FO: Octopus

After persevering with the knitting of the chenille blanket, I wanted to reward myself with a fun kit. And I still needed something for the Toy category for the fair.

Last year, my  Nessie only netted me a fourth place ribbon, so I’m hoping this year, the judges will really be wowed by a bright pink Octopus!

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Long-time blog readers will know this is one of my favourite toy patterns. In fact, this is the sixth one I’ve made.

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Half the fun of these is pairing the yarn, so this time around, I used some single-ply hand-dyed Malabrigo I had kicking around in my stash, and paired with with the leftover Classic Wool from some Christmas Nessie’s I made.

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The pattern looks exceedingly complicated, but I assure you, it’s much easier than you’d think. Just a few short rows, and clever increases and decreases, and it comes together like magic. It is a little fiddly to bring all those tentacles together, but it’s so worth it.

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And the secret to those fantastic tentacles? Pipe cleaners. The simple insertion before sewing up makes this little octopus magically poseable, and just brings it that extra bit of realism!

I think that’s worth a first place ribbon!

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