Dread Crocheted Cthulhu

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Introduction: Dread Crocheted Cthulhu

About: I'm a beginning German teacher who is really getting into crocheting. I also knit (a little bit), sew, and bake. I'm a regular domestic! While I'm crocheting, you can find me watching the Office, the Ve...

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!

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    116 Discussions

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    CrochetOwl♡
    CrochetOwl♡

    7 months ago

    I got him finally finished, after 4 long years off and on, due to several hand surgeries. I made him for my 20 yr old daughter who loves HP Lovecraft. She loved him. I did do different wings, I used the Bat wing pattern from Amigurumi Today for the base of the wing, then added to it to make it my own. I hope you like it as well. I used shell eyes. I also made 11 tentacles which I wove in before I sewed the head on. I actually braided them together and then sewed the braids to hold them. I left very long tails when I crocheted them. Then I stuffed the braided end into the head, so there is no way for individual ones to pull out. I was logically to me.

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    madrebug
    madrebug

    Question 9 months ago

    My husband was gifted a tiny Cthulhu. My d-i-l loves it and wants a bigger one. This looks perfect! This will be my first anigurami; so, I want to make sure I'm understanding. On the wings, are you stitching onto the pipe cleaner up to the bend and then straight across from one side to the other? Sorry, I'm feeling confuddled.

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    JessieMomma
    JessieMomma

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I found this via Ravelry.com 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!!!

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    DenaC
    DenaC

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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. :)

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    infinitelyjen
    infinitelyjen

    10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Fruppi
    Fruppi

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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 :)

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    infinitelyjen
    infinitelyjen

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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 =(

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    Fruppi
    Fruppi

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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 :)

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    Fruppi
    Fruppi

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    Erinnea
    Erinnea

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Fruppi
    Fruppi

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Bookwyrm83
    Bookwyrm83

    12 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    dadokon6
    dadokon6

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

    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!

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    Fruppi
    Fruppi

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    EpiphanyDay
    EpiphanyDay

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    Fruppi
    Fruppi

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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?