Amigurumi Coronavirus

Yes, I really will crochet anything. Before the Internet starts yelling at me for being insensitive, let me give a bit of background.

I’ve had a phobia of germs since I was a kid. Remember the swine flu epidemic about 10 years ago? Yeah, I was a nervous wreck. With everything going on lately, it has not been a great couple months for someone with severe anxiety. The scary thing about COVID-19 is that it’s invisible, so it isn’t something you can fight. It just lurks until it gets you. I thought it could be a good exposure therapy exercise to make a crochet version of it.

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Nothing is scary when you put a silly face on it, and that was my goal here. I had feedback on my Solar Eclipse amigurumi pattern that someone used the toy to explain the solar eclipse to their kid, who was afraid of it. But when the kid saw how it worked and understood the science behind it, he wasn’t so scared. I thought this pattern might be useful to some of my fellow germaphobes because it makes the scary thing visible, so you can mentally confront it.

Or maybe you just want to make it so you can chuck it at your friends and tell them they “caught” the coronavirus. Up to you.

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This is the image I based my design on. I chose gray for the base and red for the spiky bits, which are the “corona” that the virus is named after. Did you know that the common cold is a coronavirus? So technically, it’s inaccurate to say that this is a coronavirus pandemic, because that’s been the case for years. The virus is called SARS-COVID-19, and the disease it causes is COVID-19.

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Materials

  • Worsted-weight yarn in two colors: base and the spiky bits
  • 2 plastic safety eyes (mine were about 12 mm)
  • G (4.00 MM) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Small bit of polyfill stuffing. Or fill it with beans so you can chuck it at people.
  • Small bit of black yarn to embroider face

Notes

  • I use US crochet terms in all of my patterns
  • This pattern is worked in one piece for the base, leaving spare loops to attach the red spiky bits. When the base is complete, you go back and crochet onto the loops.
  • This pattern is worked in a spiral without joining, amigurumi-style. So use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round.
  • 2-double-crochet cluster: *Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops.* Repeat from * to * one more time, which should leave you with 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.

Pattern

Base

Round 1: Make a magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring

Round 2: in back loops only, 2 sc in each sc around

Round 3: in both loops, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around

Round 4: in back loops only, (sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around

Round 5: in both loops, (sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around

Round 6: in back loops only, (sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around: 36 sc

Round 7: in both loops, sc 10, in back loops, sc 26

Round 8: in both loops, sc 36

Round 9-12: Repeat Rounds 7 and 8 two more times.

Round 13: in both loops, (sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog) around

Round 14: in back loops, (sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog) around

Round 15: in both loops, (sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog) around

Work on face: attach safety eyes and embroider eyebrows and mouth.

Round 16: in back loops, (sc in next sc, sc2tog) around

Stuff.

Round 17: in both loops, sc2tog around.

Fasten off. Through back loops, sew the small circle together. That leaves you with 6 loops to work into.

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Special Stitch: I’m going to call this “Corona Stem.” Ch 4, make a 2-double-crochet cluster in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in same ch, sl st in next 2 ch.

Start in the leftover loops of Round 17. *Make a Corona Stem, then sl st into the next 2 free loops.* Repeat this twice more.

For the rest of the spare loops, you’re going to *make a Corona Stem, then sl st into the next 3 stitches*, all the way around and around. When you get to the middle section, which leaves a non-adorned part for the face, you’ll be working back and forth in rows. Then when you get back to the top, just start working around and around again.

When you get to the very top, with the 6 loops left over from Round 1, *Make a Corona Stem, then sl st into the next 2 free loops.* Repeat this twice more.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Stay healthy, you guys. There’s nothing cute about the real coronavirus, and I don’t mean to make light of it. When things scare me, I crochet. Wash your hands, don’t go to the store unless you can help it, and try not to worry too much. Easier said than done, trust me, I know. But we’re going to make it through this together.

73 thoughts on “Amigurumi Coronavirus

  1. THANK YOU, this is adorable! Lots of folks crochet beautiful and blankets, I’m always drawn to unusual things to crochet and this really strikes me as the perfect thing to make right now!

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    1. Thank you so much, it is definitely on theme lately, unfortunately! I’ve always been drawn to the unusual things too, so I’m really glad you liked this one!

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  2. I think this is fabulous!
    I’m making one right now but I have a question.
    Round 9-12: Repeat Rounds 7 and 8 one more time, then repeat Round 7 once more.
    7-8-7 is only 3 rows, but 9-12 is 4 rows. Is it just a row numbering error or am I not understanding the direction? Since I’m WFH because of this virus, I have a more crochet time so I look forward to finding out!

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    1. Hi Kim, good catch! That was from the first try of the pattern and I forgot to change it. It would be repeat rounds 7 and 8 twice more, so 4 rounds total. Stay healthy, it’s awesome that quarantine brings more crochet time at least!

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      1. Sooo, do we repeat rounds 7 & 8 twice more, than repeat round 7 again, since the next round is in both loops? Or is it rounds 7 & 8 once more than round 7 again? I’m confused

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      2. Sorry for the confusion, Nat! You repeat Rounds 7 and 8 two more times, so it goes 7, 8, 7, 8. I edited the pattern to hopefully help make it less confusing.

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      3. Hi! I love this idea! Has anyone put a you tube tutorial up for this? I learn the best with a visual. Thanks!

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  3. I am so unbelievably excited to make this today 😍 thank you so much for making this pattern. As a nurse who crochets this is so up my ally 😂

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  4. Hi Claire, this little guy is amazing! I had a question about the pattern. This is first amigurumi I have ever made, so I’m still figuring out terms and the like. On Round 7 you say In both loops, sc 10, in back loops, sc 26. Do I do 10 sc and then 26 sc? Or do they alternate? Thanks so much

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    1. Hi Ivy, sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, WordPress ate your comment! You’re exactly right: you would do 10 sc in the back loops of the next 10 stitches, then sc 26 normally in the next 26 stitches.

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      1. Hi there, I have a question about this round 7 too. I’m understanding it from the pattern above as 10 normal sc (under both loops) and then the following 26 sc in the back loops only. Or is it vice versa?

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  5. Oh stars, this made me laugh (as insensitive as that sounds)! I love the little angry face you gave it. And I can vouch for coping with stress by crocheting, craft is practically how I got through high school! Stay safe xx 🙂

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    1. Haha, that’s actually the reaction I was going for, insensitive or not. I’m glad it made you smile. Yes, crochet is pretty much the only way I’m staying sane in college – I’m glad it’s had a similar effect on you. Stay safe, to both you and Sarah! ❤

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  6. I look forward to making this. So cute and something to relieve the stress this virus is causing. Thank you for sharing your design.

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  7. Thank you! I’ve made 2 for my boys. Although some people may not find it funny that they’re currently playing catch with Coronavirus, it makes them happy. Happiness is also contagious.
    Is it okay to post it on IG?

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  8. Love the pattern. I made one to carry at work. I’m a paramedic and as most people in public safety, have a twisted sense of humor. I have been posting pictures of my Convid-19 having adventures. Trying to ease the stresses on my coworkers in relation to the pandemic. I’ve decided to make some white blood cells to go along with it and have them battle. I’m going to let my imagination run with this. Thank you again for the pattern.

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    1. How awesome that you made one to take to work, that makes me so happy to think of the grumpy crochet coronavirus coming along with you. (As long as you avoid the real one, of course!) Thank you for all the work you do as a paramedic, you guys are amazing. I was thinking about making some red and white blood cells to accompany it, too!

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    2. I’m writing an article about yarn therapy during COVID-19 and would love to include a quote from your comment if that’s okay with you? I think it would make other readers smile just like it did for me.

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  9. Thanks for the adorable patterns. It’s nice to just take a breath from the seriousness of it all. I’m a little confused tho about the corona stem stitch – Ch 4, make a 2-double-crochet cluster in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in same ch, sl st in next 2 ch. What is a 2-double-crochet cluster? Is that just 2 dc in the same stitch, 4 dc in the same stitch? Thank you.

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    1. Hi Tina, thank you for the kind words! A 2-double-crochet cluster goes like this: *Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops.* Repeat from * to * one more time, which should leave you with 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops. From there, you will continue by making a sl st in the same stitch, then sl st in the next 2 chains along the stem. I hope this helps clarify, I’m going to edit the pattern too to include this.

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  10. brilliant!
    living in France, we’re on our first day of lock-down, everyone confined to homes for an indefinite length of time.
    I might have to stop other crafting projects and make one (or two).

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    1. C’est super chouette d’avoir un commentaire de quelqu’un qui habite en France! I think it’s only a matter of time before lockdown happens here, there will definitely be a lot of crafting taking place. Stay safe, thank you for visiting!

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  11. Oh i LOVED this. I gave one to my dad to take to work (he’s a hospice worker) and he says it brightened the spirits of the nurses, office staff and other healthcare workers. Thanks so much for the pattern!
    One question, when you make this is it top to bottom or bottom to top for the face?

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    1. Aw, what a wonderful thought, I’m so happy it brightened somebody’s day. Thank you for sharing that with me! It’s made from top to bottom, so the magic ring is at the top. 🙂

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  12. I love this! Out of college for two weeks at least so all I’m doing is crocheting. Going to attempt this today! It’s fitting for my situation lol.

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    1. My college is moving all spring term classes completely online…which is wild. I hope your college works things out, it’s so weird lately. Thanks for your comment!

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  13. Thank you so much for this pattern! I work on the subway and have been documenting its travels with me, as well as playing “catch” with friends and family. It’s most definitely a fun way to get through a crazy situation. I currently have four of them!

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    1. Your comment made me smile. It’s hilarious playing “catch” with it (hilarious in an awful way, I guess). Four of them! That’s awesome, I love that you’re documenting its adventures on the subway. 🙂

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    2. I’m writing an article about yarn therapy during COVID-19 and would love to include a quote from your comment if that’s okay with you? Your comment really made me smile.

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  14. Thank you! I was looking for something to crochet for my neighbour who is a nurse – an extremely hardworking one these COVID-19 days. I think I found it. ❤
    Stay safe, wherever you are.

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  15. This is so cute…a little humor is good for the soul. Just thinking about trying to make this into a hat…got to go see if I have the right color yarn. Have a great day and keep smiling…”this too will pass.”

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    1. Humor makes everything better. It feels good to laugh at it. I’ve seen some great hats on Ravelry, there’s an excellent knitted one out there. Thank you for your kind words and for making me smile. We’ll get through this together!

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  16. Swap the order of step 7 and 8 and this pattern is perfect. (step 7 is a back loop only steps) Thanks for sharing! was fun to make.

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  17. Thank you for this! I loved your thoughts on making something visible makes it less scary! I greatly appreciate your humor and your crafty mind 😊

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  18. This is very cute — I’m definitely making one!

    One question: how did you embroider the curved line for the grumpy mouth? Did you go between each stitch (doesn’t look like it from the photo) or is it a diagonal line up, short line across, and another line diagonally back down?

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  19. Going to the store to get yarn before the stores close. Might someone be able to post a video tutorial to go along with this! I love this idea!

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  20. LOVE this pattern. I’ve made one, and it’s been a bit hit! Just FYI, I think rounds 7 (BLO) and 8 (both loops) should be switched. That way, the BLO rounds are alternating with the Both Loops rounds (round 6 is BLO and round 12 is both loops)

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  21. IS ANYONE SELLING THESE?! I work on the Covid unit at my hospital as a nurse and I would love to get one for our unit!

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  22. round 3-round 5 : you didnt specify how many stitches so i kinda got lost from there. its only round 6 you said theres 36 stitches.

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  23. I have made a bunch of these for the nurses at our local pandemic hotline in Illinois. They love them! One nurse said she squeezes it while working and it gives her comfort. It’s a great service you have provided.

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