“It seemed to be a sort of monster, or symbol representing a monster, of a form which only a diseased fancy could conceive. If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings; but it was the general outline of the whole which made it most shockingly frightful.”
—”The Call of Cthulhu” by H.P. Lovecraft, 1926.
I found this pattern for Tiny Cthulhu on Ravelry, and started it in December for My Amigurumi X-Mas Tree. But then I ran out of time and patience and put it in hibernation. A few months later, after knitting a bunch of gray-colored winter gear for loved ones (I’ll post about that later), I decided to revive this vibrant bright-green Tiny Cthulhu.
I used Red Heart Ltd. Classic Solid in Paddy Green, and used a size F hook. My guy came out a lot different than the pics on the pattern, but I think that’s fine. I feel like this pattern lends itself to modifications well anyways, which is cool! BTW, the next time I make one of these guys, I’m totally going to make him wearing a t-shirt!
As soon as I started working on it, Tim instantly named him “Cute’thulhu”. The name fits, eh?
My awesome friend Melanie let me use her iPhone to take pics, since my camera's broken! Thanks Mel! I thought making the tentacles would be hard. Turns out it was the easiest and most fun part of this project!
Wings! The instructions were a bit difficult for a n00b crochet-er like me to understand, so thankfully the designer of this pattern also posted a visual how-to on how to do them. It kind of stinks that you have to make both wings going the same way then just flip one of them, because the front and back look different. But I think this may just be an issue with my crocheting skills!
So the pattern suggests that you do invisible decreases for this project, but I was being lazy about learning a new technique so I just decreased the way I already knew how. This means the head and body came out a bit lumpy, but I like it. It gives him extra "character." Also, I got the eyes from crscraft.com.
I decided that he belongs with the biggest Lovecraft fan I know: Tim! He now lives on his desk at work. Thankfully for us, he took some action shots for us to enjoy:
Cute'thulhu enjoying a Coke.
Cute'thulhu killing a Big Daddy.
Cute'thulhu gets an extra life!
Cute'thulhu gets killed by Atomic Robo.
Cute'thulhu gets crunk.
“The Thing of the idols, the green, sticky spawn of the stars, had awaked to claim his own. The stars were right again, and what an age-old cult had failed to do by design, a band of innocent sailors had done by accident. After vigintillions of years great Cthulhu was loose again, and ravening for delight.”
Chrissy and Cute'thulhu, March 2010. Thank you, Melanie, for capturing this sweet pic!