Crochet Totoro Shake is an indication that I may have a problem, y’all.

It started out innocently enough – I saw a cute frozen beverage and needed to recreate it with yarn.  But when I was done I wanted to make another one.

Now I have ten zillion things I want to turn into shakes.  It’s funny how you set out to do one small thing and end up falling down a rabbit hole.  So naturally I picked one of my most beloved characters and turned him into a beverage.

So, here’s a crochet Totoro Shake pattern for you in case you need to surround yourself with weird things like I do.

To Make a Crochet Totoro Shake, You’ll Need:

  • Worsted weight yarn (I used some grey, white, black, and green yarn from my stash)
  • Two skeins of green variegated embroidery floss
  • Size G and E crochet hooks
  • white felt and black acrylic or fabric paint (for the eyes)
  • Stuffing
  • 1 16 oz. plastic cup
  • Drinking straw

Pattern Notes:

This pattern is written using US crochet terms, and is worked in continuous rounds (3 pieces – the cup, Totoro’s belly, and the whipped cream).  It’s easy enough for a beginner – the trickiest part is joining the whipped cream to the cup.

First:  Crochet the Cup

The crochet Totoro shake is worked from bottom of cup to top.

  1. With grey yarn, make a magic loop, sc 6 into ML (6)
  2. inc around (12)
  3. sc, inc around (18)
  4. sc 2, inc around (24)
  5. sc 3, inc around (30)
  6. In back loops only, sc around (30)
  7. sc around (30)
  8. sc around (30)
  9. sc 4, inc around (36)
  10. sc around (36)
  11. sc around (36)
  12. sc 5, inc around (42)
  13. sc around (42)
  14. sc around (42)
  15. sc around (42)
  16. sc around (42)
  17. sc around (42)
  18. sc around (42)
  19. sc around (42)
  20. sc around (42)
  21. sc around (42)
  22. sc around (42)
  23. sc around (42)
  24. sc around (42)
  25. sc around (42)
  26. Break yarn and weave in ends.

Grab your plastic cup and cut it on the line shown in the photo below, and then place it inside the crochet cup.  It should fit very snugly.

Second:  Crochet Totoro’s Cute Round Belly

  1. ch 13
  2. beginning in 2nd ch from hook sc 12 across, ch 1, turn (12)
  3. sc 12, ch 1, turn (12)
  4. inv dec, sc 8, inv dec, ch 1, turn (10)
  5. sc 10, ch 1, turn (10)
  6. inv dec, sc 6, inv dec, ch 1, turn (8)
  7. inv dec, sc, inv dec, sc, inv dec, sc (5)
  8. sc evenly around the edges of the belly to beginning of last row, sc 1, hdc 3, sc 1
  9. Break yarn and leave a long tail for sewing.

Third:  Crochet the Whipped Cream

Worked from the top of whipped cream to the bottom.  hdc inc = work 2 hdc into same stitch (being super specific for clarity 😉)

  1. With white yarn, make a magic loop, sc 6 into ML (6)
  2. From this point forward, work all stitches in the back loops only.
  3. hdc two sts into each st around (12)
  4. hdc, hdc inc around (18)
  5. hdc, hdc inc around (27)
  6. hdc 2, hdc inc around (36)
  7. hdc around (36)
  8. [5 hdc, hdc inc] x 6 (42)
  9. [3 hdc, hdc inc] x 10, 2 hdc (52)
  10. [4 hdc, hdc inc] x 10, 2 hdc (62)
  11. Do not break yarn!
  12. Using green variegated embroidery floss and size E crochet hook, join floss to top center of whipped cream (leave a long enough tail to weave in).
  13. Following the spiral of the ridge created by crocheting in back loops, loosely sc in each stitch around the curve of the spiral. When you’re done it should look like this:

Crochet Totoro Shake Pattern

  1. Weave in the ends of the floss.

Last:  Decoration and Assembly

  • With doubled grey yarn, embroider v shapes on the crochet Totoro’s belly.
  • Stitch Totoro’s belly to the cup. For extra cuteness, I tucked a small bit of stuffing behind the belly when I was almost done stitching it on.

Crochet Totoro Shake Pattern

  • Cut small ovalish shapes from the white felt for Totoro’s eyes. You can either paint the black part of Totoro’s eyes now or wait until the end.  Glue or sew the eyes on.
  • Using black yarn, embroider Totoro’s nose, mouth, and whiskers.

Crochet Totoro Shake Pattern

  • You’ll notice that the whipped cream edge has 20 more stitches than the cup. This is ok!
  • The best time to insert the stuffing is when the whipped cream is about ¾ of the way joined. Be sure to put enough stuffing in to fill the whipped cream!  =)
  • Attach the whipped cream to the top row of the cup following this pattern: sc, (1 sc, dec) x 20, sc  (To decrease while you’re joining, insert the hook through the whipped cream, then through the cup; yarn over and pull yarn through both cup and whipped cream; then insert hook through next stitch in whipped cream, yarn over, and pull loop through.)
  • Cut your drinking straw to the desired length and push it through one of the spaces in the whipped cream.
  • Enjoy your crochet Totoro Shake!

Bonus:  Crochet a Leaf!

Crochet Totoro Shake Pattern

You might like your crochet Totoro Shake to have a nice green leaf to hide under in case it rains.  Here’s a quick pattern for a leaf accessory (make 2):

  1. ch 5
  2. in 2nd st from hook, sc 4, ch 1, turn (4)
  3. inc, sc 2, inc, ch 1, turn (6)
  4. sc 6, ch 1, turn (6)
  5. inc, sc 2, inc, sc, inc, ch 1, turn (9)
  6. sc 9, ch 1, turn (9)
  7. sc 9, ch 1, turn (9)
  8. sc 9, ch 1, turn (9)
  9. sc 9, ch 1, turn (9)
  10. dec, sc 5, dec, ch 1, turn (7)
  11. sc 7, ch 1, turn (7)
  12. sc 7, ch 1, turn (7)
  13. dec, sc 3, dec, ch 1, turn (5)
  14. dec, sc, dec, ch 1, turn (3)
  15. sc 3 together (break yarn on first leaf only)
  16. After completing rows 1-15 for the second leaf, do not break yarn. Sc evenly around the edge of the leaf and then break yarn and weave in ends.


What do you think a Totoro Shake would taste like?  There aren’t so many grey beverages out there!  I googled around for a bit and found a few cocktails that involved Grey Goose, but nothing non-alcoholic.  Maybe it is a savory shake colored with squid ink and sprinkled with crushed seaweed.  Um.  Delicious?

If you make a crochet Totoro Shake or other tasty beverage I’d love to see yours!  Tag me on Instagram (@jensalittleloopy) if you share it over there!

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