Malayan Tapir Amigurumi Pattern

In this amigurumi crochet pattern we’ll be crocheting a Malayan Tapir! The tapir is known for its unique features, as well as being one one of the most prehistoric animals on Earth. Tapir fossils show how little these creatures have changed over 20 million years, and are a piece of living history. They are also talented swimmers, and similar to the pangolin tails, they have prehensile snouts which allow their nose to grab and hold things, like fruit!
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What you'll create

What you'll learn

What you'll need

Cotton Yarn

Weight

Colors

Black
White
Pink

Crochet Hook

G6 / 4.00 mm

Pink Felt (Optional)

Safety Bead (x2)

6 mm

Stuffing

Darning Needle

Abbreviations

ch

Chain Stitch

st

Stitch

slst

Slip Stitch

sc

Single Crochet

inc

Increase

invdec

Invisible Decrease

FLO/BLO

Front / Back Loops Only

hdc

Half-Double Crochet

Other Useful Info

Gauge

5 Rnds and 4 sts per 1”

Size

Finished piece is about 1 to 2 inches tall

Worked

In the Round (unless otherwise stated)

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The Pattern

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(1:23) The time codes match to the pattern video

01Ears

[All in Black]
Magic loop

Rnd 1: sc 6 in the magic loop (6)

Cut the yarn, ch 1 and pull through leaving a long tail for sewing to the head.

02Front Legs

[All in Black]
Magic loop

Rnd 1: sc 7 in the magic loop (7)

Rnds 2-4: sc in each st (7 x 3)

Stuff slightly.

Slst 1, cut the yarn and pull through leaving a long tail for sewing to the body.

03Back Legs

[All in Black]
Magic loop

Rnd 1: sc 8 in the magic loop (8)

Rnds 2-3: sc in each st (8 x 2)

Stuff slightly.

Slst 1, cut the yarn and pull through leaving a long tail for sewing to the body.

04Tongue

[All in Pink]
Ch 3

Rnd 1: skip 2 chs, hdc 1 in the next (1)

Ch 1, cut the yarn and pull through leaving a long tail for sewing to the face.

For an alternative tongue, try using pink felt cut into a half oval and attach using fabric glue or a hot glue gun!

05Body

[Start in Black]
Magic loop

Rnd 1: sc 6 in the magic loop (6)

Rnd 2: inc in each st (12)

Rnd 3: [sc 1, inc] 6 times (18)

Rnd 4: [sc 2, inc] 6 times (24)

Rnds 5-7: sc in each st (24 x 3)

[Change to White]

Rnds 8-12: sc in each st (24 x 5)

[Change to Black]

Rnds 13-17: sc in each st (24 x 5)

Rnd 18: invdec 3, sc 12, invdec 3 (18)

Stuff slightly.

Add eyes between Rnds 14 and 15, 10 to 11 sts apart

Rnd 19: sc in each st (18)

Rnd 20: [sc 1, invdec] 6 times (12)

Stuff mostly.

Rnds 21-23: sc in each st (12 x 3)

Rnd 24: invdec in each st (6)

Stuff fully. Cut the yarn and pull through. Sew closed.

06Assembly

Sew on the ears onto the body between Rnds 13 – 14 above the eyes, about 6 – 7 stitches apart from each other.

Sew the front legs to the body under the eyes, 1 stitch apart from each other.

Sew the back legs to the body between Rnds 5 – 7, 2 stitches apart from each other.

Sew on the tongue just under the snout.

Sew an ‘X’ on the back using White yarn to add a little butt!

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3 thoughts on “Malayan Tapir Amigurumi Pattern”

  1. This was the pattern I was most looking forward to. I’m making one right now. Any ideas of what to name her?

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