Let me introduce you to Hollie Hedgehog, the cutest little critter you ever did see.
I sat down to make her at 8pm last night, and by 9.15 she was snuggled in the palm of my hand looking impossibly cute.
Totally AdOrAbLe, from the tip of her snuggly little nose right the way to her cute little rear end.
I know she is only a baby, but I couldn't resist giving her a weeny little flower to wear.
Hollie is the baby of this hedgehog family, designed by Liz Ward. Utterly charmed, yes, I certainly am.
If you would like to make these cute hedgehogs, you can find the pattern inside Issue 11 of Simply Crochet magazine (available to back order here, with UK & International postage options)
The pattern was pretty straight forward, once I got the measure of it. You start at the nose, and work the whole of the body (the pale brown), adding safety toy eyes and stuffing as you go. The dark brown "spines" are worked in afterwards, on top of the pale brown body. I had a little bit of confusion over how exactly to work the rows/rounds of the spines, ie how exactly to leave the "tummy" part free from spines and whether I should be turning the work or not, but I kind of fudged it and got there in the end.
Poor Hollie, she suffered the indiginity of being turned upside down so I could show you her tummy and her bottom (!). I thought it might be helpful to give you an idea of how the spines are formed as it was this part of the pattern where I felt desperate for more pictures and some reassurance.
Sigh. I feel kind of weird admitting how ridiculously excited I have been over crocheting a baby hedgehog. But I know you know. I know you get it, or at least I hope you do.
I'm almost there with the Autumn wreath folks, and I can't wait to nestle Hollie into her leafy nest. One more day should do it. Almost Ta-dah time. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!
EDIT TO ADD:: Just discovered that the hedgehog pattern is also available as a downloadable PDF pattern on Etsy. Find it HERE.