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Free Pattern Friday

Cthulhu
Posted on August 10, 2012
Welcome to the first Free Pattern Friday! Once a week, I will feature a
new free pattern. They wont always be mine, I am only just getting into
writing my own patterns.

But today, I have something very special for you. My very first pattern, a
cuddly, snuggly Cthulhu! Who says Elder Gods need to be scary?

As this is my first written pattern, PLEASE let me know if you find any
mistakes or if something just doesnt seem right!

CTHULHU
Materials used:

Worsted Weight yarn (I used Bernat Waverly and 2 strands held


together which produced a 7 inch height)
H8/5mm hook
12mm safety eyes
Fiberfill stuffing
Curved upholstery needles for joining (optional, but total
lifesavers!)
Tapestry needle
Gauge: Tight. Keep in mind I used 2 strands of yarn held together with a
5mm hook for a bulkier and larger stuffie. The yarn and hook
combination you use will determine the size of your finished Cthulhu.

Special terms:
TNT1 (Tentacle 1) Ch 11, 3 dc in third chain from hook, 3 dc in next 2
ch, 2 dc in next ch, dc in each ch to end, sc in same st.
TNT2 (Tentacle 2) Ch 16, 3 dc in third chain from hook, 3 dc in next 2
ch, 2 dc in next ch, dc in each ch to end, sc in same st.
Head
Start with 6 sc in a magic ring
1- work 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
2- *sc in first st, 2 sc in next st*, rpt around (18 sts)
3- *sc in first 2 st, 2 sc in next st*, rpt around (24 sts)
4- *sc in first 3 st, 2 sc in next st*, rpt around (30 sts)
5- *sc in first 4 st, 2 sc in next st*, rpt around (36 sts)
6- *sc in first 5 st, 2 sc in next st*, rpt around (42 sts)
7-10- sc in each st around (42 sts)
11- sc in first 18 st, *TNT1, sc in next 2 st* rpt 3 more times (4 tentacles),
sc in each st to end (42 sts)
12- sc in each st to first tentacle, sc behind tentacle, *TNT2, sc in next st,
sc behind tentacle* rpt 2 more times (3 tentacles) sc in each st to end(42
sts)
13- *sc in first 5 st, dec in next st,* rpt around (36 sts)
14- *sc in first 4 st, dec in next st,* rpt around (30 sts)
15- *sc in first 3 st, dec in next st,* rpt around (24 sts)
If sewing on eyes (such as buttons), now would be a good time. Safety
eyes can go on at the end.
16- *sc in first 2 st, dec in next st,* rpt around (18 sts)
17- *sc in first st, dec in next st* rpt around (12 sts)
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Stuff.
Close up of Tentacles

Legs (make 2)
Start with 6 sc in a magic ring
1- work 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
2- *sc in first st, 2 sc in next st*, rpt around (18 sts)
3-6- sc in each st around (18 sts)
Join with sl st and finish off first leg, DO NOT finish off second leg.

Body
Using the tail from leg 1, whip stitch the two legs together over 6
stitches. Make sure to leave the unfinished tail on the outside (dont sew
it up in the middle). You should have a figure 8 with 30 stitches (no
longer count the 6 sewn stitches)

7-11- sc in each st around (30 sts)


12- *sc in first 3 st, dec in next st,* rpt around (24 sts)
13- *sc in first 2 st, dec in next st,* rpt around (18 sts)
14- *sc in first st, dec in next st,* rpt around. (12 sts)
Finish off, weave in ends, stuff.
Whip stitch head and body together (12 sts)

Arms (make 2)
Start with 4 sc in magic ring
1- work 2 sc in each st around (8 sts)
2- *sc in first st, 2 sc in next st*, repeat around (12 sts)
3-8- sc in each st around (12 sts)
Join with sl st, finish off leaving long tail for sewing. Stuff.

For the wings, I have provided step by step pictures to help you out.

Wings (make two)


Working in rows, not in rounds.
Ch 4

Ch 4

Row 1: 1 sc in each of next 3 ch sp. Ch 1, turn.

1 sc in each of next 3 ch sp

Row 2: 3 sc, ch 4. turn.


3 sc

ch 4

Row 3: 3 sc on chain, 3 hdc on the three sc. Ch1, turn.


3 sc on chain

3 hdc on the three sc

Row 4: 3 sc, ch 5, turn


3 sc, ch 5

Row 5: 4 sc in chain, 3 hdc. Ch1, turn.

4 sc in chain
3 hdc

Row 6: 4 sc, ch 6, turn

4 sc, ch 6

Row 7: 5 sc in chain, 4 hdc. Ch 3


5 sc in chain

4 hdc
Ch 3

Work 8 sc along the top edge of the wing

8 sc along the top edge of the wing

Sl St into first Ch, or near first Ch.

Leave tail for sewing, fasten off.


2 finished wings!

I hope you enjoy your new Cthulhu pal as much as Hubby does. Cupcake
also wants very badly to play with him, but this one was just for us
adults!

Cthulhu wants to play in the rain


Follow me on Pinterest!

Aug. 30/12 UPDATE:


The following is what your first (or second) row of tentacles should look
like from behind. Its hard to know where to stitch on the second row of
tentacles and beyond, because the tentacles dont have obvious stitches
on them.
This is what I did in order to make
a stitch:

I just wedged my hook under a couple


strands of yarn and created a stitch. I hope to make another Cthulhu
soon and figure out if my stitch count around those rows was correct,
unfortunately we are moving on September 1st, so it will have to wait
until things settle down a bit. In the meantime, if you are familiar with
amigurumi and comfortable with doing so, feel free to add more or less
decreases to compensate for your stitch count being off. Because the
rest of the head is basically hidden behind the tentacles, it really
shouldnt be a noticeable change.
Thanks for using my pattern, good luck and happy hooking!

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34 THOUGHTS ON FREE PATTERN FRIDAY CTHULHU

1. Crochetlady on December 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm said:

Hey I just love your pattern. I made one for a friends Christmas gift & I
was wondering if I could make a few to sell? I would give credit to your
site for the pattern of course.

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o Alyshaon December 31, 2013 at 5:39 pm said:


You are welcome to sell your finished products, pattern credits would be
greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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2. Erin Dajka on December 6, 2013 at 6:43 pm said:

Found this pattern through Ravelry. Since Im new to amigumuri, Im


trying to get my head around how to attach the arms and wings, details
of which instructions seem to have been left out. Ill probably muddle
through on my own, but the pictures arent clear whether the arms are
sealed off before sewing on, or if I should sew them all around onto the
body? Are there suggestions on placement or method of sewing on the
wings? Suggestions on placement of the eyes? You were so clear
regarding the whip stitch to hold the legs together and attach the head,
Im surprised that these important finishing touches were left out.

Otherwise, just thrilled!

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o Alyshaon December 31, 2013 at 5:44 pm said:


The instructions for the arm state to finish off and leave a long tail for
sewing at the end of the last round, so that generally does not mean you
will be sewing the end shut. When it comes to amigurumi, a lot of
patterns require you to sew limbs on by stitching around the entire
circumference. Just use some straight pins to hold it in place. Its one
aspect I have always found tricky. As for the wings, they are already flat,
so just pin them in an appropriate place on the back, and stitch into
place! Thanks for using my pattern, I hope I was able to clear things up a
bit.

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3. venivici on November 24, 2013 at 3:38 pm said:

What color Bernat Waverly yarn did you use? It could just be the light,
but the green looks different in some photos.

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o Alyshaon December 31, 2013 at 5:47 pm said:
Im so sorry unit I dont remember the exact shade I used. I know there is
a dark, more hunter green in Waverly, this is the lighter one. It may have
been called Fern. The differences are just lighting. The tutorial photos are
shot with indoor light, and the finished product photos are shot next to
the window with natural light. But Ive only ever made the one Cthulhu
pictured here , so its all the same color! Thanks for visiting!

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5. Raphilie on November 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm said:

My english is bad mais I want to thank you for this pattern. I tag
you in my blog for this
http://raphilie.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/liebster-award-moi-waouhh/

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6. Chibi-Betho on October 18, 2013 at 6:45 pm said:

Hi, love the pattern and this is probably a dumb question, but on rows 2-
6 on the head, where it says repeat around, does that mean to increase
to say 24 stitches, then go around the 24 again, then increase, or just
increase to 24 and then start the next increase row?

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o Alyshaon December 31, 2013 at 5:55 pm said:


Sorry for the late reply. Rpt around means to repeat the instruction within
** for the rest of that round. So for row 2, you sc, 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc, 2sc and
so on until you reach the end of the round. Hope this helps.

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7. Mary Walker on October 18, 2013 at 7:29 am said:

Thank you for taking the time to snap all the detail pictures the wings
look fab!

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8. Rabiya on October 4, 2013 at 12:08 am said:

Thank you for posting this! I randomly stumbled on your page when
looking for a crochet Cthulu pattern as a going away present for a friend,
Your pattern was both easy to follow and came out wonderfully
adorable!! Thank you again!!

Heres a picture of my final


product: https://www.dropbox.com/s/j3y8p46ilqnupt9/crochet
%20cthulu.jpg

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9. Loli on September 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm said:

Thank you for sharing with us!!! I am knitting this nice Cthulhu for a
friend of mine and I will show the result this week on my blog. Of course
with a link to yours for the people who want to try Only to say that my
blog is in spanish because I live in Madrid Thanks and Regards!!!
http://pichucosas.blogspot.com.es/

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10. Loli on September 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm said:

Thank you for sharing!!! I will do it Regards

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12. Andrea Veliz on March 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm said:

So adorable. I used your pattern to make my very own! The photograph


is on my blog, and Ive linked to your pattern directly. Thanks for sharing
this fantastic project!

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o Alyshaon March 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm said:


Thank you! You did a really fantastic job for your first amigurumi! Good
work!

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13. Sabina Raquel Alderman on November 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm said:

On the leg, where it says to join with a slip stitch, does that mean to join
it to the first sc of the row that was just worked?

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o Alyshaon November 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm said:
Yup, just to finish it off and make the rounds even for working the body
later.

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Sabina Raquel Aldermanon November 17, 2012 at 7:22


pm said:
I am confused though about the leftover yarn from where I whipstitched
the legs together. It just stays left out and the weaved in at the end or
what? Sorry for all the questions! Ive only been crocheting for about a
month

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Alyshaon November 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm said:


The tail you use to whipstitch should have been the cut tail, you would
keep that one tucked inside when stuffing. The one left outside is the
unfinished tail from the second leg, because you will continue to crochet
around the two legs together, so you still need that yarn attached to the
skein.

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15. Krisztina on October 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm said:

About how much yarn did you end up using?

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o Alyshaon October 21, 2012 at 8:38 am said:


About 2 skeins, but I had two strands of yarn held together. I think if you
used 1, you would probably only need 1 skein.

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16. Katie on August 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm said:

I just love thisIm making one for a Christmas gift for a friend who likes
H.P. Lovecraft in a creepy kind of way. The only problem Ive had so far is
that when I finished the tentacles, It seems like I had increased from 42
to 48+ stitches somehow? I had to decrease a lot when I was finishing
the head, including going around again. Not sure where I went wrong
are we supposed to count the spaces beneath the tentacles as a stitch?

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o Alyshaon August 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm said:


Im trying to remember what I did I put a stitch directly behind each
tentacle (I sort of created a space to do it), and its possible my count
was off in the end as well. I was following a pretty basic head shape but
adding in the tentacles. If Im ever way over, I try to do extra decreases
as well, and in my case it worked out alright in the end. Ill add an update
with a couple photos I took when I was making the tentacles, hopefully
that will help

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Alyshaon August 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm said:


I added an update at the end, I hope it helps! Also, Id love to see your
Cthulhu when you finish!

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Katieon August 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm said:


Hes finished! (A little wabisabi looking, but I think its wonderful for my
first attempt at a new pattern!) Hes up in my Ravelry projects as:

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/VelvetKey/cthulhu
(Hope that works.) I could also email a picture if it doesnt.

Thanks again, I definitely want to do it again and nail it for sure.

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18. Sophy on August 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm said:

I could only do the head before my yarn ran out, but this pattern is
amazing so far! Its a bit bigger than I expected, but hes just lovely.
Thank you so much for this!

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o Alyshaon August 18, 2012 at 11:53 pm said:


Well Im glad its working out for you so far! I was really nervous I would
do a horrible job of writing the pattern down, or it wouldnt make sense
for anyone other than me, especially with the tentacles lol

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Sophyon August 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm said:


I think its great! Its really easy to follow and suits my style of crocheting
really well. Ill make a blog post about this as soon as Im done.

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20. Diary Of A Phat Kat on August 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm said:

This is adorable. I only knit, but now I want to crochet and make this! lol.
Good Job