Yarning with Mad Martha about…The Lonely Beast + a Free Crochet Pattern!

yarning with mad martha_Fotor (2)Hello my pretties! It’s Mad Martha with you today, ready to share another of our shelf’s favourite characters – Chris Judge’s Lonely Beast.  I have been working my crochet magic and have managed to bring to life everyone’s favourite hairy, tea-drinking, book-reading Irish beast, so if you are inclined to pick up a hook now and then, do scroll down for my free pattern that will assist you in creating your own furry mate.

For those of you unfamiliar with Judge’s scary-looking but big-hearted Beast, he is the title character of three delightful picture books.  The first, The Lonely Beast, published in 2011, introduces us to the Beast’s species – reclusive, introverted and apparently living all over the globe!

lonely beast cover

It’s follow-up story, The Brave Beast, sees our intrepid hero overcoming his fears to help some Islanders who are plagued by a very scary noise.

brave beast cover

And just recently, a third Beast adventure has been published, in which another type of Beast is discovered!

snow beast cover

Obviously I’ll have to whip up a little hat and scarf for my beastie friend once we get our paws on this one.  It’s definitely on our wishlist.

If you, or your mini-fleshlings, love picture books that have exciting, unconventional illustrations that span double page spreads and adventurous stories that feature a loveably reticent monster as a protagonist, then The Beast series is definitely one you should seek out.

Clearly, we shelf-dwellers just adore this series, which is why I was pressed into service to make our very own Brave Beast! lonely beast page spread_Fotor

He is certainly a most polite shelf-guest and despite his shaggy fur, hardly sheds at all!

So here is my pattern for an Amigurumi Beast.  As usual, there may be mistakes, for which I apologise.  The pattern is written in US crochet terms because that’s how I learned first.

Chris Judge’s Lonely Beast – Free Amigurumi Patternlonely beast 1_Fotor

…designed by Mad Martha

You will need:

1 ball black acrylic yarn

Scraps of white or yellow yarn

4mm crochet hook

scissors

wool needle

small amount of stuffing

**Fur stitch**

Insert hook into stitch.  Make a small loop with the yarn.  YO around the free end of the yarn at the bottom of your loop, and pull small section of yarn through the st.  You should have two loops on the hook, and a larger loop of yarn on the opposite side of the st.  YO and pull through both loops on your hook.  (This tutorial  gives a good explanation of the stitch for those who like a visual approach!)

Use the fur stitch on every fourth stitch in required rounds.

Head/Body

Make a magic ring and crochet 6 sc into the ring (6)

1. 2sc in each st around (12)

2.  2sc in next st, 1 dc in the next st.  Repeat x 6 (18)

3. Begin fur stitch on this round and continue using it on every round until the end of this section. 2sc in next st, sc in the next 2 sts.  Repeat x 6 (24)

4. 2sc in the next st, sc in the next 3 sts.  Repeat x 6 (30)

5 – 27. Sc around (30)

28. Sc2tog, sc in the next 2 sts.  Repeat x 6 (24)

29.  Sc2tog, sc in the next st. Repeat x 6 (18)

Stuff the head/body. Flatten last round of stitching together and sc across the bottom to close.

FO and snip the loops of each fur stitch to create shaggy fur.

Arms (make 2)

Make a magic ring and crochet 6 sc into the ring (6)

Begin fur stitch on this round and continue using it on every round until the end of this section.

1.2sc in each st around (12)

2 – 16. Sc in each st around (12)

Do NOT stuff arms.  Flatten last round of stitches and sc across to close.  FO, leaving a long tail for attaching, and snip the fur loops as before.

Claws (make one set at the end of each arm)

Attach the yarn with a slip stitch at the smaller end of the arm.  *Ch 10, and attach with a slip stitch to the base of the arm*.  Repeat * to * 3 times, for a total of four claws.  FO and weave in end.

Legs/Feet (make 2)

Make a magic ring and crochet 6sc into the ring. (6)

1 – 2. Sc in each sc around (6)

3. Begin fur stitch on this round and continue using it on every round until the end of this section.  2sc in each st around (12)

4 – 18.  Sc around (12)

Lightly stuff the legs.  Flatten the last round of stitches and sc across to close.  FO, leaving a long tail for attaching.  Snip the fur loops.

Attach the limbs to the body.  Using white or yellow thread embroider two eyes quite close to the top of the head.

Enjoy your Beast!

lonely beast and the gang_Fotor

Cheerio my dears,

Mad Martha

 

 

 

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