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KIWI Eco-craft: FrankenrumiAmigurumi, the Japanese art of crocheting stuffed toys, is wildly popular right now. This “Frankenrumi” has a simple in-the-round construction plus a kid-friendly size, making it a spooktacular project that’s more treat than trick.

Materials

  • Vickie Howell Collection’s CRAFT yarn (organic cotton/milk fiber) in Kelly (green) & Adina (black)
  • Size U.S. H crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Gray and black felt scraps
  • Back and white embroidery thread
  • Sewing thread and needle
  • 2 small screws (whatever is laying around the house)
  • Large handful organic cotton stuffing

Head First!

To make the head:

  • Round 1: ch2, sc [6 times] in 2nd chain from hook. Join with a sl st. (6 sts)
  • Round 2: ch1, sc in base of ch, sc [twice] in every stitch around. Join with a sl st. (12 sts)
  • Round 3: ch1, sc in base of ch, *sc, sc [twice]. Repeat from * around. Join with a sl st. (18 sts)
  • Round 4: ch1, sc in base of ch, 2sc, sc [twice], 2sc, sc [twice], 2sc, sc [twice], 2sc, sc [twice], 2sc, sc [twice], sc. Join with a sl st. (24 sts)
  • Round 5: ch1, sc in base of ch, 3sc, sc [twice], 3sc, sc [twice], 3sc, sc [twice], 3sc, sc [twice], 3sc, sc [twice], 2sc. Join with a sl st. (30 sts)
  • Round 6: ch1, sc in base of ch, 4sc, sc [twice], 4sc, sc [twice], 4sc, sc [twice], 4sc, sc [twice], 3sc. Join with a sl st. (35 sts)
  • Rounds 7–12: ch1, sc in every st around. Join with a sl st. (35 sts)
  • Round 13: ch1, 4sc, dec, 4sc, dec, 4sc, dec, 4sc, dec, 3sc. Join with a sl st. (31 sts)
  • Round 14: ch1, 3sc, dec, 3sc, dec, 3sc, dec, 3sc, dec, 2sc. Join with a sl st. (27 sts)
  • Round 15: ch1, 2sc, dec, 2sc, dec, 2sc, dec, 2sc, dec, 2sc, dec, sc. Join with a sl st. (22 sts)
  • Round 16: ch1, dec all the way around. Join with a sl st. (11 sts) Tie off.  Stuff head and sew shut. Using tapestry needle, weave in ends.

Body of Work

To make the body:

  • Rounds 1–12: Work same as for head.
  • Rounds 13–19: ch1, sc in every st around. (35 sts)
  • Round 20: ch1, 4sc, dec, 4sc, dec, 4sc, dec, 4sc, dec, 3sc. Join with a sl st. (31 sts) Tie off. Stuff body. Using tapestry needle, weave in ends.

Face Value

For the face and finishing touches:

  1. Cut out two small, black felt eyes and a gray felt triangle, which will be the monster’s shirt. Set aside.
  2. Using black embroidery thread and a needle, stitch a zigzag hairline around head, mouth, and detailing on felt triangle.
  3. Using white embroidery thread, embroider stitches on Frankenrumi’s forehead.
  4. Using sewing thread, sew on eyes and shirt.
  5. Push screws through either side of neck, until firmly placed. Do the Monster Mash, for a job well done!

Finished Size: 4″ tall

Crochet Abbreviations

  • ch = chain
  • sc= single crochet
  • dec = decrease (single crochet decreased is used in this pattern)
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sts = stitches
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