Free crochet Appa pattern

For those of you who don’t know (I sure didn’t!) Appa is the much loved Sky Bison, a character from the anime series “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. A friend of mine asked me to make a crocheted Appa as a surprise for her husband, so I thought I would share the crochet Appa pattern with you! He’s a really sweet little guy and I must say that I was a little sad to hand him over to my friend as I’d become quite fond of him!

Crochet Appa pattern

CROCHET APPA PATTERN

Requirements:
  • Double knit/ light worsted yarn in white (body)
  • Double knit/light worsted yarn in dark grey (ears, nose and horns)
  • Double knit/ light worsted yarn in dark brown (face, tummy strip, feet)
  • Double knit / light worsted yarn in tan (cheeks, back stripe and arrow)
  • Safety eyes (size 7 mm)
  • Stuffing
  • Yarn needle
  • Pins
  • 3.75 mm crochet hook
Notes

Finished size: 27cm long, 10cm tall
For crochet abbreviations, click here
Parts of this pattern are worked in continuous rounds. Do not slip stitch to close a round unless otherwise instructed. For more tips on crocheting amigurumi and soft toys, look here

Crochet Appa pattern

BODY (white)

Rnd 1. Mr 6 sc (6)
Rnd 2. 2 sc in each (12)
Rnd 3. [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] repeat around (18)
Rnd 4. [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next] repeat around (24)
Rnd 5. [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next] repeat around (30)
Rnd 6. [sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next] repeat around (36)
Rnd 7 – 16. sc around (36)
Rnd 17. [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] repeat, sc to end of rnd (42)
Rnd 18. sc around (42)
Rnd 19. sc in next 22 sts, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc 8, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc2tog (36)
Rnd 20. [sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog] repeat around (30)
Rnd 21. [sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog] repeat around (24)
Rnd 22 – 23. sc around (24)
Rnd 24. [sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog] repeat around (18)
Sl st and bind off, stuff

TAIL (white)

Rnd 1. Mr 9 sc (9)
Rnd 2. 2 sc in ea (18)
Rnd 3. [sc in next 8 sts, 3 sc in next st] repeat (22)
Rnd 4. [sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in next] repeat (24)
Rnd 5 – 6. sc around (24)
Rnd 7. [sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog] (22)
Rnd 8 – 18. sc around (22)
Rnd 19. [sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in next] repeat (24)
Rnd 20. sc around (24)
Sl st and bind off

Attach the tail to the closed end of the body (make sure the body is the right way around with the hump at the top!). When you attach it, open the base slightly so that the fit is snug.

How to attach tail

Underbelly strip (brown)

This strip is worked to fit the full length of Appa’s underbelly, from his neck right down to his tail.

R1. ch 7, sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc in remaining sts (6)
R2. ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in last st (8)
R3. ch 1, turn, sc across (8)
Repeat step 3 (sc 8 sts) until the strip is long enough to reach from Appa’s neck to where his tail joins onto his body. Finish off the tail by doing the following:
R4. ch 1, sc2tog, sc 4, sc 2 tog (6)
R5. ch 1, sc across (6)
Repeat step 5 (sc 6 sts) until the underbelly strip covers all but the last 2cm of tail, then;
R6. ch 1, sc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog (4)
R7. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc2tog (2)
Bind off, leaving a long tail for joining. Stitch the underbelly strip into place

Leave a space to end off

Sky Bison underbelly

HEAD (brown + white)

Rnd 1. In brown, mr 6 sc (6)
Rnd 2. 2 sc in ea (12)
Rnd 3. [sc in next st, 2 sc in next] repeat around (18)
Rnd 4. [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next] repeat around (24)
Rnd 5. [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next] repeat around (30)
Rnd 6. [sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc next] repeat around (36)
change to white
Rnd 7 – 12. sc around (36)
Rnd 13. [sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog] repeat around (30)
Rnd 14. [sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog] repeat around (24)
Rnd 15. [sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog] repeat around (18)
Sl st and bind off. Add safety eyes between round 4 and 5, approximately 5 stitches apart. Stuff.

NOSE (dark grey)

R1. ch 4, sk 1 st, sc into next 3 sts, ch 1, turn (3)
R2. 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st (5)
R3. ch 1, turn, sc across (5)
Bind off.
Attach the nose to the centre of the face, between the eyes

Cheek patches (tan, x 2)

Rnd 1. Mr 5 sc (5)
Rnd 2. 2 sc in ea (10)
sl st and bind off, leave a tail for joining

Bar to join the cheek patches

R1. ch 8, sk 1, sc across
R2. ch 1, sc across
Bind off.
First attach the bar below the nose, then attach the cheek patches on either side of the bar.

Sky Bison face

Ears (dark grey and white, x 2)

Rnd 1. In white, mr 6 sc (6)
Rnd 2. 2 sc in each (12)
Sl st and bind off

Rnd 1. In grey, mr 7 sc, sl st and bind off

Place a grey and white circle together, wrong sides facing and stitch around. Fold the ear in half (with the grey in the centre) and do a few whip stitches at one end to create the ear shape.

HORNS (dark grey, x 2)

ch 8, sl st into 2 ch from hook, sc into next st, [*2 sc into next st*, repeat 2 more times], sc in next st, sl st into last st and bind off.

 

HEADBAND (white)

The head band is stitched across the top of Appa’s head

R1. ch 18, sc into 2 ch from hook, sc across (16), and 3 sc into last st
R2. Continue working into the other side of the ch and sc across (16 sts), 3 sc into the 17th st
R3. Continue on the other side and sc 17 sts around, 3 sc into the 18th sts
R4. sc around, sl st and leave a tail for joining

Pin the ears in place, then pin the headband over Appa’s forehead (covering the row where you did a color change from brown to white in the head). The ears need to be nicely tucked underneath the head band. First stitch down the back of the headband and stop stitching approximately ½ cm from the edge of the head band. Then stitch the ears in place. Then stitch the horns in place by tucking them underneath the back of flap the you left open when stitching the headband on. Once the horns and ears are in place, you can stitch down the 1cm flaps. Attach the head to the body (to the open end of the body).

Crochet Appa pattern

LEGS (brown + white, x 6)

Rnd 1. start in brown, mr 6 sc (6)
Rnd 2. 2 sc in ea st (12)
Rnd 3. sc around into bl only (12)
Rnd 4 – 10. change to white and sc around (12)

Only stuff halfway, sl st and bind off, leaving a tail. Use the yarn tail to stitch the top of the leg closed. Attach the legs (3 on either side) evenly along the side of the body.

BACK DETAIL

The arrow running down Appa’s back is made up of several parts, namely a triangle which sits on his head, a long strip for the main part of the arrow, a series of small side strips and the tail base.

Crochet Appa

TRIANGLE (tan)

R1. ch 2, sk1 and 2 sc into ch (2)
R2. ch 1, turn, sc into next st, 2 sc into last st (3)
R3. ch 1, turn, sc into next 2 sts, 2 sc into last st (4)
R4. ch 1, turn, sc into next 3 sts, 2 sc into last st (5)
R5. ch 1, turn, sc into next 4 sts, 2 sc into last st (6)
R6. ch 1, turn, sc into next 5 sts, 2 sc into last st (7)

Bind off and leave a tail for joining. Carefully pin the triangle in place on the head, overlapping onto the headband (I placed mine 2 rows back from the edge of the head band.) Stitch in place.

CENTRE STRIPE (tan)

R1. ch 40, sc into 2 ch from hook, sc to end (39)
R2. ch 1, turn, sc to end
R3. ch 1, turn, sc to end

Bind off and leave a long tail for joining. Attach the stripe down the centre of the body.

Side stripes (body, tan, x 12)

There are 6 pairs of side stripes. 3 larger pairs that are sewn onto the body, 1 small pair that is sewn at the join of the tail and body, and 2 medium sized pairs that are sewn onto the tail.

Side stripes (body, x 6)

ch 8, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sc into next 3 sts, hdc into next st, 2 dc into last st.
Sl st and bind off. Attach to body centre stripe, and in line with the legs.

Side stripes (tail join, x 2)

ch 3, sc into 2nd ch from hook, dc into last ch. Bind off. Sew into place.

Side stripes (tail, x 4)

ch 4, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sc in next, dc in last st. Bind off. Sew into place.

Tail base (tan)

ch 8, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sc in next, dc in next 3 sts, sc in next st, sl st into last st. Bind off and sew into place at the base of the back stripe.

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Yours in craft,

Caitie x

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29 thoughts on “Free crochet Appa pattern

  1. Pingback: Free crochet Momo pattern | Momo and Appa | Avatar: the Last Airbender

  2. Katie Reply

    Hi! Dumb question, but this is my first time crocheting something like this! Are we supposed to stuff the tail before attaching it to the body? And do we attach it to the open end of the body? Thank you!

    • caitie Post authorReply

      No worries! I didn’t stuff the tail (in my patterns I tell people when to add stuffing) as I didn’t want it to be too puffy, but if you want it to puff a bit more then you can stuff it lightly.

  3. Aly Reply

    Hello,

    This is a really awesome pattern, and I’d love to try it.
    Could you just please let me know how much yarn you needed? (in yards/meters?)

    Thank you!

    • caitie Post authorReply

      Hi! Unfortunately I don’t have the exact yardage for this pattern, but I can tell you that I didn’t use a full skein. In fact, you should be safe using half a 100g skein (so 150 meters or so).

    • Drew Reply

      I love this pattern! Quick question, do we attach the tail to the open end of the body?

      • caitie Post authorReply

        So happy to hear you like the pattern! The tail is attached the closed end of the body (the rounds that you worked first). Happy stitching!

  4. Sharon Reply

    Hello Caitie! I love your Appa plushie pattern! Do you remember which yarn you personally used to make it? I love the colours of it and am also worried that the yarn I am planning on using will be too thin despite it being labeled as a DK yarn.

    • caitie Post authorReply

      Hi Sharon, so glad you like the pattern! I used a local yarn called Elle Pure Gold DK. It is similar to Caron cotton cakes, although the Pure Gold is acrylic. I’d say go with the yarn that gives you the best color combo and then adjust your hook size (go down a hook or two) to accommodate the thinner yarn. Hope that helps!

  5. Celeste C Reply

    Thank you so much for this wonderful free pattern! It came out perfect and was easy to follow. Cheers!!

  6. Ellie Reply

    Hey I love this pattern!! I’m from the UK and we use different terminology but I’m not sure what the american equivalents of each are, would you be able to clarify which are which? We normally use double crochet, increase and decrease? Also any chance of you making a video for this at some point? Would love to see it 🙂

    • caitie Post authorReply

      So glad you like the pattern! This pattern is written using US terminology, which is slightly different (and can be jolly confusing!). Here are the conversions for you:
      US sc = UK dc
      US dc = UK sc
      US sc2tog = UK dc decrease
      US 2sc = UK dc increase
      I’m not going to be making a video any time soon, but if you sign up to the newsletter then you will be kept up to date if that changes! 🙂

  7. Julie Reply

    I just found this pattern to make the crochet appa. I just finished crocheting for the body Rnd 7. I do not understand what to do for Rnd 8 to Rnd 16? If you could help me out with this and explain it so I could understand it better. Thanks.

    • caitie Post authorReply

      Hi Julie. For those rounds you simply work a single crochet in each stitch, around. Hope that helps!

  8. Ana Zorrilla Reply

    Muy generosa por compartir. Estoy entrando a un mundo nuevo de amigurumis contigo, Caitie.
    Muchas gracias!

  9. Briana Reply

    Thank you so much for posting this pattern Caitie, my brother just asked for this Appa thing and you’re pattern is the only one i could find, thank you for sharing it!! And for stumbling upon it in the first place! You’re a life saver lol

  10. Cathy Reply

    Thank you for sharing, like you I didn’t know about this show until I was asked to make the avatar as a birthday present.. once again many thanks for sharing
    Cathy

  11. Megan Reply

    Hi! I’m a bit confused about the headband. Do you just do round 3 on one side of the chain, or do you repeat it? and if it’s just on one side, do you then do round four only on the other side, or all the way around?

    • caitie Post authorReply

      Hi there, I can see how that can be confusing. The rounds/rows are worked almost as half rounds (or rows, in the round). i.e. from one end of the headband to the other, rather than all the way around to the starting stitch. So, for round 4 you will just work to the one end of the headband. I hope that makes sense!

  12. Holly Blackwell Reply

    So far im loving this pattern my boyfriend and I were watching korra and saw a sky bison stuffy and we both said in unison omg I want one! So I’m making him one for Christmas lol I’m just a little stuck on the ears do you have anymore pictures of how that second step is done with the crocheting around the two circles and then a picture of the folding and attaching? Thanks so much for the pattern!

    • caitie Post authorReply

      I’m so glad you are enjoying the pattern! Unfortunately I don’t have any more pictures, but I will describe it in a bit more detail here. First, to construct the ears, you place the grey and white pieces on top of each other (wrong sides touching each other with the right side of the crochet facing outwards). Then do whip stitches around the grey circle to join the two circles together. You should have a nice circle that is white on one side and has a smaller grey circle on the other side. Then, to shape the ear, you want to fold it in half, with the grey bit on the inside (like a half moon shape). With a scrap or yarn or yarn tail, simply sew together sew a few stitches – say 2 or 3, (through the front an back of the fabric) so that when you open up the circle, it is pinched together at one end. Hope that makes sense!

  13. erin Reply

    Could you explain round 17 of the body? Every time I do the round I get more than 42.

    • caitie Post authorReply

      This round has 6 increases (36 + 6 = 42). A few things to check: are you starting with 36 st for the previous round? Are you making sure to work continuous rounds? Hope that helps!

  14. makayla Reply

    im trying to make this for my sister and i still dont understand how to do round 17 for the head, could you please explain more on how to do the round? i have everything right, i just keep ending with way more than 42 sts.

    • caitie Post authorReply

      Hmm, it’s tricky without seeing your work. I’m assuming you mean the body as the head doesn’t have 17 rounds… I’ve written out rnd 17 in a different way here which may help! Essentially, you are doing 6 increases (36 + 6 = 42)
      sc, sc, sc, 2sc, 2sc, 2sc, sc, sc, sc, 2sc, 2sc, 2sc, sc in next 24 st.

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