A series of knitting patterns for different "species" of stuffed squidlike animals.
We begin with Jules Verde, whose name you may change, of course, if you don't plan on knitting one that is green. May I suggest: Luis Rojo, Bella Azul, or Amarillo Slim? For the purposes of writing up this pattern, I'm knitting one up in hot pink. We'll figure out a name later. You can name yours whatever you want -- it doesn’t even have to be Spanish at all. It's your call. On to the pattern!
I'll lay out what I used, my numbers, etc etc. If you want to size it up or down with a different weight yarn & corresponding needle size, go for it.
Approximately 14.5" long from top to end of longest tentacles, and 11" around the head
MATERIALS: • 1 set of 4 DPNs, size US6 (use 5 needles if you want, really -- it's no big)
• <1 skein worsted weight yarn. Leftovers work great -- I used way less than half a skein of Araucania Nature Wool on Jules Verde and about the same amount of pink Patons Classic Wool on the pattern model.
• Tapestry needle
• Cotton/Poly stuffing, leftover fabric scraps, wool batting ... whatever you want to stuff this little guy with.
• 2 plastic "safety eyes" [like these] or -- if the finished product is for a small child, small pieces of felt.
Approximately 20 sts/20 rows = 4 inches of stockinette stitch (or, for lazy swatching, 1" = appx 5sts & 5 rows)
Since it's a toy and not something you're going to wear, gauge won't make or break the project. However, a good solid fabric won't let the stuffing peek through, and it'll stand up to repeated snuggling.
The following will appear in this pattern.
Increasing: Only kf&b increases
Decreasing: Only k2tog decreases
Working in the round on DPNs
If you're not familiar with any one of these, or if you just need a refresher course, hie thee over to knitting help.com -- they'll hook you up.
HIGHLY TECHNICAL GUIDE TO KNITTED SQUID BIOLOGICAL TERMS:
We knit the body from the bottom up -- starting with the ruffle that will form the "skirt" like area over the tops of the tentacles. Then we'll knit the small straight tube where the eyes go, then we'll form the round part of the head. Ready? Let's roll.
Cast on 60 stitches onto one DPN. Divide between 3 needles
Row 1: Join to work in the round (being careful not to twist stitches), *K3, P3* to end of row.
Row 2-10: Knit 9 more rows in 3x3 rib
Row 11: *k3tog, p3tog* to end of row [20 sts remain]
Row 12: K all stitches
Row 13-18: K all stitches
Row 19: kfb each stitch
Row 20: K all sts
Row 21: kfb every other stitch [60 sts total in row]
Row 22: K all sts
Row 23-28: K all sts
Row 29: *k2tog, k9* to end of row (last set will be k2tog, k4)
Row 30 & all even numbered rows: K all sts
Row 31: *k2tog, k8* to end of row (last set will be k2tog, k2)
Row 33: *k2tog, k7* to end of row (last set will be k2tog, k1)
Row 35: *k2tog, k6* to end of row (last set will be k2tog)
Row 37: *k2tog, k5* to end of row (last set will be k2tog, k4, k2tog)
Row 39: *k2tog, k4* to end of row
Row 41: *k2tog, k3* to end of row
Row 43: *k2tog, k2* to end of row
Row 44: K all sts
Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches -- pull tight and secure knot on inside of body.
CO 4 sts, make I-cord for 6"
Do not bind off, but break yarn and weave loose end back inside the cord (do same for cast on tail). Move all live stitches to one DPN, which will eventually hold all 8 tentacles.
WHEN FINAL TENTACLE IS FINSHED, do not cut yarn.
With all 8 facing the same direction on 1 DPN, knit across all stitches.
Knit 4 more rows in garter stitch.
BO, leaving a long tail (appx 12")
CO 6 sts, work I-cord for 12"
NOTE: With the 6 stitch I-cord, there is sometimes a prominent line of yarn on the wrong side of the work -- it will work itself out as the I-cord is made. Just keep going, pulling that first stitch tight on every row.
Row 1: With WS facing, K across all sts.
Row 2: kfb in first stitch, K to end.
Repeat row 2 on every row until there are 12 sts on the needle.
K 3 rows plain.
K2tog at the beginning of the next row, K to end.
K last 2 sts together, pull tail through last stitch, weave in ends.
When tentacles are attached, there will still be an opening through which you can stuff the cephalopod. To cover that up, we knit a small round-ish patch that will close up that opening.
CO 10 sts.
Row 1: Increase 1 in first and last stitch of each row. K all other sts.
Row 2: P
Repeat these 2 rows until 16 sts are on the needles.
Work 3 rows stockinette, beginning with a WS row . (So, P one row, K one row, P one row)
Next RS row: K2tog at beginning and end of each RS row until 10 sts remain.
P all WS rows.
BO, leaving long tail.
Turn body inside out. Attach band of 8 tentacles to the inside of the straight section between the ruffle and the rounded head.
Sew long tentacles to inside as well, one on each side.
Attach snap eyes or sew on felt ones.
Stuff to desired fullness, mushing stuffing around to get a good rounded shape.
Fit bottom patch into opening (you may have to fold and finagle it in there), secure with a few stitches around the whole opening.
Steam block or rinse in wool wash if desired (but it's totally not necessary).
Enjoy your cephalopod!
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