Zero the Dog Crochet Pattern

This is Halloween, this is Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

If you know me, you know how much I love Halloween. I love dressing up, and roping my husband, (and now my unknowing 1 year old) into dressing up with me. I love Halloween decorations, candy, and of course the movies. One of my favorite Halloween movies is The Nightmare Before Christmas, and when the idea came to create a Halloween crochet pattern, the thought of Zero came quickly to mind.

I recently gave away a finished product of this fun plush on my Instagram, and decided to give this pattern away for free to all those who love this movie and holiday like I do!

Materials

  • Black, white, red, and orange medium weight yarn (4)- I used Caron Simply Soft in white, black, autumn red, and pumpkin.
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Stuffing
  • White pipe cleaner (optional)
  • Stitch marker/scrap piece of yarn
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Abbreivations

  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • dc: double crochet
  • BLO: back loop only
  • FLO: front loop only
  • FO: fasten off
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • inc: increase (2 sc in one stitch)
  • dec: decrease (2 sc together)
  • [..]=total number of stitches
  • sc x 2= sc in the next 2 stitches (this is an example, number varies: sc x 3 = sc in the next 3 stitches, and so forth)

Dimensions

This Zero is about 6″ tall.

Notes

This pattern is worked in continuous rounds, do not join each round- use your stitch marker to mark the start of each round.

I used a pipe cleaner in the nose just to give it a little support and shape, however I do think it would be fine without it. If you do choose to use a pipe cleaner, I recommend white so you don’t run the risk of seeing the pipe cleaner through the stitches.

Use your hands to shape the snout once you’ve worked into the head. Leave the snout pretty much empty other than the pipe cleaner so you can flatten it a bit and shape it how you want it.

This pattern uses US crochet terms.

Pattern

Head

Rnd 1: with white yarn, 3 sc in a magic ring [3]

Rnd 2: (inc) repeat around [6]

Rnds 3-4: sc in each stitch around [6]

Rnd 5: (sc in first, inc in next st) repeat around [9]

Rnds 6-8: sc in each stitch around [9]

Rnd 9: sc in each stitch around, inc in last stitch [10]

Rnds 10-13: sc in each stitch around [10]

Rnd 14: (sc x 4, inc) repeat around [12]

Rnd 15: sc in each stitch around [12]

Rnd 16: (sc x 5 stitches, inc) repeat around [14]

Rnd 17: (sc x 6 stitches, inc) repeat around [16]

Rnd 18: (sc x 7 stitches, inc) repeat around [18]

Rnd 19: (sc x 8 stitches, inc) repeat around [20]

Rnd 20: sc x 2, inc, sc x 2, inc, sc x 10, inc, sc x 2, inc [24]

Rnd 21: sc x 3 stitches, inc, sc x 3, inc, sc x 11, inc, sc x 3, inc [28]

Rnd 22: sc x 4, inc, sc x 4, inc, sc x 12, inc, sc x 4, inc [32]

Rnd 23: sc x 5, inc, sc x 5, inc, sc x 7, inc, sc x 5, inc, sc x 5, inc [37]

Rnd 24: sc in each stitch around [37]

Rnd 25: sc x 6, inc, sc x 6, inc, sx x 8, inc, sc x 6, inc, sc x 6, inc [42]

Rnds 26-33: sc in each stitch around [42]

*Start shaping the snout, as you should be able to see which way the snout should be shaped by this point. It is  a good time to insert the pipe cleaner to the tip of the snout and begin stuffing the head, continue stuffing as you go.

*I folded the pipe cleaner in half, then half again so it was shorter and stronger. *

Rnd 34: sc x 6, dec, sc x 6, dec, sc x 8, dec, sc x 6, dec, sc x 6, dec [37]

Rnd 35: sc x 5, dec, sc x 5, dec, sc x 7, dec, sc x 5, dec, sc x 5, dec [32]

Rnd 36: sc x 4, dec, sc x 4, dec, sc x 6, dec, sc x 4, dec, sc x 4, dec [28]

Rnd 37: sc x 3, dec, sc x 3, dec, sc x 5, dec, sc x 3, dec, sc x 3, dec [22]

Rnd 38: sc x 2, dec, sc x 2, dec, sc x 4, dec, sc x 2, dec, sc x 2, dec [17]

Rnd 39: sc, dec, sc, dec, sc x 2, dec, sc, dec, sc, dec, sc [12]

Rnd 40: dec around [6]

FO

Body 

Rnd 1: with white yarn, 6 sc in a magic ring [6]

Rnd 2: (inc) repeat around [12]

Rnd 3: (sc, inc) repeat around [18]

Rnd 4: (sc x 2, inc) repeat around [24]

Rnd 5: (sc x 3, inc) repeat around [30]

Rnd 6: (sc x 4, inc) repeat around [36]

Rnd 7: (sc x 5, inc) repeat around [42]

Rnd 8: (sc x 6, inc) repeat around [48]

Rnd 9: sc in the BLO in each stitch around [48]

Rnds 10-13: sc in each stitch around [48]

Rnd 14: sc x 14, dec, sc x 15, dec, sc x 14, dec [45]

Rnd 15: sc in each stitch around [45]

Rnd 16: (sc x 7, dec) repeat around [40]

Rnd 17: ( sc x 6, dec) repeat around [35]

Rnd 18: (sc x 5, dec) repeat around [30]

Rnd 19: (sc x 4, dec) repeat around [25]

Rnd 20: (sc x 3, dec) repeat around [20]

Rnds 21-22: sc in each st around [20]

Rnd 23: sc in the FLO in each stitch around [20]

FO leaving a long tail

-Be sure that the body is facing right side out and insert hook in any stitch in the front loop from round 9 and chain 2, dc in same stitch, dc x 2 in each stitch around, sl st to join, FO (see image below for hook placement)

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Ears (make 2)

*chains do not count as a stitch

with white yarn, leave a long tail, ch 30

Row 1: in the 3rd ch from hook, work 2 dc, dc in the next 3, repeat to the end of the row, ch 2, turn [35]

Row 2: 2 dc in first stitch, dc in the next 3 stitches, repeat- you will end with a single dc [44]

sl st to the first stitch in the foundation chain, FO

Nose (make 1)

Rnd 1: with orange yarn, 6 sc in a magic ring [6]

Rnd 2: (inc) repeat around [12]

Rnd 3: (sc, inc) repeat around [18]

Rnd 4: (sc, dec) repeat around [12]

Rnd 5: (dec) repeat around [6]

stuff, FO, leave a long tail for sewing

*there should be a small opening remaining, if you want the nose on the tip of the snout, do not weave this closed*

Collar

with red yarn

ch. 20

Row 1: sc in second chain from hook, sc across [19]

FO, leave a long tail for sewing

*note, you may need to chain more or less depending on the size of your Zero, for best results, measure the collar around the neck to be sure it is the right length- adjust as needed

Eyes (make 2)

Rnd 1: with black yarn, ch 2, 8 dc in a magic ring [8]

Rnd 2: dc & hdc in first stitch, inc in next 6 stitches, hdc & dc in last stitch [16]

FO leave a long tail for sewing

Assembly

Put the tip of the snout in the opening of the nose and sew the nose to the snout at around round 2.

sew the eyes to the head at around 8 (counted from the back of the head)

sew the ears to the head at around round 6 (counted from the back of the head)

sew the body to the head- be sure to check positioning as you go to keep it centered

sew the collar to the neck

weave in all ends, and enjoy!

 

Comment if you have questions and have a spooktacular Halloween!


 

You may make and sell items from this pattern, but please credit Playin’ Hooky Crochet and do not claim this pattern or photos as your own.
I would love to see your work — tag me on Instagram @playin_hooky_crochet or use the hashtag #playinhookycrochet

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