Despicable Me Minion (free pattern)

Yarndango post… erm… five? I only signed up to four but sod it – I’m enjoying it so I’ll carry on! If you’ve not checked it out yet follow the link or click the banner over to the left. Anyway – here it is, the big one that I’ve been wanting to post for weeks but couldn’t because it was a birthday present.

A Despicable Me Minion!


He’s keyring sized, so only three inches high. I made this for two reasons:

1) My friend is really into animation, and since this year I’ve been hand making all my presents (saved a ton doing that!) I thought this was the perfect way to celebrate her passion.

2) I really really love the Minions and have wanted to make one forever. I cannot wait for Despicable Me 2!

I’ve been so excited about this because it’s the first amigurumi I’ve made that’s of an actual, established character that I’ve been really 100% satisfied with the final result (much as I love Bane Bat). He whipped up so easily too – every thing I tried went perfectly which almost never happens! Now there are loads of Minion patterns out there, and mine is just adding to the bunch. But the great thing is, every pattern I’ve seen is different, just like the minions so I don’t feel like I’m repeating or competing with anyones work.

Plus most of the ones I found have two eyes and I think the one eyed guys are cuter.

Full pattern and lots of how to photos after the jump.

The Essentials:

Hook: 2mm (to make the size shown which is about 3″ tall, 1.5″ wide. Bigger hook, bigger body).

Wool: DK in chosen yellow, dark blue, black and grey; scrap DK in black

Others: Small bit of white, black and red felt, black fabric paint/ marker, clear plastic bottle (you’ll see why later on)


Sc: Single Crochet
INC: Increase (2sc in one stitch)
DEC: Decrease (sc two stitches together)
SL ST: Slip stitch

The Despicable Me Minion is crocheted in continuous rounds.


My minion started with an oval shaped body


Ch2/ magic ring in yellow

Round 1: 6sc into 2nd ch from hook/ centre of magic circle [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5 – 13: Sc around [24]

NOTE: If you want a less squat minion, one of the taller ones, then you can add as many 24Sc rows here as you like. Customisation win!

Round 14: {2sc, DEC} repeat around [18]


Round 15: {1sc, DEC} repeat around [12]
Round 16: DEC around [6]

Finish off and sew in all the tails. You should have this:


I know that it looks like my minion is wearing underwear. Now, I think it’s a cute little addition and I’d love to tell you it was planned that way, but in reality I just realised near the end that I was running out of yellow wool and I needed some for the arms, so I had to switch. It doesn’t matter though because it’s going to be covered by his overalls. Just make sure you check how much wool you have before you start, which I clearly forgot to do!


Ch2/ magic ring in dark blue

Round 1: 6sc into 2nd ch from hook/ centre of magic circle [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5 – 7: Sc around [24]

NOTE: If you elongated your body, you’ll need to elongate your overalls. Just make sure you’re doing 6 rows of 24Sc LESS than you used in the body.

Do not finish off yet! I did on the photo below, but to make your life easier, don’t.

Now you should have this:

You now need to add the little chest flappy bit (technical term of course).

Round 8: 19 SL ST around, 5Sc, Ch1 and turn [24 + 1ch)
Row 9: 5Sc, Ch1 and turn [5 + 1ch]
Row 10: 5Sc [5]

Finish off and leave a really long tail for sewing.

It should look like this:


See the chest panel? Good. Pop your minion inside the shell, and sew around the rim to keep it in place. If you’re making a keyring take the end of the tail up to the top of the head and create a loop for the split ring.

Oops – photo’d from the back instead of the front. It’s there, believe me!

We’ll add straps after we’ve added arms, so keep the dark blue wool nearby. Also for the legs of course.

Arms (make 2)

The arms are long but thin tubes, and I always have issues with doing thin tubes using in the round crochet, so instead I did mine like this:

Ch 6 in yellow
Row 1: starting in second chain from hook 5Sc, Ch1 and turn [5 + 1ch]
Row 2: 5sc [5]

Finish off, fold in half long ways and sew up the long edge.

Make a hand by:

Ch2/ magic ring in black

Round 1: 6sc into 2nd ch from hook/ centre of magic circle [6]
Round 2: Sc around [6]
Round 3: Sc around [6]

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.


Now sew the black onto the yellow:

Now we’re getting somewhere. The last thing we need now is fingers. Three per hand made as follows:

Ch 3 in black
Row 1: starting in second chain from hook Sc2, Ch1 and turn [2 + 1ch]
Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Make six:

Sew three onto each hand as shown:

Now he needs legs!

Legs (make 2)

CH7 in dark blue , join in 7th ch from hook with a SL ST to make a ring.
Round 1: Sc around [6]
Round 2: Sc around [6]

Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

For the boots:

Ok I’m going to admit here that I cannot make sense of what I’ve written in my pattern book. But as far as I can remember, it’s meant to say:

Ch2/ magic ring in black
Round 1: 6sc into 2nd ch from hook/ centre of magic circle [6]
Round 2-3: Sc around [6]
Round 4: DEC around [3]

Finish off and weave in the tails. Flatten them down a bit so that the ring of 3 is at the front, like a toe.
You should have these bits:


Sew them together, and it should look like this:


If anyone tries this and realises that it’s wrong let me know. Equally if it works out to be correct let me know too!

Sew your legs on to the bottom and your arms on either side of your minion (yes, I forgot the photo sewing the arms on separately!)

We’re getting there! To finish the clothing, we need to add the overall straps. Ch20 in dark blue, wrap it around the body and secure it at either side of the chest panel:

And in the middle at the back (sew it over a few stitches):

Right, now we need to make his face and hair.


I made my hair by looping in strands of black yarn. It’s simple, you’ll probably know how to do it already, but if not, here’s a diagram:


1: Push your hook through the a stitch in the head and grab a loop of yarn.
2: Draw the loop through the stitch.
3: Pull the tail ends through the loops and pull tight to secure.
4: Trim to the desired length.
5: Repeat until you have enough hair.


Using black felt, make a semi-circle mouth. Make some teeth with white felt and add a little bit of red felt as a tongue (optional). Glue it all together and stick it in place.


Firstly you need an eye. Cut a circle of white felt and  put a blob of black in the centre as a pupil. Sew/ glue it to the Minions face.


That looks really weird…

To create the goggles:

Ch11 (or enough to go around your eyeball) in grey. Join in the last stitch using a SL ST to create a ring.
Round 1: Sc around [10]
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Grab your plastic bottle (I used a lucozade bottle, nice smooth plastic). Cut out a circle as big as your Minion’s eye:


Slip your plastic lens into the centre of your circle:



And sew it around the eye.

You should be able to just see the light reflected in the lens

To make the strap Ch20 (or enough to go around your Minion’s head) in black and sew it in place running from one side of the goggles around the back to the other side.


All you need to finish off now is a little black stitch on the front of the overalls (there’s a ‘G’ symbol in actuality, but this Minion is too small for the detailing – or you could make one out of felt I suppose).

Here’s the dude himself, posing with his film:

And a close up:


He’s a happy little chappy, off to concur the world!

And to leave you entertained, here is the Despicable Me 2 trailer. Because it’s awesome.


26 thoughts on “Despicable Me Minion (free pattern)

  1. Awesome! I saw the post on FB first and now I realize how much smaller he really is than my pattern! I love that he is keyring sized so he can go anywhere! Also, you know I love using recycled stuff and mixed media so double bonus points for the plastic eye ring! LOL. You can stop Yarndangoing any time you like as I know you only planned on doing it for a month, but if you keep making an amigurumi each week, I will keep linking to it! 🙂 I’m finding that this challenge is really forcing me to be creative and learn a few things on the way so it is a good thing for me and quite addicting actually. Anyway, I love this little guy!

    • Yeah he’s a real titch – just like the one they shrink in the film in my eyes! I’m gonna keep tagging things as Yarndango for the rest of the year probably, but I might not be able to keep to the one every week schedule now. i do have a lot of stuff that I have made but haven’t posted yet though, so I might have to just retroactively tag lol. I’m enjoying doing it, it’s really made me focus in on doing stuff right, and it’s lovely seeing what other people are making too.

  2. This is awesome! Minions- Squee! I like how you actually made a separate piece for the overalls, instead of just switching from yellow to blue.

    • Squee totally!

      I considered just doing a change from yellow to blue, but the ones I’ve seen in the past just didn’t look quite right. I thought it’d look more realistic (!) with a separate piece 🙂

    • Thank you. I’m a huge advocate of giving crochet a go. I’ve not even been doing it a year yet and look where I am 🙂
      YouTube is great for helping beginners if you do feel like giving it a go.

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