Complete with his own basket and blanket, Irene Strange’s prickly picnicker is a fun project for advanced hooksters. Bring Hester Hedgehog out of hibernation with light beige and brown yarn and a whole lot of loop stitch to make his trademark spikes.


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

To hook up this fantastic pattern, you’ll need:

  • DROPS Lima (65% wool, 35% alpaca, 50g/100m) in Light Beige, Brown (5610) and Rust Mix (0707)
  • DROPS Alpaca Bouclé (80% alpaca, 15% wool, 5% polyamide, 50g/140m) in Light Beige Mix (2020) and Brown Mix (0602)
  • 4mm (US G/6) hook
  • 2.75mm (US C/2) hook
  • 2 safety eyes, 10mm
  • Toy stuffing
  • Stitch markers

For yarn stockists contact Wool Warehouse on 01926 882818 or visit

You’ll find the full pattern, yarn quantities and measurements for this amazing project in issue 84, or you can buy the individual pattern from Raverly here!


Simply Crochet issue 84 is also 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.

Simply Crochet issue84 Hedgehog toy pin


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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