Lyla the Llama – Free Crochet Pattern

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I couldn’t design a set of farm animals without a free llama crochet pattern. Lyla the Llama is a sweet llama amigurumi with the cutest hair on the top of her head. This free llama crochet pattern works up beautifully in a variety of yarns.

free llama crochet pattern with cream yarn and brown accents

I hope you enjoy this free crochet pattern available here on my blog! An ad-free, formatted PDF version of this crochet pattern is also available for purchase here:


I would classify this llama crochet pattern as “advanced beginner”. It would be helpful to have had some experience with amigurumi before creating this project.

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close up of the head on the free llama crochet pattern

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Free Crochet Pattern for Lyla the Llama

Pattern Specifics

Measurements: Approximately 7.5” tall (sitting) or 9.5” tall (standing)
Gauge: Not necessary for this pattern; see notes
Hook Size: 4.0mm (G) crochet hook
Other Tools: tapestry needle, stitch markers, scissors
Yarn Weight: Medium (4) Worsted Weight
Yarn Used: WeCrochet/Knit Picks Brava Worsted
Yardage: color A (cream): 90 yds, color B (brown): 20 yds
Other Materials: poly-fil stuffing, 9mm safety eyes

Stitch Abbreviations

st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
SC = single crochet
SC2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together (invisible decrease is recommended)

Special Stitches

SC2tog (using invisible decrease method): Insert hook into front loop of the first stitch. Insert hook into front loop of second stitch. Yarn over. Draw through the first two loops on hook. Yarn over. Draw through both loops on hook.

Notes

  • Checking your gauge is not required for this pattern. Use a hook that is smaller than the size recommended for your yarn weight. This will ensure that your stuffing will not show through the stitches.
  • All pieces, with the exception of the hair, are worked in the round. Use a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of each round.
  • Invisible decreases are recommended. Please see “Special Stitches”.
  • Safety eyes and noses pose a choking risk for babies; therefore, if making this toy for a baby, I recommend using yarn, felt, or embroidered details.
  • Body, head, legs, and arms require stuffing. Stuff each piece as you work to ensure the piece is completely filled. Do not add stuffing to the ears or tail.  
  • See tutorial photos.

Pattern

Using 4.0mm (G) hook:

Body

Using color A (shown as cream):

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

R4: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

R5: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. (30 sts)

R6: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from * around. (36 sts)

R7-14: 1 SC in each st around. (36 sts)

R15: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from * around. (30 sts)

R16: 1 SC in each st around. (30 sts)

R17: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

R18-19: 1 SC in each st around. (24 sts)

R20: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

Start stuffing the body.

R21-24: 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

R25: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from *around. (15 sts)

R26: 1 SC in each st around. (15 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Fill with stuffing.

Using color A (shown as cream):

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

R4-5: 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

R6: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * an additional 2 times. 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts around. (21 sts)

R7: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * an additional 2 times. 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts around. (24 sts)

R8: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from * an additional 2 times. 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts around. (27 sts)

R9: 1 SC in each st around. (27 sts)

R10: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 5 sts. Repeat from * an additional time. 2 SC in next st. Add a st marker to the last worked st. 1 SC in each of the next 14 sts around. (30 sts)

The added st marker, and the st marker at the beginning of this round helps to indicate the front sides of the face. The 14 sts between the two st markers indicate the bottom of the head. If using safety eyes, insert eyes between R8 and R9, with 6 sts between. You can now remove your second st marker. See tutorial photo.

R11: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from * around. (36 sts)

R12: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 5 sts. Repeat from * around. (42 sts)

R13: 1 SC in each st around. (42 sts)

R14: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 5 sts. Repeat from * around. (36 sts)

R15: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from * around. (30 sts)

R16: 1 SC in each st around. (30 sts)

R17: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

R18: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

Fill head with stuffing.

R19: *SC2tog, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

R20: *SC2tog. Repeat from * around. (6 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand. Weave in and out of remaining sts. Pull tight to close. Tie off and weave in ends.

Ears (make 2)

Using color A (shown as cream):

R1: Begin with 4 SC in a magic ring. (4 sts)

R2: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (6 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R4: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

R5-7:1 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R8: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R9: 1 SC in each st around. (9 sts)

R10: Fold the ear closed, leaving 1 unworked st at the beginning of the fold. Working through both sides, to close the ear, 1 SC in each st across, leaving 2 unworked sts at the end of the fold. (3 sts) See tutorial photos.

Insert hook through the remaining 2 unworked sts, pinch the bottom of the ear to bring each end together, and working through both sides, join the ear with 1 SC. See tutorial photos.

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Hair Bottom

Using color A (shown as cream):

Start with a longer strand to easily hide inside the head when this piece is attached.

R1: Ch 10, bring ends of ch together and sl st into the first ch made, creating a loop. Do not fasten off.

R2: Ch 15, bring ends of ch together and sl st into the first ch of the row, creating a loop. Do not fasten off.

R3: Ch 15, bring ends of ch together and sl st into the first ch of the row, creating a loop. Do not fasten off.

R4: Ch 10, bring ends of ch together and sl st into the first ch of the row, creating a loop.

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Hair Top

Using color A (shown as cream):

Start with a longer strand to easily hide inside the head when this piece is attached.

R1: Ch 8, bring ends of ch together and sl st into the first ch of the row, creating a loop. Do not fasten off.

R2: Ch 12, bring ends of ch together and sl st into the first ch of the row, creating a loop. Do not fasten off.

R3: Ch 8, bring ends of ch together and sl st into the first ch of the row, creating a loop.

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Legs (make 2)

Using color B (shown as brown):

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

R4: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

R5: Working in the back loops only, 1 SC in each st around. (24 sts)

R6: 1 SC in each st around. (24 sts)

Using color A (shown as cream):

R7: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

R8-9: 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

R10: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 7 sts. Repeat from * around. (16 sts)

R11-15: 1 SC in each st around. (16 sts)

Fill with stuffing.

R16: Fold the leg closed. Working through both sides, 1 SC in each st across, leaving 1 unworked st on each side. See tutorial photos. (7 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Arms (make 2)

Using color B (shown as brown):

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

R4: Working in the back loops only, 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

R5: 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

Using color A (shown as cream):

R6: *SC2tog, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

R7-13: 1 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

Fill with stuffing.

R14: Fold the arm closed. Working through both sides, 1 SC in each st across, leaving 1 unworked st on each side. See tutorial photos. (5 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Tail

Using color A (shown as cream):

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 1 SC in each st around. (6 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R4: 1 SC in each st around. (9 sts)

R5: Fold the tail closed. Working through both sides, 1 SC in each st across, leaving 1 unworked st at the beginning of the fold. See tutorial photos. (4 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Assembly & Finishing

See tutorial photos.

Attach each ear on the top of the head over R13-14, leaving about 10 sts between each ear.

Attach hair bottom between the ears, between R13-14. Attach hair top centered on top of hair bottom.

Attach head to body so that the snout is facing straight out, attaching body to approximately R11-14 of the bottom of the head.

Attach legs between R6-7 of the body, with each inside end of the legs touching in the middle.

Attach arms over R17-22 on each side of the body. At the top of the arms, leave approximately 11 sts between each arm across the front of the body. At the bottom of the arms, leave approximately 16 sts between each arm across the front of the body.

Attach tail to the back of the body between R7-8.

We Crochet / Knit Picks Brava Worsted

Ad-Free PDF Pattern for Lyla the Llama

llama crochet pattern in a seated position done in a cream colored yarn with brown colored accents

Tips & Tricks

  • Use pins to hold your pieces in place while sewing so that they don’t move around.
  • Keep track of your rows when working in continuous rounds by using a stitch marker.
  • Reference this list of amigurumi tips for more information!

Alterations

  • To make a much larger llama amigurumi, use a size 6 yarn like Parfait Chunky, and a hook that suits your chosen yarn, and otherwise follow the pattern as written. When I use Parfait Chunky yarn, I use a 5mm crochet hook.
lyla the llama crochet pattern in parfait chunky yarn

More Free Farm Animal Crochet Patterns

Do you want to create more farm animal amigurumi? Be sure to check out my full list of farm animal crochet patterns!

free cow crochet pattern for memphis the moo cow shown in both worsted weight yarn and plush chenille yarn
small crochet chicken amigurumi
pig crochet pattern in chunky pink and brown yarn next to a smaller pig in pink worsted weight yarn

I hope you enjoyed this free llama crochet pattern as much as I enjoyed designing it! My farm animal collection is full of fun farm designs. My favorites are Chandler the Chicken and Memphis the Moo-Cow.


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Nicole

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Nicole. I just finished your Llama pattern as “twins.” Thanks so much for the freebie.
    I don’t see where to post a picture, sorry.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! If you’d like, you can share a photo on social media and tag me @thenicolechase. 🙂

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