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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

King Boo

August 20, 2009

King Boo was a request by my girls. I made him on a whim really, watching a movie with the kids. He looks a bit ragged here, because the girls were chasing each other around the house with him... I figure he's been through the ringer already :D

I'll see what I can do about getting some better pictures of him, if I can wrestle him away from the girls long enough. LOL

As always, if you have any problems with or questions about the pattern, just message or email me, I'll get back to you as soon as I can .

King Boo


WW yarn in white and gold, small bits of black yarn
G hook
Pieces of felt in black, white and red
Glue on type jewels for crown (or assorted scraps of felt)
Yarn Needle


Gauge isnt important, as long as your choice of yarn and needle result in a tight stitch so that stuffing material won't show through.

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


Rnd 1: 8 sc in magic ring (8)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (16)
Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (24)
Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (32)
Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (40)
Rnd 6: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (48)
Rnd 7: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (56)
Rnd 8: sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (64)
Rnd 9: sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (72)
Rnd 10: sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (80)
Rnd 11-20: sc in each sc around (80)
Rnd 21: sc in next 8 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (72)
Rnd 22: sc in next 7 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (64)
Rnd 23: sc in next 6 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (56)
Rnd 24: sc in next 5 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (48)
Rnd 25: sc in next 4 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (40)
Begin stuffing at this point if you haven't already, continue to stuff and shape as you go. Stuff and shape the body very firmly.
Rnd 26: sc in next 3 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (32)
Rnd 27: sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (24)
Rnd 28: sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc around (16)
Rnd 29: dec over next 2 sc around (8)

F/O, add any stuffing to finish the shape out firmly. Weave in end through last round and pull to close. Secure and weave in ends.

ARMS/WINGS: (make 2)

Rnd 1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6)
Rnd 2: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc (8)
Rnd 3: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc (10)
Rnd 4: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc (12)
Rnd 5: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc (14)
Rnd 6: sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc (16)
Rnd 7: sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc (18)
Rnd 8: sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc (20)
Rnd 9: sc in each sc around (20)

F/O. Do not stuff, flatten and weave in end.


Rnd 1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in last sc (8)
Rnd 3: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in last sc (10)
Rnd 4: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in last sc (12)
Rnd 5: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 10 sc, 2 sc in last sc (14)
Rnd 6: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 12 sc, 2 sc in last sc (16)
Rnd 7: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 14 sc, 2 sc in last sc (18)
Rnd 8: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 16 sc, 2 sc in last sc (20)
Rnd 9: sc in each sc around (20)

F/O stuff very lightly just to give it a little shape. Weave in end.


Using gold:

Rnd 1: Ch 30. join to form a ring and sc in each ch around (30)
Rnd 2-5: sc in each sc around. (30)
Do not fasten off.

First point

Row 1: sc in first 6 sc. Turn, (6)
Row 2: skip first sc, sc in each sc across turn (5)
Row 3: skip first sc, sc in each sc across, turn (4)
Row 4: skip first sc, sc in each sc across turn (3)
Row 5: skip first sc, sc in each sc across turn (2)
Row 6: skip first sc, sc in second sc (1)

F/O, weave in ends.

Remaining four points

Row 1: Attach yarn to next sc to left of previous point, sc in same sc as joining, and in next five sc (6)
Row 2-6: same as first point.

After final point, glue on jewels or cut pieces of colored felt and glue/sew on as shown to each point.


I recommend pinning all pieces in place before sewing. In this particular case, I finished the face before I pinned and sewed the wings/tail/crown so that I could be sure of proper placement. Embroider the eyebrows as shown. Add pieces of black felt for eyes.

Cut a piece of red felt for the mouth and some white for the teeth. (you might find cutting them from paper first is best, so you can be sure of the size and shape before cutting your felt) Cut a long piece that is rounded on one end for the tongue. Run a length of sewing thread through the flat end and gently pull to gather, sew to mouth as shown so that it drapes over.

Add wings, tail and crown as shown.

There are many other Boo characters ... all are based on this basic shape. Try them all :)

Boo, King Boo and Mario Brothers are all copyright Nintendo.

This pattern is an original pattern by Linda Potts (August 2009). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site or publish on any cd or collection. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern. Photos are also property of and copyright Linda Potts.


Anonymous said...

You are really good!!!

WolfDreamer said...

Thanks! :D

Anonymous said...

he is so cute. I was wondering for the crown if i put felt pieces on can i use felt glue or will any glue work for felt to put on the crown. thank-you for the help

WolfDreamer said...

In general, I use a good clear drying fabric glue for adding felt pieces to crochet. It just tends to be more consistent and will nearly always hold even through a machine washing. If you use something like Elmer's Glue, it will dissolve in wash water, and your pieces will come off.

Julie said...

I really want to make this for a friend of mine. Do you join the rows at the end or just crochet a continuous round?
Thanks for posting this awesome pattern!

WolfDreamer said...

Personally, I join my rounds, but if you're most comfortable doing continuous rounds, then that works just fine too :D

Anonymous said...

About how big is King Boo? I started it, and its becoming really big o_O

WolfDreamer said...

he's about 9 inches tall (including the crown).

It could be that you're using a thicker yarn type, a larger hook, that your tension is looser or a combination of any of the above.

The sizes given in any of these patterns is approx, and is greatly dependent on your materials and crocheting style :D

Anonymous said...

How come my King Boo is flat O_O, its not round like yours :(

WolfDreamer said...

I really can't say why it's flat... perhaps if you could take a picture and send it to me in email? then maybe I could help you figure out what's goin on?

Anonymous said...

it's ok, thank you though. I already took the whole thing apart :(

Also, thanks for the quick reply XD

Sue Malcolm said...

I just love your patterns. They are easy to follow and the final product looks like it should. My 4 yr old grandson absolutely loves the Mario Plushie that I made for him.
Thank you for sharing all the wonderful patterns.

Have you thought of adding some of the Super Mario characters to your list ?

Anonymous said...

Wow-great patterns! I'm new to this and Boo is my 1st one I'm trying. I've got the parts done except the crown and I'm trying to embroider the eyebrows....but having an extrememly difficult time. I've never done this before so do you have any tips-starting points, etc? The body and parts were clear but I'm stuck on the embroidery part.


WolfDreamer said...

Embroidery is mostly just practice. Don't try to insert the needle all the way through the stitches tho, just stay 'on the surface' of the crochet. Tug only enough to set the stitch, don't tug too hard or it will tend to 'pucker'.

You might try making a test crochet pieces, and practicing on it for a bit and then try on Boo :D

Anonymous said...

Hello! I'm not quite sure how to start the second point of the crown, where is the yarn we're using suppose to comme from? do we fix it with a knot or is there another fancy way to do it? :) I love your work by the way! Thanks for being such a great inspiration! :P xxx

WolfDreamer said...

The second (and remaining) point/s use the same yarn you were using for the crown. After you 'cut' the yarn from the previous point (and weave in that end) you re-attach the yarn from your ball (or skein) to the starting point for the next one :D

Brittany J. said...

I am also having trouble with a flatter King Boo. How firmly is the body stuffed? I don't want to overstuff, but I just finished round 25 of the body, and the sides are only two or so inches tall... Do I stuff the body so tightly it forms as sphere, or did I do something wrong?

April said...

My Boo is flatter as well. I was able to finally get him almost round enough by stuffing him until he was almost hard, but it still isn't as round as yours. I think it will work though. I'm really struggling with the arms though. Are they really only 9 rounds in length? Mine are tiny. :\

viagra without prescription said...

This just remember me that i don't play mario galaxy for a while, i love boos they are very funny and also cute, for me XP

Troll said...

I'm also experiencing some difficulties with a rather flat Boo. I don't join the rounds and the increases end up right on top of each other, forming a wavy octagon. I'm gonna start over and shift the increases slightly, so I don't get them aligned, and I'll get a rounder shape. Perhaps this solves the flatness.

// Troll

Niltiaca said...

I seem to be having trouble with the rows of the body. You say that the third round should have 24 stitches from the beginning, but i am way over that amount by the time i reach the end of my row. Is it better to complete the round or to keep to the stitches number? I'm not even sure why I'm off by so much.
thanks for your help.

WolfDreamer said...

The problem sounds to me like you're making too many increases. The sequence is repeated around, such as:

sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around

That means: sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc, etc. -- all the way around to the beginning of your round.

Hope that helps! :D

Niltiaca said...

Yup thats my problem. I misinterpreted the instructions and thought i had to only repeat the second part of each line.
now to see if i get the same problem with a flat boo. (i have a feeling i will, i am such a noob at this ^.^')

WolfDreamer said...

The shape will seem 'flat' until you reach the point of the 'even rows'...

If you think of the shape, the first third of your pattern is the 'expanding' portion ... the second third is the 'equator' portion, and the final third is the top of the round.

Much of the shape is also about how you stuff it. It should be stuffed evenly and firmly...but don't overstuff, or the stitches will stretch out and the stuffing will come through. It's a process, and experience will help you know when it's stuffed enough. Don't be afraid to take out the stuffing if you don't like it, and re-do it. Just pull the stuffing material apart a few times to 'refluff' it before you restuff it. :D

If you have any further trouble, just let me know, I'll try to help where I can :D

Niltiaca said...

yeah, my boo is as flat as a pumpkin. i think i made my stitches too tight. oh well, i will try again another time. thanks for your help!

Anonymous said...

Awesome pattern! I'm about halfway finished the body of Boo, and didn't realized how big he'd get! I'm still determined to finished though. Just a suggestion, maybe include some sort of object in the photos of future crochet projects as a size reference (like a penny).

Thank you for all the wonderful patterns!

Anonymous said...

What is a magic circle?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, what is a magic ring?

Marit said...

Awesome! I guess I know what I'm getting my brother for his birthday :P

Anonymous said...

Aww man mine turned out flat. which I thought was strange, so I was going to add a few more rounds to the middle part. (the 80 sc rounds) but I decided not to and thought that my stuffing would make it rounder but it didnt help much. So idk what I did wrong. and even my wings are different from yours.. So strange. Thanks for the pattern though, it's super cute!

Ruth said...

Thanks very much! Awesome pattern! I blogged him this week. He looks a bit more bedraggled than in the pix now as he's been carried round as the constant companion of my 4 year old!

Anonymous said...

At round 10, is it supposed to be a wavyish flat circle?

Sensa said...

I'm trying the pattern for the third time, having gotten to about row 12 each of the previous times. This is the fourth pattern I've done of yours (I've done three mushrooms, Chain-chomp, & Bombomb) and those patterns were perfect! With this one,I started with joining rounds, and that didn't seem to be working, so I ripped it out and did continuous rounds, but that didn't work either. I keep ending up with a flat disk with a tiny lip, and it doesn't look like it's going to give me a ball shape at the end. I started wondering if I should try to get the body part of the pattern by borrowing from one of your other patterns. Do you have a ball-shape approximately the same size on another pattern?

Also, want to thank you for posting all of these. My kids have REALLY been enjoying them, and your directions are very well written!

Anonymous said...

Love all the patterns you have. I just tried this, and like so man others, my Boo came out rather flat (as though he'd been squished in MarioKart ;). I think perhaps 80 is too many stitches, or you need more than rows 11-20 of sc; perhaps another 10 rows. I may try again and stop the increase at 60 to see if I get a rounder shape. I did finish it, and it looks pretty good (I cut the eyebrows out of felt, though), and my son is happy with it. Thanks for hsaring. :)

Nook said...

If you are having problems with a flat top and bottom try inserting a row of just sc between a couple rows where you are inc or Dec I find it tends to make it more round

Mei_Gui said...

It doesn't work! I did it and my king boo is look a like an Mushroom. Are you sure that is the right pattern? I'm so frustrated!

Unknown said...

I agree with Mei. I started making this as a birthday present for a friend's daughter and much to my dismay it has come out nothing like what is depicted in the images displayed at the beginning of this page. I've ended up with the top of a mushroom each of the 3 times I've gone all the way though the pattern. Needless to say I find these patterns to be questionable at best.

WolfDreamer said...

Many people see the crochet part alone and don't feel it is right. The crochet itself doesn't provide the shaping - the stuffing does. If you maje it 'perfectly' round in the crochet shaping, then when it is properly stuffed it will be misshapen. That is part of the nature of the craft.

Craftcrazy said...

How do we post pictures of our completed projects??? I made king boo, eevee, and am working on Lugia. Thank you for helping me make my kids Christmas. If it wasn't for your free patterns, they would not be opening any gifts this holiday season.
Again, thanks for sharing your awesome talent with me!!!!

Unknown said...

Hi! Just wanted to say that I've been drawn back to your site from multiple sources when searching for amigurumi patterns, and I really appreciate your work! Thanks for making the internet just that little bit better! :D

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