Death of Rats


I grew up a huge fan of Terry Pratchett and the Discworld series. A planet floating across space , propped up by elephants on the back of a giant space turtle? Sign me up!

One of my favourite characters is Death, with his dead pan cynical humour, and his rodent colleague Death of Rats. If you’re a follower of the blog then you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of the cute but creepy! So an amigurumi Death of Rats was only a matter of time.

This pattern details how to create, step by step, your own little rodent of the afterlife. Complete with slouchy cloak and scythe!

The pattern has been worked up in aran weight cotton yarn (Brand: Drops Paris), but with regular sports weight yarn used for the scythe. Using the same hook size but with the lower weight yarn keeps the scythe in proportion to the figure.

But first a few details:

Termnology: The pattern is written in English, in standard US terminology

Measurements: The finished piece measures approx. 14 cm tall.

What you’ll need:

  • Aran weight yarn (Drops Paris) – Black, White
  • Sports weight yarn – Brown, Grey
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • 7mm safety eyes (x2)
  • Stuffing material
  • Stitch markers and pins (optional)
  • Black felt (optional, for the nose)
  • Yarn needle

In terms of difficulty, the majority of the pattern is worked in single crochet stitches, with increases and decreases as nexessary. If you are used to amigurumi patterns then this will be worked up in no time at all! There’s nothing a moderate beginner couldn’t handle. But if you are new to crochet and want to make sure you are familiar with all the stitches used before committing to purchase, the stitches and terms used are listed below:

  • Magic ring
  • Chain stitch
  • Single crochet stitch
  • Back loops only
  • Single crochet decrease (sc2tog)
  • Invisible decrease (single crochet decrease stitch worked in the back loops)

And he is available to purchase from our Ravelry store HERE.

Happy crocheting!

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