Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Daddy Octopus

I used to do art trades for this size octopus. They were very popular with parents of toddlers.
I like to make sets of three, one of each size. Octos are great because they can appeal to boys or girls depending on what colors you choose.

What you need:

Worsted weight acrylic yarn
A scrap of black acrylic yarn
Size F (3.75 mm) hook
Polyester fiber fill
Yarn needle
Clip to keep place

Work in continuous rounds
  • Chain 2
  • Round 1: Work 6 sc in first chain
  • Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around - 12 st
  • Round 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around - 18 st
  • Round 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st, rep from * around - 24 st
  • Round 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st, rep from * around - 30 st
  • Round 6-12: Sc in each sc around
  • Round 13:   *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 sts, rep from * around - 24 st
  • Round 14: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around - 18 st
  • Round 15: *Sc2tog, sc in next st, rep from * around - 12 st
  • Stuff firmly
  • Round 8: Sc2tog around -6 st
  • Sew up end

  • Chain 9
  • sl st into first ch to create ring
  • * ch 14
  • 3 dc in third chain from hook
  • 3 dc in each chain
  • sc around center ring
  • repeat from * till you have 8 tentacles, you may need to scrunch tentacles closer together to fit all on the ring
After all eight tentacles are finished your bottom will be kind of ruffly.
To combat this I use the tail from the beginning of the work to do a running 
stitch around the circle to help it lay flat. Use tail from finished end to sew tentacles to body.
Knot and weave in end. Embroider eyes with black yarn. 
I use 3 stitches per eye.

Daddy Octopus on Ravelry

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