Thursday, February 21, 2008

Behold, the Catopus! Cute Thing of the Week

Let's face it, if I could get away with it, I'd put cat ears on everything. I made this using indigo_roses pattern for Leelu the Octopus. It's the first time I've made anything with coils on it, although I've seen them on plenty of different amigurumi toys. The technique is really quite simple and fun. I switched to a hook that was one size larger when I made the chains for each coil because I found it too difficult to fit the hook through the chain the required number of times using the original size.

Want the Pattern?

Indigo_roses has posted a free copy of the pattern she used for Leelu the Octopus on Craftster.

And if you feel your octopus needs a set of cat ears too, here's what I did:

Ears (make 2)

sc 4 into a magic ring
rnd 1: one sc in each st around (4 sts)
rnd 2: two sc in each st around (8 sts)
rnd 3: *one sc in first st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (12 sts)
work 2 more rounds of 12 sts, fasten off, pinch flat and stitch to Octopus head.

The only other change I made was that instead of making the coils separately and stitching them on, I stitched them in while I was making the body. After the decreasing row of the pattern that reduces the body to 20 stitches, I did the following:

*1 sc, sc into next stitch then make chain and coil,*repeat four times, then make 4 sc in next 4 stitches, then *1 sc, sc into next sttich then make chain and coil* repeat four times.

After that extra round, I just continued with the pattern as instructed. I don't think the change makes too much difference to the look of the Octopus. I just dislike sewing pieces together so I took this shortcut to avoid it.

Now I'm thinking of making a whole series of Octopus hybrids. Next up? Maybe a Bunnyopus!

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