Yarndango Finished Project III – Hairy Red Gossamer Monster

I survived another week of Yarndango.  For some reason, I was craving monsters for this week.  Big, hairy monsters.  I don’t know why.  I guess I need to get out of the Mad Crochet Lab more often.  But anyway, this is what I had in mind:

Hairy Monster

Remember that guy?  He was only in a few episodes of the original Looney Tunes’ Bugs Bunny cartoons but most people remember him.  It’s his name they don’t remember.  He’s often just been called Big Red.  But his name is Gossamer!  And now that I’ve made him, hopefully I will never forget it again!  Here is my take on him:



I’m not the only one Yarndango-ing!  Melanie at Pumpkin’s Patch has been making a new project on her Knifty Knitters – so perfect for the fall!  Also, she just posted some of the lovely cards she has made.  They may not be part of Yarndango but they sure are crafty!  So I thought I’d share.

Also, Amiguruthi has been busy, earning her crochet calluses by whipping up this lovely hat (and other secret projects to be posted in the future)!  And if you missed it on her old blog, you should check out the adorable lemming she made for the Ravelry Olympics!  So cute and love his hair!

I wonder what next week will bring?  0.0

Big Red Hairy Gossamer Monster


This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted.  Credit should be given to me as the designer.  It should remain free.  Objects made from this pattern may be sold.

Copyright 2012 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved

To respect the owners of this licensed character, pattern is no longer available.

The pattern was also used in an experiment at the Mad Crochet Lab facebook page.  We were successfully able to use the pattern with  a couple of tweaks to make a heart!  Instructions below.


Results of a Mad Crochet Lab experiment to make a heart using the Gossamer pattern


In order to make a heart from the Gossamer pattern, follow the pattern directions until Round 18.

After completing Round 18 of the pattern, continue as follows:
Rnd 19:  SC in each stitch around = 24
Rnd 20:  *SC in next 2, decrease over next 2 stitches (repeat from * around) = 18
Rnd 21:  SC in each stitch around = 18
Rnd 22:  *SC in next stitch, decrease over next 2 stitches (repeat from * around) = 12
Rnd 23: SC in each stitch around = 12  (if using fur, carefully turn body inside out now, using a long handled wooden spoon to help if necessary)
Rnd 24: Decrease around = 6
Rnd 25: Decrease twice, slip stitch in next, finish off and hide ends inside body.
Return back to pattern and follow the first bullet point in the pattern under “Finishing” to stuff and finish him off.



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12 thoughts on “Yarndango Finished Project III – Hairy Red Gossamer Monster

  1. Thanks Teeni! I love your little monster, he is really cute!

    Thank YOU, Melanie! I really love those pumpkins! They make such a warm cozy fall decoration. That made me wonder if you would do something like snowmen with your knifty knitter? There must be a way to make those, right?

    • I found a pattern for snowmen too, I am planning on making one or two of them…maybe more so I can use them for Christmas gifts. This has been fun and I really am excited that I can make more that just hats and scarves…not that I don’t like making hats and scarves, a little variety is nice.

      Awesome! And yes, I totally understand about having a little variety – keeps things interesting. I’m sure there are tons more patterns for other cute things too, but since you did the pumpkins, I naturally started thinking of snowmen. Do not blame me for this – it is the fault of all the stores in this country who automatically start stocking Christmas stuff right alongside if not right after, all the fall stuff! 😉

      • I love snowmen almost as much as I love pumpkins, so I was really excited to find the pattern for them. I used to make snowmen out of baby socks…they were really cute. I would stuff them with cotton up to about the spot that the ankle and fold down the cuff, then sew little snowflakes all the way around the hat. Then I would embroider eyes, nose, and buttons and wrap the remainder of the embroidery floss around the neck for a scarf. I should make some again. Last time I made them I was 14…been a while, so I forgot about them.

        I remember seeing those types of snowmen made of the little socks – they were adorable! So I guess you’ve been quite crafty all your life, Melanie! Maybe next year we will just have to do a Craftdango and just do any type of craft that suits our fancy each week. 🙂

  2. I do remember him! Wow that takes me back to Saturday mornings in front of the TV. I love your versions trainers, and the slightly bozz-eyed look he has! It must have been a right task crocheting all the fuzzy yarn – just doing my Lemming’s hair for a few rounds annoyed me lol.

    Thanks, Ruth! I didn’t want to give him a mouth because I didn’t want to put him in a permanent state of anger or any set emotion. This way, he can be in whatever mood you’d like. I looked online for images of him and there seemed to be several versions of the sneakers so I chose the one I thought would be easiest for me. I’m such a slacker. LOL. But the fur was not fun to work with. I don’t know if it is me, but when I use it in rounds, one side always seems to come out hairier. It’s always the wrong side, so I had to turn him inside out, then complete one leg as part of the whole body, make a second tube separately for the second leg and turn that inside out before attaching. Fortunately the fur covers up all the stitching. There is even a sort of “bridge” on his face to make the nose area stand out more and the eyes sunk in more but it is not very visible in the photo. I think next week will be a simpler project. 😉

    • It’s always ended up inside out whenever I’ve tried to work with it too. I’ve never attempted a big task with it because it’s such a pain having to turn it inside out (although I keep picking up the wool and going ‘should I…?’ then deciding that no, I should not lol).

      LOL. I know, right? I mean why introduce more stress in our lives if we don’t absolutely have to. I actually did not turn Gossamer’s arms inside out and you can see a slight difference in the amount of hair on his arms than the rest of his body but there was no way I was going to turn those tubes inside out because the fur combined with the worsted weight acrylic yarn would have been like trying to turn a concrete tube inside out! Plus, I figured his arms didn’t need to be as hairy as long as the rest of his body was pretty hairy. 🙂

  3. I don’t remember him, but he’s flipn’ adorable! I love his little tennis shoes. The hat that Amiguruthi has made is awesome and of course, I’ve seen and adore the pumpkins over at Pumpkin’s Patch 😉 Great job ladies, keep up the good work!

    Thank you, Annebella! I guess you are too young to have been watching the same Saturday morning cartoons as I was. 🙂 Yes, Pumpkin and Ruthi have been stitching up a storm! I love what they are doing and am so glad they decided to Yarndango! It’s so inspiring to see their work!

  4. Now that’s awesome!

    Thanks, Mac! He’s not quite Sully from Monsters, Inc. but pretty close. I may give Sully a try in the future though.

  5. What a cutie! I don’t remember him from the Bugs Bunny cartoons I’m afraid, but he reminds me a little of Animal from the Muppets with all that long red hair 🙂

    Ah, you young whippersnapper! No wonder you wouldn’t remember him – probably before your time and he wasn’t in very many episodes, only a couple. He reminds me of Animal too! And he wasn’t a really scary monster so it was easy to like him. 🙂

  6. I totally remember him. One time he was shrunk down to a teeny tiny little guy and swam away in a little boat. LOL You made him look just like the one I remember! Excellent job! Also I know what you mean about the fun fur on the wrong side looking better. It always does! 🙂

    Thank you, Linny! I remembered that episode where he got shrunken when you mentioned it! You have a good memory! And also thanks about the fun fur. I was worried it might just be me and that I was too right-handed when I crocheted or something. LOL. 🙂

  7. I was wondering if there’s any way of getting this pattern? I had bookmarked this page and ordered the yarn and when I came back – it’s gone?!

    Sheryl, I removed it when I found someone selling the finished items openly against my wishes. I will be happy to send you a copy of the pattern in pdf file for your personal use. Can I send it to the e-mail address that you provided here?

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