Halloween is creeping up on us and there are so many monster-themed things to make! I wanted to get in on the fun and design a few monstrously cute little plushies this year, so I made a Frankenstein doll! Frank here, despite his scars and green skin, is a really nice guy. He gets a bad rep for being the monster Dr. Frankenstein created, but all he really wants is a family. So today, let’s make him part of ours 🙂
This Frankenstein plushie is really easy to make and he’s made up of mostly scrap yarn. Becuase the original Frankenstein’s monster was pieced together with body parts from various places, it’s okay if you use different colored yarns or different weights. I had all worsted weight yarn, but of different textures and colors so I stuck to mostly green shades. The body is made almost in one piece, joining the limbs as you go and then I added a few little features to finish him off.
For the face of my Frankenstein doll, I just used some embroidery thread to stitch a few stitches and cuts onto him. This part is super easy and you don’t have to be precise about it at all! He is a monster and the more uneven it is, the more monster-like he’ll seem. I gave my guy a smile to make him look a little friendlier and I love the way he turned out!
The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.
- 3.50mm crochet hook*
- DK/light worsted weight yarn in black, green, dark gray and a little bit of light gray
- Polyfil stuffing – I get this GIANT box of it!*
- Stitch marker*
- Tapestry needle*
- Safety eyes – I love this set with loads of options*
- Black embroidery thread
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- Skill level: Beginner
- Sizing: 11 inches tall
- Gauge: N/A
Frankenstein Plushie Pattern
Arms (make 2):
Round 1: With green yarn, create a magic loop and SC 4 into the loop. Pull the loop closed and place a marker to mark the beginning of the round (4).
Round 2: Work 2 SC into each space to increase (4).
Round 3: SC 1 for one round.
Round 4-16: Switch to the dark gray and SC for 13 rounds. Bind off and keep a long tail end.
Add stuffing to both arms, but do not add too much near the tops or the arms will be stiff at the shoulders.
Legs (make 2):
Round 1: With black yarn, create a magic loop and SC 5 into the loop. Pull the loop closed and place a marker to mark the beginning of the round (5).
Round 2: Work 2 SC into each space to increase (10).
Round 3-16: Work in SC for 14 rounds, then bind off the first leg. Repeat for the second leg, but do not bind off.
Start to add some stuffing to both legs.
Round 17: On the second leg, chain 4, then attach to the first leg with one SC. SC all the way around Leg 1 (10 SC), SC 4 along the chain, SC 5 around Leg 2. Mark this as the new start of the rounds.
Round 18-22: SC around for 5 rounds to make the pants (28).
Switch to the dark gray for the shirt.
Round 1-14: SC around for 14 rounds (28). Add stuffing to the body.
Round 15: Place the arms on either side of the body (use stitch markers to help hold them in place, and SC 4 from the arm, skip the corresponding 4 stitches on the body, SC along the body to the other arm, SC 4 from the body, and SC around to the end of the round. You can sew the undersides of the arms on now or later.
Round 16: SC2together all the way around to decrease for the shoulders (14).
Now, switch to the green yarn for the head.
Round 1-2:. SC around for 2 rounds in green.
Round 3: *SC 1, increase in the next space*, and repeat from * to * all the way around (21).
Round 4-12: SC around for 8 more rounds. Here, you can decide on the placement of the safety eyes and attach them. Make sure they are on the same row so that they’re even and secure the back firmly.
Round 13: Switch to the black yarn and SC for 1 round. Finish adding the stuffing to the Frankenstein plushie.
Round 14: *SC 1, SC2tog* all the way around the head (14).
Round 15: SC2tog all the way around (7).
Round 16: SC 1 round evenly (7) and trim the yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread the end of that yarn through a tapestry needle and bring that yarn under the front loops of the remaining 7 stitches. Pull to close the top of the head. Finally, secure the yarn, weave in any loose ends and trim the excess.
Bolts (make 2):
To make the bolts for Frankenstein’s head, create a magic loop with light gray yarn and work 4 SC into it. Then, pull the loop closed and SC around for one round. Bind off, making sure to leave long tails to sew the bolts onto the head.
Align the bolts on either side of the head, in line with the eyes, and use the tails to sew each bolt on. Weave the excess into the head and trim the yarn.
Frankenstein is a monster that was stitched together, so now add some stitches. Use the black embroidery thread and a tapestry needle to add a few simple stitches and a mouth to finish off your Frankenstein Plushie!
And you are done!
How cool did he turn out?? I love the way the black stitches of the hair naturally make the little points of Frankie’s hair. I did want to give him two different eye colors, but I didn’t want to have a mismatched pair left over so if you have extras or spares, that would be a cool way to add more of monster feel to your plushie.
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