Introduction: Cuddly Cthulhu Amigurumi

So cute!  So evil!  So confusing!

A crocheted great old one to keep your teddy bears, um, company.  Crochets up quick using odd balls of yarn you've got laying around.   A fun, easy present for all ages.

I wrote this pattern.  Feel free to make as many Cthulhu amigurumi as you like; give them to friends, family, disaster victims, etc.  However, the license is "non-commercial" so please, please, please don't start selling my design on etsy or at conventions.

Step 1: Stuff You Need

Random yarn.  I used some acrylic worsted weight I bought at a yard sale ages ago, but you could use just about anything of roughly that gauge.  I used a medium green and a dark celery sort of color.

A size 00  and 0 steel hook for a nice, tight gauge.

fiber fill

A small dowel or paintbrush handle (to use as a helping hand for the tentacles)

a yarn needle for sewing on apendages

plastic safety eyes

acrylic paint (dark red, bright red, black, white)

tiny paint brush

clear non-yellowing nail polish ("top coat")

Helpful crochet supplies: row markers, kacha-kacha row counter, measuring tape.

Step 2: Paint the Eyes

For little projects, I love citadel colour acrylics.  They're very smooth, matte, and opaque.  I gave the whole eye a dark red base coat.  Next, I painted the iris flare in with a bright red.  An asterisk shape works well for this.  Once dry, I painted in big, limpid pupils.  Some reflective dots done in white finish them off.

3-5 coats of shiny nail polish top coat protects your paint job and gives them a "wet" finish. 

Make sure to use safety eyes if you're planning on giving this to a kid.

Step 3: Crochet the Head and Body

Use your main color and 00 steel hook.

R1: Chain (Ch) 2, 6 single crochet (sc) in 2nd chain from hook.

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 st)

R3: *sc 1, then 2 sc in next sc.*, repeat 6 times. (18 stitches)

R4:  *sc 2, then 2 sc in next sc.*, repeat 6 times. (24 stitches)

R5-6: sc 24.

R7: *sc 3, then 2 sc in next sc.* repeat 6 times. (30 stitches)

R8-9: sc 30.

R10: *sc 3, decrease (dec) 1,* repeat 6 times (24 stiches)

R11: sc 24

R12: *sc 2, dec 1,* repeat 6 times (18 stitches)

PUT THE EYES ON NOW.

R13: *sc 1, dec 1*, repeat 6 times (12 stitches)

STUFF HEAD NOW. 

R14-16: sc 12

R17: *sc 1, then 2 sc in next sc.*, repeat 6 times. (18 stitches)

R18-19: sc 18

R20: *sc 1, dec 1*, repeat 6 times (12 stitches)

STUFF BODY NOW.

R21: *sc 1, dec 1*, repeat 6 times (6 stitches)

R22:  sc 1, dec 2

Bind off, sew in ends.



Step 4: Crochet Legs and Arms

Use contrast color and 00 steel hook.

Start with a slip loop. 

R1: sc 4 into loop.  Tighten loop.

R2: 2 sc into each sc around (8 stitches), then slip stitch to complete the round.  This should make a nice, flat circle.

Switch to main color.

R3: sc into back loops only of R2.  (8 stitches)

R4+:  sc1, dec 1 until only one stitch remains.  Shove yarn ends in cone to stuff as you go.

The finished shape should be a cone with a flat bottom. 

Make 4.  Sew 2 onto the bottom of the body as legs, keep 2 as arms.  We'll sew them on later.

Step 5: Tentacles!

You'll be making 5 tentacles.  These are kind of tricky. I used a 0 steel hook; one size smaller than I used for the body.  I also stuck a skinny paintbrush handle in the center while I worked the rounds; it prevented me from accidentally crocheting the tentacle shut. 

Start with a slip loop. 

ch 3 into loop, tighten loop.

1 sc in each ch around.  Repeat until tentacle is approx. 1" long.  It's okay if it's not exact.

Bind off. 

I had one that was about 1 1/4", two that were 1 1/8", and two that were 1" on the nose.  I sewed the longest in center of the bottom row, then sewed the mid-length ones on either side.  I sewed the two short tentacles on the top row.

Step 6: Sew on Arms

Now that your tentacles are on, you can sew on the arms.

Step 7: Crochet the Wings

The wings are essentially a hexagon motif with only 5 ribs instead of 6.  This makes a 4 point "wing."

I used a 00 steel hook and the contrast color.

Start with a slip loop.

R1:  ch3 (turn chain,) then 4 dc into loop.  Tighten loop.

FLIP WORK so you are working into the last stitch you completed. 

R2: ch3 (turn chain,) *2 dc in stitch, then ch 1,* repeat 3 times, then 2 dc in last stitch.

FLIP WORK

R3: ch 3 (turn chain,) dc in next stitch, * 2 dc in ch, ch 3, 2 dc in ch, dc 2* repeat 4 times.

Bind off.  Pinch corners to create "batwing" shape.  Sew the two wings together.  Sew to body, and weave in excess yarn.




Step 8: CUDDLE!!!!!

Cuddle with Cthulhu or give him away to a good home.  

Enjoy!

Comments

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sweet nightmare (author)2013-09-04

it´s adorable!
better idea for tentacles...make chain as long as needed and in second row make two SC in each stich. it will make cute curly tentacles :)

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I actually really like the straight tentacles; I had seen curly ones on octopus and squid amigurumi, but wasn't crazy about them. But if you like the curly ones, awesome!

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jaws1010 (author)2012-11-24

finally finished!!! Thank you so much or tutorial!

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Jenn Nelson (author)2012-11-23

Looks like you missed the dec rounds after stuffing. Rd 21 and 22 are dec rounds for the body.

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jaws1010 (author)2012-11-23

my body just turned ou to be like a little beanie ? It didn't dip in for the torso.

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cbortizfield (author)2012-09-10

so adoriable

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IBreakHeavyStuff (author)2012-07-08

Wicked! Going to email this to a friend that'll love it.

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Tomdf (author)2012-07-05

Awwww

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bakunin (author)2012-03-17

Unspeakably adorable!

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chicopluma (author)2011-03-18

hahaha great

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