By Ghexia (www.lagriffedeghexia.com)
Story of the creation
This tiny Facehugger, inspired by the famous "Alien" saga, is one of my very first amigurumi designs. I created it in November 2014, only four months after I learned how to crochet. As I was just starting out, I took the opportunity to simplify as much as possible the design of the Facehugger by reproducing the main characteristics of this little beast : the eight limbs, the tail, the breathing flaps and a relief shape to draw its "back", just to know in what orientation it is. The objective, despite its small size and its few details, was that we had to recognize it !
At the very beginning, the tutorial was available as a PDF on Ravelry but, following many questions about parts that were a little blurry and/or poorly translated (oops !), I reworked it so that the explanations were clearer, more detailed and accompanied by many photos : very well adapted for beginners !
I wish you a good crochet time !
A small playlist to listen to during the making of your Facehugger :
- This pattern is written in US terms.
- You can use any yarn as long as it is beige or flesh-coloured, with a corresponding hook. However, if you use the same thread references and the same hook as me, your Facehugger will have a size of approximately 24 cm (9.45") long by 17 cm (6.7") wide.
- The stitches indicated between brackets — e.g. (1hdc, 1dc) — are crocheted in the same stitch.
- This pattern is worked in the spiral : don't close the rounds with a slip stitch.
- To avoid a "sharp" effect, the increases will be crocheted in offset (instructions are already written in this way). For more information, I invite you to read this very good post from Ahooka here.
- Round 7 is explained in several steps to make it more understandable (7.01, 7.02...).
- For the limbs and the tail, be careful not to twist the chain when making the stitches.
- To shape the limbs and the tail, you can block them and/or use wire.
- Feel free to tick the small next to the rows when you have finished them !
The base (body, limbs & tail)
1- Magic circle 6sc
2- *1inc* (12)
3- *1sc, 1inc* (18)
4- 1sc, 1inc, *2sc, 1inc*, 1sc (24)
5- *3sc, 1inc* (30)
6- *1sc* (30)
7.01- In the first stitch : 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1tr, 1dtr
7.02- In the next stitch : 1dtr, 1tr
7.03- In the following stitch : 1hdc, 1sc
7.04- Make 2sc
7.05- Then, make the 1st limb : ch15, 14sc in the 2nd st from hook, 1sc on the body to join
7.06- Make 1sc on the body to start a new limb
7.07- Make the 2nd limb : ch16, 15sc in the 2nd st from hook, 1sc on the body to join
7.08- Make 1sc on the body to start a new limb
7.09- Make the 3rd limb : ch17, 16sc in the 2nd st from hook, 1sc on the body to join
7.10- Make 1sc on the body to start a new limb
7.11- Make the 4th limb : ch18, 17sc in the 2nd st from hook, 1sc on the body to join
7.12- Make 2sc for the space between the set of limbs
7.13- Make the 5th limb : ch18, 17sc in the 2nd st from hook, 1sc on the body to join
7.14- Make 1sc on the body to start a new limb
7.15- Make the 6th limn : ch17, 16sc in the 2nd st from hook, 1sc on the body to join
7.16- Make 1sc on the body to start a new limb
7.17- Make the 7th limb : ch16, 15sc in the 2nd st from hook, 1sc on the body to join
7.18- Make 1sc on the body to start a new limb
7.19- Make the 8th and last limb : ch15, 14sc in the 2nd st from hook, 1sc on the body to join
7.20- Make 2sc
7.21- Then, in the next stitch : 1sc, 1hdc
7.22- In the following stitch : 1tr, 1dtr
7.23- In the next stitch : 1dtr, 1tr, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc
7.24- Make 2sc
7.25- Finish with the tail : ch35, 7sc in the 2nd st from hook, 27hdc, 1sc on the body to join the tail on it
7.26- 1sc on the st where the marker should be located to close
The breathing flaps
Pick up each breathing flaps in turn, at the corresponding locations shown in the photos below, to enlarge them.
Tie the new thread by making only one slst and then, from the next stitch, make :
1- (1sc, 1hdc), 1dc, 1tr, (2tr), (2tr), 1tr, 1dc, (1hdc, 1sc) and 1slst to finish up
2- (1sc, 2hdc, 1sc) in the 2nd st from hook, 9dc, (1sc, 2hdc, 1sc) in the last st, [by continuing on the other side of the chain without turning the work on the other side ; see Drops' video tutorial here] 9dc (26)
Place a stitch marker in the last crocheted stitch.
3- By continuing to work in the round : *1dc* (26)
Finish up with 1slst in the next st.
f/o by leaving a very long thread for sewing.
Sew the back on the right or wrong side of the body, it's up to you ! Don't forget, however, to bend the breathing flaps in the right direction. Slightly stuff the back before making the final stitches.
Note : If, like me, you have a hole in the back, you can close it with one of the threads (the closest one) that was used to sew this back on the body.
Weave up all ends and gently pull the limbs and the tail to replace them correctly.
Well done, you have finished !
If you have any questions or problems about the pattern, or if you want to send me a small picture of your finished project so that I can add it with pleasure to the gallery of this post, contact me via the comments, the contact form or at this e-mail address (specifying in the subject the name of the pattern) :
If you have any questions or problems about the pattern, or if you want to send me a small picture of your finished project so that I can add it with pleasure to the gallery of this post, contact me at this e-mail addresse (specifying in the subject the name of the pattern) :
- A 3mm (D) crochet hook (for the Drops) or a 3,5mm (E) crochet hook (for the Woll Butt)
- One ball of Drops Muskat col. 23 or of Woll Butt Topflappengarn col. beige
- A yarn needle to sew and to weave in ends
- A pair of scissors
- A small amount of fiberfill stuffing
- A stitch marker
- st(s) : stitch(es)
- sc : single crochet
- slst : slip stitch
- ch : chain
- inc : increase
- hdc : half double crochet
- dc : double crochet
- tr : treble crochet
- dtr : double treble crochet
- f/o : fasten off
Not important : just check that your stitches are tight enough so that the stuffing does not come out !
A design by Ghexia (Gaëlle Martinage) - © La Griffe de Ghexia - All rights reserved. This pattern is for personal use only. The tutorial can not be (in whole or in part) reproduced, resold and modified. The translation and the publication (online or printed) are NOT allowed without my permission, except for strictly personal use. However, you can sell the finished products if they are handmade by you and as long as I am credited (e.g. : “This product was handmade by ........ from a pattern of Ghexia / www.lagriffedeghexia.com”). If you share your finished creation, don't forget to credit me as the designer. You can also, if you wish, specify the link of the pattern. Thanks ! ♥