My August challenge has been on my ‘to do’ list for nearly a year, when you may remember I had my first attempts at making a crochet octopus (here and here):
I loved these octopi, but the pattern was hugely time consuming with eight very long tentacles, and turned out not to be very reproducible in my hands, with huge variations in size and shape between octopi. So I told myself that I would find another pattern and try again…
This pattern is adapted from one at crochet for babies here, and has a pleasing symmetry to it, so the counting doesn’t get too arduous. I made the tentacles using a chain of 30, which is not only quicker, but also safer for small babies as it is too short to wrap round their necks apparently. Anyway as you can see I have made quite a few of these now, and I am pleased to say that they are swimming off the shelves as fast as I can make them!
Each octopus took 15g of dk cotton, and I used a 4mm hook. The original pattern is in US terms so if anyone would like a UK translation leave a message and I will post one.
I have now made three preemie octopuses so we decided to take them for a play by the sea:
As you can probably tell, great fun was had by all!
There has been a little flurry of interest in the news recently about providing premature babies with octopus-like comforters. I found a free pattern for one by Deniza’s toys here and set to:
The pattern is really easy to follow (though naturally I did modify it a bit!) and gives you a 25cm long octopus working with double knitting yarn.
If I did it again I might use treble crochet to make the spirals more substantial, but the double crochet ones are in proportion with the body size so that would need some thinking through.
Made in Sirdar snuggly pearls dk turquoise and Hayfield baby sparkle dk little mermaid on a 4mm hook.
What do crabs, spiders and dishcloths have in common?
Well they are all selling faster than I can make them, so it has been necessary for me to have a short break from making charity blankets in order to re-stock the shelves.
According to the BBC Good Food website crab season in the UK is from April to November. I guess it comes a bit later in Scotland because these are my first of the year:
Oh – and the yarn packs have arrived too!
Not a reference to the weather (which is wonderfully warm for this time of year in Scotland) but to my latest crochet project – which is a lobster:
The pattern is from ‘Crochet one skein wonders’ by Judith Durant and Edie Eckman, a book which I feel sure will be the inspiration for several projects to come. I did modify the pattern slightly – by putting pipe cleaners in his claws, and making the tail rather longer than was suggested, but overall it was an easy pattern to follow and very satisfying to make. He is made in Scheepjeswol stonewashed 4 ply ‘Carnelian’ on a 3mm hook (I think!) and he is really rather lovely.
I have been playing around with making some more crabs recently, and took them on a trip to the seaside to take some photo’s!
Made in Scheejeswol XL ‘Carnelian’ on a 6mm hook. The jury is out as to whether I prefer the red, or the more natural coral colour (see here), but I thought the red would appeal to children.
What do you think?