Slowpoke the Donkey

Maybe I'm biased, but I think Giddy-Up the Horse is pretty neat… not only was he my first pattern ever published and still today remains one of my bestselling patterns, but he is very versatile. There are a lot of fun variations that he lends himself to, and today I am sharing the first of several I have planned: Slowpoke the Donkey!


As part of the Farmyard Friends Crochet-a-Long, here are the instructions to make Giddy-Up’s easygoing cousin, Slowpoke the Donkey. You will need Giddy-Up’s base pattern in order to complete this modification.

Yardage Requirements:

Shown in I Love This Yarn! Solids:

• Color 1: Greybeard (110 yards)

• Color 2: Graymist (40 yards)

• Color 3: Graphite (20 yards)

Legs and Body:

Work according to pattern directions.


With Color 2, Work rounds 1-11 according to pattern directions

With Color 1, Work rounds 12-26 according to pattern directions.

If you are using safety eyes, be sure to attach them before stuffing the head. Felt eyes will be added during assembly.

Ears (Make 2):

Round 1: With Color 1, SC 6 in Magic Ring—6 sts

Round 2: (SC 2 in next st, SC in next st) 3 times—9 sts

Round 3: SC in each st around

Round 4: (SC 2 in next st, SC in next 2 sts) 3 times—12 sts

Round 5-9: SC in each st around—5 rounds

Round 10: (SC2tog, SC in next 2 sts) 3 times—9 sts

Fasten off with long tail.              


Round 1: With Color 3, SC 6 in Magic Ring— 6 sts

Round 2: (SC 2 in next st, SC in next st) 3 times—9 sts

Round 3: (SC 2 in next st, SC in next 2 sts) 3 times—12 sts

Round 4 and 5: SC in each st around—2 rounds

Round 6: (SC2tog) 6 times—6 sts

Switch to Color 1, lightly stuff the tail before continuing:

Round 7-14: SC in each st around—8 rounds

Fasten off with long tail.


With Color 3, CH 22

Round 1: SC2 in 2nd CH from hook, SC in next 17 sts, SC 2 in next st;

Rotate the piece and work into the bottom of the foundation chain: SC 2 in next st, SC in next 17 sts, SC 2 in next st—42 sts

Round 2 and 3: SC in each st around

Round 4: (SC2tog, SC in next 5 sts) 6 times—36 sts

Round 5: SC in each st around

Round 6: (SC2tog, SC in next 4 sts) 6 times—30 sts

Fasten off with long tail.


(Crocheting in the bottom of the foundation chain)


Assemble the head, body and ears (and felt eyes, if used) according to the pattern directions.

Attach tail to round 15 of the body.

Flatten the mane and attach to the back of the head, starting between the ears at round 18. Sew up and over the back of the head until the neck seam.


(Attaching the mane to the back of the head)

With Color 3, embroider the nose at round 8.

Weave in any loose ends.


Congratulations on Your Finished Donkey!

If you want to save this modification to print or take with you, I’ve included a PDF version for you to download!

Slowpoke the Donkey (Pattern Modification)

I have also added Slowpoke to the Ravelry Pattern Database; so fellow Ravelers can save him in their library.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Make to to share your finished Slowpokes at the Monster's Toy Box group on Ravelry!

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Thank you, Slowpoke the Donkey is a cutie.
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