2006 when AC: Wild World was released in the UK. I fell in love with the cute villagers that inhabited my town. I enjoyed their sassy and occasionally deep comments. They always noticed if I had been away for a while and understood loneliness in a way that my real-life peers never discussed.

Read about my Animal Crossing Mental Health journey here

To celebrate the release of AC: New Horizons, I am currently offering custom characters through my Etsy shop. I will make any villager in an outfit of your choice. Just send me a picture of who you would like me to make or just include the villager name and outfit in the ‘notes to seller‘ section e.g. Poncho; blue grid tee. These are made to order, so please allow 1 month for me to obtain supplies and finish your character.

Check out portfolio for all the villagers that I’ve made so far here

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Mitzi, Poncho and Cole AC villagers ©2020 The Reluctant Spoonie

I’ve made my 3 favourite villagers: Poncho, Cole and Mitzi for myself. Let me know how well you think I’ve done. For these, I just used the materials I had already, so the colours may not be a perfect match. Find the patterns for the bodies and details below.

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Patterns

I used the same body and head for each of these and just customised them for each character with different ears and tails. This pattern is suitable for all cat, rabbit, squirrel, pig, duck and cub villagers.

Abbreviations

MR = Magic Ring
Sc = single crochet
FO = finish off yarn
Ch = chain
St = stitch
Inc = two Sc in same St
Dec = Sc two st together

Materials

Crochet hook (3.0 mm)
Yarn (DK weight) various colours
Felt (various colours)
Embroidery thread (various colours)
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Stuffing material (scrap yarn or polyfiber)

Base Villager Shape

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Poncho, Cole and Mitzi in the making ©2020 The Reluctant Spoonie

Head

R1: MR 6 (6)
R2: Inc x 6 (12)
R3: (Inc, Sc) x 6 (18)
R4 (Inc, Sc, Sc) x 6 (24)
R5: Sc around (24)
R6: (Inc, Sc, Sc) x 8 (32)
R7-13: Sc around (32)
R14: (Dec, Sc, Sc) x 8 (24)
R15: Sc around (24)
Start stuffing
R16: (Dec, Sc, Sc) x 6 (18)
R17: (Dec, sc) x 6 (12)
R18: Dec x 6 (6)
Finish stuffing, FO and close hole with yarn tail.

Make facial features out of felt such as eyes and mouth.

Body

Starting with legs (body works from the feet upwards)

R1: MR 4 (4)
R2: (Inc, Sc) x 2 (6)
R3-6: Sc around (6)
FO and repeat R1-6 to make second leg, do not FO this time

Join legs together by Sc around (12)

R1: (Inc, Sc) x 6 (18)
R2- 10: Sc around (18)
Stuff body and legs. Use end of crochet hook to push stuffing into legs.
R11: (Dec, Sc) x 6 (12)
R12: Dec x 6 (6)
Complete stuffing. FO and use tail of yarn to close up hole.

Arms

R1: MR 4 (4)
R2-7: Sc around (4)
FO. Leave a long tail for sewing to body. Arms do not require stuffing.

Congratulations! You have now made the basis of your Villager.

Rabbit

Ears

R1: Ch 7, turn (7)
R2: Sc x 6, 3 Sc in end st, do not turn, continue up the backside of chain, Sc x 5, 2 Sc in end st. FO leaving a long tail for sewing.

Use felt for the inner ear colour

Bob tail

R1: MR 6 (6)
R2-3: Sc around (6)
FO leaving a long tail for sewing.

Cub

The cub bears also have a bob tail.

Ears

Make two

R1: MR 6 (6)
R2: Inc x 6 (12)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Muzzle

R1: Ch 5, turn (5)
R2: Sc x 3, Sc in end st, do not turn, sc x 3 down backside of work, Sc in end st (8)
R3: 3 Sc in same st (creates a corner), Sc x 2, 3 Sc in same st, Sc, 3 Sc in same st, Sc x 2, 3 Sc in same st (17)
R3: Sc around (17)

Cat

Tail

R1: MR (4)
R2- 13: Sc around (4)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing. Tail does not need to be stuffed.

Ears

Make two.

R1: Ch 6, turn
R2: Sc across (5)
R3: Dec, Sc x 3 (4)
R4: Dec, Sc x 2 (3)
R5: Dec, Sc (2)
R6: Dec (1)
R7: Sc (1)

Clothing

Cut a rectangle of felt that fits around the body of your Villager. Leave a small seam allowance. Decorate with felt or embroidery. Sew along edge to make a cylinder (right sides together) and invert. ‘Dress’ your villager. Take a long length of thread and weave in and out around the collar of the clothing (loose running stitch). Pull tight to sinch in top. Sew securely to body (this sewing will be covered by the head, so it doesn’t matter if it’s messy).

Position arms on top and sew through clothing using a sharp tapestry needle.

Sew on head to hide the top of the clothing.

Have you made your own Villager? (crochet or otherwise) Let me know below or tag me in your pics on Instagram, I would love to see them!

Order your own Villager from my Etsy shop today, the first 3 orders will get a free leaf charm!

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