Introduction: Dread Crocheted Cthulhu

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The stars are right! Dread Cthulhu has been sleeping in R'yleh and has awakened to adorably eat all his cultists!

This project is perfect for ALL your geek friends. Dread Cthulhu is an elder god of the H.P. Lovecraft mythos. I included a more traditional rendition of him in my slideshow for reference.

He is made of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn in olive and all crocheted in rounds, each piece worked in a spiral. His tentacles are sc chains of varying length and his wings have v-shaped pipe cleaners woven in.

I can send out a pattern if you're interested, but I'm afraid the instructions on the wings might be a little fuzzy. I think I can at least explain my improvisations there, though :).

Oh yeah, and if you have any tiny crocheted cultists, send them my way...Dread Crocheted Cthulhu is hungry!

Okay...I'm finally going to do it. I'm just going to go ahead and post the pattern. I was e-mailing it on request because that way I could keep track of who had it and how many people liked him, but I'm just going to have to trust you guys to give him a positive rating and recommendations to all your friends if you use the pattern. Also, if you do, please share pictures of the finished product! I'd love to see other interpretations of the crochet horror that is Cthulhu.

Cthulhu is made from Vanna's Choice yarn in olive. I used an F hook (which is 3.75 mm) and my gauge is 10 st X 10 rows = 2" x 2 1/8" or so. I'm not sure that the gauge is super-important; just make sure you use a small enough hook that the stuffing is hidden. All of Cthulhu's limbs and his head and torso are worked in spirals, so get those stitch markers handy!

You'll also need a yarn needle and some tiny black buttons or safety eyes, as well as two 6" lengths of pipe cleaner. And some stuffing. I also used some rice, but this would definitely be optional.

ARMS (make 2)

Work 6 sc into magic ring.

2 sc in each sc around

1 sc in each sc around (7 rounds)

Stuff now and add more later as necessary.

St 2 tog, sc in next 3 sc, repeat around

Sc in each sc around. End off with sewing length.

LEGS (make 2)

Work 8 sc into magic ring.

2 sc in each sc around

1 sc in each sc around (10 rows)

Stuff now and add more as necessary

St 2 tog, sc in next 3 sc, repeat around

St 2 tog, sc in next 2 sc, repeat around

Sc in each sc around. End off with sewing length.

TORSO (Just one of these)

Work 6 sc in to magic ring

2 sc in each sc around

2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next sc, repeat around

2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc, repeat around

2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc, repeat around

2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc, repeat around

2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc, repeat around

2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc, repeat around

Sc in each sc around (10 rounds)

Start stuffing now! I made a little pocket in my stuffing near the bottom of the torso and added some rice to make him sit more cooperatively.

St 2 tog, sc in next 4 sc.

Sc in each sc around

St 2 tog, sc in next 3 sc

Sc in each sc around

St 2 tog, sc in next 2 sc

Sc in each sc around

St 2 tog, repeat around. End off. Weave tail back through last round and pull tight. Weave in this end.

HEAD (One of these as well)

Work 6 sc into magic ring

2 sc in each sc around

2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next sc, repeat around

2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 2 sc, repeat.

2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 3 sc, repeat.

2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 4 sc, repeat.

2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 5 sc, repeat.

Sc in each sc around (2 rounds)

Now would be stuffin' time! Before you do that, though, add the eyes and eyebrows, if desired. A surface crochet is made by holding the slip knot just under the surface. Bring your hook through the front and grab the loop through the fabric. Pull it to the front but hold the rest of the slip knot on the back. Push your hook through the next spot and yo from the back. Then pull the loop up through the other loop on your hook. That's it! I did 3 of these for each of his brows.

St 2 tog, sc in next 5 sc, repeat

St 2 tog, sc in next 4 sc, repeat

St 2 tog, sc in next 3 sc, repeat

St 2 tog, sc in next 2 sc, repeat. End off with sewing length.

WINGS (two of these!)

Cut a pipe cleaner to 6" Bend it at the 3 3/4" mark. Make it a fairly acute angle. The shorter side will be the side you will attach to the body.

Ch 41 and turn

Sc in each ch across. Turn.

Ch 1. Sc in each sc across.

This is where my directions will get a little fuzzy. Wrap the work around the short end of the pipe cleaner. Sc in each sc to close the length around the pipe cleaner, until you get to the bend. Starting here, you're going to work your way between the two lengths of pipe cleaner. As you get to the far end each time, use the last sc in the row to attach the original 3 rows of work to the rows between the cleaners. Make sure you increase somewhere in each row (either by doing 2 sc in 1 sc space or by adding an extra stitch in the sideways crochet space where you'll attach to the sides) so that the work will span between the two pipe cleaner ends.

At about the 15th row in my wings (about 4 rows from the ends of the pipe cleaners), I closed up the far side and stitched one stitch in on the next row up and two on the row that joined the rest of the work. Then I slip stitched for about 3 stitches. I did about 6 sc across here and then worked downwards in rows, not using a turning stitch, so that they decreased by one stitch every row. Then I slip stitched back down the side and back toward the body-adjacent pipe cleaner end. Here I just added two stitches to that row and one to the row beneath it and called it done! Oh yeah, and I left a sewing length, as always.

By the way, if you can help me clarify these directions (or tell me how you did it differently), I'd love the input.  I know the wing pattern is unclear, so if you've figured it out, drop me a line :)

TENTACLES (make 8 or so; however many you feel he needs)

These are easy. Chain the desired number, turn and sc in each ch. That's it! My Cthulhu's tentacles are in varying lengths between 20 and 40 ch. To create even more unevenness, work your end in as you go on a few of them. That makes one end much less curly and mixes things up a bit.

Then just attach everything with a yarn needle and those sewing lengths you left and he should be finished and ready to devour any cultists you might have around the house!


JessieMomma (author)2014-12-18

I found this via my brother will be thrilled. Can you tell me, do you have any more explanations about how to complete the wings? I'm not understanding. Perhaps pictures would be helpful? Thank you!!!

DenaC (author)2014-10-23

My suggestion is to post a pictorial for how you did the wings. Even a few pictures of the wings before you attached them and a view of the back would be great! Lovely pattern. :)

infinitelyjen (author)2010-07-02

This is amazing! Question: About how much yarn did you use for this? I want to make it for a friend.

Fruppi (author)infinitelyjen2010-07-03

I'm sorry, I really don't know the exact yardage. I used less than one skein of Lion Brand Vanna's choice. I know their skeins come in two sizes, and I used the smaller one and had plenty of yarn for Cthulhu. The Lion Brand website says (if I'm reading things right) that the smaller sized skein is 170 yards, so less than 170 yards :)

infinitelyjen (author)Fruppi2010-07-16

Thank you! One more question though: do you happen to remember what kind/brand of eyes you used? The ones in the picture are brilliant, just beady enough for our evil little cthulhu. But I can't seem to find them in any craft store =(

Fruppi (author)infinitelyjen2010-07-16

They weren't real safety eyes. They were tiny little solid black buttons. I can't remember if I got them at good ol' Wally World or at Joann's, but I would imagine that most craft stores would have them. You probably don't want to use those if you're making it for someone who is likely to choke on eyes, but if it's for an adult, I think they're just fine :)

amylauren (author)2010-03-20

Hi!  Your pattern is awesome!  I was inspired by this design and created a limb-less, but still stinkin-cute (if I do say so myself) version of the old god.  Check him out on my FLICKR page:

Fruppi (author)amylauren2010-03-21

Adorable :)  I wish I had thought to take pictures of mine with our Lovecraft collection.  Then again, I suppose it's never too late!  Thanks for sharing!

sir-zeke (author)2009-05-31

very nice

Braeburn (author)2009-04-02


Erinnea (author)2009-04-01

I love it! Could you please send me the pattern? I´m such a noob with crochet, but I´d love to give it a try.

Fruppi (author)Erinnea2009-04-02

It's posted with the slideshow :). If you have questions, let me know :)

Bookwyrm83 (author)2008-05-30

It's too funny that I just start reading Lovecraft this week and then I find this! I would love to have a copy of the pattern. After I move home in a couple of weeks, I'm going to learn how to crochet just so I can make some Dread Cthulhu snuggly goodness!

dadokon6 (author)Bookwyrm832009-02-19

Errrrrrrrrrrrrrr...... wouldn't that be Dread Cthulu snuggly badness? X-} Hee Hee Hee........

GlimmerMoonstone (author)2009-02-11

I'm working on making my own Dread C. and just wanted to double check on the head, you 2 sc in 1st st, sc in next 3sc repeat for 2 rounds. 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 2 sc, repeat. 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 3 sc, repeat. 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 3 sc, repeat. <--- that's the one I wasn't sure about. 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 4 sc, repeat. This is my first attempt at amigurumi and I absolutely love it!

Fruppi (author)GlimmerMoonstone2009-02-12

It's been a while since I made this pattern, but I believe that is a typo. Thanks for catching it for me! Skip the second round of that nonsense and move right on to the 2 sc in 1st, sc in next 4 sc round. :). Sorry 'bout that and I'll fix it right away.

EpiphanyDay (author)2009-01-28

Hey... I saw this and decided it was about time i learned to crochet. So for a beginner I'm following the pattern pretty well (i think) but I am having trouble with one part. I've finished sc in each sc 10 times around for the torso and next it tells me to: St 2 tog, sc in next 4 sc. Am I suppose to repeat this all the way around before going on to Sc in each sc around? And likewise for the rest of the instructions for the torso: St 2 tog, sc in next 3 sc (repeat?) Sc in each sc around St 2 tog, sc in next 2 sc (repeat?) Sc in each sc around

Fruppi (author)EpiphanyDay2009-01-28

Yeah, that's totally right. Repeat that pattern until the end of the round, then do then round of 1 sc in each sc. Then repeat the next pattern for that row and repeat the one sc in each sc row. Does that make a little more sense?

EpiphanyDay (author)Fruppi2009-01-28

Oh yes... thank you

tracyandrook (author)2008-11-06

More complications: Do you think you could turn the idea into a fetching and cuddly hat? Just Chthulu's head, please. With hangy--down tentacles around the face and ears.

Fruppi (author)tracyandrook2008-11-06

Oh my! Um, well, I guess my advice would be to get a hat pattern...and crochet the tentacles and then attach them. You could put eyes on the upper part of the hat so that they would still be there. Other than that, I'm not sure how it would work!

Check out this pattern:

That might be a good jumping off point. It's not Cthulhu, but it might have good tentacle ideas.

deadalchemist (author)2008-11-03

I have a question for the tenacles. Wouldnt you ch the desires number and sc 2 scs in each ch instead of 1? that would make it curl. That's the only question I have and great job again! I am making one for a friend for christmas, for he is a cthulu fan.

Fruppi (author)deadalchemist2008-11-04

That would make it curl, yes, but it look different. It will curl on its own with just one sc in each ch...especially if your tension is a little on the tight side. Let me know how he turns out! I'd love to see pictures.

deadalchemist (author)Fruppi2008-11-05

ok, and also did you use one ball of VC or more? I'm going to buy the yarn today so I can get started! It looks like it can be done with one.

ComixDude (author)2008-08-04

May i have the pattern please? Thank you

Fruppi (author)ComixDude2008-08-05

It's right up there :)

Let me know if you don't understand anything or need clarifications :).

ComixDude (author)Fruppi2008-08-05

I am like total noob at this i will look for some explanations on the web :D

Molly Malevolent (author)2008-06-17

Absolutely Fecking Brilliant! Thank you soooo much!!

that guy with that hat (author)2008-06-16

Yog-sothoth! Cthulhu fthagn! I'm gonna make this!

andyhuntdesigns (author)2008-06-16

Cutest. Thing. Ever. I need to post pictures of the Cthulhu I made out a KidRobot Munny toy and some Sculpey. Its tres cute.

SuperCoPilot (author)2008-06-16

can you make an instructable on how to make this?

spazzbat (author)2008-06-16

eeeEEEeee! may i trouble you for the pattern?

Dorknstine (author)2008-06-15

This is great I would love the Pattern :D

ncampbez (author)2008-06-13

This is awesome! Can you please send me the pattern?

Crochet_Mad (author)2008-06-10

I would just looooove a pattern! He is so awesome!

adornable (author)2008-06-02

That is the most entertaining crochet toy I have seen to date! We have a bumper sticker that says "Cthulhu for President 2004 - why vote for the lesser evil?" Please forward the pattern. Thank you for sharing!

paperismyfriend (author)2008-05-30

ok if u like pie or food or poo then go get some gum!!!

Fruppi (author)paperismyfriend2008-06-01


Zafthan (author)2008-06-01

Could you please send me a copy of the pattern? I would love to have this!

sinxkitten (author)2008-05-29

could i please get the pattern for this? hes really great! I've been trying to think of other good Lovecraft things to make :) thanks!

jessiedark (author)2008-05-27

That rocks and and I have been ordered to make one if you are still willing to email directions. do you need my email? Thank you and it was emailed to all the gaming group and they are delighted. It goes well with the Evil Bears we have been crocheting.

tata (author)2008-05-24

Great job - I love it! May I please have a copy of the pattern?

sfsisa (author)2008-05-17

I love it. You have done a very nice job. May I have the pattern please?

Lady_Cthulhu (author)2008-05-13

May i have the pattern please? Thank you

pop2012 (author)2008-05-07

i would love the pattern thnx

lrccook (author)2008-05-07

any progress on the pattern yet? i love, love, love it.

hm91 (author)2008-05-06

I have GOT to have this pattern!!! Half a dozen of my friends are obsessed with Lovecraft... (myself included!) hehe Might I have the pattern, please?

Vendigroth (author)2008-04-24


idiosyncratic (author)2008-04-17

Hey there,this is so amazing! I was wondering if you were still willing to email the pattern? This would be a perfect project for me over the coming month. :D Very nice work!

DragonessD (author)2008-04-17

That is so cool! May I have a copy of the pattern? My dad would LOVE this for his birthday!

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