Free Pattern: Snuggle Monster

Sometimes things just don’t go as planned!

Today, that thing is my snuggle monster … I did up a sketch and wanted to create something, however, it didn’t turn out right and I ended up with something completely different. The good thing is … this is still super cute, and since I failed at my original intention it gives me another chance to get it right and provided a great learning experience!

Below is a shot of what we are creating today! As you can see it has super long arms for which to do the snuggling! I guess he is kind of a cross between a bear, and a sloth, maybe some yeti in there not really sure but I do love to create cute creatures whether real or imaginary!

Let’s hope right to it shall we? For this creature, you’ll notice that I didn’t do the body and head separately instead I wanted it to look like a large mass with a round head but you don’t really know where the two parts begin and end they just merge together.

For this creature, you’ll notice that I didn’t do the body and head separately instead I wanted it to look like a large mass with a round head but you don’t really know where the two parts begin and end they just merge together. So it consists of a head/body, two arms, two legs and a little tail.

Remember you’re welcome to crochet a long … but you’re always welcome to change it up a bit and make this cutie your own!

Supplies

  • Crochet hook – I used a size 3.25mm though if you don’t have this size you can use something a bit smaller or larger.
  • Yarn – We have a local yarn outlet here that sells yarn straight from the factory, so though some is a brand name I couldn’t tell you what was what anymore. You can choose any colour for this, it’s a creature remember so he can be blue or purple or in my case multi-coloured. I also used a dark brown for the nose and a red for my little heart.
  • Yarn Needle – These have a dull tip and a large eye so you can thread yarn through it. You’ll need this to sew the parts together in the end. We’ll also use it to sew in the nose and heart if you choose.
  • Eyes – This doll uses plastic safety eyes, though if you are so skilled you can also sew the eyes into your head as well.
  • Stuffing – If you’re trying to be frugal you can always use old pillow stuffing, this is a great way to recycle!
  • Scissors
  • Imagination! – If you want to add your own little something!

Optional Supplies

  • Marker/Spare Yarn – If you’re like me you may want to use a marker to keep track of your counts. I just use a piece of different coloured yarn to use as a marker, I find this works best.
  • Paper and Pencil – Again if you’re forgetful like me I find it is helpful to have a little notepad with me while I work.

Glossary of Terms

sl st = slip stitch
sc (uk dc) = single crochet (uk double crochet)
dc (uk trc) = double crochet (uk triple crochet)
st = stitch
rd = round
sc (uk dc) 2tog = single crochet (uk double crochet) two stitches together

Patterns are in US, with the UK stitches in brackets.

The Body

R1: Start with a magic circle, and sc (uk dc) 6 st into the centre, pull to tighten but do not join we will be doing a continuous stitch.

R2: 2 sc (uk dc) in each st, repeat to end = 12 st

R3: sc (uk dc) in 1 st, 2 sc (uk dc) in 1 st, repeat to end = 18 st

R4: sc (uk dc) in 2 st, 2 sc (uk dc) in 1 st, repeat to end = 24 st

R5: sc (uk dc) in 3 st, 2 sc (uk dc) in 1 st, repeat to end = 30 st

R6: sc (uk dc) in 4 st, 2 sc (uk dc) in 1 st, repeat to end = 36 st

R7: sc (uk dc) in 5 st, 2 sc (uk dc) in 1 st, repeat to end = 42st

R8 – R13: sc (uk dc) in each st, repeat to end = 42 st (6 rounds)

At this point, I added the eyes and nose to the head. I put the nose on first and then used that to centre the face and put the eyes in the appropriate spot.

To create the nose I used the brown yarn and needle and started to sew in the shape of the nose by going from the top of the nose to the bottom. I just wanted it to be a fairly large nose and mostly round. Once I got the main shape I then went over the nose from left to right so that the yarn behind didn’t show through as much. I tied the yarn off inside the head and left the tails in there as well.

R14: sc (uk dc) in 5 st, sc (uk dc)2tog, repeat to end = 36 st

At this point you may want to start stuffing your body.

R15: sc (uk dc) in 4 st, sc (uk dc)2tog, repeat to end = 30 st

R16: sc (uk dc) in 3 st, sc (uk dc)2tog, repeat to end = 24 st

R17: sc (uk dc) in 3 st, 2 sc (uk dc) in 1 st, repeat to end = 30 st

R18 – 20: sc (uk dc) in each st, repeat to end = 30 st (3 rounds)

If you want to add a little heart like I did you can do so now. Otherwise, continue to stuff this will make it easier than waiting until the end.

R21: sc (uk dc) in 3 st, sc (uk dc)2tog, repeat to end = 24 st

R22: sc (uk dc) in 2 st, sc (uk dc)2tog, repeat to end = 18 st

R23: sc (uk dc) in 1 st, sc (uk dc)2tog, repeat to end = 12 st

Don’t forget to finish stuffing before the hole gets too small!

R24: sc (uk dc) in 1 st, sc (uk dc)2tog, repeat to end = 8 st

R25: sc (uk dc)2tog, repeat to end = 4 st

The Tail

Since this is your monster you’re welcome to leave off the tail, and head down to the ears!

R1: Start with a magic circle, and sc (uk dc) 6 st into the centre, pull to tighten but do not join we will be doing a continuous stitch.

R2: 1 sc (uk dc) in 2 st, 2sc (uk dc) in 1 st, repeat to end = 8 st

R3: 1 sc (uk dc) in each st = 8 st

You will want to stuff now!

R4: sc (uk dc)2tog, repeat to end = 4 st

Cut off tail long enough to use for sewing. I left the end open and put in some more stuffing then sewed onto the body. I used my needle to hide the tail in the body when done.

The Ears x 2

R1: Start with a magic circle, and sc (uk dc) 4 st into the centre, pull to tighten but do not join we will be doing a continuous stitch.

R2: 2sc (uk dc) in each st, repeat to end = 8 st

R3: Chain and turn your work – sc (uk dc) in 2 st, dc (uk trc) in 4 st, sc (uk dc) in 2 st = 8 st

Leave tail for sewing and cut yarn. Make two of those and position on head wherever you like. I put mine near the top and tried to make them more rounded. The nice thing about these ears is depending on how you sew them to the head you can change the look of them!

Side Note: If you would like to make the ears bigger you can chain and turn your work then add another round of sc (uk dc) to each st.

The Arms x 2

R1: Start with a magic circle, and sc (uk dc) 6 st into the centre, pull to tighten but do not join we will be doing a continuous stitch.

R2: 1 sc (uk dc) in 2 st, 2sc (uk dc) in 1 st, repeat to end = 8 st

R3-12: 1 sc (uk dc) in each st = 8 st (10 rounds)

Stuff – I use my pencil to get the stuffing into smaller pieces like these. I then used my needle to pinch the arms closed and sew them onto the body. I positioned them so they were right at the bottom of the head where it starts to form the body. You can also wait until you get the legs on this way you can see how long the arms will be in relation to the legs.

The Legs x 2

R1: Start with a magic circle, and sc (uk dc) 6 st into the centre, pull to tighten but do not join we will be doing a continuous stitch.

R2: 1 sc (uk dc) in 2 st, 2sc (uk dc) in 1 st, repeat to end = 8 st

R3-6: 1 sc (uk dc) in each st = 8 st (4 rounds)

Stuff the legs and put them on the bottom of the monster … I wanted mine very close to the middle so they look like they are almost attached to each other but are just really close. It’s your monster though so if you like them further apart go for it!

 

Did you like this pattern? I am new to the whole thing so please let me know if you have any questions or want something clarified! And if you create your own cuddle monster please do share I’d love to see him! And as always if you did enjoy it please do share this post with others so they can also Crochet A Long!

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