My pattern for Orestes the Octopus is fairly quick and simple, although knitting eight legs can get a little tiresome!
A small amount of blue dk wool
A small amount of black dk wool
4.5 mm knitting needles
Darning needle (for sewing up)
Kfb - Increase by 1 by knitting into the front and the back of the stitch
K2tog - Decrease by knitting 2 stitches together
P2tog - Decrease by purling 2 stitches together
M1 - Increase by picking up a stitch from the previous row
To knit the body, follow the instructions below, when you get to row 7, you will have to refer to the knitting chart above!
With blue, cast on 22 stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Kfb into each stitch in row count 44 stitches
Row 4: Purl
Rows 5 - 24: [Repeat rows 1 and 2] 10 times
Row 25: [K2tog] across row count 22 stitches
Row 26: Purl
Row 27: [K2tog] across row count 11 stitches
Cut your yarn, leaving a long end. Thread your yarn onto a darning needle, thread through the remaining stitches on your needle and pull tight (drawstring finish). Sew up the seam at the back of the body, but do not sew up the bottom of the body.
Stuff your octopus' body, and then sew up the bottom.
With blue, cast on 6 stitches.
Row 1: Knit across
Row 2: Purl across
Repeat rows 1 and 2 till leg is desired length.
Thread your yarn onto a darning needle, thread through the remaining stitches on your needle and pull tight (drawstring finish). Sew up the sides of the leg.
Once you have 8 legs, sew them into place on your Octopus!