Crocheted Djembe Drum

My friend DB is a fabulous drummer, so for his birthday, I wanted to crochet him a djembe, a traditional African drum. (Not) surprisingly, I couldn’t find a pattern for one, so I made one up. Enjoy!

Crocheted Djembe

Supplies Needed: H (5.00 mm) hook, worsted weight yarn in off white, black, and 3 other shades (pick ones in the brown or red family for accuracy), plastic canvas, polyfill stuffing

Note: Firmly stuff as you go. Entire piece is worked by joining each round.

Body of drum:

In off-white, ch 2.

1. In 2nd ch, sc 6. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

2. 2sc in each st around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

3. * 2sc in first st, sc, rep from * around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

4. * 2sc in first st, sc in next 2, rep from * around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

5. * 2sc in first st, sc in next 3, rep from * around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

6. * 2sc in first st, sc in next 4, rep from * around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

7. * 2sc in first st, sc in next 5, rep from * around. Join with ss.  Fasten off.

Cut a circle out of the plastic canvas that fits the circumference of the off white piece and place it underneath the off white section. Continue crocheting with the piece in place.

8. Join with black. Sc even around. Join with ss. Fasten off.

9. In back loops only, join with body color 1 (brown). Sc even around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

10. In both loops, sc around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

11. Rep R 10.

12. * Sc2tog, sc in next 4. Rep from * around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

13-14. Rep R 10. After R14, fasten off brown.

15. Join body color 2 (red). Sc around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

16. * Sc2tog, sc in next 3. Rep from * around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

17-20. Rep R 10. After R20, fasten off red. If desired, in R20, evenly space long single crochet stitches around (instructions here) Do one every 3-4 stitches, to your taste.

21. Join body color 3 (tan). Sc around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

22. * Sc2tog, sc in next 2. Rep from * around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

 23-24. Rep R 10.

25. * Sc2tog, sc in next. Rep from * around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

26. In back loops only, *2sc, sc in next. Rep from * around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

Cut a circle out of the plastic canvas that fits the circumference of the piece after row 25 and place it inside the section. Continue crocheting with the piece in place.

27-28. Rep R 10. After R28, fasten off tan. Again, here you can put the long single crochet stitches evenly spaced.

29. Join red. *2sc, sc in next 2. Rep from * around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn

30-31. Rep R10. After R31, fasten off red. Again, here you can put the long single crochet stitches evenly spaced.

32. Join brown. *2sc, sc in next 3. Rep from * around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn

33-35 (Or desired length – do as many row here as you want). Rep R10.

Cut a circle out of the plastic canvas that fits the circumference of the base of the piece and place it inside. Continue crocheting with the piece in place.

36. In back loops only, * Sc2tog, sc in next 3. Rep from * around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

37. In both loops, * Sc2tog, sc in next 2. Rep from * around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

38. * Sc2tog, sc in next 1. Rep from * around. Join with ss. Ch 1. Do not turn.

39. Sc2tog in each st around. Draw yarn through all six stitches and draw up tight. Fasten off.

Drum Tightening loops:

Join with black in the front loop of any stitch on row 8. Draw up a loop through the front loop of the stitch directly below in row 26. SS in same stitch and in next 3 stitches in row 8. * Draw up a loop through the front loop of the next stitch in row 26. SS in same stitch and in next 3 stitches in row 8. Rep from * around. When you get back to where you added the black, make a chain of about 25-30 chains and ss to the first front loop on row 26. Ch 5 and fasten off.

Finished Drum with Playable Version: 

Terms used:

Ch – Chain

Sc – Single Crochet

SS – Slip Stitch

Please note: This pattern is free for your use. Please feel free to make as many as you want of the finished project. If you choose to sell your final product, please credit this site for the pattern. Please DO NOT SELL the pattern. Thanks!

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