You’ve taken your tot to the petting zoo, but how do you teach them about species further flung? Erinna Lee’s adorable axolotl is the answer to your zoological concerns. A super-sweet take on the limb-regenerating ‘Mexican walking fish’, it’s hooked up in Yarn and Colors Must-Have blues and pinks, perfect for a nursery.


Although the amigurumi looks like a finickity make, fussier details like the undulating gill edges and tail fin are crocheted separately and stitched on afterwards, meaning this little amphibian is easier than they look!

New to amigurumi? Then check out our 'What is Amigurumi' guide!

For an axolotl to call your own, you’ll need:

  • Yarn and Colors Must-Have (100% cotton, 50g/125m)
    Light Pink (044)
    Antique Pink (048)
    Larimar (062)
  • A 2.5mm (US B/1 or C/2) hook
  • Black stranded cotton
  • Toy stuffing
  • 2 black safety eyes, 6mm

For stockists contact Yarn and Colors at

You’ll find the full pattern and yarn quantities for this amazing toy in issue 80 of Simply Crochet, or you can download the pattern from Ravelry here!


Simply Crochet issue 80 is available as a digital edition, for Apple phones and tablets, Android phones and tablets, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and to read through Zinio as PDFs. Click here to find the right version for you.

If you liked this pattern, why not take a look at some of our other awesome animal patterns!


Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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