Teeny Tiny Crabs

Jan 11, 2010
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Maggie Menzel


WARNING: These tiny crabs will quickly multiply until they become an army. I made over 30 in 10 days. You have been warned.

The Teeny Tiny Crabs only take about a half hour each and were designed to use a very small amount of yarn. They’re perfect for that tiny bit of luxury yarn that you don’t want to waste but doesn’t seem to be enough to make anything else. Stick a magnet in them and watch them take over your fridge, hang then on the Christmas tree and have a crab filled Christmas, make enough for all your friends to have one, or stuff them with cat nip and watch your cats go crazy! The possibilities are endless

This pattern can also be downloaded as a .pdf on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/teeny-tiny-crabs .

Materials List

1 3.75 mm (F) hook
7-8 yds of scrap worsted weight yarn
Small amount of fiberfill/stuffing

Stitch Marker

Finished Size





The crabs are worked in a spiral. Don’t join rows unless otherwise specified.

The Pattern

Row 1: Starting at top of make an adjustable ring, ch 1, and sc 6 into the ring, pull closed
tightly, place marker and move up with each row (6)
Row 2: 2sc in each st (12)
Row 3: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) x 6 (18)
Row 4: (sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st) x 6 (24)
Row 5: (sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st) x 6 (30)
Row 6: fold the circle in half, slst the edges of the folded circle together, remember to
stuff your crabs before you finish closing them off! (15)
Row 7: ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch back to the body (3 sc and one leg
formed), (sc in next stitch, ch4, sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in each chain, sc in
next stitch) x 3, sc until the last 4 st (6 sc), (ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in
each ch back to the body and sc into the next sc) x 4

Cut yarn and pull through st. Weave in ends and embroider on eyes across rows 3 and 4.

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on Jan 12, 2010 9:03 AM

Wow...is it weird that the first thing I thought of was the scene in pirates with the small army of rock-crabs? I want to make a whole bunch of these and recreate that scene now...

-And the Mome Raths Outgrabe-

hydra-star wrote
on Jan 12, 2010 10:24 AM

Thank you! ^^ Have fun!

Tex_Arcana wrote
on Jan 15, 2010 4:43 PM

I tried this as my first anigurumi project. I didn't have the instructions in front of me so I winged it. I put the legs on the rounded part, but I continued the sl st on the flatish part and added eye stalks and made claws.

It was fun.

I like making a piece of string into something I can wear. ~Author Unknown

hydra-star wrote
on Jan 15, 2010 5:29 PM

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it! It sounds really cute. =)

txfroglady62 wrote
on Jan 24, 2010 12:55 PM

~~this is a very cute and awesome pattern.......simply LOVE it~~~

txfroglady62 wrote
on Jan 24, 2010 1:23 PM

I did my crab backwards...but still looks cute...thanks for the idea

  have a wonderful day...lady in Texas loves to Crochet

Spinndiva wrote
on Feb 3, 2010 3:55 PM

I have fiddler crabs as pets here at home! I think I will need these little ones too. (definitely pinch less) :)


Wonderful pattern, thanks for sharing!

jcollins1 wrote
on Mar 22, 2010 1:15 PM

Hello hydra-star... thanks for the crochet pattern for these Teeny Tiny Crabs... will make nice quick and easy toys for kitties... which I plan to crochet and donate to Save the Animals Foundation www.staf.org  which is a nokill shelter and have many many kitties up for adoption... pupviz  2010March22

Lollipop024 wrote
on May 28, 2010 4:58 PM

These look SO cute! I can't wait to try it out!

on Jun 21, 2010 1:33 PM

this will definitely fill a niche - and they remind me of our long ago home - maryland! thanks so much you see lots of starfish and such but this is the first crab i've seen. can't wait to populate the kitchen. fredw