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Hug me or Else (t-shirt yarn monster)


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Pattern for a little hug monster I like to call Hug me or else (because it starts eating chocolate paste from the jar and calling in the middle of the night with a rendition of All by myself if you don't hug it enough). Made with 1cm (0.4inch) wide strips of t-shirt yarn and a 5mm hook, the monster will be 8-10 cm / 3-4 inches high and 10 cm / 4 inches wide. Of course you are welcome to make it in any other type of yarn (or zpagetti)! If you use an old shirt, you'll need only one. You also need a yarn needle for sewing the arms and eyes onto the body, and two buttons, beads or metal rings for the eyes. Free tutorial on how to turn a t-shirt into yarn here! This pattern is suitable for advanced beginners. It features detailed instructions as well as pictures. And a few jokes. This design is part of the MonstrosiTees Series. MonstrosiTees are dolls, but not amigurumi; they're the antigurumi, if you will. They are imperfect and proud of it. They're entirely made out of repurposed materials and the love, time and effort you invest in them will show in every irregular stitch. Hopefully, they'll put a smile on your face and show you that with a bit of creativity, any throwaway item can become something new and cherishable! Have fun:). For errata, see the end of this post on my blog: BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY single crochet, slip stitch, work in the round, increase, decrease magic loop SUGGESTED YARN 100 yards of Chunky weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN t-shirt yarn

Recommended with this pattern

  • t-shirt XL size OR 1 skein of (scrap) yarn
  • 5mm / H hook
  • tapestry needle, buttons or metal rings for eyes, stuffing

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I'm a copywriter and a writing consultant based in Utrecht, The Netherlands. In my spare time, I write books. And eat. And crochet. My mission and the meaning behind my username is to repurpose the art of crochet: both by offering projects that use free materials (like t-shirt fabric) and by reinventing the crochet techniques themselves to bring you fresh ideas and on-trend fashion! If you purchase or download any of my patterns, feel free to email me with any questions you might have: You can also leave your question on my FB page: Let's be friends!