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Friday, July 23, 2010

Despicable Minion


Minion army anyone?

I just had to.  I've not seen the movie yet,  but the little guys are just so charming.    This is only one of them of course,  but at the end of the pattern,  are some suggestions for making all different personalities of minions to create your very own Minion Army.  LOL  

As always,  if you have any questions or find a problem with the pattern,  just post here or email me,  and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!



Minion

Materials:
WW yarn in yellow, blue and small amounts of black, white and gray
G Hook
Fiberfill
Small amounts of felt in black and medium/light blue
Yarn Needle
Sewing needle and matching sewing threads

NOTES:

Gauge isn't terribly important to this project as long as your hook, yarn and individual tension result in a stitch that's tight enough that the stuffing won't come through.

Numbers in ( ) at the end of each round or row indicate the total number of stitches in that round or row.

Read the 'Fun Stuff' at the end of the pattern for suggestions on making many minions of different shapes and personalities.

HEAD/BODY:

Rnd 1: 7 sc in magic ring (7)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (14)
Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (21)
Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (28)
Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (35)
Rnd 6-31: sc in each sc around (35)
Begin stuffing at this point. Stuff moderately firmly while shaping. Continue to stuff as you progress.
Rnd 32: sc in next 3 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (28)
Rnd 33: sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (21)
Rnd 34: sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc around (14)
Rnd 35: dec over next 2 sc around (7)
F/O. Add any stuffing needed to finish out the shaping. Weave tail through final round and tug gently to close up. Secure ends, weave in.

OVERALLS:
Using blue

Rnd 1-5: same as for the Head/Body
Rnd 6-10: sc in each sc around (35)
Do not fasten off at end of round 10.

(now working in rows)

Row 1: Sc next 10 sc, ch 1 and turn (10)
Row 2-6: sc in each sc across, ch 1 and turn (10)
F/O. Weave in ends.

With the newly made panel facing you, from the left side of this panel, count 7 sc around (on row 10 of base of overalls) and attach yarn to the next sc.
Row 1: Sc in same sc as joining. Sc in next 10 sc, ch 1 and turn (11)
Row 2-6: sc in each sc across, ch1 and turn (11)
F/O. Weave in ends.

For the straps of the overalls, Ch 9, sc in second chain from hook and each remaining ch across, (8)
F/O. Weave in ends.

Fit the overalls over the bottom of the body section. Attach straps to the upper corners of each of the panels as shown. (Don't sew the overalls to the body just yet)

ARMS/HANDS:

Beginning at the hand using black yarn:

Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring (4)
Rnd 2: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc (6)
Rnd 3: sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, sc in each of remaining 3 sc of round (6 sc and 1 'thumb')
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around (hold thumb down to to the front as you sc behind it) (6)
Rnd 5: working in front loops only, 2 sc in each sc around (12)
F/O and weave in ends.

Attach yellow to any free loop from round 5.

Rnd 1: sc in same free loop as joining. Sc in each of next 5 free loops around (6)
Rnd 2-12: sc in each sc around (6)

As you work, stuff the arm lightly to shape but don't overstuff. Continue to stuff as you progress. It's much easier to do this as you go than to try to stuff it after it's done, since the arms are so thin.

Flatten the last row of the arm so that the thumb of the hand will be facing towards the body and pin to body as shown.

FEET (make 2):
(using black)

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (9)
Rnd 3-5: sc in each sc around (9)
Rnd 6: sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc around (6)
F/O. Stuff foot lightly. You just want to give the some some substance and shape, without overstuffing, as you'll want to very slightly flatten the foot to more resemble shoes.

PANT LEGS (make 2):
(using blue)

Chain 11, join to form a ring.
Rnd 1-3: sc in each sc around (11)
F/O. Sew the bottom of the pant leg to the top of the foot/shoe as shown. Stuff the 'leg' moderately firm while shaping. Pin the upper portion of the leg to the bottom of the overalls as shown.

EYES/GOGGLES:

Eye ball (make 2):
Using white:

Rnd 1: 15 sc in magic ring, pull your 'draw string' very tightly to close up the ring (15)
Rnd 2: sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc around (10)
F/O. Tuck the loose yarn ends into the dome of the eyeball (add a tiny bit of stuffing if you want)



Goggle Rims (make 2):
Using gray:

Rnd 1: 8 sc in magic ring (8)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (16)
Rnd 3: working in back loops only, sc in each sc around (16)
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around (16)
F/O. Tuck the eyeball into the 'goggle' as shown. Once you're happy with the look, secure the eyball inside the goggle (I used a sewing needle and some gray sewing thread to do this, so as not to add any bulk to the outside of the goggle rims). Sew the two 'eyes' to each other in a figure 8 shape as shown (a few stitches with that gray sewing thread is good for that as well, as it won't add any unwanted bulk to the goggles)


GOGGLE STRAP:
Using black:

Row 1: chain 28 (check this to make sure it's the right length to go around the head and attach to each
side of the 'goggles', add or remove chains as needed).
DC in each chain across (again, check this for size before F/O, and adjust as needed)
F/O and weave in ends. Sew the strap to either side of the goggle rims as shown.

ASSEMBLY:

Fit the overalls over the body as shown and pin in place. Pin arms as shown (this minion's arms reach about to the bottoms of the feet). Once you're pleased with the positioning of the arms (thumbs to inside of each hand), sew in place. Sew overalls in place.

Attach legs to bottom of overalls, sew securely in place.

Place goggles over the top of the head and position as desired, once you're happy with the placement of the goggles/eyes, sew securely in place.

Cut two small circles of black felt and either sew or glue in place on the eyeballs.

For mouth: On this minion, I just used some of the yellow yarn, and whipstitched around one row of sc for a few scs to create the 'pouty' lower lip and then took a large stitch across the top and slightly below the 'lip' to create the shape. Tug very gently on this large stitch to create the look of the mouth.

Hair: I cut several strands of black, and tied in the middle with another strand. I folded the 'bundle' in half to create the 'shock' of hair and sewed this in place to the middle of the top of the head.

The insignia on the overalls is made by cutting a circle of black, and a square of the blue … the blue square is placed in the center of the black circle and glued in place then a smaller circle is glued to the center of the blue square and placed on the overalls in the center front as shown.

THE FUN STUFF:

This is just a base design for one minion. By removing rows of the body section (between rnd 6-31) you can create a shorter body.

Create different hair designs, make the eyes/goggles a little bigger, or just one very large eye/goggle.

Create different mouth shapes with felt.

Make many minions of different sizes, looks, and hair styles, you can have your own minion army! Make them so that no two are alike, or make them all the same... it's your army! :D

The Minions are copyright of the artists/makers of the Movie 'Despicable Me', but this crochet pattern is copyright of Linda Potts (July 2010). DO NOT reprint this pattern, or post it on any other website. You may make a copy of this pattern for your own personal use, but do not include it in any collections, website, or cds. You are welcome to link to this pattern and if you post your own pictures of the minions you create, please credit accordingly and include a link to this original pattern.







167 Comments:

umbreon said...

awww.
please make umbreon next!
please its my fave

Veronica said...

Wow! That is so adorable!!! I can't wait to try it out!

Jo said...

Oh, that is just so full of win!!! I'm going to have to search through my collection of googly eyes so I can try it out!!

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iciel said...

^^ That person is being really rude. I really hope you're joking.

She worked hard on her patterns and offer them for free so you should appreciate it instead of being so mean. I know it feels frustrating to work hard on something but it won't be as good as someone else's, but still, venting your anger on her is just unreasonable. You should study her patterns and try to improve instead. At least you're still better than me, I can't even make a single thing from scratch. I always need to rely on other people's patterns.

I really love this pattern. I'm gonna make a whole army and put them on my bed <3 I just wish I know how to make different expressions for them :)

WolfDreamer said...

Ok y'all.. Nobody is mad! Least of all me!

I don't know of all the other people with patterns for dolls online, I just make what I like :D

I would love to see her minion, I bet its awesome, and the great thing about the minions, is that each one is different... with their own little personality and quirks and looks! :D

By the way... there is a cute little program online http://www.despicable.me/pops/minionMaker/?lang_id=uk where you can go and 'create your own' little minion... it might give some of you ideas of how to create your own unique minion! :D

Posting free patterns online is all about sharing... this isn't a competition... It's all fun and I love every minute. Enjoy what you do, cause each and every creation out there is unique!

Nikki said...

You, miss Wolfdreamer, are a class act :) And a great talent! This guy's so cute, a friend of mine has already asked me to make her one, or perhaps two...

Thanks for sharing your patterns!

Anonymous said...

Thank for sharing this..
You are a talent!! it so cute and fun... i cant wait to made one!!!

Elsa said...

I´m just curious about what kind of yarn you use for all your amazing figures? :)

WolfDreamer said...

For the dolls, I use RedHeart Super Saver Solids. I use this yarn for several reasons:

1. It's easily available and inexpensive.
2. It has a good hand, and is sturdy enough to stand up to what a doll is going to dish out. It's also fully washable.
3: It's no dye lot. So if I run out in the middle of a doll I can always get more and it will match.

There are alot of nice soft yarns out there, but save those yarns for clothes or blankets, use the SuperSaver yarns for the dolls (There are other brands of yarn similar to the SuperSaver brand they work just as well)

WolfDreamer said...

The deleted posts above were removed at the original poster's request. :D

Tattiana said...

We just saw the movie tonight and I was commenting to my friend about attempting to make a minion pattern if noone else did it. To see that you created one is soo awesome. I been looking at your site all week for inspiration :') Keep up the good work!!

Juliamon said...

Love the pattern! I've been winging it when I make my Minions, and there are things that just "work" better with yours. I'll have to give it a shot when I've restocked on yellow yarn!

Jessica said...

Very cute - I love him :-)

Maine Mummy said...

My Husband saw the movie on Saturday and came back with a request for crocheted minions. You saved me from having to figure out the basic pattern! THANK YOU!!!

RougeTheBat said...

sooo cute!
your very talented and i love your work so much!!!
hey um my birthday is coming up in agust and i love this sonic girl whos name is rouge the bat.i was wondering if youcould make her for me? please all the plush of her are over 50 dallors for one!
thanks!
please answer my comment

CrochetDad said...

This is so cool - I've GOT to make this one.

Anonymous said...

is this going on etsy or can i post a link

Sudie said...

It's so fluffy! Fluffy is code word for adorable.

Just absolutely love your work. Thanks. This is a must-create project.

Tere said...

Thank you for this super cute pattern! You are very generous for posting it. Much appreciated! xo

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! I had the best time trying this out yesterday.Thanks for sharing!

Not Your Average Hooker said...

This is fabulous, and now posted on my new blog The Hook's Nook.

http://hooksnook.blogspot.com/2010/08/despicable-me-minion-pattern.html

Sometime in the future I would love to interview you/review your blog for my blog!

<3 Not Your Average Hooker

~felicia~ said...

i'm somewhat new to crochet, and i feel silly asking but what is a "magic ring" in Rnd 1 for the head/body? BTW, he's awesome! thanks for the pattern!

WolfDreamer said...

Magic Ring is really just a term for something I grew up calling a slip-ring :). Some really nice illustrated instructions are here: http://www.planetjune.com/blog/tutorials/magic-ring-right-handed/ (the left-handed instructions are linked at the top if you need those)

If you work better from video tutorials try this one:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHYVutk2iYY">
Hope that helps! It's technique that really does make working in rounds alot easier :)

~felicia~ said...

wow, thank you! that technique is easier! so excited to make this little guy!

Eddy G. said...

He just rocks - I SO have to make one for me, and one for me, and one for me hee hee

YarnYokel said...

These are so great. This is the type of crochet patterns I would love on my website.

WolfDreamer said...

Thank you, YarnYokel. :D

You're more than welcome to link to any of the patterns on my blog.

Anonymous said...

Wow! this is incredible, its a shame i dont know how to to this (even follow the pattern) where can i learn?

Put some on sell :P I would definitly buy them!

Its an amazing job

Thanks for sharing! :)

Adam said...

You're a far more charitable person than I! I would be selling this pattern on etsy! Astounding work on all your patterns.

Anonymous said...

This is so awesome- cant wait to try it. Thanks so much for posting it!

Katryn said...

I have yet to see them film either but when we went to the cinema recently they had a trailer for this film and I loved the little minions instantly from just that 30 seconds. Decided I needed to crochet myself a little minion army!

This pattern captures them perfectly ^.^ I can sence I'm going to end up with quite a few. Thank you ever so much for such a brilliant pattern!

A friend of mine who has a job working on subtitles (sp?!) has already watched it over 20 times for her job to which I'm am so jelous. Think I'm going to have to make her one as well, I know she'll adore it!

Thank again for your brilliant patterns!

Anonymous said...

He is so cute! I HAVE to make him for my little brother for his birthday! Thank you SO much for this pattern! :D We haven't seen the movie yet, but we want to so bad! :)

Rebecca said...

I just love this pattern - I wanted to make something for my son but everything seems so girly and this will be perfect!! Could you tell me how tall the finished product is? I like to plan all the kids gifts evenly so I need to know if I'm making him one minion or many.

Thanks

WolfDreamer said...

My minion is 10 inches tall.

Yours may be a little taller or shorter, depending on your yarn, hook and tension.

Even with supersaver yarn, some colors have a 'softer' hand to them, and items made from those particular colors will end up smaller than an exact copy in a different color (with a firmer hand).

Fortunately with dolls, it's not all that critical to get an exact size :D

Grace said...

thanks for all the time and effort you put into your patterns! they are all so cute! i was thinking of designing a minion, so you've saved me the work :D the overalls look great on the minion! i made a pattern for stewie griffin from family guy, and the way i did it, it doesn't look as smooth, so i might try your method :) your patterns are awesome! i'll have to add some to the long list of plushies i want/need to make, lol, thanks again! you're a champ!

Raen said...

This is adorable and I love it! Now my only problem is that I want to go out and buy the yarn to make this, but I already have so much yarn to get rid of at the moment.

kat :) said...

hi, I made 3 minions already and my friends really loved it.. thank you very much for the free pattern! :)

Tiffany said...

Thank you so so much! I need a gift for my friend's birthday and this is perfect. Your pattern is awesome!

Sara said...

Starting my minion today, can't wait to see his personality. Thank you so much for posting this pattern and sharing it for free. I love the great crocheting community I've found through blogging:)

raina said...

oh my goodness this is just too adorable! I plan on making at least one as a Christmas present for my sister.

carlaevelien said...

This is so cool! The cooles part is that I've seen the movie with our eldest son and I designed my own minion and posted in on my blog. Then somebody pointed out your pattern in return ;). Yours is neater by the way. To see a picture of my minion, click on the link:
http://carlaevelien.hyves.nl/album/47815591/Knutsels/O017l0vz/fotos/1151478029/0/E48n/.

WolfDreamer said...

I'm really glad you like the pattern! I'd love to see your minion, but your profile/account is set to private and it won't let me view anything.

carlaevelien said...

Oops, maybe this link will do better.
http://forum.hobbydoos.nl/forum_posts.asp?TID=17942

Ms. Diva said...

I made a minion from your pattern and now my nieces want their own!!! Fabulous pattern! Thank you!!!

ferret said...

Hi! Thanks so much for posting this pattern! I made my own little minion over the summer. Sorry, forgot to let you know, but I did credit you when people asked. :-) My next one will be the "Whaaaat?" one. ;-) Here's a pic: http://s19.photobucket.com/albums/b198/NocturnalFerri/Crafts/?action=view&current=IMG_1136.jpg

Anonymous said...

I may have missed this but how much of each yarn approximately do I need
Thanks Janet

Anonymous said...

great ! the movie comes out tomorrow on DVD and i will need to make at least one to go with the DVD gift. Thank YOU for sharing with us all.
Merry Christmas

Uly said...

OMG your creations are soooo awesome! I'm just getting back into crocheting (is that how you say it? lol). My mom showed me how when I was younger, and now I can't get enough of it! I can't wait to make this stuff! ^_^

Anonymous said...

Hellooo! I really love this pattern, but I was wondering how big it was. Thank you~~~

Anonymous said...

i've been crocheting for about 10 years solid now, hook in hand every day. 2 years ago my husband bought me a book of ami patterns and i've been stuck on stuffed since then. Out of all the free sites i've been on, you have the most amazing patterns. My husband asked me last night why i'm not that talented. He was itching to get smacked i guess. But i love all your patterns and i'll be making all of them!

WolfDreamer said...

LOL, your husband sounds an awful lot like my husband! (In which case, you should probably go ahead and smack him, 'cause I'm pretty sure he deserves it. **grins** )

I'm so glad you like the patterns! And as for designing your own - I bet you could! I didn't know I could do it either, till I tried! :D

carlaevelien said...

Almost as cool as this minion, I designed a figure that you might want to see. Do you know Percy the platypus? From Phineas and Ferb? Well, check out my blog at http://carlaevelien.blogspot.com (you can see a picture of my minion as well).

Anonymous said...

this is sooo cute! thank you thank you for posting a free pattern - it was exactly what i needed for a christmas gift for a friend. :)

youngmi said...

i can't believe i forgot to thank you for posting this pattern! a friend of mine has been going through a rough patch and a little minion was just what she needed to help her through. she loves her minion and he travels to and from work with her. i've gotten so many complements on him. thank you so much for sharing :) if you'd like to see my minion, you can visit him here: http://thetokicafe.blogspot.com/2010/11/minion.html

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely adorable!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the pattern!! I'm making my son a minion army :) working on minion #1... :)

Anonymous said...

I LOVE YOU! For posting up this pattern, you have become the most awesome crochet person in my list~ Thank you soooooo much for making this available to the poor people like me who cannot afford to buy patterns. I have so many friends who like me looooove the minions and I got so mad @ my boyfriend for not getting me the movie that came with the toy. Did I already say I love you?? :)

Melissa said...

I'm so grateful there are creative people like you who are willing and able to post your patterns online for all of us to use. I absolutely adored your minion, so much that I made one for my niece for Christmas. Here is a link to a picture of my husband pretending to eat the little guy. http://www.flickr.com/photos/58131712@N08/5337324325/
This is the first Amigurumi I have ever made, and I have to say your instructions made it very simple and understandable. Plus, he seems to be holding up well to all the love my niece (who is five) and her classmates can dish out. Unfortunately his eye's are starting to come unbound, but that's no problem as my brother is going to use velcro so his eyes will be interchangeable (I'm currently working on one big eye) :-)
Thank you again, I will be giving your other patterns a go when I find some spare time!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, wolfdreamer for posting this. I was looking for images to make my own, or rather to attempt to make my own pattern, when I found yours. Thank you for your wonderful generosity!

Yours,
Teri of Utah

The Feisty Redhead said...

Thanks so much for this pattern! I made one of these for my friend for Christmas. You can see a photo on my blog. One step closer to our little minion army!

Brittany said...

Great pattern!! Thanks for sharing!!! I made one of these for my dad to sit at his desk at work :)

I would appreciate it if you would take a look at mine too and tell me what you think :)

http://kveldulv-designs.blogspot.com

Thanks!!
-Kveldulv


Ps- I know the arms on mine look uneven... but I just used it to balance him so he wouldn't fall over XD

Tabby said...

I just skimmed the pattern so I might have missed it but how tall is a minion?

WolfDreamer said...

My minion is 10 inches tall.

Yours may be a little taller or shorter, depending on your yarn, hook and tension.

Even with supersaver yarn, some colors have a 'softer' hand to them, and items made from those particular colors will end up slightly smaller than an exact copy in a different color (with a firmer hand).

Fortunately with dolls, it's not all that critical to get an exact size :D

trilliana said...

Ok, I noticed that you use Red Heart as well, and I couldn't seem to find a yellow like yours. The one I picked up was kind of orangey (which I actually used for my Bomb-omb's feet, thanks for that pattern too *grin*)

Do you know what color # you used for your minion?

Darah said...

My 3 year old absolutely loves "Spicale Me" as he calls it. I've already gotten requests for 5 more from my brother, SIL, DH, etc.! Thanks for the awesome pattern!!

Jenny said...

Just saw the movie for the first time and immediately thought, "I need to crochet a minion!" Just browsing tonight and find it on your site! I've admired all your Mario themed creations, and can't wait to make a minion or two for my boys. Thanks so much! You are so generous.

Kris said...

I was at work when I stumbled upon your pattern today. I left work and promptly went to the store to get some yellow yarn. Thank you sooo much for posting this!

Anonymous said...

how big does he work out to be?

Harmony said...

Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for the patern. I'm still a novice, but I tried to make a minion for myself based on your pattern anyway lol. I changed him up a bit, but I thought I'd share a picture of my result

Love your patterns and ty again!

Harmony's Minion

Anonymous said...

Hi, this is really lovely. I am just trying to work out how to make one of them... and I've found yours. Thank you for sharing! P.

Julie said...

This comment is a response to Trilliana, the color I'm using to make my Minion is Red Heart Brt Yellow color # 0324 I got mine at Walmart. It's the perfect minion yellow.

crochetdays said...

Thank you so much for this pattern :) I just saw the movie the other night and I totally LOVED it. My 9 year old daughter does too so I am making this for her.

Something i found easier is making the body to about round 20. stopping. making the eyes and goggles. sewing them on the head of the body. I also did the hair too before continuing with the body.

I just find it so much easier to sew things on if the project is hollow, not stuffed yet.

This is a pure joy yo make. thank you so much again for everything you share! What a blessing you are!! :)

Nina said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am in complete awe of your work. This is so amazing, and even more so because you provide patterns.

THANK YOU.

Eda said...

Great job!! I'm having some trouble with the hands/arms. Can you provide some tips? It's hard to see the loops when using the black yarn

WolfDreamer said...

To be honest, I hate working with black or very dark colors because I have a devil of a time seeing the stitches.

The only tip I can give you, is when you're working with black or very dark colors, use a real good light.. I have a work light I use when I'm working with dark colors.

There really isn't any trick to working with dark yarns, other than a good light and patience :D

Annie said...

I am so excited to make a minion for my boyfriend's birthday next week.
His birthday is in March, so he might just get a couple..maybe dress them up like they did on their shopping spree!

Thank you so much for this lovely pattern! I found it on Ravelry!

Chrissy said...

this pattern worked up quickly...one question though...is he done in spiral or joined rounds you never specify. I used joined rounds for the body and spiral for the arms and legs. I also crocheted the emblem for the pants in thread because i hate using felt and also crocheted the black for the eyes. I love the result though

Fe said...

Thanks very much for posting this pattern. I love it! I made two minions following your pattern and posted them on my blog with a link to this pattern.

http://radlinccrafts.blogspot.com/2011/02/minion-amigurumi.html

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

The despicable minion is adorable. I just have to make one. Thanks so much for posting this pattern.

Anja said...

Oh, he´s so cute!
They were the real stars of the film!
Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Anja

S.Krebs said...

Yay! Instructions. I saw this movie in the theater & decided I had to have my own minion so I went out & purchased mustard colored yarn & wiggle eyes to make one. Not really knowing how to begin the yarn got packed up in my stuff when we moved & now that you have shared instructions I can't wait to get my yarn back.

Dicita said...

Hi! This is just great, you just made my dream come true: my very own Minion! :D lol; I'm following your every instruction and I was just wondering how did you do the mouth? I don't if I need better glasses already, but I noticed that it's not a piece of felt you used and I just love the way you did it. Can you tell me, please?:D

D.

WolfDreamer said...

The instructions for that mouth are in the 'assembly' part of the pattern.

For mouth: On this minion, I just used some of the yellow yarn, and whipstitched around one row of sc for a few scs to create the 'pouty' lower lip and then took a large stitch across the top and slightly below the 'lip' to create the shape. Tug very gently on this large stitch to create the look of the mouth.

Dicita said...

Oh! I missed that! Thank you!! :D

Amber Saundry said...

Hi there,

I came across your pattern site, and they are BEAUTIFUL. I'd love to make this minion (my boyfriend is a huge fan), but I've never crocheted. Do you have any web resources that you could please point me to in order to understand your patterns and attempt this for a gift? :)

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Amber

Jean said...

I love your patterns! And am working on my Minion right now. Thank you soooomuch!
MeanJeanRigby

MyView said...

My Son Loves the Minions... I can not to save my life make one.. You are very talented! How much would you charge if I had you make this for him??? You can Email me at CaitlynTurner82@gmail.com

MyView said...

This is Sooo Cute I can not make this to save my life. My Son loves the minions. How much would you charge if I had you make one for him???

Lizzie's Lovely Creations said...

Awesome job.Thanks for the great pattern it was easy to follow. I made some changes on the one I made here is a link...

http://dollsbyliz.blogspot.com/2011/04/minion-backpack.html

Emmiloo said...

This is so cute! You are so talented! I love that movie so I'm going to try to make it! I'm a beginner so I probably won't get it right the first time though. Thanks for the pattern!

Emmiloo said...

Can you make a veggie tales pattern? I've been looking for one because i love veggie tales! but I can't find one! So I don't really care which character it is but again, being a beginner, i would prefer bob or larry or something easy. Thanks! If you can, please email the patterns to me at grunchymakers@gmail.com. Thank you soooo much!

Rosa Rood said...

Cute!!! We just saw the movie a few weeks ago..my boys loved it ;o)
Thanks for sharing!
Regards from Amsterdam,
Maren

Kathy said...

I am jumping up and down with such happiness right now. I am so happy to have found your blog and especially this little minion! You are so wonderful for posting your patterns for everyone. Thank you so much.

Karin said...

The minion is great! Thank you for sharing the pattern.

Valerie said...

I loved the pattern! Very easy too! I've been crocheting for about 6 months now.. And I'm digging this. Well my comment/question is for making my own lil army I was really wanting to make the lil guy with one eye.. Would you recommend making that guy's eye/goggle the same size as the one with the two.. and well just making the one? Thanks so much!

Summer Gayle said...

I love this Minion! I am working on making one! will post a picture on my blog with a link to yours!

Anonymous said...

That is a great pattern. You're very good at crocheting did you come up with the patterns on your own? How do you think of patterns im new at crocheting and some patterns I want to crochet they dont have online. If you could give mee a few tips on how to come up wit patterns

WolfDreamer said...

Well, I've been crocheting for about 37 years, so most of it just comes naturally. The easiest way is to break down the thing you want to make into its obvious parts, and those parts into a basic shape, then you build it back up from that basic shape. Once you done it a few times, it gets alot easier :D

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your help. I hope to get as good as you one day. Thank you so much for posting your pattern.

Amber Saundry said...

Hi there,

Thank you so much for this pattern, I am making my first minin and he is coming out great!

I am having difficulty with the arms/hands, and apologize if this seems like a silly question, as I am sure I am just missing something obvious

"Rnd 5: working in front loops only, 2 sc in each sc around (12)
F/O and weave in ends.
Attach yellow to any free loop from round 5.
Rnd 1: sc in same free loop as joining. Sc in each of next 5 free loops around (6)"

Firstly, how do I attach the yellow to round 5?

Secondly, if round 5 has 12 stiches, and the arms are only 6, I don't understand how this will make a nice base round within the hand to build up the arm. 6 stiches only goes halfway around the hand, and then I need to jump back, so it is not looking right. Does this make sense? I guess I am just confused as to how to go from 12 stiches in a round to 6 in a round cleanly.

Sorry for the bother and thank you so much!

Amber

WolfDreamer said...

When you worked round 5, you worked the stitches through the 'front loops only' of each of the six stitches. This leaves a 'free loop' behind and at the base of the 12 stitches of round 5. The yellow is attached to one of the 'free loops' behind the stitches of round 5 (there are 6 free loops - so you should have 6 sc in yellow for the arm). The 12 stitches from round 5 you did previously will form the 'wrist band' of the gloves that stick out slightly from the hand and arm.

If you've never worked 'front loops only' there are some great videos on YouTube you can look up that will help :D

Angie Simmons said...

Thank you for the pattern, I made this minion for my daughter inlaw for Easter. She loved it. He now keeps her company at work.

Anonymous said...

wat does F/O stand for?

WolfDreamer said...

F/O stands for 'Fasten Off' or 'Finish Off' (basically it means cut and secure the yarn) :D

Anonymous said...

when u say "dec over next 2 sc around" do u mean to skip 2 sc or to only skip 1? im very confused with the decreasing im not very good at reading paterns and im having some difficulties... thank u

WolfDreamer said...

It means to make a standard crochet decrease over the next two sc. I don't recommend 'skipping' a stitch for a decrease ... and especially when making dolls or amigurumi, it leaves holes in the work which are unsightly ... but in dolls it will allow the stuffing to show through.

If you need help doing a standard crochet single crochet decrease, you can do an internet search for 'single crochet decrease' or better yet, you can go to youtube and do the same search there - youtube is FULL of awesome videos that will help you with everything you need to know in crochet :D

Anonymous said...

thank u so much, u have been such a great help ive just finished my first minion and he is soo cute. do u by any chance know any "teddy bear" patterns?

WolfDreamer said...

ummm. well, I do have a teddy bear pattern on my etsy ( http://wolfdreameroth.etsy.com) although there are other patterns out there .... but hey, you know I gotta make some money somehow LOL

I'll be honest, there are SO many teddy bear patterns out there, you can do a search for them, but if you don't find any that suit you, check out my pattern on etsy, it might be more what you're looking for :D

Raen said...

He's adorable, but how did you make such a top-heavy guy stand on those tiny little legs? Mine won't balance at all.

WolfDreamer said...

His little arms are just long enough to use as a 'tripod' effect to help him stand... but mostly I have mine parked up on the shelf kinda propped up on the back stop :D

mrscuddlytiger said...

AWESOME!! I'm a HUGE fan of your work! Thanks again for another awesome pattern. :)

brit said...

this thing is so adorable, making it for my sisters birthday. and the pattern was super easy to follow thanks a bunch.
I'm having a little trouble with the mouth, though. this is my first amigurumi type of deal. if theres an easier way to break that down?
thanks for an awesome pattern (:

Grateful Grandma said...

THANK YOU for your wonderful patterns. I have made both Mario Bros. for all my grandsons and now am making Minions for all my grandchildren (10 of them) for Christmas. You are so talented!

melliechicken said...

Thanks for the fantastic pattern. I have just finished making the body for my minion, can't wait till he is complete!

Mei said...

Hi there, you're a STAR! I was planning to come up with a minion design but thankfully I found yours. As I'm begining to set up a business of selling some crocheted toys, I was just wondering if I could sell the finished Minion? I'm fairly new to all these copyright and licensing matters, so I just wanted to ask if it's ok. Was planning to set up a small stall at a local crafts market. I will definitely credit photos and the pattern back to you but if selling the toy isn't ok, then I'll respect that. Thank you :)

WolfDreamer said...

Well, technically it's illegal to sell for profit something that is copyrighted or trademarked by someone else without their express permission (license) to do so. This is a great part of why I give away these patterns. They're for personal use, not for profit making :D

However, if someone you know who doesn't crochet, would like you make them one, and wishes to compensate you for your time and material used... I don't think there's anything wrong with that, as long as you aren't 'marketing' them. :D

Mei said...

Thanks for that. I actually do love crocheting a lot and have got very confused because all my friends are urging me to sell my handcrocheted toys and that's how the whole thing came about. Well, looks like it's back to the drawing board for my craft stall :P I would have to make original toys. Thanks again :)

Anonymous said...

This Pattern is great I love it you are really good at crocheting. I started making a minion for my daughter and Im stuck on the hand part about the thumb I was wondering if you could give me a tip on it. Thanks for the pattern. I love all your patterns thanks again.

WolfDreamer said...

With the thumb, you're basically just chaining 2 and then crocheting back down the chain, and then continuing on the round. on the next round, just hold that 'thumb' away from your work, towards you, while you continue to crochet behind it (so that the thumb sort of sticks out from the hand)

Isabelle said...

All your patterns are great! I recently discovered your blog and I made a minion. I love this movie. I was wondering if you could make Agnes, the little girl in the movie who loves unicorn? Thanks for all the patterns you've made, they are really nice.

Anonymous said...

omg! im a big fan of despicable me and love the little minions and am so going to make one. im so exited great idea!!!

Anonymous said...

hello my name is Ariel, I'm from chile and there are some words that do not understand that only gets 2 letters and translate it into Spanish do not understand what are those 2 letters.
if you could put the whole word to me would be helpful.
examples.
sc
dec
ch
a whole word would be:
1) sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, sc in Each of Remaining 3 sc of round (6) sc and 1 'thumb')
2) Rnd 35: dec over next 2 sc around (7)
also if I could say it's the magic ring.
would help me a lot if you answer, because in other pages on the internet there is nothing as complete as what you have here.
goodbye

Fröken S said...

Thank you for a wonderful pattern. I love the minions and I just had to try one. http://frokens76.blogspot.com/2011/08/dumma-mig-minior.html

/Cecilia (Sweden)

tigermousecat said...

This is just too cute! I am going to have to make a few of these for my nieces! Thank you so much for sharing this. Just awesome!
Best regards, Bev

Anonymous said...

how much yellow yarn did you use for your minion?

WolfDreamer said...

I used just under a third of a skein of yarn for the minion. How much yarn you'll need will depend on the yarn, hook and your tension, but probably not more than half a skein of yarn.

I used RedHeart Super Saver yarn for the doll (as I do with all the dolls)

Mommyklt_emt said...

OMG....I love this...my son has autism...and LOVES this movie..I am going to send it to my grandmother to make my son one!

Frances said...

Just wanted to pop on and thank you for sharing your pattern. I loved the film and googled for a pattern and up you popped :D I tweaked the pattern slightly but not much. You can see it here if you'd like to see

http://franmade.blogspot.com/2011/10/minion.html
Fran
x

Amy Lynn said...

Love your minion pattern! I finally got one made for myself, so thanks for sharing!

http://amylynn98.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-and-improved-with-25-more-miniony.html

dcp said...

OMGish I know what my best friend is getting for christmas!!!!! We saw this movie for Christmas last year and she loves it. YeahY

Angela said...

Hi Wolfdreamer-
I've never posted a comment on a blog before but felt the need to post here. Your dolls are so amazing. I've never crocheted anything but have a book to learn and seeing your amazing dolls has given me the motivation to pick up the book this weekend and learn. All of your doll patterns are exactly what my kids are into. I'm so excited to learn to crochet and eventually work up to making some of these dolls.

In your opinion, what would be the easiest to start with...especially regarding Pokemon.

Angela
wannabe crocheter

Jen said...

Thank you for posting your pattern! I've been looking everywhere for one. It inspired me to make my own :)

http://cuteincluded.blogspot.com/2011/12/who-doesnt-want-minion-army.html

Bug said...

How adorable! Will so make!

ajkreation.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this pattern! I have been looking all over for a pattern for minions. Because my children are infatuated with them. I was going to design my own but i am NOT an amigurumi person. Your pattern is easy to follow and very well thought out! My children adore them thanks so much!

Eli said...

Actually, im not sure if the one in the link is the original....Before I found this found one(http://www.amigurumipatterns.net/Cartoons-Games/Despicable-Minion/) but it might not be theres.

WolfDreamer said...

That link is just a link to my page here. They just use other people's patterns to get people to 'like' their page... its a rather side-handed way to get likes they otherwise couldn't get.

Heather said...

Thank you for the free pattern!! Just made one for my nephew for his birthday and my 2 year old daughter just loves it and so does my son, so I better make more!

Kathy Bartholomew said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the pattern. I loved the Despicable Me movie and don't get tired of watching it...love those cute little minions. Nice pattern, easy to follow...But how big is the minion? And how long did it take you to make it. I ask because I am a crocheter, and I try to gauge my crafts' time... Thanks for posting it.

Faddict said...

Thank you for a great pattern! My Minion http://www.flickr.com/photos/29277487@N03/7182575730/

bluebird said...

Thank you so much for the pattern. Your patterns are always so much fun. I just finished my first minion and now starting my next.

Katie Bobbitt said...

So I don't know if anybody's tried this yet, but I'm doubling the minion's size (I really did think he was at least 20" tall in your photo) and it seems to be going well. If you're interested, I'd be happy to send a picture when he's all done.

Thank you for sharing the pattern!

"That Crafty Piece Of Work" said...

I absolutley love this pattern!
Its my first crochet ive ever worked on apart from granny squares so im rather chuffed!
My only query is, how tall is yours? I expected mine to be little but hes huge! have i gone drastically wrong?

Thanks again! xx

Nikki @ Eveningsong Ink said...

Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I just made one for my brother as a Christmas gift and I'm really happy with the result!

Your instructions were super easy to follow and left me room to give my own spin on the gloves, eyes and goggles - I used felt - and looks just like the original character.

Thanks again!
Nikki

Pysselmaja said...

Thanks for the pattern! I have made this to my brother and sister and they just love it, you find them in my blogg!

/Emma

Fatuma said...

*GASP* AHHHHH!!! I'm so happy! Ever since watching the movie, I've always thought what great plushies that minions would make. As a beginning crocheter, I don't know why I never thought to search patterns online!!! Thanks so much! Can't wait to go buy supplies and get started!

twiggy12 said...

I found the instructions for the mouth in the pattern, but am still a little bit confused. Would you mind giving some more specific instructions on how to do the mouth? Thanks!

Michelle Bogart said...

I am an experienced crocheter and rarely do I find a pattern that is written so well. I usually make changes all over the place and while I made a few, they weren't many! I am selling this one but I will not make any more for anything but gifts. Thank you for sharing your pattern.

http://s26.beta.photobucket.com/user/MichelleBogart/media/Crochet/Toys/002_zps4cc0ceb9.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2

WordCount said...

I've been wanting to make this adorable crochet minion you created for a very long time! Since last year sometime but I haven't gotten around to it until yesterday! He is so much smaller than I anticipated, but I love that. I still have to finish the last details (which I am working on right now), his hair, mouth, pupils and Gru's logo. The cutest thing I have ever made. I've made some pretty gosh darn cute things. The minion wins. Thank you for this pattern! (I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out what a whipstitch is in this regard).

Zoeyg said...

Hello I was wondering, how much yarn did u use? I love this pattern and it's rare to find such an awesome pattern for free. Thank you!

Karry said...

Thanks so much for this pattern WolfDreamer! I've also used your Elmo pattern and both were big hits! As someone who doesn't seem to be able to construct a pattern others can follow I really appreciate the work that went into this. Karry

Janina Lynet Rolin said...

thank you so much!!! is adorable pattern by my son!the films is fabulous

Natalie Webster said...

this is a great post hun! thanks for the awesome pattern! i have posted a link on my blog <3 http://mywideeyedworld.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/new-baby-gifts-and-an-attempt-at-designing/ x

julianna fife nash said...

What an awesome pattern, have got to make some of these!

If you're taking requests, I know lots of people would be interested in a Grumpy Cat - I know I am!

Hook on, sweetie

Christine and Jon said...

Fantastic minion! I would like to make one for my step daughter! I have one question regarding the start of the body is the pattern referring to joined circles or continuing circles? Do I need to do an extra chain in-between each circle? LOL a question in the first instruction!!
Thank you!!

Jimena said...

Thank you for your cute pattern! I just want to ask you how and where i should attach the yellow yarn to the glove, as it has 12 stitches and the arm begins with 6. Thank you!

Jules R said...

Hi there,

I love your pattern! I am making this for my husband who is a big Minion fan...lol. I have done the body and the overall but I am having trouble starting the hands. Is there any way you can refer me to a video that will show me how it is done? Or, maybe you can make it a bit easier as far as reading the instructions, I would surely appreciated!
Thank you!!!!

Jessica Kraft said...

I love this pattern. Would you be interested in making a youtube video on the minion. I am struggleing with the hands and overalls.

C5 said...

Thank you very much for the patterns! I tried to make one sometime ago but ended up with something minionish instead. :)

c5 @ http://ceefive.com

Krista Martinez said...

About how tall is this guy?

WordCount said...

Hi, im sorry to bother you at all, but I would be so happy and grateful if you made a pattern for Olaf the snowman from Disney's Frozen. I don't know if you really do requests or anything, but I've been searching all day and can't find anything satisfactory and I know you would do it wonderfully.just like you do everything. Thank you for reading and maybe considering this.

Noa gurumis said...

Hi! Thank you very much for your pattern. I love it! :-) I've made one of this cuties, you can see the result at:

http://noagurumis.blogspot.com.es/2014/03/minion.html

Thank you for your free patterns, they are all amazing!
Greetings from Spain

Nikki Stallard said...

Hi I followed the pattern his blue overalls are darker as that was the only blue I had and I changed the mouth I like him think he's good as I have only been doing crochet for a few months now. I love your web page its inspiredme to try lots more. Thanks.

Taylor Godfrey said...

I made a minion for my boyfriend this past Christmas and it turned out great! Please take a look!
http://stuffedcrochet.blogspot.com/2014/03/well-this-week-i-was-on-spring-break-so.html

Barb Wolfe said...

Hi... I love this Minion but I'm having alot of trouble with the hands. I can't seem to get them to work. Can someone that has made this minion sucessfully post on how they did it or maybe a video. I really need help. Thanks so much.

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