Get your school
bus crochet on

Get your little ones in the back-to-school spirit with this cute bus. Check out these step-by-step instructions on how to make your own amigurumi school bus!

Level

Intermediate

Size

  • 18 centimeters (7 inches) long and 9 centimeters (3.5 inches) wide

Abbreviations

  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • sc2tog: single crochet 2 together
  • st(s): stitch(es)

Materials

  • Worsted-weight yarn in yellow, white, gray and a small amount of black
  • Fine cotton yarn in white, black and red for details
  • Size 3.00, 3.5 (E) and 9.00(M) crochet hook
  • Fiberfill
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker (optional)

Pattern notes

After turning at the end of each row you will ch 1.

How to change colors

This pattern calls for switching from one color to another, but there is a trick to doing it so the change in color is very clean. Stitch up to two stitches before you are supposed to change colors. In the next stitch (the last one of your current color), do not pull the final loop through. Instead, loop the new color around your needle and pull the loop through. Now, just stitch as usual.

For this pattern you have to change colors in the middle of the row. I carried the first-color yarn along the back side while crocheting with the new color, so that first color popped right out when needed, Make sure you leave enough "carried along" yarn along the back. Otherwise your project will start to lose its shape and "shrink" as the yarn tightens.

The pattern

Bus side

  • Make two sides, starting with yellow.
  • Ch 31
  • R1: sc in second ch from hook, turn (30).
  • R2-8: sc in each ch across, turn (30).
  • R9: ch1, sc 26 sts, sc2tog in last st (28).
  • Fasten off.

Holding the piece facing you, attach yellow in 7 ch from fastening-off point.

R1: sc in each ch across, turn (23).

From now on you will need to change colors. Use the technique described above.

R2: with yellow sc 3, attach white sc 10, with yellow sc 3, with white sc 5, with yellow sc 2 (23).

R3-6: repeat R2.

R7: using yellow, sc 23 (23).

Fasten off.

Front of bus

Hood

  • Use yellow.
  • Ch 15.
  • R1: sc in second ch from hook, turn (14).
  • R2-8: repeat R1.
  • Fasten off.

Front panel

  • Use yellow.
  • Ch 15.
  • R1: sc in second ch from hook, turn (14).
  • R2-9: repeat R1.
  • Fasten off.

Front window

  • Use yellow.
  • Ch 15.
  • R1: sc in second ch from hook, turn (14).
  • R2: with yellow sc 1, with white sc 12, with yellow sc 1 (14).
  • R3-8: repeat R2.
  • R9: using yellow sc in each st across (14).
  • Fasten off.

Bus roof

  • Use yellow.
  • Ch 15.
  • R1: sc in second ch from hook, turn (14).
  • R2-20: repeat R1.
  • Fasten off.

Bus bottom

  • Use gray.
  • Ch 15.
  • R1: sc in second ch from hook, turn (14).
  • R2-29-: repeat R1.
  • Fasten off.

Wheels

  • Make four, starting with gray.
  • R1: ch 2 then make 6 sc in second ch from hook (6).
  • R2: 2 sc in each stitch around (12).
  • Change to black.
  • R3: 1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat 6 times (18).
  • R4: 2 sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat 6 times (24).
  • R5: 3 sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat 6 times (30).
  • R6: sc in each stitch around (30).
  • R7: 1 dec, 3 sc, repeat 6 times (24).
  • R8: 1 dec, 2 sc, repeat 6 times (18).
  • R9: 1 dec, 1 sc, repeat 6 times (12).
  • R10: 6 dec (6).
  • Finish off and fasten off. Before closing, remember to stuff firmly.

Details

Front lights

  • Use white cotton thread and a  3.00 mm hook.
  • R1: ch 2. then make 6 sc in second ch from hook (6).
  • R2: 2 sc in each stitch around (12).
  • Change to black.
  • R3: sc in each stitch around (12).
  • Fasten off.

Back lights

  • Use red cotton thread and a 3.00 mm hook.
  • R1: ch 2, then make 6 sc in second ch from hook (6).
  • R2: 2 sc in each stitch around (12).
  • Change to black.
  • R3: sc in each stitch around (12).
  • Fasten off.

Bumpers

  • Make two bumpers, using black yarn and 9.00 mm hook.
  • Ch 15.
  • R1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across (14).
  • Fasten off.

Orange roof light

  • Use orange yarn and 3.5 mm hook.
  • R1: ch 2, then make 6 sc in second ch from hook (6).
  • R2: 2 sc in each stitch around (12).
  • R3: 1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat six times (18).
  • R4:1 dec, 1 sc, repeat six times (12).
  • R5: 6 dec, (6).
  • Finish off and fasten off. Before closing, remember to stuff firmly.

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Assembly


All bus pieces


1

You will start by attaching the first side part with the back. Using your crochet hook, sc the two pieces together. This will give a special edging effect.

Attaching side to rear:

This is what you have so far.

2

Attach this part to the other bus side.

The sides sewn to the rear part

3

Attach the sides and the rear to the front panel.

Attaching front panel:

This is what you have so far.

4

Attach the roof using a yarn needle.

Attaching the roof

5

Attach the front window.

Attaching the front window

6

Attach the hood.

Make sure you weave in all the ends.

7

Attach the bottom. Before closing, remember to stuff firmly.

Fasten off.

8

Sew on the wheels.

9

Sew on the front and back lights and the bumpers.

Back lights and bumper:

10

Sew on the orange light on the roof.

11

Admire your amigurumi school bus!

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