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Free Pattern Friday – Cthulhu

Welcome to the first Free Pattern Friday!  Once a week, I will feature a new free pattern.  They won’t 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 doesn’t seem right!

CTHULHU

Materials used:

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 (don’t 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

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Aug. 30/12 UPDATE:

The following is what your first (or second) row of tentacles should look like from behind.  It’s hard to know where to stitch on the second row of tentacles and beyond, because the tentacles don’t 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 shouldn’t be a noticeable change.

Thanks for using my pattern, good luck and happy hooking!

 

 

 

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