My fan-art of a Niffler done on Adobe Sketch app

Update Dec 2017: Due to your feedback, I have recounted all the stitches in the body and edited the pattern! Thanks for all the interest in this pattern.

Hello hello hello! I’ve been cracking my head about what to do for my next Amigurumi tutorial. It needs to be cute, it needs to be popular and it needs to be unique! I guess a Niffler from the Harry Potter franchise and especially in the latest Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie franchise fits the bill perfectly. I mean, who could resist this mischievous troublemaker:


For those who are unenlightened, a Niffler is a Long-snouted, burrowing creatures native to Britain with a penchant for anything shiny.

The game app “Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World” also had a nice drawing and fun description.

Okay enough of me faffing about. Here’s my Amigurumi pattern, completely free, for you Amigurumi and Harry Potter fans!

I have to mention that there’s another free awesome Amigurumi Niffler tutorial that inspired this pattern, but I like to try writing the patterns so that each Niffler I make can be almost exactly the same. Mine is a lot smaller as well, as I prefer Amigurumi that are small and cute.

Body, starting with the tail

  1. Black yarn, Magic Ring 6sc (single crochet) (6)
  2. 1sc in each sc x6 (6)
  3. 1sc in each sc x6 (6)
  4. 1sc, 1sc, 2sc, 2sc, 1sc, 1sc (8)
  5. 1sc x3, 2sc x2, 1sc x3 (10)
  6. 1sc x4, 2sc x2, 1sc x4 (12)
  7. 1sc x4, 2sc, 1sc x2, 2sc, 1sc x4 (14)
  8. 1sc x5, 2sc, 1sc x2, 2sc, 1sc x5 (16)
  9. 1sc x6, 2sc, 1sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc x6 (18)
  10. 1sc x7, 2sc, 1sc x2, 2sc, 1sc x2, 2sc, 1sc x6 (23)
  11. 1sc x8, 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc x9 (27)
  12. 1sc x 27 (27)
  13. 1sc x 27 (27)
  14. 1sc x 27 (27)
  15. 1sc x6, 2sc, 1sc x2, 2sc, 1sc x7, 2sc, 1sc x2, 2sc, 1sc x6 (32)
  16. 1sc x7, 2sc, 1sc x3, 2sc, 1sc x3, 2sc, 1sc x 3, 2sc, 1sc x2, 2sc, 1sc x7 (35)
  17. 1sc x 35 (35)
  18. 1sc x 35 (35)
  19. 1sc x9, 1 dec, 1sc x3, 1 dec, 1sc x7, 1 dec, 1sc x3, 1 dec, 1sc x9 (31) You can start stuffing now.
  20. 1 dec, 1sc x 15, 1 dec, 1sc x 14 (28)
  21. 1 dec, 1sc x 13, 1 dec, 1sc x 13 (26)
  22. 1sc x 26 (26)
  23. 1 dec, 1sc x 10, 2sc, 1sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc x 11 (26)
  24. 1 dec, 1sc x 10, 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc x 10 (31)
  25. 1 dec, 1sc x 10, 2sc, 1sc x 5, 2sc, 1sc x 11, 1 dec, 1 dec (31)
  26. 1sc x 11, 2sc, 1sc x 5, 2sc, 1sc x 11, 1 dec, 1 dec (31)
  27. [1sc x 4, 2sc] x 5, 1sc x 6 (36)
  28. [1sc x 5, 2sc] x 5, 1sc x 6 (41)
  29. 1sc x 41 (41)
  30. 1sc x 41 (41)
  31. [1sc x 5, 1dec] x 5, 1sc x 6 (36)
  32. [1sc x 4, 1dec] x 4, 1sc x 6 (31) Start decreasing gradually from here round by round until closed.
  33. [1sc x 4, 1dec] x 5
  34. [1sc x 3, 1dec] x 5
  35. [1sc x 2, 1dec] x 5
  36. [1sc x 1, 1dec] x 5

Next we shall do the pouch on the Niffler.

It is just a rectangular piece of crochet which you can later sew onto the body.

Pouch

  1. Black yarn, Chain 8
  2. Turn, 1sc in 3rd chain, 5sc, chain 2
  3. Turn, 1sc in 3rd chain, 5sc, chain 2
  4. Repeat for 16 rows
  5. Leave a long tail (about 40cm) for attaching to body.

Arms

  1. Black yarn, Magic ring 6sc
  2. 2sc x 6
  3. 1sc x 12
  4. 1sc x 12
  5. 1sc x 12
  6. [1sc x 5, 1 dec] x 3
  7. 1sc, 1sc, 1dec, 1sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc, 1sc, 1dec, 1sc
  8. 1sc, 1sc, 1sc, 1dec, 1sc, 1sc
  9. 1sc x 7
  10. Switch to peach yarn, 1sc x 7 and close the opening by stitching the two sides flat together using 1sc in the outer 2 chains in the loops.

Legs

  1. Black yarn, Magic ring 6sc
  2. 2sc x 6
  3. [2sc, 1sc] x 6
  4. [2sc, 1sc, 1sc] x 6
  5. 1sc x 24
  6. 1sc x 24
  7. 1sc x 24
  8. 1sc x 24
  9. [1dec, 1sc x 5] x3
  10. 1dec, 1sc x 3, 1dec, 1sc, 1dec, 1sc x5
  11. 1sc x 4, 1dec x 3, 1sc x 4
  12. 1sc x 11
  13. 1sc x 11
  14. 1sc x 4, 1dec, 1sc x 5
  15. 1sc x 8
  16. Switch to peach yarn, 1sc x 8
  17. Close the opening by pressing the two sides flat together and stitch the outer loops together, 1sc x 3x.

Beak-Snout, Snout-beak, or Sneak?

  1. Using peach yarn, magic ring 6sc
  2. 2sc x 6
  3. 1sc x 12
  4. 1sc x 12
  5. 1sc x 12

I stuffed it a little before sewing it on the face so that it keeps its shape better.

Eyes

  1. Using peach yarn, magic ring 5sc and attach to head beside the beak.
  2. Add a black bead or plastic eye in the middle, I find that a bead 0.5cm in diameter works best for a Niffler this size.
  3. Make two!

At the moment it looks like a bald black chicken because we have not added hair.

Hair is added around the head in single strands of about 3-4cm long black yarn to make it easier to attach. After attaching to the parts you want, you can trim it down to about 1-1.5cm. Then split each yarn into individual strands to make it look softer instead of thick clumps. (See how to add hair on another blog here.)

The hair is the most tedious part of this entire Niffler so exercise patience. I put more hair on the head and neck (one strand in each loop) and spread it out further on the body (around one strand per 2-4 loops).

And it is finally done!!!


Writing this tutorial has given me a new appreciation of all the Amigurumi patterns out there. It took me three weeks and more than 30 hours to come up with the pattern. It might not be perfect though so let me know if you have any suggested edits!