Nick the Clown


A long time ago I designed a clown made from a hand cranked knitting machine. My Mom called him ‘Nick the Clown’ and he’s been a part of my family ever since. I decided to revise the pattern in this crochet tutorial. You can use any colors you like to create this 26 inch clown. As you can see, I used the primary colors to write this pattern. It will be done step by step so please have a little patience.  If you find any errors, please be kind enough to let me know so I can make the corrections .  ~~ thanks.

This is what the original clown looked like.  I am going to reproduce it as close as possible. Remember this one from a knitting machine back in the 70’s.

I am definately changing the look on the face and fine tune some of the details.  I guess you learn from experience 🙂


Any Worsted Weight Yarns in ass’t colors:  you will need at least 10 colors, however you can use any colors that you wish in either solid or variegated. 

RED, BLUE, GREEN, PINK, YELLOW, ORANGE for the Yo Yo’s and Body Panels.

BLACK for the shoes.

WHITE for the head and hands.

PURPLE for the collar.

BURNT ORANGE or BROWN for the hair.

Any color for Hat and Bowtie.

Size Hook H or 8

Tapestry Needle

YO YO’s:  Make 10 each of 6 Basic Colors

Chain 4

ROW 1:  DC in 4rd chain from hook (beg 3 skipped chs count as first dc)  Work 11 more dc’s in same ch, Join in top of beg ch.  (12 dc’s)

ROW 2:  Chain 3, dc in same stitch, 2 dc’s in each stitch around, join. (24 dc’s)

ROW 3:  Chain 2, working in back stitches only, dec  (decrease) next 2 dc’s together.  Continue decreasing around, joining in top of beg chain.

ROW 4:  Chain 2, working in both loops, dec 2 dc’s together around.  Fasten off leaving enough yarn for sewing opening shut if need be.

These are the finished Yo-Yo’s for the arms and legs.

So far I have 4 1/2 body panels made.  Once all six are completed, they will be sewn together and stuffed.


All Six body panels are completed and ready for  sewing up the seams.  Once they are all sewn together, it will look like a big beach ball only a little on the oblong shape.


6 Different colors each panel

H Hook

Chain 3

Row 1:  Sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in next, ch 1, turn.

Row 2:  2 sc in begin sc, 2 sc in last, ch 1, turn. (4 sc)

Row 3:  2 sc in begin stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in last, chain 1, turn. (6 sc)

Row 4: sc in each sc accross.

Row 5:      More to come……..










About Dainty Crochet

One of my greatest passions in life is to crochet and find new patterns. I have been crocheting since my Mom and Grandmother taught me at the age of 8. To this day it amazes me how one strand of thread can create something so unique.
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