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Free Hanami Dango (花見団子) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

Spring is almost here! In Japan, people celebrate the arrival of Spring by gathering with friends at parks. There, they share delicious bento boxes and enjoy the cherry blossoms together. The act of gathering to view flowers together is called Hanami (花見). This Hanami Dango Amigurumi Crochet pattern allows you to create a toy that is very similar in size to the real thing. 

Hanami Dango (花見団子) is a dessert that is often had during the Spring. Hanami Dango is made up of 3 different colours of mochi, skewered together in a specific order. The pink ball goes on top, the white in the middle, and the green one at the bottom. There isn’t much flavour to the pink and white mochi balls, but the green one is often flavoured with mugwort puree (or matcha because it’s easier to source).

Free Hanami Dango (花見団子) Japanese Dessert Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

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Yarn I Used

I used WeCrochet Shine Sport Yarn for these crochet amigurumi ornaments; however, you can use any yarn as long as you correspond your hook to the weight of your yarn. You can also easily size up/down by using thicker/thinner yarn, just make sure to adjust your hook accordingly.

For this toy, I used roughly 5g of Blush, 5g of Cream, 5g of Peapod, and 3g of Willow. NOTE: The amount of yarn you use will depend on how tightly you crochet.

Gauge

5 Round Circle = 1.5” with a 3.25mm (D) hook. Note: I am working with the x-stitch (yarn under sc). If you are working the standard sc, go down a hook size (3mm if you can find it, 2.75mm works as well).

Gauge isn’t super important for amigurumi, but I included it just in case you want to check your gauge. Being a little off should not affect the final product too much. You can learn more about how to measure gauge for amigurumi here! 

Free Hanami Dango (花見団子) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

The difficulty level of this pattern is Easy. The finished amigurumi crochet dango measures to be about 5” (13cm) long.

This pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

Free Hanami Dango (花見団子) Japanese Dessert Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Close Up

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TERMINOLOGY

st(s): stitch(es)
ch: chain
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
inc: two single crochet in one stitch
dec: invisible decrease, single crochet two stitches together through the front loops only
FLO: crochet only in the front loops (loop closest to you) of each stitch
(…) x #: repeat anything in the parenthesis however many times the number indicates
[#]: total number of stitches for that row
#sc: one ss in the following # stitches

MATERIALS


Notes & Guides

Closing the Hole  To close the hole, fasten off and thread the yarn tail onto a darning needle. Insert the needle under the front loop of the next stitch and pull through. Repeat with the rest of the stitches, then pull on the tail to close up the hole. Weave the tail into the centre of the hole to hide the tail.

This pattern is worked in continuous rounds unless otherwise stated – Mark the first stitch of the round with a stitch marker to help keep track of where the beginning of the round is.

Seamless Join in the Round Cut your yarn tail, fasten off, and thread your yarn tail onto a darning needle. Locate the 2nd st of the round, insert your needle under that stitch and pull through. Insert your needle into the centre of the final st of the round and out the back. Weave the tail into the back of the work. Working the seamless join in the round creates a false stitch that sits right above the first st of your round.

Seamless Join In The Roud

Seamless colour change between rounds – To minimize the step that is created when you change colours between rounds, fasten off when you get to the end of the round. Seamless join in the round, and weave the tail in.  With a slip knot in the new colour on your hook, insert your hook into the false stitch (in the Dango pattern, you will be working into the FLO) created by the seamless join in the round to pick up a stitch and continue working the rest of the round as you normally would.

This method does not completely eliminate the step, but it does help to make it less noticeable. If you are still noticing a big step between the colour change, pull on the tail from the seamless join to tighten the gap.

If you don’t mind the step, you can just work the colour change in your preferred method.



Dango

Stuff each ball as you go.

starting with Blush yarn

1 6sc in magic circle [6]
2 (inc) x 6 [12]
3 (sc, inc) x 6 [18]
4 sc, inc, (2sc, inc) x 5, sc [24]
5-6 sc in all sts [24]
7 (3sc, inc) x 6 [30]
8 sc in all sts [30]
9 (3sc, dec) x 6 [24]
10 sc in all sts [24]
11 sc, dec, (2sc, dec) x 5, sc [18]
12 (sc, dec) x 6 [12]

Fasten off, seamless join in the round, weave the tail in, then pick up the next round with Cream yarn (see notes above).



Free Hanami Dango (花見団子) Japanese Dessert Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 4

13 FLO, (sc, inc) x 6 [18]
14 sc, inc, (2sc, inc) x 5, sc [24]
15 sc in all sts [24]
16 (3sc, inc) x 6 [30]
17 sc in all sts [30]
18 (3sc, dec) x 6 [24]
19 sc in all sts [24]
20 sc, dec, (2sc, dec) x 5, sc [18]
21 (sc, dec) x 6 [12]

Fasten off, seamless join in the round, weave the tail in, then pick up the next round with Peapod yarn.

22 FLO, (sc, inc) x 6 [18]
23 sc, inc, (2sc, inc) x 5, sc [24]
24 sc in all sts [24]
25 (3sc, inc) x 6 [30]
26 sc in all sts [30]
27 (3sc, dec) x 6 [24]
28 sc in all sts [24]
29 sc, dec, (2sc, dec) x 5, sc [18]
30 (sc, dec) x 6 [12] *Make sure you stuff the ball fully at this point, as it will be quite difficult to stuff after this round.
31 (dec) x 6 [6]

Fasten off, seamless join in the round, weave the tail in, then pick up the next round with Willow yarn.



32 FLO, sc in all sts [6]
33-38 sc in all sts [6]

Fasten off, stuff the stem fully with the help of a chopstick, close hole and weave the tail in.

You have just finished your very own Hanami Dango! 

Free Hanami Dango (花見団子) Japanese Dessert Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Complete

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