Monday, 10 June 2013

Orestes the Octopus

You know when you are in a situation, where only a knitted octopus with a moustache could help? No? Well, me neither, but you NEVER know. And in any case, a knitted octopus with a moustache can make a lovely child's toy, or an intelligent looking friend for when you are feeling lonely.

My pattern for Orestes the Octopus is fairly quick and simple, although knitting eight legs can get a little tiresome!


You will need:
A small amount of blue dk wool
A small amount of black dk wool
4.5 mm knitting needles
Toy stuffing
Darning needle (for sewing up)

Abbreviations:
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

Pattern:

Body




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.

Legs
Make 8

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!




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