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The Secret Life of Pets


MAX

Materials
Worsted weight yarn
 White (Red Heart Super Saver: White)
 Light brown (Red Heart Super Saver: Buff)
 Black (Red Heart Super Saver: Black)
 Blue (Red Heart Super Saver: Blue)
 Yellow (Red Heart Super Saver: Bright Yellow)
2 safety eyes (9 mm, brown)
White felt
Pipe cleaners
Stuffing of choice
F (3.75 mm) hook
Glue (Fabri-Tac)
Pins
Scissors
Yarn needle

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Abbreviations
mc = magic circle
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
inc = 2 sc in the next stitch
dec = join the next 2 stitches into 1
fo = finish off
( ) = number of stitches you should have at the end of the round/row
[ ] = repeat whatever is between the brackets the number of times stated

Important notes
This pattern is worked in continuous rounds. Do not join.
Gauge is not important for this amigurumi. Use the same yarn weight,
size hook and tension throughout the pattern.
Stuff and shape the pieces as you go.
When the pattern says to leave a long yarn tail, make sure it’s long enough
(I usually leave about 20 inches [50 cm]). It’s better to be safe than sorry!
It’s a good idea to insert a stitch marker either in the first or the last
stitch of each round to help keep your place. Move the marker as you work
around.
How to insert the eyes. There are 2 options:
o Option 1 (page 4): Insert the eyes on the head before closing the
head.
o Option 2 (page 15): Glue in the eyes at the end, when Max is fully
assembled.

Finished size
Approximately 6½ inches (16½ cm) tall. Depending on the tension, hook, yarn
and how much stuffing you use, your amigurumi may be slightly smaller or
larger than mine.

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Pattern

White part behind the eye (make 2)

Cut 2 circles out of white felt, approximately ½ inch (1½ cm) in


diameter. Make a small hole in the middle to insert the safety
eye.

Patch on the head

With brown yarn


Do not stuff.
This part is worked in rows. At the end of every row, ch 1 and turn.
Row 1: ch 11, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and sc to
the end of the chain (10)
Rows 2-6: sc 10 (10)
Row 7: dec, sc 6, dec (8)
Row 8: dec, sc 4, dec (6)
Row 9: dec, sc 2, dec (4)
Fo and leave a long yarn tail for assembly.

Body

With white yarn


Stuff as you go.
Round 1: mc with 6 st (6)
Round 2: [inc] x 6 (12)
Round 3: [sc 1, inc] x 6 (18)
Round 4: [sc 2, inc] x 6 (24)
Round 5: [sc 3, inc] x 6 (30)
Rounds 6-18: sc 30 (30)
Round 19: [sc 3, dec] x 6 (24)
Round 20: [sc 2, dec] x 6 (18)
Round 21: [sc 1, dec] x 6 (12)
Round 22 [dec] x 6 (6)
Fo, close hole and weave in yarn tail (no yarn tail necessary for assembly).

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Head

With white yarn


Stuff as you go.
Round 1: mc with 6 st (6)
Round 2: [inc] x 6 (12)
Round 3: [sc 1, inc] x 6 (18)
Round 4: [sc 2, inc] x 6 (24)
Rounds 5-17: sc 24 (24)

Option 1 for the eyes (If you want to do Option


2, skip this part and move to round 18 below):
Before continuing onto round 18, sew the eye
patch on. The eye patch should be placed on the
left side of the face.

Insert the safety eyes on top of the 2 circles of


felt and then insert the eyes with the felt (add
a bit of glue behind the felt before putting it on
the head) between rounds 8 and 9 of the head,
counting from the top. Place the eyes about
1 inch (2½ cm) apart, or as desired. Place the
plastic fastening circles to the back of each eye and continue crocheting the head.

Round 18: [sc 2, dec] x 6 (18)


Round 19: [sc 1, dec] x 6 (12)
Round 20: [dec] x 6 (6)
Fo, close hole and leave a long yarn tail for
assembly.

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Ears (make 2)

With brown yarn


Do not stuff.
Round 1: mc with 6 st (6)
Round 2: sc 6 (6)
Round 3: [sc 1, inc] x 3 (9)
Rounds 4-8: sc 9 (9)
Round 9: [sc 2, inc] x 3 (12)
Rounds 10-11: sc 12 (12)
Fo, close hole and leave a long yarn tail for assembly.

Cut a pipe cleaner in half. Fold each piece in half and insert the folded end into
each ear.

Weave the yarn tail around the pipe cleaner, once it’s in the ear, to keep it from
moving around. Fo and tuck in the starting and ending yarn tails and trim the extra
pipe cleaner that is sticking out of the bottom of the ear.

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Muzzle

With white yarn


Stuff as you go.
Round 1: mc with 6 st (6)
Round 2: [inc] x 6 (12)
Round 3: [sc 1, inc] x 6 (18)
Rounds 4-5: sc 18 (18)
Round 6: [sc 8, inc) x 2 (20)
Round 7-8: sc 20 (20)
Round 9: [sc 9, inc] x 2 (22)
Round 10: sc 22 (22)
Fo and leave a long yarn tail for assembly.

Nose

With black yarn


Do not stuff.
Round 1: mc with 6 st (6)
Round 2: [sc 4 in the first st, sc 2] x 2 (12)
Round 3: sc 1, inc, inc, inc, 3 sc, inc, inc, inc, sc 2 (18)
Fo and leave a long yarn tail for assembly.

Tail

With white yarn


Do not stuff.
Round 1: mc with 6 st (6)
Rounds 2-4: sc 6 (6)
Round 5: [sc 1, inc] x 3 (9)
Rounds 6-7: sc 9 (9)
Change to brown yarn
Rounds 8-14: sc 9 (9)
Fo and leave a long yarn tail for assembly.

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Use half a pipe cleaner. Fold it in half and insert the folded end into the tail.
Weave the yarn around the pipe cleaner, once it’s in the tail, to keep it from moving
around. Weave the yarn tail only in the brown part of the tail, or else the brown
will show through the white. Trim the extra pipe cleaner that is sticking out of the
bottom of the tail. Now you can stuff it a bit using a pencil to move the stuffing
around the tail.

Patch near the tail

With brown yarn


Do not stuff.
This part is worked in rows. At the end of every row, ch 1 and turn.
Row 1: ch 15, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and sc to the end of the chain (14)
Row 2: sc 14 (14)
Row 3: dec, sc 10, dec (12)
Row 4: sc 12 (12)
Row 5: dec, sc 8, dec (10)
Row 6: sc 10 (10)
Row 7: dec, sc 6, dec (8)
Row 8: sc 8 (8)
Row 9: dec, sc 4, dec (6)
Row 10: sc 6 (6)
Row 11: dec, sc 2, dec (4)
Row 12: sc 4 (4)
Fo and leave a long yarn tail for assembly.

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Oval patches (make 2)

With brown yarn


Do not stuff.
Round 1: mc with 6 st (6)
Round 2: [sc 4 in the first st, sc 2] x 2 (12)
Fo and leave a long yarn tail for assembly.

Front legs (make 2)

With white yarn


Stuff as you go.
Round 1: mc with 6 st (6)
Round 2: [inc] x 6 (12)
Rounds 3-5: sc 12 (12)
Round 6: [sc 1, dec] x 3, sc 3 (9)
Round 7: [sc 1, dec] x 2, sc 3 (7)
Rounds 8-17: sc 7 (7)
Fo and leave a long yarn tail for assembly.

Back legs (make 2)

With white yarn


Stuff as you go.
Round 1: mc with 6 st (6)
Round 2: [inc] x 6 (12)
Rounds 3-5: sc 12 (12)
Round 6: [sc 1, dec] x 3, sc 3 (9)
Round 7: [sc 1, dec] x 2, sc 3 (7)
Rounds 8-13: sc 7 (7)
Fo and leave a long yarn tail for assembly.

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Collar

With blue yarn


Do not stuff.
This part is worked in rows.
Row 1: ch 27, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and sc to the end of the chain (26)
Fo, leave a yarn tail to tie collar around the dog’s neck and weave in starting yarn
tail.

Tag

With yellow yarn


Do not stuff.
Leave a longer starting yarn tail than usual.
Round 1: mc with 6 st (6)
Fo and leave a yarn tail to tie the tag to the collar.

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Assembly

Muzzle: Sew the muzzle to the head using the yarn tail leftover from the
muzzle. The bottom of the muzzle is placed in between rows 4 and 5 of the head
(counting from the bottom of the head and up). You may stuff the muzzle a bit
more if desired just before completely sewing on the muzzle. Weave in the yarn
tail.

Nose: Sew the nose onto the muzzle using the yarn tail leftover from the nose.
The bottom of the nose should be placed just under row 1 of the muzzle. Tuck in
the starting yarn tail under the nose as you go. Don’t cut off the yarn tail just yet.
You will use it for the mouth.

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Patch on the head: If you chose Option 1 for the eyes, skip this step. Sew
the patch onto the left side of the head, just above the muzzle. Weave in the yarn
tail.

Mouth: Embroider a mouth on the muzzle using the yarn tail from the nose.
Fasten the yarn with one of the stitches around the nose. Weave in the yarn tail.

Ears: Sew the ears on top of the head. Weave in the yarn tail.

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Head and Body: Sew the head to the body on an angle using the head’s yarn
tail. Weave in the yarn tail.

Collar and Tag: Tie the tag around the middle of the collar, using the
starting and the end yarn tails of the tag. Make a knot and cut ends close to the
knot.

Put the collar around the dog’s neck and sew the 2 ends together.

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Tail Patch: Sew the tail patch to the body. The bottom of the patch is placed
between rounds 1 and 2 of the body. The top of the patch should be placed
between rows 12 and 13 of the body. Tuck in the starting yarn tail of the patch as
you sew it on. Weave in the end yarn tail.

Tail: Sew the tail onto the body. The bottom of the tail should be placed on the
bottom and middle of the tail patch, and between rows 1 and 2, counting from the
bottom and up.

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Oval Patches: Sew the patches on an angle, pointing towards the middle of
the body. The bottom of the patches should be placed one row above the top of
the tail patch and have 6 or 7 stitches in between the two patches. Tuck in the
starting yarn tail of each patch as you sew it on. Weave in the yarn tail.

Front Legs: Sew the legs on the body, with the opening of the legs layed flat.
Sew them on between rounds 16 and 17 of the body counting from the bottom and
up. Sew them on about 3 stitches apart. Sew down rounds 1 to 4, counting from the
opening and down, to tack down the legs.

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Back Legs: Sew the legs on the body, with the opening of the legs layed flat.
Sew them on between rows 1 and 2 of body. Weave in the yarn tail.

Eyes: Option 2 for the eyes: Insert the safety eyes on top of the 2 circles of
felt. Glue on the felt and the eyes between rows 8 and 9 of the head, counting
from the top. Place the eyes about 1 inch (2½ cm) apart, or as desired.

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Congratulations!

Max is now complete! I hope you enjoyed making this amigurumi as much as I had
making the pattern. 

NOTE: Please be careful giving your finished toy to young children. It contains
small pieces, such as the safety eyes and the pipe cleaners, that could harm them.

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Copyright information
Thank you for purchasing this pattern.  I have worked hard designing this
amigurumi. Please do not copy, alter or share this pattern anywhere. You have
worked very hard on creating this amigurumi and you may use it for non-commercial
and commercial purposes. Do not claim this pattern as your own. Permissions for
commercial use do not include mass production or factory manufacturing of any
kind.

Please be aware of copyright laws for licensed characters. I am not affiliated with
Illumination Entertainment or Universal Pictures. I do not claim copyright or
ownership of the original character that inspired this amigurumi. I will not be held
liable for sale of this character inspired item by another person.

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