Crochet-Along: Week 2

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Welcome back! We are making the Pomp Poodle during our Crochet-Along. Based on the instructions for Week 1, you should have your yarn, hook and others materials ready. You should have made a test gauge (20 sc = 4”; 16 rounds = 4” in sc.) to test that you are using the correct size crochet hook. Now we are ready to crochet!

We will start by making the head for the poodle. Find the pattern below. You first make the nose, stuff with black yarn and join to the white yarn to continue on with the head. This means you do not have to sew the nose to the head later. Awesome!

Here are some things to keep in mind before you begin:

  • Counting is not fun, but you’ll need to keep track of your progress since you won’t be joining rounds. As recommended, use stitch markers. Though not as fancy, I use good old-fashioned safety pins.
  • Have some scrap black yarn to stuff the nose as you work the rounds. I used scrap white yarn to stuff the head, but you can use white poly-fill stuffing.

Head (Begin at nose)
Work in continuous rounds without joining. Mark beginning of round. Move marker up each round.
Round 1: With C and smaller hook, ch 2; 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Round 2: [Inc] 6 times – 12 sc.
Rounds 3 and 4: Sc in each sc around.
Round 5: Dec, sc in next 9 sc, slip st in next sc – 11 sts.
Fasten off. Stuff with black yarn remnants to prevent stuffing show-through.
Round 6: Join B in any st; ch 1, [inc, sc in next sc] 5 times, inc – 17 sc.
Round 7: Sc in each sc around.
Round 8: Inc, sc in next 8 sc, inc, sc in next 7 sc – 19 sc.
Round 9: Inc, sc in next 9 sc, inc, sc in next 8 sc – 21 sc.
Round 10: Inc, sc in next 10 sc, inc, sc in next 9 sc – 23 sc.
Round 11: Inc, sc in next 11 sc, inc, sc in next 10 sc – 25 sc.
Round 12: [Inc, sc in next 4 sc] 5 times – 30 sc.
Round 13: [Inc, sc in next 4 sc] 6 times – 36 sc.
Round 14: Sc in each sc around.
Round 15: [Inc, sc in next 5 sc] 6 times – 42 sc.
Round 16: [Inc, sc in next 6 sc] 6 times – 48 sc.
Round 17: [Inc, sc in next 7 sc] 6 times – 54 sc.
Rounds 18-23: Sc in each sc around.
Round 24: [Inc, sc in next 8 sc] 6 times – 60 sc.
Round 25: Sc in each sc around.
Round 26: [Dec, sc in next 4 sc] 10 times – 50 sc.
Round 27: [Dec, sc in next 3 sc] 10 times – 40 sc.
Round 28: [Dec, sc in next 2 sc] 10 times – 30 sc. Stuff head firmly, continuing as rounds are worked.
Round 29: [Dec, sc in next sc] 10 times – 20 sc.
Round 30: Sc in each sc around. Finish stuffing head.
Round 31: [Dec] 10 times – 10 sc.
Round 32: [Dec] 5 times – 5 sc. Fasten off, weaving yarn tail through sc to close hole.

Here’s a video I did showing how to start the nose.

Questions or feedback? Please share in the comments!

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  1. says

    I’d like to get started on this, but I cannot see spending over $12.00 for pom pom yarn, which much of this expense is of course shipping cost! Unless you can advise where I could go cheaper, I may crochet along, but make my OWN pom poms for this crochet POODLE. I still do not know, nor can find, how or where you announced the winners of the yarn giveaway. ~tina

  2. Donna says

    I am a bit frustrated as I can’t find your abreviations anywhere on the pattern and they don’t match any in patterns I have at home. Second, a bit more video would be helpful. Stopping at the end of round one?

    [Inc] 6 times – 12 sc ?
    Dec ?

  3. says

    @Tina- Making your own pom-poms is certainly an option. I’ll try to provide some instructions for that later on. As for the giveaway, we emailed the winners of the yarn a few weeks ago.

    @Donna- The full pattern has all the abbreviations, but sorry to leave out here.

    Special Abbreviations:
    sc= single crochet
    inc (increase) = 2 sc in next sc.
    dec (decrease) = [draw up a loop in next st] twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

    I’ll try to do more videos next week!

  4. Donna says

    Caley, thank you now it makes much more sense to me. Tina Hobby Lobby and Michaels Crafts both have the pomp a doodle yarn, I used 40% off coupon that I got online bringing the cost $5.99 down to $3.59. Much more affordable. I went to and looked for store locations in my area.

  5. Jill says

    I just finished the head. 🙂 I’m a little behind but having a lot of fun!! Thanks. 🙂

  6. says

    I am just frustrated with the directions , this doesn’t make sense to me if you crochet 6 then increase that is 12 then on row 7 you increase and single crochet in the next 8 and increase again and single crochet in the next 7 thats 15 right there and if you increase then it would actually be 24. What am I missing I’m not understandng these directions at all and have ripped this out 6 times trying to get it right. This is frustrating

  7. says

    Donna- An increase adds 1 stitch to the round. For Round 8, you have 1 increase (2 stitches), 8 sc stitches, 1 increase (2 stitches) and 7 sc stitches. 2+8+7+2= 19 stitches.

    I hope that helps!

  8. Rocio says

    Hi! I am from Costa Rica, and I am fascinated with this wonderful amigurumi. I am enjoying this project a lot and the instructions are easy. Here I can’t buy the pompom yarn, so I am going to do them by myself. Thanks for this Doodle project, it is beautiful

  9. June Rodgers says

    I am making the first leg and changing from white to pink but do not know exactly what you mean by at base of each sc. Do you mean aroung the post?

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