A Distinctly Batty Post

• I have good news my friends:
I’ve finally tied up the last of the loose ends.
My bat pattern is finally here!
(Even if it did take me over a year…)
But now I’m happy to say it’s officially done,
and I’m sharing it so you, too, can make one.
But then, I guess, why stop at just one?
An army of bats would be much more fun!
You could make one black, orange, or blue;
A yellow one, pink, and even green, too!
And in the end, whatever color you choose,
these guys are so cute, you just can’t lose!

• Now normally when I release a pattern, you see,
it comes with some kind of whimsical short story.
But I’m sorry to say, that try as I might,
I could think of no batty tale on this lonely night.
I sat and thought about it quite a lot.
But all my sitting and thinking was apparently for naught.
Lately I’ve just had no good ideas, no inspiration.
I think my mind just up and left, and took my motivation.
But even without the usual cute tale to boast,
I figured I could still at least try to make this post.
It just looked like without a story this time,
I’d have to settle instead for a silly little rhyme.
Of course, I can’t deny, I’m certainly no poet,
and now, thanks to this line, we definitely all know it.
But that’s okay, we’ll just never-mind that now;
‘Cause I’ve made a little bat and I’ll show you how.

• So go ahead and gather your supplies, get some yarn, take your pick.
And get ready to crochet some bitty bats, that work up super quick!

Batty! 3 by Karissa Cole 2013

Sebastian is this little guy’s name, and batty cuteness is quite clearly his game!

S U G G E S T E D M A T E R I A L S:
• Small amounts of worsted weight yarn
• G/7 4.50MM crochet hook
• One (1) pair of 8MM safety eyes
• Black felt
• Scissors
• Needle & thread (Substitution: Hot glue)
• Pins
• Fiberfill stuffing

A B B R E V I A T I O N S
MC – magic circle (magic loop/magic ring)
RND – Round
sc – single crochet(s)
inc – increase
ibl – in back loops only
dec – decrease
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sl slt – slip stitch
*actions in asterisks should be repeated until round completion or to the indicated stopping point in the round*
(number in parentheses indicates total number of stitches after round/row completion)
FO – fasten off

This little bat really is quite little! Finished size is just a few inches tall. Given that, it is not suggested that this toy be given to any very little ones. Also, please note that the basic ear and wing shapes shown in this pattern are merely references, and are not actual size. Everyone’s crochet style is different, so the wings/ears may not be a one size fits all situation. You will need to experiment to get a size that fits your bat.

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If you find any errors with this pattern, or have any questions or comments, please feel free to let me know! You can leave a comment below, or send a private message by using the form on the Contact page.

E A R S (make 2):
With your black felt cut out two tear-drop shapes, like the ones in the image below. You may wish wait and cut out the ears when you’re around round 9 or so of the head (directions for which follow). I had to experiment with the size of the ears until they looked like you see in the finished photos.

Batty ear shape

NOT TO SCALE – unless you want your bat to have REALLY abnormally sized ears :)

H E A D (make 1):
MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RNDs 4-7) *sc* (24)
RND 8) *ibl sc* (24)
RND 9) *2sc, dec* (18)
You can go ahead and place the eyes now. You may also want to pin on and sew the ears. (I really hate sewing and so waited to sew the ears on until the end, but it’s up to you). For my bat, before pinning the ears on, I rolled the felt a bit, almost making a funnel shape. Flattening that, I then pinned the ears on, making them look more rounded, as you see in the photos. Also start stuffing the head, firmly, and continue stuffing until you finish off.
RND 10) *sc, dec* (12)
RND 11) *dec* (6)
FO

B O D Y (make 1):
MC 6)
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *ibl sc* (18)
RNDs 4-6) *sc* (18)
RND 7) *sc, dec* (12)
FO

F E E T (make 2)
leaving a long tail, ch 4
work 3hdc in the 3rd ch from hook. sl st in the last chain. FO leaving a long tail.
Pull both the beginning and ending tails through the bottom part of the body where you want the first foot to go. Pull through enough so that that last sl st gets pulled right inside, leaving just the round little foot sticking out. Tie a few knots with the end tails (that have now been pulled inside the body) to secure the foot. Repeat for the second foot. (Placement is totally up to you. I think I might’ve liked to see what this little bat looked like with its feet wider apart…)

Sebastian1 by Karissa Cole

W I N G S (make 2):
With your black felt cut out two wings in whatever shape you find most batty. Below, number 1, is the basic shape I used. In hindsight, though, I think I should’ve gone with number 2. On my next bat that’s the one I’ll use :) 

I went ahead and redid the wings so they’re a bit more bat-ish, using design number two below. I added the finised photos to this post. Be forewarned: sewing the wings can be a bit fiddly, especially since this bat is so tiny. Patience will be needed, trust me xD

Batty wing shape ideas

(You may cut out two different wings, or cut them out as one piece to save some sewing if you’d like). Once your wings have been cut out, place, pin, and then sew them to the body. Stuff the body now, too. (If you’d like to sew the wings on after stuffing, that’s totally cool, too.)

You should now have your head, ears, body, feet, and wings all done. All that’s left is to sew the bat head to the body. (And do it quickly! A headless bat is just plain wrong…) Pin the two pieces together, and, once you’re satisfied with the placement, go ahead and sew. Weave in any loose ends.

Pinning things in place (Batty!)

pinning things in place – I saved all the sewing for last

Bitty Bats by Karissa Cole 2013

finished!

• There you go, you’re all done!
I hope you enjoyed this pattern, found it fun.

• Now this batty little post of mine is almost complete.
If you made it through all my cheesy rhymes, consider it quite a feat!

• Please have fun making your little bat,
just be sure to tell others where you got it at.
Share the amigurumi goodness, and send others this way
Give a bit of credit to this blog to help keep things free, okay?
And speaking of which, I’ve been meaning to tell:
whatever you make from this pattern, please don’t sell.
This design is a gift, free for all,
so anyone can have a their own baby bat this fall!

Okay, I’m done trying to rhyme.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in April of 2012 I made a bunch of little black amigurumi bats. At the time I just free-formed them, using the simple basics of amigurumi making (crochet an oval, crochet a tube, sew them together and poof! -a cutie appears). I used basically the same design as my little Skittles, which were, in fact, inspired by Skittles. I don’t know why it took me so darn long to finally sit down and figure out the exact pattern, but I hope it was worth the wait :)

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Like this post? Check out these other cute amigurumi patterns available from ea1701:

Sharkie! Free Pattern by Karissa Cole Squid! the Confused Owl promo by Karissa Cole

For a full list of amigurumi-related posts visit the amigurumi page. Have fun!

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    • happycat13
    • October 17th, 2013

    He is adorable! I just came in not too many minutes ago from watching these little dudes fly around catching insects. Thank you for sharing the pattern!

    • happycat13
    • October 17th, 2013

    I will respect your wishes not to sell. It is a wonderful Halloween ( or anytime) gift. Thank you!

  1. He’s a little cutie :) amassing a small army of his friends sounds just as wonderful as amassing a small army of octopi ;)

    • Amibeginner
    • October 18th, 2013

    Alright, I’m so glad the patterns is now available!
    Thank you soooo much! They’re just too cute to be true :)

  2. Reblogged this on UK Crochet Patterns.

  3. This bat is too cute for words :) Thank you for sharing your pattern!

  4. OMG I know what I am making today!

  5. very cute :)

  6. Love the Bat and love your Blog! So well written – made me laugh! :D Thank you!

    • Mika
    • October 28th, 2013

    Looks like the bats from https://www.etsy.com/shop/twistyfishies

    • That’s quite a compliment, Mika. Those for-sale bats are too cute! My little bats are obviously different, and of my own pattern. These finished bats are a bit different than my originals off which this pattern is based. This time around I used the same basic design I used for my original “Skittles” pattern.. But anyway, bats are bats I guess :)

    • Danielle
    • October 31st, 2013

    Your work is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Anonymous
    • November 28th, 2013

    He’s so cute! I’ve never done this before but I’m going to try a make a Venetian-bat!
    Thank you very much,
    Flavia

    • Thank you! I hope your Venetian-bat comes out well :D

  7. Adorable…kids loved it! Definitely going to try to make this one!!!

    • AmigurumiLover
    • January 11th, 2014

    I LOVE to crochet amigurumi animals!!! :D I noticed you did an”Amigurumi Inventory Day” thing, and i saw in your pictures there are some very cute animals that you dont have a pattern for yet, example the bear and the bunny. Will you ever give a pattern for that?

    • Thanks! I probably will do up those patterns. They were pretty simple to make up, so I’ll put it on my to-do list :)

    • Kim
    • January 17th, 2014

    Bats fly over my home every evening and I recently had some young children staying with us – every nite we would cuddle on the steps outside to watch these beautiful creatures – I will be making a couple of these to send as reminders of that wonderful holiday. Thank you so much for generously sharing your ideas.

    • Effyle
    • November 5th, 2014

    To do this, the whole video description is not by any chance? I only know because I understand things, if I can see how this cukiság! :( Please help, I want to prepare my family :)

    Thank you!

    • Hi Effyle,
      I’m sorry, but there’s no video accompanying this pattern, only written instructions :/

    • Anonymous
    • February 9th, 2015

    Thanks for sharing and taking the the time to create a pattern! I made one today, love it :D
    I don’t have any felt so I crocheted the wings and ears, and stitched x’s for the eyes instead of buttons.

  8. I can’t wait to make these ^_^ Thanks for sharing! ;)

    • Kathryn
    • July 8th, 2015

    what’s the difference between round 4-7 and round 8 in the head portion? 4-7 is single crocheting 4 rows, isn’t round 8 the same though? i apologize if this is a silly question because i just recently began crocheting; also, i love your work and appreciate all your patterns, they always turn out great!

    • MissTuesday
    • November 17th, 2015

    Hello Karissa,
    thank you for this really nice and easy sounding tutorial (I just started crochet and I can’t wait to try this out!) and also I was going to ask the same thing as Kathryn about the “in back loops” so thanks to both of you for asking the question and answering it all in one moment! Haha
    Happy crocheting !

    • Anonymous
    • November 24th, 2015

    Hi, could you explain a little more how to inc in the mc? I’m rather lost and not sure if you mean sc or dc inc. Any help is appreciated.

    • Cathy B.
    • January 4th, 2016

    These little bats are SO cute!
    When I am a bit better at cricket, I am going to try these. And I had a thought (hopefully I am not overstepping . . . ) how cute would they be with colored tummies?? Just a circle of color . . .If I ever get good, would you mind if I tried that??

    • Hi Cathy! Thanks! That sounds like a lovely idea! I bet that would be super cute. Please, do try sometime! Best of luck :)

        • Cathy Bournstrin
        • January 5th, 2016

        I will let you know when I am going to make your cute bats 😄
        Will make some exactly by the pattern, then see if I can make color tummies.

    • Sandy Wheeler
    • January 6th, 2016

    I LOVED your posting! Have you made this in a larger size? I would love to use this for a lovey for my grandson – especially with all the Batman craze going on!!

    • Amalia
    • January 10th, 2016

    Thanks !!!

    • Victoria
    • July 16th, 2016

    Just dropped by to tell you how awesome you are for sharing the pattern. I made this little cutie :)

    • Laura
    • September 6th, 2016

    Thank you for the pattern! I made this for a friend who is in hospital. A little early Halloween gift :)

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