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Classy Cthulhu

27 Aug

My mother uttered the name H.P. Lovecraft once when I was a kid and that was all it took for the obsession (albeit somewhat milder than other childhood obsessions) to wrap its hideous, alien tentacles around my brain. That is why I have been so excited to see so many Lovecraft-inspired crafts on the intrawebs these days. Finally! I can craft and cuddle with my very own malevolent entity!

After searching on Ravelry.com for a decent Lovecraftian pattern, I came across this amigurumi Cthulhu designed by Amber of Cthulhu Crochet and Cousins.

Probably the most wonderful thing about this pattern is that the head and body are a sewn as one piece. The arms and wings are, of course, sewn on later, but that’s no biggie. She doesn’t mention this in her pattern, but I stuffed the arms on mine with a bit of yarn to help them hold their shape. I wouldn’t recommend using polyfill for something as tiny as the arms. Yarn scraps worked great and didn’t get in the way.

I also love how the pattern instructs you on when to stuff the head before finishing the body. That was extremely helpful. And the wings are pretty ingenious. I am tempted to crochet dozens of these and stick them on everything I can get my hands on (like my cats and maybe my boyfriend).

The top hat I added to make Cthulhu truly classy. If I’d had time to find a monocle and cane, I would have added those, too. The top hat pattern is an original from Monkey Waffles and, like the wings, I just want to make dozens and put them on everything.

If you craft any patterns from Monkey Waffles or from patterns we link to, please share your creations! We would love to see them.

– Amy –

Tiny Mochi

21 Aug

Anna Hrachovec’s new book, Teeny Tiny Mochimochi, came out last week and I am super excited!  I never thought I’d be a fan of making tiny amigurumi – too fussy and too much finishing for my lazy tastes – but Anna’s techniques and style have really simplified the process.  That’s the genius of Anna’s patterns:  they are much easier to make than they look.  Also, if you’re not ready to jump into knitting with size 1 needles and fingering weight yarn – you can always upscale to size 5 and worsted weight and end up with equally adorable results.  Check out more amazing projects on Anna’s website, Mochimochi Land.

Anna Hrachovec's New Book

Baked Potato ala Mochimochi

Sir Cakeworthy’s Fancy Top Hat

7 Aug

Sir Cakeworthy agrees that top hats make everything extra fancy.  Here’s a little top hat pattern to dress up your amigurumi.

Sir Cakeworthy's Fancy Top HatMaterials:

  • Worsted Weight Yarn
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook

Instructions (work in continuous spirals unless stated otherwise):

  1. Make magic loop, work 6 sc in loop (6 sts)
  2. 2 sc in each st around (12 sts)
  3. 1 sc, 2 sc inc, around (18 sts)
  4. 2 sc, 2 sc inc, around (24 sts)
  5. Through the back loop, sc around, join with a sl st, ch 1
  6. 1 sc, 2sctog, around
  7. Next 4 rows, sc around
  8. sl st, ch 1, 2sc inc around
  9. sl st, finish off