Boba Tea Amigurumi Key Chain: Free Crochet Pattern

You know it’s summer in Northern California when we get our first heat wave. When it hits the triple digits, I hibernate inside with the air conditioning. This past weekend’s hideout was our local bowling alley where I bowled an impressive score of 85 (womp womp). Though the heat may be torturous, it does happen to be the perfect weather for my favorite drink – iced tea with boba! This delicious tea with squishy tapioca pearls is the perfect summer treat. With so many options for flavors, toppings, and textures, it’s never boring and almost always Instagram-worthy!

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A few years ago I attended Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle and picked up a book on making amigurumi food. Since then, I’ve been an amigurumi fanatic. I just love making these cute little crochet plush dolls, especially ones that are food themed. As a tribute to my favorite summer drink, I made an amigurumi boba tea! Rather than just having it sit on a shelf, I decided to add a key ring so I could attach it to my keys or purse and carry it with me everywhere!

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The finished product is fairly small and only requires a bit of scrap yarn.  Aside from yarn, there a a couple things I recommend getting especially if you plan to continue doing amigurumi:

  1. Fiber Fill – this is used for stuffing your plush doll and can be found at any craft store. If you don’t have fiber fill, you can always stuff your project with scrap yarn or fabric.
  2. Safety Eyes – these are doll eyes that easily attach to any crochet or knit project. I found this awesome set on Amazon which comes with a huge collection of eyes in all different colors and sizes. If you don’t have safety eyes, you can use yarn and a tapestry needle stitch in eyes.

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Below you will find the amugurumi pattern and quick tutorial for adding the optional key ring. Grab your crochet hooks, take a sip of your boba tea, and let’s get started!

Materials

  • Small amount of worsted weight yarn in the following colors (note that you can use any colors of your choosing, this is just what I used):
    • Black (for the boba)
    • Green (for the tea)
    • Grey (for the lid)
    • White (for the straw)
    • Pink (for the cheek flush on the “face”)
  • Size G (4.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Fiber fill (optional – see notes above)
  • 2 safety eyes (optional – see notes above)
  • Optional materials for the key ring:
    • Jump ring
    • Jewelry chain (approx. 1.5 in.)
    • Key ring
    • Needle nose pliers

Abbreviations

  • Rnd = Round
  • SC = Single crochet
  • St = Stitch(es)

Instructions

Cup

Using the G hook and black (or boba color) yarn, create a magic circle

Rnd 1: 6 SC in magic circle (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st (12)

Rnd 3: *2 SC in one st. 1 SC in next st* Repeat * to end of rnd (18)

Rnd 4: *2 SC in one st. 1 SC in next 2 st* Repeat * to end of rnd (24)

Rnd 5: 1 SC in BACK LOOPS ONLY in each st

Rnd 6: 1 SC in each st

Rnd 7: Repeat rnd 6

Switch to green (or tea color) yarn.

Rnd 8 – 16: Repeat rnd 6

Cut and tie off yarn

Eyes

Attach two safety eyes to the middle of the green (tea) portion of the cup. Eyes should be about 1 cm apart.

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Mouth

Using the tapestry needle and black yarn, stitch a “V” shape underneath eyes

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Cheeks

Using the tapestry needle and pink yarn, stitch two small loops right next to each other. The loops should be right next to one of the eyes, creating a round cheek. Make a second cheek next to the other eye.

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Boba

Using tapestry needle and black (or boba color) yarn, stitch 3 small loops right next to each other, near the surface of the black (boba) layer on cup. This creates a round boba shape. Continue creating boba shapes around the cup just above the boba layer.

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Lid

Using G hook and grey (or lid color) yarn, create a magic circle

Rnd 1: 6 SC in magic circle (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st (12)

Rnd 3: *2 SC in one st. 1 SC in next st* Repeat * to end of rnd (18)

Rnd 4: *2 SC in one st. 1 SC in next 2 st* Repeat * to end of rnd (24)

Rnd 5: *2 SC in one st. 1 SC in next 3 st* Repeat* to end of rnd (30)

Cut and tie off yarn, leaving a long tail.

Straw

Using F hook and white (or straw color) yarn, create a magic circle leaving a long tail

Rnd 1: 4 SC in magic circle (4)

Rnd 2: 1 SC in each stitch (4)

Rnd 3 – 8: Repeat Rnd 2

Cut and tie off yarn

Assembly

Tie the long tail on the straw to the tapestry needle. Stitch straw to lid. My apologies for the poor lighting on this photo – I was losing natural light in my craft room!

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Tie long tail on the lid to the tapestry needle. Begin stitching lid to cup. The lid should hang over the cup just slightly. To do this – pick up the loop just under the lid and stitch it to the rim of the cup in the back loops only (see photos below).

 

Once lid is stitched about halfway around the rim of the cup, stuff cup with fiber fill.

 

Finished stitching lid to cup.

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Adding the optional key ring

Using needle nose pliers, open the jump ring

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Attach jump ring to any stitch one the back of the cup, just below the lid

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Attach one end of the chain to jump ring. Use needle nose pliers to close the jump ring.

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Attach key ring to the opposite end of the chain

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That’s all folks! Go show off your adorable new boba friend.

I would love to see your creations! Tag me on Instagram @darsi_stitches and share this pattern with your friends and followers.

I am new to writing patterns and always appreciate feedback. Leave me a comment down below with your thoughts.

Copyright
You may use this pattern for personal projects. You may also sell items made using this pattern, but please do not use my photos. Please do not copy, distribute, or sell this pattern as your own. Thank you!
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