big Totoro plushie complete!

The crochet project I hinted at in my last post (where I only showed the yarn) is complete. It is a large stuffed animal/plushie of Totoro, the main character from Studio Ghibli’s “My Neighbor Totoro.” If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it, even if you’re not into anime. It’s just a simple sweet and fantastical story that is appropriate for anyone and just makes you feel good.

He is about 20 inches tall (about 51cm) from the bottom to the top of his ears, and he took quite a bit of yarn! I used 6 skeins of KnitPicks Brava Bulky in the gray color alone, and there was NONE to spare. The original pattern found here makes a 9 inch plushie, but I wanted one that is more cuddly and pillow-like. The original also has arms and a tail, but like I said, the yarn ran out (and I think he looks fine without them, really).

I used a size K hook with 2 strands of bulky yarn at once to make him as big as I wanted, except for the eyes, which I had to make less thick so that the safety eyes would go on. I also changed the pattern for the tummy piece so that it would fit a little better. All alterations are listed in the notes on the finished product’s Ravelry page.

The leaf on top of his head is removable — I’m just attaching it with a safety pin. In the movie, Totoro doesn’t originally own an umbrella and uses a leaf to attempt to keep his head dry. I think the pop of color finishes him off nicely.
Well, that’s what I’ve been up to. It’s been nice to crochet again, even though it took me a while to finish this guy, and hopefully I’ll be at it more often now. I’m stumped for what to try next, although I’ve been eyeing some blankets… we’ll see.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’re all doing well! See you soon!


  1. Just love it!


  2. He’s very cute! I thought of you yesterday when I got my copy of ‘Inside Crochet’ as there is a pattern for a very similar blanket to our CAL. It was written by the author of the Little Woolie blog, and it’s lovely though I’m not sure I would contemplate such a big project all in one go! Doing it as a CAL at least broke things into manageable chunks!


    • Thanks! Yeah, that was actually the blanket that imspired me to do the CAL. Little Woolie’s was actually a CAL on her blog too, but when we started, theirs hadn’t finished yet and wasn’t going super-quickly so I wanted to make my own. 🙂


  3. Oh, I really love this! It’s an excellent idea to make it more like a pillow.


  4. Coby Kammeraat says:

    It’s lovely, never heard of Totoro, but now that I know him I definitely going to make. ( big).


  5. He’s adorable!


  6. Big J likes the Studio Ghibli films. I won’t show him this though or he will demand I make one straight away 😉


  7. I LOVE the Totoro movie. I must dig it out and watch it again as it has been a while. You did a great job crocheting Totoro. I love the little leaf. What a great job!


  8. He’s great. I’m at a loss for my next crochet project! There’s so many things I want to do but I can’t just make up my mind and commit to anything!!


  9. Nice to see you Hannah. Someone here recognises your character, he’s a fan of those cartoons.


  10. The Knitting Neurotic says:

    Fabulously done! Super jealous! You can pretty much just drop the mic and walk off stage with this one. 🙂


  11. This is sooooooo cute!!!


  12. He is adorable 🙂


  13. This is so quirky, love it.



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