Ravenous for Ramen: Free Crochet Pattern

I have a constant craving that can only be satisfied by RAMEN! I’m not talking about those packaged hard noodles that come with a little silver packet of sodium. I’m talking about some good homemade fatty broth packed with fresh noodles and yummy ingredients. The first time I had “real” ramen was on a trip to Japan back in 2016. Since then, a few ramen restaurants have popped up around my city and I’ve been enjoying it ever since!

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The idea for crocheting a bowl of ramen came to me while I was sitting in a restaurant in San Francisco, eating the bowl of ramen photographed above (drool). I’ve crocheted amigurumi food in the past – boba tea and spam musubi, just to name a few. Ramen is one food I’ve never seen in crochet form, so I thought I’d take on the challenge.

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Oh and what a challenge it was! I began by crocheting a bowl and a broth “base.” Then I crocheted each individual ingredient and stitched it to the broth base. The bowl was stuffed with Polyfil and the base/ingredients were stitched on top.

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Because of all the ingredients, this project does take some patience and may not be ideal for someone new to amigurumi. If you are willing to take on a bit of a challenge – bring it! For this project you will need to know how to create a magic circle and crochet in the round. You will also need to be able to single, double, half double, and triple crochet. You should also know how to stitch two crochet pieces together. It requires several colors of worsted weight yarn, but I mostly just used leftover yarn that I had lying around.

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This is a super unique project. A bowl of crochet ramen would be a great gift for your noodle soup-loving friend. It would also make fantastic desk or kitchen decor. Now without further ado… the pattern!

Materials

  • Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn in the following colors (you only need a small amount of each color so if you have leftover yarn, use it!):
    • White
    • Light grey
    • Dark green
    • Pink
    • Yellow
    • Brown
  • Fiber filling – I used Poly-fil
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations

  • Rnd = round
  • St = stitch(es)
  • Ch = chain
  • SC = single crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • DC = double crochet
  • TC = triple crochet

Instructions

Bowl

Using preferred color yarn for the bowl (I used white), create a magic circle.

Rnd 1: 6 SC in magic circle (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st in the round (12)

Rnd 3: *2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st* Repeat * till end of rnd (18)

Rnd 4: *2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 2 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (24)

Rnd 5: *2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 3 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (30)

Rnd 6: *2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 4 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (36)

Rnd 7: *2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 5 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (42)

Rnd 8: *2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 6 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (48)

Rnd 9: 1 SC in the BACK LOOPS ONLY of each st in the round (48). This will begin to shape the bowl upwards.

Rnd 10: 1 SC in each st in the round (48)

Rnd 11: *2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 7 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (54)

Rnd 12-13: 1 SC in each st in the round (54)

Rnd 14: *2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 8 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (60)

Rnd 15-16: 1 SC in each st in the round (60)

Rnd 17: *2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 9 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (66)

Rnd 18-19: 1 SC in each st in the round (66)

Slip st in the first st of the previous rnd. Cut and tie off yarn.

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Broth

Using light grey yarn, create a magic circle.

Repeat rnd 1-8 as described in the bowl instructions above.

Rnd 9: *2 SC in first st. 1 SC in next 7 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (54)

Rnd 10: *2 SC in first st. 1 SC in next 8 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (60)

Rnd 11: *2 SC in first st. 1 SC in next 9 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (66)

Rnd 12: *2 SC in first st. 1 SC in next 10 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (72)

Rnd 13: *2 SC in first st. 1 SC in next 11 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (78)

Rnd 14: *2 SC in first st. 1 SC in next 12 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (84)

Rnd 15: *2 SC in first st. 1 SC in next 13 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (90)

Slip st in the first st of the previous rnd. Cut and tie off yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing.

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Seaweed

For the seaweed, you will make two pieces – one short and one slightly longer. For the short piece…

Using green yarn, Ch 7

Row 1: SC in second ch from hook. Continue with 1 SC in each ch till end of row (6) Turn work.

Row 2: 1 SC in each st till end of row (6). Turn work.

Repeat row 2, 4 more times. Cut and tie off yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing.

For the long piece…

Follow the same steps for the short piece but repeat row 2, 5 times.

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Fishcake

You will make two pieces of fishcake.

Using pink yarn, create a magic circle.

Rnd 1: 6 SC in magic circle (6). Switch to white yarn. Do not cut pink yarn.

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st (12). Switch to pink yarn. Do not cut white yarn.

Rnd 3: *2 SC in first st. 1 SC in next st* Repeat* till end of rnd (18). Switch to white yarn.

Rnd 4: * 1 SC, 1 HDC, 1 SC in first st. Slip st in next st* Repeat * till end of rnd. Slip st in to first st of the previous rnd.

Cut and tie off white yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing. Cut pink yarn and weave in ends.

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Egg

Using yellow yarn, create a magic circle.

Rnd 1: 6 SC in magic circle (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st till end of rnd (12). Switch to white yarn. Cut yellow yarn.

Rnd 3: (semi-colons indicate move to the next st) 2 SC; 1 SC; 2 SC; 1 SC; 2 SC; 1 HDC; [1 DC, 1 TC, 1 DC]; 1 HDC; 2 SC; 1 SC; 2 SC; 1 SC (19). Slip st in to first st from previous row.

Rnd 4: 1 SC in the BACK LOOPS ONLY of each st till end of rnd (19)

Rnd 5: 1 SC in each st till end of rnd (19)

Rnd 6: *SC2tog, 1 SC in next 2 st* Repeat * till end of rnd. You will end with a SC2tog (13)

Rnd 7: *SC2tog, 1 SC in next st* Repeat * till end of rnd. You will end with two remaining st. SC in last two st. (9)

Stuff egg with a small amount of fiber fill

Rnd 8: SC2tog till end of rnd. You will end with one remaining st. SC in last st. (5)

Cut and tie off yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing. Attach tapestry needle to the tail and sew the opening closed. Keep remaining tail attached after sewing.

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Chashu Pork

Using brown yarn, create a magic circle

Rnd 1: 6 SC in magic circle (6)

Rnd 2: (semi-colons indicate move to the next st) 2 SC; 2 DC; 2 SC; 2 SC; 2 DC; 2 SC (12)

Rnd 3: (semi-colons indicate move to the next st) 2 SC; 1 SC; 2 DC; 1 DC; [switch to white yarn for the strip of pork fat, 2 SC]; 1 SC; 2 SC; 1 SC; 2 SC; [switch back to brown yarn, 1 SC]; 2 SC; 1 SC (18)

Rnd 4: *2 SC in first st. 1 SC in next 2 st* Repeat * till end of rnd (24) Slip st in to first st of the previous rnd.

Cut and tie off yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing.

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Noodles

Using white yarn, ch 300.

Cut and tie off yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing.

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Assembling the Bowl of Ramen

You will now be sewing each of the ingredients to the broth piece by attaching a tapestry needle to the tails left on each piece. There will be a “right side” of the broth where the ingredients will be placed, and a “wrong side” where you will tie off yarn after sewing. I’m giving a recommended placement for each ingredient below, but feel free to arrange them on the broth piece as you please.

  1. Noodles – with the tapestry needle attached to the tail, pass noodles in and out of the broth piece. On the “right side” of the broth, leave long noodle-like loops by not pulling ch all the way through (i.e. not pulling tight). You may pull ch tight on the “wrong side” of the broth. Concentrate the noodles in the center of the broth, leaving about a 0.5-1 inch border around the edge.
  2. Seaweed – with the tapestry needle attached to the shorter piece of seaweed, sew the short edge of the seaweed to the outer edge of the broth piece. Repeat with the larger piece of seaweed, allowing it to overlap the shorter piece. IMG_20190426_173959-1.jpg
  3. Egg – with the tapestry needle attached to the tail, sew the egg (yolk side up) to the broth piece just to the right of the seaweed. IMG_20190426_182118.jpg
  4. Fishcakes – with a tapestry needle attached to the first fishcake, sew the center of the fishcake to the broth piece (to make it look like it’s floating). The fishcake is placed to the left of the seaweed. Repeat with the second fishcake, overlapping the edges over the first fishcake.
  5. Chashu pork – with the tapestry needle the pork, sew the center of the pork to the broth piece (to make it look like it’s floating). The pork should be placed on the bottom right edge of the broth piece, below the egg. IMG_20190427_085354.jpg
  6. Attaching broth piece/ingredients to bowl –
    • With tapestry needle attached to the broth piece, begin sewing it to the inside of the bowl, about 0.5 inch from the top edge. Be sure to only pick up stitches on the inner part of the bowl so they do not show on the exterior.
    • Once you have sewn the broth about 3/4 of the way around the bowl, stuff bowl with fiber fill. Do not over stuff! You want the broth/ingredients to lie flat in the bowl. IMG_20190427_091855.jpg
    • Finish sewing the broth the rest of the way around the bowl. Cut and tie off yarn. Weave in any remaining ends. IMG_20190427_095336.jpg

Your ramen is hot and ready to serve! Although it’s not quite good enough to eat, it’s pretty damn good 😉

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

Please note that I am in no way, shape, or form a *professional* pattern writer or designer. I simply write my patterns in a way that works best for me and share them with all of you. Please leave a comment or send me a message if you have ANY questions or feedback (positive or negative). I am always trying to improve!

xoxo,

Darsi

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