Amigurumi Tumor!

Tumor & Me

So I haven’t been able to post for the past few days because I have been at the hospital where my Mom had surgery. She had a rare tumor that apparently was SO rare one doctor actually squealed with delight, saying he’s waited his whole career to see one! So my Mom is kind of a medical celebrity (only fitting she’d be at Cedars Sinai!). When they removed it, they did her surgery in the operating amphitheater so everyone could see the magical tumor surgery firsthand. Nothing more fun than being unconscious on a slab while strangers cut you open and onlookers “Ohhh” and “Ahhh” at your innards!

The good news is the surgery went well. The doctors excitedly brought out a photo of the grapefruit-sized tumor to show me, like it was a picture of their newborn. Neato.

My Mom is still recuperating, and feels all beat up from the surgery. And her nurse is a supercute girl who looks fifteen and says things like “Awesome Sauce” and “Snapchat” and my Mom has no idea what to make of her. So, since I have had so much free time on my hands sitting in the hospital, I decided to make something that I thought would cheer her up. I also did a Google search and did not find one instance of this having been done before.

Behold: my Amigurumi Tumor!


Yes, the photo of Mom’s tumor was just so magical, I decided it needed to be recreated and memorialized in yarn art.  It did the trick – first time mom laughed since coming out of the anesthesia!!

I kind of had to use the yarn I brought with me, but it is all purply-reddish and veiny like the picture the doctors showed me. If you want to know how to make your own Amigurumi Tumor, the tutorial is below. I mean, who wouldn’t???

And I just heard Mom is being released, so …gotta go!

Supplies needed

Yarn for tumor
Yarn for veins
Size “H” Crochet Hook
1 black knee high stocking
fiber fill
Glue E6000 for jewelry


Using a size “H” hook (5.0mm) I crochet rather tightly.

To start, ch 4, join with a sl st to form ring

Round 1: Ch 3, 11 dc inside the ring

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around and sl st together. (22)

Round 3: Ch 2, 2dc into same st, dc in next st, * (2 dc in next st, dc in next st), repeat from * until you get to the end. (34) Join with sl st

Round 4: Ch 2, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat until the end (45)

Round 5: Ch 2, dc into the next 3 stitches, 2 dc into next st, repeat until the end (54)

Round 6: Ch 2, dc in each st all the way around

Round 7 – 11 repeat round 6

Round 12: Using your grapefruit as a guide start decreasing


(somewhere around here you will want to swap the grapefruit for the knee high filled with fiber fill)


Round 13: Keep decreasing until you have 15 stitches.

Round 14: sc all the way around, weave in the ends

To make the vein like appearance, take chenille yarn and cut into 5 strands and glue together to form a ganglia, then glue the yarn in a vein like pattern. Allow 15 minutes for E 6000 glue to dry.



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