Meet Ophiuchus, the informal 13th member of the zodiac! In case you missed the news, if you were born between 29 November and 17 December, Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer aligns with the sun on your birthday. Strictly a constellation rather than a sign, Ophiuchus’ characteristics are rooted in healing (with serpent’s venom), education and high achiever status, represented by a regal yet approachable snake in an exclusive, online-only and free crochet pattern brought to you by Simply Crochet. You can find the free amigurumi pattern below.
If this has got your hooky hands interested, you’ll love the 2021 Zodiac Calendar that comes with issue 104 of Simply Crochet mgazine. With the help of talented amigurumi designer Khuc Cay, we have created adorable animal interpretations of the 12 star signs that rule the zodiac houses in the astrological calendar to see you through the celestial year. And don’t forget to check your hooky horoscope for 2021 yarny predictions. Whether you’re a gentle Gemini or an independent Aquarius, you can create your own cute star sign character, and why not make family and friends theirs too? Get your copy here!
If you’re new to amigurumi, check out our What is Amigurumi guide, as well as our how to crochet in the round tutorial! And if you’re completely new to crochet, then you can always check out our complete crochet guide for beginners!
In collaboration with Simply Crochet, Scheepjes are launching the exclusive Zodiac Calendar yarn pack, containing the materials needed to crochet all 15 amigurumi star sign animals, which includes 40 balls of Scheepjes Catona. This yarn offers loads of choice and flexibility, which makes it ideal for our zodiac characters. The yarn pack is set to launch on 22 December, so keep your eyes peeled for it! Find your nearest stockist at www.scheepjes.com/en/shops or subscribe to Simply Crochet now and receive a Scheepjes Zodiac Calendar yarn pack (T&C’s apply, subscription offer open to UK residents only).
You also can win your own zodiac sign yarn pack with Scheepjes’ monthly 2021 giveaways – use the Scheepjes hashtag for your sign, eg #ScheepjesAriesGiveaway and use it on your Facebook or Instagram page to be in with a chance. It’s in the stars!
Attention to all our overseas readers! Yarn packs will be available worldwide but the competition is only available within Europe.
Your Free Zodiac Amigurumi Crochet Pattern
You will need
- 1 ball of Yarn A Light Orchid (226)
- 1 ball of Yarn B Linen (505)
A small amount of each:
- Saffron (249)
- Rust (388)
- Chrystalline (385)
- Lilac Mist (399)
- Lemon (280)
- Kiwi (205)
- Vintage Peach (414)
- Marshmallow (518)
- A small amount of Black Coffee (162)
Makeup blush (optional)
5 small beads (optional)
Tension is not critical for this project, but it may affect the yarn quantities required
Ophiuchus measures 11cm (4¼in) tall
You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.
Pattern is worked in the amigurumi style unless otherwise stated. Work stitches in a continuous spiral without closing off each round with a slip stitch. You may find it helpful to mark the first st of the round, moving the marker up as you go.
Ophiuchus is worked from the Head down. A space is left towards the end of the Head which the Body is worked off from. The Tail is worked in the same way, with a space being left towards the end of the Body.
Ophiuchus Zodiac Crochet Pattern
Using Yarn A, make a crochet magic loop.
Round 1 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as a st throughout), 8dc in loop. [8 sts]
Round 2 2dc in each st around. [16 sts]
Round 3 (1dc, 2dc in next st) 8 times. [24 sts]
Round 4 (2dc, 2dc in next st) 8 times. [32 sts]
Round 5 Dc in next st, 2dc in next st, (3dc, 2dc in next st) 7 times, dc in next 2 sts. [40 sts]
Round 6 (4dc, 2dc in next st) 8 times. [48 sts]
Rounds 7-10 Dc in each st around.
Round 11 (7dc, 2dc in next st) 6 times. [54 sts]
Rounds 12-15 Dc in each st around.
Round 16 (8dc, 2dc in next st) 6 times. [60 sts]
Rounds 17-18 Dc in each st around. [60 sts]
Round 19 (2dc, dc2tog) 9 times, change to Yarn B (leave Yarn A inside the work to crochet the Body later), ch8, skip 24 sts, dc in first st of round. [27 sts, 1 ch-8 sp]
Round 20 (1dc, dc2tog) 9 times, dc in each ch across. [26 sts]
Insert eyes between Rounds 15-16, 12 sts apart.
Start stuffing Head firmly.
Round 21 (Dc2tog) 13 times. [13 sts]
Rounds 21 (Dc2tog) 6 times, dc in final st. [7 sts]
Fasten off and use the tail to close the opening.
Insert the hook first skipped st from Round 18 of Head and pick up Yarn A.
Round 1 (RS) Ch1, dc in first 24 sts, change to Yarn B, working in opposite side of ch-8: (1dc, 2dc in next st) 4 times. [36 sts]
Change to Yarn A.
Rounds 2-12 Dc in first 24 sts, change to Yarn B, dc in next 12 sts.
Round 13 Change to Yarn A, (8dc, 2dc in next st) twice, dc in next 6 sts, change to Yarn B, dc in next 12 sts. [38 sts]
Start stuffing the Body, continue as you go.
Rounds 14-15 Change to Yarn A, dc in next 26 sts, change to Yarn B, dc in next 12 sts.
Fasten off Yarn A only.
Round 16 (1dc, dc2tog) twice, ch6, skip 14 sts (tail space made), (1dc, dc2tog) 6 times. [16 sts, 1 ch-6 sp]
Round 17 Dc in first 4 sts, dc in each ch across, dc in final 12 sts. [22 sts]
Round 18 (Dc2tog) 11 times. [11 sts]
Round 19 (Dc2tog) 3 times, ss in final st.
Fasten off and use the tail to close the opening.
Using Chrystalline, Lilac Mist, Lemon, Kiwi, Vintage Peach and Marshmallow, sew small straight sts over the stomach. You can use the image as a guide.
Join Yarn A in seventh skipped st from Round 15 of Body.
Round 1 Ch1, dc in next 8 sts, 6dc in opposite side of ch-6, dc in next 6 skipped sts from Round 15. [20 sts]
Rounds 2-26 Dc in each st around.
Start stuffing Tail, continue as you go.
Round 27 (3dc, dc2tog) 4 times. [16 sts]
Rounds 28-30 Dc in each st around.
Round 31 (2dc, dc2tog) 4 times. [12 sts]
Rounds 32-33 Dc in each st around.
Round 34 (1dc, dc2tog) 4 times. [8 sts]
Round 35 Dc in each st around.
Round 36 (Dc2tog) 4 times. [4 sts]
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Use the tail to close the final round, then stitch it to the body so it curves around to the front. You can use the image as a guide.
Using Black Coffee and Yarn B, sew the mouth, nose and fangs to the Head.
Using Rust, ch6
Row 1 Ss in second ch from hook, ss in next ch, ch3, ss in second ch from hook and next ch, ss in each remaining ch of foundation ch-6. [7 ss]
Fasten off leaving a long tail.
Sew the Tongue to the mouth.
Using the makeup blush, adding colors for the cheeks.
Using Saffron, ch25 and ss to first ch to form a loop.
Round 1 Ch1, dc in each ch around, ss to beg dc. [25 sts]
Round 2 Ch3 (count as tr), (1tr, ch3, 2tr) in same st as beg ch-3, *skip 4 sts, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in next st) 4 times, skip 4 sts, ss to top of beg ch-3.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Sew the small beads to the Crown then sew the Crown on the Head over Rounds 1-6.