Free Easy Spider Pattern Two Ways

This is an easy amigurumi pattern that can be made two ways.  The easier way is using “soft legs.”  Slightly more difficult, is the method using chenille stems (pipe cleaners) for the legs.  If you are making the spider for a child, I would suggest using the soft leg version, because even with taking all the precautions of turning the ends of the chenille stems, there is still the possibility that it could poke out and be sharp.  Please read through all the pattern directions and notes before beginning so you can decide how best to make your own spider.

This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted.  It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold, but credit must be given to me as the designer.

Copyright 2012 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved


Soft Leg Version

Posable Chenille Stem Leg Version

Side View of Chenille Stem Leg Version

Front View of Chenille Stem Leg Version


Small amount of worsted weight yarn, any spider color of your choice will do.

Small amount of polyester fiberfill

Small amount of felt for eyes

Embroidery or invisible thread for sewing on eyes

Optional slick black fabric paint for “webbing” on spider man type spider

Tapestry needle

Sewing needle

Stitch marker, use to mark last stitch in each round when making rounds

Crochet hook, size F, 3.75mm

4 chenille stems if making posable legs



Head and body (Made in one piece)

Round 1 – 6 SC in Magic Circle

Round 2 – Increase in each SC around = 12 SC

Round 3 – Increase by making *1 SC in next SC, 2 SC in next*, repeat around = 18 SC

Rounds 4-6 – SC around = 18 SC

Round 7  – Decrease by making *1 SC in next SC, 2 SC together*, repeat around = 12 SC

Round 8 – Decrease by making 2 SC together around = 6 SC

Round 9 – Increase by making 2 SC in each stitch around = 12 SC

Round 10 – Increase by making 2 SC in each stitch around = 24 SC

Round 11-16 – SC around = 24 SC

Round 17 – Decrease by making *1 SC in next SC, 2 SC together*, repeat around = 16 SC

Round 18 – Decrease by making *1 SC in next SC, 2 SC together*, repeat around and SC in last SC = 11 SC

Round 19 – Stuff, Decrease by making 2 SC together around, and make one SC in last SC = 6 SC.

Finish off by threading yarn tail into yarn needle and weaving through each outer loop of last round and gather tightly.  Knot and hide tail inside body of spider.


Legs for Soft Leg Version

Step 1 – Ch 5.

Step 2 – SC in 2nd ch from hook, using top loop only – you will save other loop for working around the other side.

Step 3 – Ch 12 or however many to make a decent length leg – you will lose one stitch to turn

Step 4 – SC back down the ch length you just made, minus the first one to turn

Step 5 – Now SC in next ch on original ch 5 and repeat these steps, working on other other side of the original chain for the 5-8th legs, until you have all 8 legs.  While you are working, the piece will start looking like a starfish shape.  I’ve included a photo below, demonstrating in white yarn for visibility.  Finish off after the 8th leg is complete, and attach to the bottom of your spider.

Optional – You could use slip stitches instead of the SC in the above steps for a slightly thinner, slightly more substantial (less soft) leg.


Making ch on opposite side of original ch 5, then work down that ch in SC back to the original ch 5 and repeat. Hey – a starfish!


Legs for Chenille Stem Version (simple stitches but a bit more difficult to work around the chenille stems)

NOTE: After making this spider, I realize that it would probably be easier to make the legs first and then slip them onto the chenille stems, leaving a tail to sew them in place. But this was one of my early written patterns so that’s why it is written the way it is below and I’m slightly mad so that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 😉 But really, do it the easy way and don’t kill yourself working around the chenille stems. You’re welcome!

Insert one chenille stem* on one side of the belly of the spider and have it poke out through the other side.

Round 1 – Attach yarn with a SC next to the chenille stem and make 4 SC going around it, bend it out of the way if necessary, when working because you can bend it back into place later

Round 2 through 9 – SC around = 4 SC (for spider man type spider, I made 5 rounds of red and switched to blue for the last 4 rounds), then slip stitch and finish off

Adjust the number of rounds according to your gauge.  You may need more or less rounds to completely cover the chenille stem.

Repeat for other leg, then insert next chenille stem and repeat these steps until you have all 8 legs.

*Note:  Do not insert all chenille stems at once, as shown in my second photo, because they will get in your way as you are working.  🙂  The photo was just to demonstrate the approximate chenille stem placement.
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9 thoughts on “Free Easy Spider Pattern Two Ways

  1. Making the starfish style legs is a neat idea, looks much quicker that making separate tubes. I must admit I counted six legs in your demo picture and got all confused amount hoe many legs spiders have. Slight blonde moment there…

    LOL! Oops! Sorry to confuse you – that photo was taken in the process of making the sixth leg, just to show what it was starting to look like. 🙂 And yes, those legs are much easier to make than tubes, in my opinion. There are lots of places where you might rather use tubes for the finished effect but in this case, for mostly children’s sake, they are just excited to get a cute spider so they don’t care about that so much! My great-nephew loved his so much that he immediately asked for another so he could play with two at the same time!

  2. I’m afraid that even an “easy pattern” is of no use a crochet dunce like me! But I do hope that somebody will be able to follow it and make a wonderful spider just like yours! 🙂

    Aw, Hannah. I just feel if I can do it then anybody can. Like anything else, it’s just how badly you want to. But you are already so creative with your scrapbooking that I could see that taking up all your crafty time – it is obvious that that is where your passion is. Nothing wrong with that! I love seeing what you create. 🙂

  3. You know how I feel about this little critter 😉 The detailed end result is insanely cool. I don’t know how to crochet – I’m afraid to learn too, because I have so many hands in different crafting pots I’m afraid it would take over and I’d get lost in a big ball of clearance sale yarn, LOL!

    LOL! Oh, I can understand that fear all too well. And it has definitely come true in my case! The good thing about these smaller projects I’m doing is that they are a good way to find some use for some of that clearance yarn that is taking up space in the hallway as we are finishing the rooms upstairs. I can’t wait – when we are done, we should have a bedroom up there and a craft room (the new Mad Crochet Lab – woot)!

  4. I love those spiders…they are so cute!

    Thank you, Melanie! I’m hoping to post my Yarndango project today – just got to finish off a couple of things, like a foot, stuffing, and a face! Then I’ll be linking the post to your pumpkins and Amiguruthi’s project too. 🙂 So far, this has been a lot of fun.

  5. This is fantastic!! I have a couple of young nephews (and one brother-in-law) that will be getting Spidey for Christmas.

    Thank you!

    Thank you, Allison for taking the time to comment here. 🙂 It’s nice to know you like the pattern enough to want to make it for your loved ones. I hope you have fun with it and please do let me know if you have any trouble. I would also love to see photos of your finished creations if you could. I am always inspired by the works of others. Stop in any time!

  6. Thank you!! My three year old loves Spiderman and keeps asking me to make him something. I wasn’t sure what to make and then I found this pattern! Problem solved. Thank you so much. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    I’m so glad you found something you think he will like. Yes, please do let me know how it turns out and/or if you have any problems with the pattern. Thank you for stopping in and commenting. You’re welcome back any time. 🙂

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  8. oh darned … a friend linked me to this pattern thru ravelry … it’s added to my queue LOL, and the hungry caterpiller, and probably more after those :D. My 4yr old is gonna LOVE this.

    Irene! Thanks so much for commenting! I saw that you had put them in your Queue on Ravelry and I took a peek at your blog! You have a lot of great little creations and patterns of your own so I’m very flattered that you will be making some of mine! Stop in anytime! 🙂 I’ll go say hello on your blog as well!

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