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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Mallow The Monster - Free Crochet / Amigurumi Pattern



Say hello to Mallow! I designed Mallow for last years amigurumipatterns.net design contest, the theme being "monsters". Sadly Mallow did not place as well as I'd hoped. There were a lot of elaborate and brilliant entries and I think perhaps his design was a little too simple. He turned out super cute though so I'm happy, and now you can make him too! Feel free to make him your own, make him bright red, give him spots, 3 eyes, a tail, whatever! Let your creativity run wild and create your own special monster.

If you do make Mallow (or your own variation) please post your pictures on my Facebook page, I would love to see!

Peace, love & yarn.
Julie x

Copyright 2015 Julie Erskine, All Rights Reserved © 

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  • 3mm Crochet Hook
  • 100g Pink Yarn (DK weight, Aran/worsted would work too. I used Stylecraft Special DK in "Candy Floss")
  • Purple Yarn (Stylecraft Special DK "Wisteria")
  • Blue Yarn (Stylecraft Special DK "Cloud Blue")
  • 10mm Safety Eyes
  • Polyester Toy Stuffing
  • White Felt
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Markers
  • Black Embroidery Floss


Pssst! Hold down Ctrl and P to print the pattern!
Difficulty: Moderate difficulty - Beginners may struggle with crocheting the legs together.

Must know how to work in the round, increase, invisible decrease, chain & change colours.

This pattern uses the following U.S stitches & abbreviations:
  • st = stitch
  • sc = single crochet (double crochet for UK)
  • ch = chain
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • 2tog = 2 stitches together (decrease) 



Do not join rounds, work in a continuous spiral unless stated otherwise. It is a good idea to use a stitch marker to mark the end of each round (You can use a bent paper clip or hair grip!) My notes, tips and further instructions are in purple italics.

Mallow's legs and body are worked as one piece, there are no seams. To do this we will crochet both legs separately and then crochet them together. Once they are joined together we will continue crocheting around both legs to form the body.

First Leg:

In pink yarn:
Round 1) Magic circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (18)
Round 4) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (24)
Round 5) 3sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (30)
Round 6-7) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (30)

Change to purple:

Round 8-9) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (30)

Change to pink:

Round 10-12) 1sc in each st, for 3 rounds total (30)

Change to purple

Round 13-14) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (30)

Change to pink:

Round 15-17) 1sc in each st, for 3 rounds total (30)

Fasten off and cut yarn. Lay to the side and begin crocheting the second leg.

Second Leg:

Round 1) Magic circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (18)
Round 4) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (24)
Round 5) 3sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until the end of the round (30)
Round 6-7) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (30)

Change to purple:

Round 8-9) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (30)

Change to pink:

Round 10-12) 1sc in each st, for 3 rounds total (30)

Change to purple

Round 13-14) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (30)

Change to pink:

Round 15-17) 1sc in each st, for 4 rounds total (30)

Do not fasten off. Put a stitch marker in the next stitch from your last stitch on round 17.

Now we are going to crochet the 2 legs together and start Mallow's body! It is important we keep the colour changes to the back of our monster. Hold both your fastened off leg and your unfastened leg together. We are going to continue crocheting from where we left off in your unfastened leg straight into your first fastened leg which will join them together.

Body:

Round 18) 1sc in the 5th stitch from fastened off knot in first leg then 1sc in the next 29 stitches (your                last sc should be in the 4th stitch from the fasten off knot) 

Put a second stitch marker in your last stitch. This now becomes the end of the round for the body. Now we start crocheting into the other leg. Your first stitch in the other leg should be in the stitch with the first stitch marker. You can remove this stitch marker completely now.

Round 19-20) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (60)

Change to purple:

Round 21) 9sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (66)
Round 22) 1sc in each st (66)

Change to pink:

Round 23) 10sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (72)
Round 24-26) 1sc in each st, for 3 rounds total (72)

Change to purple:

Round 27-28) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (72)

Change to pink:

Round 29-31) 1sc in each st, for 3 rounds total (72)

Change to purple:

Round 32-33) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (72)

Change to pink:

Round 34-36) 1sc in each st, for 3 rounds total (72)

Change to purple:

Round 37-38) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (72)

Change to pink:

Round 39-56) 1sc in each st, for 18 rounds total (72)
Round 57) 10sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (66)
Round 58) 9sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (60)
Round 59) 8sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (54)
Round 60) 7sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (48)

Stuff the legs.

Attach the eyes: Cut 2 circles out of white felt. Take one circle and make a small snip in the middle with scissors to make a small hole. Push the stalk of the safety eye through the hole and attach the eye to the toy as you normally would. Make sure the backs of your safety eyes are snapped the whole way down the stalk. My eyes are attached between rounds 56 and 57 for your reference. 

If it's easier for you to embroider the mouth at this point (before the body is closed) then do so using black embroidery thread.

Round 61) 6sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (42)
Round 62) 5sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (36)
Round 63) 4sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (30)

Start stuffing the body, adding a little more stuffing every few rounds.

Round 64) 3sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (24)
Round 65) 2sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (18)
Round 66) 1sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (12)
Round 67) 2tog all the way around (6)

Slip stitch into the next st and fasten off leaving a long yarn tail. Add in any more stuffing you need. Weave yarn tail in and out the front loops of the remaining 6 stitches and pull tight to close. Knot yarn and hide yarn tail inside the body.

Arms (Make 2):

In pink yarn:
Round 1) Magic circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of round (18)
Round 4) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of round (24)
Round 5) 3sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of round (30)
Round 6-12) 1sc in each st, for 7 rounds total (30)
Round 13) 3sc then 2tog, repeat until end of round (24)
Round 14) 2sc then 2tog, repeat until end of round (18)

Change to purple:

Round 15-16) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (18)

Change to pink:

Round 17-19) 1sc in each st, for 3 rounds total (18)

Change to purple:

Round 20-21) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (18)

Change to pink:

Round 22-24) 1sc in each st, for 3 rounds total (18)

Change to purple:

Round 25-26) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (18)

Change to pink:

Round 27-29) 1sc in each st, for 3 rounds total (18)

Slip stitch into the next st and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff arms, sew the open edges at the top of the arms together and sew to the body. My arms are sewed on round 47 of the body for your reference.

Thumbs (Make 2):

In pink yarn:
Round 1) Magic circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3-4) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (12)

Slip stitch into the next st and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff thumb a little and sew to the hand.

Horns (Make 2):

In purple yarn:
Round 1) Magic circle with 4sc (4)
Round 2) 1sc in each st (4)
Round 3) 2sc in each st (8)
Round 4) 1sc in each st (8)
Round 5) 1sc, 2sc in next st (12)
Round 6-7) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (12)

Slip stitch into the next st and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew horns to the head.


The following is the easiest way I found to assemble Mallow:

1. Sew the thumbs to the hands.
2. Sew the horns to the head.
3. Sew the open ends of the arms together to close them and then sew the arms to the body. Mine are       sewed on round 47 of the body for your reference.
4. Embroider a mouth using black embroidery floss.
5. Cut a tooth out of white felt then sew or glue it to the mouth.

Attaching the Hair:

1. Wrap yarn around your 4 fingers multiple times (If you don't make enough "hair" it's easy to make more to suit your wishes!)


2. Cut through all strands of yarn at the top of your hand. Please be very careful when doing this and keep your thumb well away from the blades!


3. You should now have several strands of yarn all the same length.


4. Folding one strand in half, insert your hook into a stitch on the back of Mallow's head and pull the strand through at the centre point to make a loop as pictured.


5. Pull the 2 ends through the loop and pull tight to knot and secure the hair to the head. Try to keep both ends the same length as you pull them tight. Keep attaching strands in a straight line until you have a full head of hair!

 


Thank you for using a Heart & Sew pattern, I can't wait to (hopefully) see your own monster or your own Mallow!

♥ 
 Julie xxx 

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