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Big Sister Octopus

Hello everyone!

Here’s a pattern for Annabel Octopus’s sister.

Happy knitting!

xxx
Ann

Big Sister Octopus

Body and head (make 1)

  • Beginning at the lower end, cast on 18 sts in skin colour.
  • P 1 row.
  • IncKwise into all sts (36 sts).
  • Beginning with a P row, st-st 3 rows.
  • (K1, incKwise in next st) to end (54 sts).
  • St-st 8 rows.
  • K 1 row.
  • Beginning with a K row, st-st 20 rows.
  • Change to hat colour and st-st 12 rows.
  • (K2, K2tog) x13, K2 (41 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • (K1, K2tog) x13, K2 (28 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • K, K2tog x13, K2 (15 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.

Leg (make 8)

  • Beginning at the lower end, cast on 18 sts in shoe colour.
  • K1 row.
  • K1, inc K wise into 16 sts, K1 (34 sts).
  • K 8 rows.
  • Change to sock colour and, beginning with a K row, st-st 2 rows.
  • K9, K2tog x8, K9 (26 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • K7, K2tog x6, K7 (20 sts).
  • St-st 13 rows.
  • Break off colour for the sock, leaving a long enough end to close up, and join skin colour.
  • Beginning with a K row, st-st 20 rows.
  • Cast off all sts, leaving a long enough end to close up.
  • Close the leg and shoe with the mattress stich.

Shoe strip (make 8)

  • Using colour of the shoes, cast on 20 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 60 sts.
  • K 5 rows.
  • Beginning with a K row, st-st 14 rows.
  • (K3, K2tog) x12 (48 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • (K2, K2tog) x12 (36 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • (K1, K2tog) x12 (24 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • K2tog to end (12 sts).
  • St-st 31 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.

Cape

  • Beginning at the lower end, cast on 108 sts.
  • K 12 rows.
  • K3, (K2tog, K2) x25, K2tog, K3 (82 sts).
  • K 3 rows.
  • (K1, K2tog) x27, K1 (55 sts).
  • Cast off but don’t cut the yarn.
  • Transfer the last st to a crochet hook and make a chain of 35 sts, then cut off the yarn and pull through the loop.
  • Crochet a chain of 35 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.

Note

  • You could also knit the octopus’ legs in skin colour only or use 4 different colours for the socks.
  • 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.
  • 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 Big Sister Octopus as explained here and check out the Annabel Octopus description as well.

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

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