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Hanami Dango Amigurumi Food Crochet Pattern

Saturday, April 10, 2021

After making my amigurumi curry fishball, I couldn't stop thinking about how they also resemble this Japanese treat called Hanami Dango.

So just for fun, I decided to make my own amigurumi Hanami Dango (three-coloured dango). Japanese Dangos are small bite-sized balls of mochi rice that are often seen at cafes or festivals.

These tricolour treats are most popular around springtime during cherry blossom festivals, but they're actually sold all year round. In fact, the word Hanami literally translates to "flower viewing".

Japanese Dango Amigurumi Food FREE Crochet Pattern

Hanami dango (3 coloured dango) has its iconic pink, white, and green dango on a stick. And it's normally placed in the same order and position on the skewer. The three colours are to represent the changing seasons: cherry blossoms (pink), snow (white), and new growth of grass (green).⁠


I've seen dango amigurumi patterns out there before and never thought to make my own, but here I am with my very own dango amigurumi crochet pattern.

This one might be a bit different than the ones you've seen out there because this one can be taken on and off the skewer.

Japanese Dango Amigurumi Food FREE Crochet Pattern


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Hanami Dango Amigurumi Food FREE Crochet Pattern

What You Need / Materials


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Stitches & Abbreviations


  • st/sts - stitch/stitches
  • ch -  chain
  • sc - single crochet
  • sc inc - single crochet increase, 2 single crochets in one stitch
  • sc dec - single crochet decrease, single crochet 2 stitches together
  • BLO - back loops only 


Notes


  • These Dango mochi balls are crocheted from the inside out. First, you crochet a tunnel for the stick to go through, then you crochet the ball on the outside.
  • The top mochi ball does not have a through-tunnel to thread the stick through but just sits at the top of the stick. You can choose to make it just like all the other mochi balls if you do not want a "topper" mochi ball.


Pattern


Mochi Balls (x 2)


Using a 3.5mm crochet hook and white yarn... (then make another one using green yarn)
Ch 8
Round 1: Sc into the first ch to make a loop, then sc in each st around (8 sts) [see pic 1]
Round 2-9: Sc in each st around from the inside of the circle outwards so that the "wrong side" of the piece is facing out (8 sts) [see pic 2]

You would have just created a tunnel for the straw to go through.

Round 10: Sc inc BLO in each st around (16 sts) [see pic 3]
Round 11: [Sc, sc inc] x 6 times (24 sts)
Round 12: [2 sc, sc inc] x 6 times (32 sts) [see pic 4]
Round 13-16: Sc in each st around (32 sts) [see pic 5 and 6]
Round 17: [2 sc, sc dec] x 6 times (24 sts)
Round 18: [Sc, sc dec] x 6 times (16 sts) [see pic 7]
Round 19: Sc dec in each st around (8 sts) [see pic 8]
Cut and fasten off, sew each st of the last round with each st of the first round.

Crochet Dango Amigurumi FREE Crochet Pattern

Top Mochi Ball

Using a 3.5 mm crochet hook and pink yarn...
Round 1: Magic Ring with a base of 6 sc (6 sts)
Round 2: [2 sc, sc inc] x 2 times (8 sts)
Round 3-9: Sc in each st around from the inside of the circle outwards so that the "wrong side" of the piece is facing out (8 sts)

Round 10: Sc inc BLO in each st around (16 sts)
Round 11: [Sc, sc inc] x 6 times (24 sts)
Round 12: [2 sc, sc inc] x 6 times (32 sts)
Round 13-16: Sc in each st around (32 sts)
Round 17: [2 sc, sc dec] x 6 times (24 sts)
Round 18: [Sc, sc dec] x 6 times (16 sts)
Round 19: Sc dec in each st around (8 sts)
Round 20: [2 sc, sc dec] x 2 times (6 sts)
Cut and fasten off, close up the hole at the top of the mochi ball.

Japanese Dango Amigurumi Food FREE Crochet Pattern

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





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 or distribute the pattern.

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