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Annabel Octopus

Hello Everyone!

No Thomas without Annabel, right?

That also goes for Thomas Octopus, so here’s the pattern for Annabel Octopus.

Happy knitting!

xxx

Ann

Annabel Octopus

Body and head (make 1)

  • Beginning at the lower end, cast on 14 sts in skin colour.
  • P 1 row.
  • Inc Kwise into all sts (28 sts).
  • Beginning with a P row, st-st 3 rows.
  • (K1, inc Kwise in next st) to end (42 sts).
  • St-st 6 rows.
  • K 1 row.
  • Beginning with a K row, st-st 16 rows.
  • Change to hat colour and st-st 8 rows.
  • (K2, K2tog) 10, K2 (32 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • (K1, K2tog) x10, K2 (22 sts).
  • P1, P2tog x10, P1 (12 sts).
  • BOPT, close the back seam with the mattress stitch, stuff and pull a thread through the first row at the bottom, pull tight and work away the thread.

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Leg (make 8)

  • Beginning at the lower end, cast on 14 sts in shoe colour.
  • K1 row.
  • K1, inc Kwise into 12 sts, K1 (26 sts).
  • K 6 rows.
  • Break off colour for the shoe, leaving a long enough end to close up, and join skin colour.
  • K7, K2tog x6, K7 (20 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • K6, K2tog x4, K6 (16 sts).
  • St-st 21 rows.
  • Beginning with a K row, st-st 21 rows.
  • Cast off all sts, leaving a long enough end to close up.
  • Close the leg and shoe with the mattress stitch.

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Shoe strip (make 8)

  • Using colour of the shoes, cast on 16 sts, making sure you have a longish thread left for attaching the strip to the shoe.
  • Cast off, again making sure you have a longish thread left for attaching the strip to the shoe.

Hat

  • Begin at the lower end and cast on 45 sts.
  • K 3 rows.
  • Beginning with a K row, st-st 12 rows.
  • (K2, K2tog) x11, K1 (34 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • (K1, K2tog) x11, K1 (23 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • (K1, K2tog) x 7, K2 (16sts)
  • P 1 row.
  • K1, K2tog x 7, K1 (9 sts).
  • St-st 23 rows.
  • Cast off leaving a very long thread.
  • Close the hat with mattress stitch.
  • Do not cut off the yarn but use it to sew the hat to the head at the last row in skin colour.

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Cape

  • Beginning at the lower end, cast on 86 sts.
  • K 8 rows.
  • (K2tog, K2) x21, K2 (65 sts).
  • K 3 rows.
  • (K1, K2tog) x21, K2 (44 sts).
  • Cast off but don’t cut the yarn.
  • Transfer the last st to a crochet hook and make a chain of 30 sts, then cut off the yarn and pull through the loop.
  • Crochet a chain of 30 sts on the other top side of the cape.
  • Using a tapestry needle, weave in all loose ends and cut them off.
  • Cut the loose ends of both chains.

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Note

  • You could also knit the octopus’ legs with socks by adding sock colour between the shoe colour and skin colour (st-st 10 rows in sock colour and 13 in skin colour). Using 4 different colours for the socks is great too.
  • When assembling, fill the body and head first, then put the legs around it to see where they go. Attach the legs to the body on the rib row.

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  • After having made octopuses in all sorts of sizes and colours, I recently discovered a super easy way to attach the legs to the body on this blog. Although it is a description of a crocheted octopus, it’s pretty much the same for knitted ones: make the legs, fill them but do not close them up separately. Just follow the Left-Handed Crocheter’s instructions.

Please check this list for abbreviations used.

Fill and assemble Annabel Octopus as explained here.

If you like, you can give him some hair. You can find the explanation to do it here.

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