Soot Sprite (Susuwatari) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

Have you heard? Ghibli Studios movies are now available on Netflix.

I don't have Netflix, but I am glad that these classic movies are made available to a larger audience and children of this generation can enjoy them like I did when I was growing up.

Shortly before Netflix made them available on their streaming platform, I had already showed My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service to my kids. I guess I'm just one step ahead of the game. To no one's surprise, they loved both movies!

I grew up with Ghibli Studios cartoons dubbed in Cantonese and watching them in English was just not the same.

My brother and I watched My Neighbor Totoro so many times when we were younger that he and I would often rehearse and act out the different scenes from the movie.

Now watching my girls do the same when they watch the movie just brings me so much joy and memories.

I made these little soot sprites (aka. susuwatari) to surprise my girls. Of course, they loved them.

I love it when Mui Mui holds them between her hands and calls out "Daddy! Daddy! Look I caught one!" and runs around the house just like Mei does in the movie.

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What You Need / Materials

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Stitches & Abbreviations

  • st/sts - stitch/stitches
  • sc - single crochet
  • sc inc - single crochet increase
  • sc dec - single crochet decrease


  • When working with Lion Brand's Fun Fur yarn, you'll find that the stitches will be difficult to see. Work each stitch with one strand of worsted weight yarn and one strand of Fun Fur yarn.
  • You will notice as you work that the "wrong side" of the piece is fuzzier than the "right side". The "wrong side" will be the outside of your amigurumi. So turn your amigurumi inside out before you close it off.


Holding one strand of worsted weight yarn and one strand of Lion Brand's Fun Fur yarn...

Round 1: Magic Ring with 6 sc (6 sts)
Round 2: Sc inc in each st around (12 sts)
Round 3: [Sc, sc inc] x 6 times (18 sts)
Round 4: [Sc, sc inc, sc] x 6 times (24 sts)
Round 5-8: Sc in each st around (24 sts)
Round 9: [Sc, sc dec, sc] x 6 times (18 sts)
Round 10: [Sc, sc dec] x 6 times (12 sts)
Round 11: Sc dec in each st around (6 sts)

Cut and fasten off.

Before you close up your amigurumi, make sure you stuff it lightly and attach your eyes if you are using safety eyes.


The easiest method would be to use a small piece of felt, cut two little circles and poke safety eyes into them and attach it to your soot sprite.

However, I didn't have any small pieces of felt on hand and so I decided to crochet my eyes using fingering weight yarn in white (Loops & Threads Woolike in White)

Using a 2.0-mm crochet hook, make two circles:

Round 1: Magic Ring with a base of 6 sc (6 sts)
Round 2: Sc inc in each st around (12 sts)
Round 3: [Sc, sc inc] x 6 times (18 sts)
Round 4: [Sc, sc inc, sc] x 6 times (24 sts)

Did you make your own Soot Sprite? I'd love to see it! Please share it with me on Instagram and/or use the #onceuponacheerio hashtag.

So long for now!

This is an original pattern written by Juli Anne of Once Upon a Cheerio. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this blog post but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it. 

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