01 Nov Project: Make a Crochet Cthulhu
My Crochet Cthulhu
Anyone with kids who has been crocheting for some time should identify with me. My boys are constantly giving me projects to create for them. I’m a one-woman toy store.
The latest request came from my fifteen-year-old. He asked me to make him a Cthulhu amigurumi. I was long overdue on finishing the Sack Boy request he made some time last year, so I decided to dive right in and make one this week.
The Pattern Search
I searched Ravelry and Pinterest for some patterns and finally settled on this Cuddly Cthulhu pattern from Amber at Cthulhu Crochet and Cousins. It seemed really well done and I liked the cuteness as opposed to some patterns that took on a more menacing look.
What is a Cthulhu?
I had seen Cthulhu out and about on the Internet, but I really wasn’t familiar with the origins. Before I started on the pattern, I did a little research.
Cthulhu is a deity first introduced into fiction by writer H.P. Lovecraft. There’s a reason he tends to look menacing. He’s supposed to be a malevolent god who is the source of constant anxiety to mankind’s subconscious. To help you understand his visage, he’s supposed to be part man, part dragon and part octopus.
My son was asking for a toy based on a literary character – that was enough motivation to me. I’ll do whatever it takes to encourage my kids to read.
I used Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn in two shades of green – lighter for the body, arms and legs and a darker color for the wings. I’m sorry I can’t provide the exact shades, but I used yarn from my existing stash and it was already rolled into balls, so I had long since tossed the labels.
I used 10mm safety eyes, Polyfill and a 3.75mm size F crochet hook.
There were a few differences in the way I worked the pattern than what the author called for. The pattern calls for 15mm safety eyes. I used 10mm eyes because that’s what I had on hand.
Head to Body Transition
Also, the pattern instructions say to finish off the head and create the body separately, then sew them together. Since the head finishes at six single crochets and the body starts at six single crochets, I just continued right on to the body from the head, making them into one piece. I think it creates a sturdier product, plus sewing is my least favorite part, so there was less of that for me to worry about!
The pattern instructs you to follow the pictures for placement when attaching the pieces. I placed the wings on my Cthulhu a bit higher than the pattern author did, and attached them in several places to the back of the head to make them stand up a little more.
The pattern calls for eight double crochet across the top of each wing. This seemed way too spaced out for me, so I actually made 12 on mine.
I will note I had a little trouble with the wings at first, but Amber posted links in the pattern to an instructional video. After a few tries, I finally got it (isn’t that a great feeling?) and it was worth the effort. It’s a pretty ingenious way to make wings. I love the finished look.
I worked on it a total of around two to three hours. It was over the course of two evenings, so I didn’t track the time exactly, but that’s a pretty close estimate. It probably would have gone more quickly if I didn’t have trouble with the wings.
The Finished Project
This was a great pattern and I really enjoyed making this little Cthulhu. The instructions are easy to follow and the author provides a video tutorial for the hardest part – the wings. My son was very excited to receive his Cthulhu and he’s pretty attached to it. I appreciate him letting me borrow it long enough to take some photos.
Lots of thanks goes to Amber at Cthulhu Crochet and Cousins for providing this free crochet pattern! Let me know if you try it, too!