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Life Sized Gallbladder Amigurumi Pattern

February 20, 2019

I was diagnosed with gallstones a year ago, and I’m still waiting on my letter from the NHS with a surgery date… It should be any day now, but I’ve been telling myself that since November, and honestly, my hopes aren’t high… in fact, I think they’re pretty much gone.

I’ve just accepted that they will get to me when they get to me, and I’ll continue to manage my symptoms the best that I can while living in fear every day that something is going to go horribly, dangerously wrong in the meantime.

Anyhoo, my oldest daughter (6) is really fascinated by human anatomy and physiology, so naturally she’s had a lot of questions about Mommy’s broken gallbladder. I’ve answered them all,  but to help her put it into three dimensional perspective I decided to make her a life sized amigurumi gallbladder.

This was a while ago now, but I thought that since gallbladder issues are soooooo very common, someone else might also enjoy the pattern!

(kawaii face optional)

 

Materials

 

  • DK yarn
  • 2.5mm crochet hook
  • little beads for eyes
  • embroidery thread for facial features (optional)
  • toy stuffing
  • Needle for details and sewing in ends
  • beads for inside (gallstones) for silliness (also optional)

 

Notes and Terminology

 

Increase = 2 SC in SC from previous round

Decrease = Join 2 SC together

A real Gallbladder is approximately 7-10cm long and 3cm wide at broadest point, so I designed around these dimensions and added a couple of kinks to make it lumpy.

I wanted them to have nice tight stitches, but without the fabric getting too rigid as I tend to have quite tight tension, so I’ve used the yarn OVER method. If you yarn UNDER, which is a popular way to keep amigurumi nice and tidy, then it will end up smaller in the end. Having said that, if you find that your gallbladder is coming out larger than it should using the yarn over method, switching to yarn under should help.

Be sure to stuff the gallbladder as you go!

 

Pattern

 

Start using magic circle with 6 SC (6) 

Round 1: Increase in first SC and SC around (7)

Round 2: Increase in each SC around (14)

Round 3: SC around (14)

Round 4: Increase, SC 6 *two times (16)

Round 5: Increase, SC 3  *four times (20)

Round 6: Increase, SC 4 *four times (24)

Round 7: SC around (24)

Round 8: SC around (24)

Round 9: Decrease, SC 4 *four times (20)

Round 10: SC around (20)

Round 11:  Decrease 4 times , SC around (16)

Round 12: Decrease 2 times, SC around (14)

Round 13: SC around  (14)

Round 14: SC 4, Decrease 3 times, SC 4  (11)

Round 15: SC 4, Decrease 1 , SC 5 (10)

Round 16: SC Around (10)

Round 17: SC Around (10)

Round 18: SC 1, Decrease *three times, SC 1 (6)

Round 19: Decrease three times (3)

Fasten off and sew in ends then add any additional details and you’re finished :)

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3 Comments
  1. Liz permalink

    Too funny!

  2. Sarah permalink

    They are so cute! Our mutual friend Jen G. showed this to me. I was diagnosed with gallstones in late 2017. I had always said I’d never get surgery but when I got diagnosed without hesitation I found a surgeon and that December had it done. The surgeon said some were around 1 inch (2.54 cm) big!! I hope you get some relief soon!

    • Thank you! Your stones were huge :( Gallbladder pain is a fabulous motivator for seeking immediate surgery. Glad you got yours out quickly! :)

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