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Design your own mix-and-match crochet monster

Design your own crochet monster

Who doesn’t love a crochet monster? They are so CUTE.  Plus, the best part -they have no rules! Love those eyes? Why not add three? Who needs two arms when you can have four? With Halloween coming up, we decided to do something a little different – we decided to let YOU design your own crochet monster by giving you crochet patterns for all the different monster elements and letting you put them together. Or even better? Let the kids in your life design their own crochet monsters as a craft activity using our free Monster Design Worksheet. Then you can crochet it for them so that they have their own personalized crochet monster.  Besides, what better way to protect your child from the monsters under their bed than a crochet monster that they have designed themselves?

design your crochet monster in 4 steps

We had Kozu, Juna, and Zaggy, Kiran’s three boys aged 8, 5, and 3 respectively, test our printable and, to be honest, we were blown away by their designs! Each was so unique and so true to their personal style, with such adorable names. We gave them their crochet monsters a couple days ago and they’ve been inseparable since. They are so chuffed to see their creations come to life.

We have always wanted to make them something that they themselves designed, but bringing to life a child’s drawing with its various shapes can be very time-consuming and daunting. This printable and its associated patterns give a structure that makes it quick and easy to do, while still allowing for their creativity. The patterns are so simple that even a beginner can do this!

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Design your own crochet monster

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This pattern is for your personal use only and cannot be sold, copied, or reproduced in anyway without permission from the designers.

Abbreviations

Sl st: Slip stitch

SC: single crochet

INV DEC: invisible decrease

INC: two SC in the same stitch

BLO: back loops only

Materials

  • Yarn: You need less than 100 grams of yarn in the various colours that you have decided based on your monster design
  • Crochet hook: For amigurumi, you typically go down one or two hook sizes from that recommended on your yarn label.
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker: You can use a locking stitch marker but even a scrap of yarn will do! This pattern is worked in the round, so place a stitch marker at the first stitch of each round so that you can keep track of where each row begins.
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Safety eyes: The eye sizes vary based on the eyes that you use in your design. See the detailed pattern for each eye style to determine which eyes you need.

Tips

If you’re having children design these, here are some pro-tips to make the process smoother:

  • Tell them to make sure they have 2 finger spaces between each part that they add to the monster. Because they’re 3-dimensional, the monsters feel very cluttered when sewing things on if you don’t keep enough space between the parts.
  • If you’re a beginner, you can make sure the black crayon “magically” disappears when they’re designing so that you don’t have to make a fully black toy like Kozu’s, since black yarn can be tricky. Lol.
  • If you would like to have the back of the monster designed as well, take an extra printout of the first sheet of the printable and use that for the back.
  • Once the monster has been designed, look through the patterns and write out how many of each pattern element you need and in what colour so that you can keep track.
  • If you like, get the children involved in selecting the yarn. That helps build excitement and allows them to feel like a part of the process.
  • Once you make all the different elements of the monster, be sure to pin them onto your toy before you sew them on to be sure that they all fit together. Keep the design handy as a reference so that you can compare and ensure that your monster matches the design!

Pattern

Begin by making the body of your crochet monster.

Monster Base

monster body

Legs

Stuff as you go.

Round 1: 5 SC into a magic circle (5)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (10)

Round 3: (SC, INC) five times (15)

Round 4: (2 SC, INC) five times (20)

Rounds 5-10 (6 rounds): SC in each stitch around (20)

Fasten off for the first leg.

Repeat rounds 1-10 for the second leg but don’t fasten off.

Body

Round 11: Chain 3 and SC in the next unworked stitch of the first leg and place a stitch marker to mark the start of your round. SC in the remaining 19 stitches of the first leg until you reach the chain, SC in each of the 3 chains, SC in the 20 stitches of the next leg, and SC in the three stiches of the chain until you reach your stitch marker. (46)

Round 12 – 31 (20 rounds): SC in each stitch around (46)

Round 32: (9 SC, INV DEC) four times, 2 SC (42)

Round 33: (5 SC, INV DEC) six times (36)

Round 34: (4 SC, INV DEC) six times (30)

Round 35: (3 SC, INV DEC) six times (24)

Round 36: (2 SC, INV DEC) six times (18)

Round 37: (SC, INV DEC) six times (12)

Round 38: INV DEC six times (6)

Fasten off. Insert needle in front loop of each stitch and pull tight to close and weave in your yarn tail.

Mix and Match Parts

Now that body of your monster is complete, choose the different elements based on your design and crochet them in the colours of your design.

Eyes

Big Eye
Big eye

Begin with the pupil colour.

Round 1: 5 SC into a magic circle (5)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (10)

Change to the colour of the sclera (or at least, that’s what Google told me the white part of an eye is called!)

Round 3: (SC, INC) five times in BLO (15)

Round 4: (SC, INC, SC) five times (20)

Round 5: (3 SC, INC) five times (25)

Sl st into the first stitch and fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Use white embroidery thread or yarn to embroider on the eye glint on the pupil. Do not stuff when sewing on.

Medium Eye
medium eye

Round 1: 5 SC into a magic circle (5)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (10)

Round 3: (SC, INC) five times in BLO (15)

Round 4-5 (2 rounds): SC in each stitch around (15)

Sl st into the first stitch and fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Insert a 10mm safety eye into the centre of the eye. Stuff lightly when sewing on.

Small Eye
small eye

Round 1: 5 SC into a magic circle (5)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (10)

Round 3-4 (2 rounds): SC in each stitch around (10)

Sl st into the first stitch and fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Insert a 9mm safety eye into the centre of the eye. Stuff lightly when sewing on.

Bulging eye with eye stem
bulging eye

This pattern is for the bulging eye with the eye stem. However, when designing, you can also cut off the eye stems and use the bulging eye on its own.

Eye stem

Round 1: 8 SC into a magic circle (8)

Round 2-10 (9 rounds): SC in each stitch around (8)

Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto the head.

Inner eye

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Slip stitch into the first SC and fasten off.

Outer eye

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 4-6 (3 rounds): SC in each stitch around (18)

Slip stitch into the first SC and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Eye Assembly

Put a 12 mm safety eye in the center of the inner eye piece. Put the inner eye piece into the outer eye piece, add stuffing, and sew them together, using the yarn tail from the outer eye piece. Sew the eyes onto the eye stem. Stuff the eye stem and sew it onto the body.

Arm

arm

Round 1: 5 SC into a magic circle (5)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (10)

Round 3: (4SC, INC) twice (12)

Round 4-5 (2 rounds): SC in each stitch around (12)

Round 6: (4 SC, INV DEC) twice (10)

Change colour here if your hand and arm are different colours.

Round 7: (3 SC, INV DEC) twice (8)

Round 8-15 (8 rounds): SC in each stitch around (8)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff the bottom of the arm lightly. (However, if you want it sticking straight out like Cutie, Juna’s monster, you should stuff it throughout and firmly.) Sew the arm closed and sew it onto your monster.

Spike

spike

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: SC in each stitch around (6)

Round 3: (SC, INC) three times (9)

Round 4: SC in each stitch around (9)

Round 5: (2 SC, INC) three times (12)

Round 6-7 (2 rounds): SC in each stitch around (12)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Flatten the spike and sew it closed before sewing it onto your monster.

Horn

horn

The colour changes are indicated if you have a different colour for each section of the horn noted on the printable. However, if your colour scheme is solid or follows a different pattern, these colour changes will not apply.

Begin with colour on the top of your horn

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2-3 (2 rounds): SC in each stitch around (6)

Change colour (optional)

Round 4: (SC, INC) three times (9)

Round 5-6 (2 rounds): SC in each stitch around (9)

Change colour (optional)

Round 7: (2 SC, INC) three times (12)

Round 8: (INC) two times, (INV DEC) four times, (INC) two times (12)

Round 9: SC in each stitch around (12)

Change colour (optional)

Round 10: (3 SC, INC) three times (15)

Round 11-12 (2 rounds): SC in each stitch around (15)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff the horn before sewing it onto your monster.

Mouths

We have suggested a few mouth types. However, you can always embroider any mouth you like or turn the cutout around in the printable and draw your own detailing on the mouth.

Oval mouth with sharp teeth
mouth with sharp teeth

Chain 8.

Round 1: Starting from the second chain from the hook, 6 SC, 3 SC in the last chain, 5 SC on the other side of the chain, INC in the last chain (16)

Round 2: INC, 5 SC, (INC) in the next 3 stitches, 5 SC, (INC) in the next two stitches (22)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Embroider on the teeth and mouth line.

Curved mouth with toothy smile
mouth with toothy smile

Chain 9.

Round 1: Starting from the second chain from the hook, 7 SC, 3 SC in the last chain, 6 SC on the other side of the chain, INC in the last chain (18)

Round 2: INC, (DEC) three times, (INC) in each of the next 11 stitches (27)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Embroider on the teeth and mouth line.

Embroidered mouth

The last two mouths on the Monster Design Worksheet should be embroidered directly on your toy.

Tail

We didn’t have a tail in our initial worksheet when we made it for the boys. However, Kozu and Juna assured us that monsters must have tails (duh!) and drew them on. You learn something new everyday! Lol. So we now have a tail.

Row 1: Chain 12

Row 2: Starting from the second chain from the hook, 11 SC

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Cut three strands of yarn approximately 3 inches in length. Fold them in half and latch them through the end of the tail and cut them so they are approximately a quarter inch each. Trim the tail to your desired length. For instructions on how to latch hair, see the photo tutorial on our Noor mini crochet doll pattern.

Crochet monsters

Your crochet monster is now done! We hope you enjoyed this free pattern! We would love to see your unique crochet monsters, so share them them in our Facebook group Amigurumi with Chai Coffee Crochet or tag us on Instagram @chaicoffeecrochet Share your finished monsters with the hashtag #chaicoffeecrochet

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2 Comments

  1. Kris

    OMG this is wonderful. I have 2 little people who are going to love this
    Thank you for the great instructions. Thank you especially for sharing.

    • Shama

      Oh how lovely! We would love to see your monsters once they’re ready 😊

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