Amigurumi monster: Medusa crochet doll pattern

Revlie Schuit’s exclusive Gorgon amigurumi will make your heart melt, rather than turn to stone. A cute take on Medusa-like snakes! This is a Halloween pattern we’re not scared to try. Our girly Gorgon holds one tiny monster but, of course, you can create as many little creatures as you like – she could have a little army of sweet severed heads on the shelf beside her warning everyone off making eye-contact. This amigurumi is worked in one continuous round like a spiral – don’t join at the end of each round but use a stitch marker to mark the start and move it up as you work. This doll is made in separate parts and then joined together at the end.

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You’ll need:

• Schachenmayr Catania, 100% cotton, 125m/137yds per 50g ball: 1 ball each of Natural/ Creme (105), Mandarin (209), Violet (113) and Apple Green (205)
• Or Rowan Cotton Glacé in your chosen colours
• Small quantity of gold lurex yarn
• 3mm (UK 10, US D/3) crochet hook, or size needed to create a firm fabric
• Stitch marker
• Small quantity of light pink andwhite felt
• 4 x 5mm black safety eyes
• Soft toy stuffing(fibrefill)
• Fabric glue
• Black marker
• Tapestry needle

Abbreviations (UK)

• BLO work in back loop of sts only
• ch chain
• dc double crochet
• dc2tog double crochet 2 sts together
• MR magic ring
• tr treble
• st stitch special stit ches
• bobble (insert hook, yarn round hook and pull through) 4 times (9 loops on hook), yarn round hook and pull through 8 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn round hook and pull through both remaining loops.

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Head

Using natural/creme yarn.

Round 1: 6dc into MR. (6 sts)

Round 2: 2dc in each st around. (12 sts)

Round 3: (1dc in next st, 2dc in next st) 6 times. (18 sts)

Round 4: (1dc in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in next st) 6 times. (24 sts)

Round 5: (1dc in each of next 3 sts, 2dc in next st) 6 times. (30 sts)

Round 6: (1dc in each of next 4 sts, 2dc in next st) 6 times. (36 sts)

Round 7: 1dc in each st around. (36 sts)

Round 8: (1dc in each of next 5 sts, 2dc in next st) 6 times. (42 sts)

Rounds 9–15: 1dc in each st around. (42 sts) Place the safety eyes in Round 12, 10 sts apart.

Round 16: (1dc in each of next 5 sts, dc2tog) 6 times. (36 sts)

Round 17: 1dc in each st around. (36 sts)

Round 18: (1dc in each of next 4 sts, dc2tog) 6 times. (30 sts)

Round 19: (1dc in each of next 3 sts, dc2tog) 6 times. (24 sts)

Round 20: (1dc in each of next 2 sts, dc2tog) 6 times. (18 sts) Using soft toy stuffing, stuff the head, making it quite firm.

Round 21: dc2tog 6 times. (12 sts) Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long thread for sewing on to the body later.
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Legs (make 2)

Using natural/creme yarn, starting at the foot and working upwards.

Round 1: Ch4, 3dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in next ch, 3dc in last ch; turn and work in the free loops of the back of the beginning ch, 1dc in each of next 2 ch. (9 sts)

Round 2: 2dc in each of the next 2 sts, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, 3tr in each of next 3 sts, 1dc in each of next 2 sts. (17 sts)

Round 3: (1dc in next st, 2dc in next st) twice, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, (1dc in next st, 2dc in next st) 4 times, 1dc in each of next 2 sts. (23 sts)

Round 4: Work BLO in this round only. 1dc in each of next 9 sts, dc2tog 6 times, 1dc in each of next 2 sts. (17 sts)

Round 5: 1dc in each of next 9 sts, dc2tog 3 times, 1dc in each of next 2 sts. (14 sts)

Round 6: (1dc in each of next 2 sts, dc2tog) 3 times, dc2tog. (10 sts) Using fibrefill, stuff the foot at this point making it quite firm.

Rounds 7–26: 1dc in each sts around. (10 sts) Continue to stuff the leg as you go.

Rounds 27–29: Switch yarn to underwear colour (mandarin) and work 1dc in each st around. (10 sts) For the first leg: Break yarn and fasten off after Round 29, and set aside for assembly later. When you finish the second leg, continue as follows to join the legs together. Put your hook through the next st on second leg (on which you still have your yarn attached), put hook through any st on the first leg and make 1dc. Continue, now working on these joined up legs.

Rounds 30–32: 1dc in each st around. (20 sts)

Rounds 33–38: Change to natural/creme yarn and work 1dc in each st around. (20 sts)

Round 39: (dc2tog, 1dc in each of next 8 sts) twice. (18 sts)

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Dress

The dress is attached directly to the top of the body. As you crochet, you work the dress ‘inside out’, then when you are finished you pull the dress down. Attach violet yarn at Round 40 of the body.

Round 1: 1dc in each st around on Round 40 of the body. (12 sts)

Round 2: (1dc in next st, 2dc in next st) 6 times. (18 sts)

Round 3: (2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 8 sts) twice. (20 sts)

Round 4: (2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 4 sts) 4 times. (24 sts)

Round 5: (2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 5 sts) 4 times. (28 sts)

Round 6: (2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 6 sts) 4 times. (32 sts)

Round 7: (2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 7 sts) 4 times. (36 sts)

Rounds 8–9: 1dc in each st around (36 sts)

Round 10: (2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 8 sts) 4 times. (40 sts)

Rounds 11–13: 1dc in each st around. (40 sts)

Round 14: (2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 9 sts) 4 times. (44 sts)

Rounds 15–17: 1dc in each st around. (44 sts)

Round 18: (2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 10 sts) 4 times. (48 sts)

Rounds 19–25: 1dc in each st around. (48 sts)

Round 26: Change to lurex yarn, 1dc in each st around. (48 sts) Break yarn and fasten off.

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Arms (make 2)

Using natural/creme yarn, starting at the hand and working upwards

Round 1: 5dc into MR. (5 sts)

Round 2: 2dc in each st around. (10 sts)

Rounds 3–4: 1dc in each st around. (10 sts)

Round 5 (create thumb): Bobble, 1dc in each of next 9 sts. (10 sts)

Round 6: 1dc in each st around. (10 sts)

Round 7: (dc2tog, 1dc in each of next 3 sts) twice. (8 sts)

Rounds 8–18: 1dc in each st around. (8 sts)
Break yarn, fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Note: The arms shown here are not stuffed, but you may if you wish. Remember to stuff it as you make the arm though, otherwise you’ll find it difficult to push the stuffing down to the hand.

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Hair

The hair is made in 3 lengths. Make 7 of each length, 21 in total, using apple green yarn.

Short length:

Round 1: ch21

Round 2: 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in each ch along. (20 sts). Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Medium length:

As short length but start with ch31.

Long length:

As short length but start with ch41.

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Sandals (make 2)

Using violet yarn.

Rounds 1–5: As Rounds 1–5 of legs.

Round 6: 1dc in each of next 8 sts, ch8, attach this chain across the sandal (to where the stitch marker is placed as the beginning of the round, forming a little strap). Break yarn, fasten off and weave in ends.

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Finishing

Sew the pieces together as follows:

Step 1
Attach the arms on both sides of the body, on Round 2 of the dress.

Step 2
Attach the head to the top of the body. The bottom of the head is 12 stitches and the top of the body is 12 stitches, so they should match up nicely.

Step 3
The sandals can be placed on without sewing, but you may sew them on if you prefer.

Step 4
Attaching the hair: starting with the long lengths, sew them onto the head randomly as shown above. Then sew the medium lengths and lastly the small lengths.

Step 5
Add snake heads on the hair ends: Cut little tongues from light pink felt and cut the eyes from white felt. Mark the eyes with a black marker for the pupils. Attach to the hair ends with fabric glue.

Step 6
Attach the little monster ears to the hood on Round 6 of the hood, about 6 or 7 sts apart. Slip the head into the hood. It does not need sewing, but you may sew it on if you wish.

Step 7
Cut a little mouth from pink felt and glue to Medusa’s head.

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Little monster

Using natural/creme yarn.

Round 1: 6dc into MR. (6 sts)

Round 2: 2dc in each st around. (12 sts)

Round 3: (1dc in next st, 2dc in next st) 6 times. (18 sts)

Rounds 4–6: 1dc in each st around. (18 sts) Place eyes in Round 5, approx 4–5 sts apart

Round 7: (1dc in next st, dc2tog) 6 times. (12 sts)

Round 8: dc2tog 6 times. (6 sts) Using fibrefill, stuff the head.

Round 9: dc2tog 3 times. (3 sts)

Round 10: Slipstitch to close hole. Break yarn, fasten off and weave in ends.

For the hood, using mandarin yarn:

Rounds 1–6: as Rounds 1–6 of little monster head.

Round 7: 1dc in each st around. (18 sts)

Round 8: (1dc in each of next 4 sts, dc2tog) 3 times. (15 sts) Break yarn, fasten off and weave in ends.

For the ears, using mandarin yarn:

Round 1: 6dc into MR. (6 sts)

Round 2: 2dc in each st around. (12 sts) Break yarn, fasten off and leave a length for sewing to hood.

Finishing

The little monster here isn’t sewn into Medusa’s hands, but it’s easily done if you don’t want to be fishing decapitated cuties from off the carpet all the time.

revlie-schuitAbout Revlie Schuit
Netherlands-based Revlie is a blonde gone red who lives with her husband Arjan and their two “muppets”, Sanne and Ruben. During the day she runs a secretarial company with Arjan, and in the evenings she works her little hands off on her blog, REVolution. Her dream is to become a full-time creative entrepreneur. www.revlie.nl