Any other 90's kids remember that episode of Friends? Rachel and Ross? No? Apparently lobsters mate for life. Awwwww. Okay, moving on.
Another Christmas present. One of my best friends that used to be my room mate (the same girl I made the owl for, actually), recently moved out with my other best friend room mate that got married and now has her own house. She's a quirky one and entertainingly random. She has a lobster shirt, a lobster pillow, and might even have a lobster blanket. And I have no idea why. So I decided to add to her lobster collection while throwing in the cute meaning of us being friends forever and that I love her (hence the adorable heart shaped claws). Awww.
Anyway, this heart stealing little guy would make an adorable Valentine's Day present for YOUR lobster. (hint hint!)
Love Lobster Amigurumi
Yarn: worsted weight red yarn; I used Red Heart.
Hook: G or H, depending on your tightness of stitches. If you’re a relaxed stitcher, I would go with G. I’m an aggressive stitcher, so I used an H.
Other materials: stuffing, buttons or whatever you prefer to make eyes, darning needle and embroidery needle with thread (if you’re using buttons). Sewing pins and a stitch marker make this MUCH easier.
Row 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in first st*
Row 2: 2 sc in each st around
Row 3: * 2sc, 1 sc in next st * repeat around
Row 4: * 2 sc, 1 sc in next 2 sts * repeat around
Row 5: *2 sc, 1 sc in next 3 sts * repeat around
Row 6: * 2 sc, 1 sc in next 4 sts * repeat around
Rows 7-17: sc around
Row 18: * sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts * repeat around
Row 19: sc around
Row 20: * sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts * repeat around
Rows 21-24: sc around
Row 25: * sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts * repeat around
Rows 26-28: sc around
Row 29: * 2sc in first st, sc in next st * repeat around
Rows 30-32: sc around. Stuff your lobster!
Row 33: Pinch the circle flat so that your starting stitch is on the right and the stitches are lined up so you can crochet the top and bottom together into a line. For the next stitches, you are going to put your hook through the top stitch AND bottom stitch as one, so your lobster will be crocheted shut.
Skip 2 stitches, 5 dc in 3rd stitch. Skip 1 stitch, slip stitch in next stitch.
Skip 1 stitch, 5 dc in next st, skip 1 stitch, slip stitch in next stitch.
Skip 1 stitch, 5 dc in next stitch, skip 1 stitch, slip stitch in last stitch. You should have formed 3 shell stitches and the tail of your lobster should be flat. Bind off and hide yarn tail.
For the heart-shaped claws, you are going to make four “bumps” for the tops of the hearts. So there are two for each claw. For each claw, one “bump” will have a tail of yarn and the other bump will remain attached to your working yarn while you sew the first bump to the active one. So you will make one bump, leave a tail and cut the yarn, and then make a second one, leave attached, use tail from the first one to sew to the second one, and then return to your active yarn to finish crocheting around both bumps to complete the heart. I hope this makes sense!
Row 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in first ch
Row 2: 2 sc in each st around
Row 3: * 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st * repeat around
Rows 4 and 5: sc around
(If you’re working on your first bump, BO and leave a tail. If the second one, leave the active yarn attached.)
Using the tail of your first bump, line up the end of the first bump with the last active stitch of the second bump. Whip stitch 4 stitches together and weave in yarn tail. Return to your active yarn.
Row 6: sc one row around both circles, forming one big circle to work with. The number of stitches you create will probably vary. I think I ended up with 33. It’s okay if yours is different, the end product will still look the same.
Rows 7 and 8: sc around
Row 9: * sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts * repeat around, if you have remaining stitches just sc until the end
Row 10: sc around
Row 11: * sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts * repeat around, again sc in any remaining stitches
Row 12: * sc2tog, sc in next st * repeat around, sc in remaining stitches if any
Row 13: sc around. Stuff your claw now, because it’s going to get tight after this!
Row 14: sc2tog all around
Rows 15 and 16: sc around
BO, leaving tail to use to sew claws to the sides of the lobster’s body.
I sewed on my button eyes first so I could position the claws on the body in relation to them. I used sewing pins to position the claws and then used the tail of yarn to whipstitch them onto the body. Enjoy!!