Did you know that Octopi have 2 arms and 6 legs?
So how has everyone been doing?? The heat isn't making you crazy I hope? I always think it will as I'm crocheting winter hats, scarves and blankets in preparation for the fall market in the peak of the summer heat (fun fact, it is nearly impossible to crochet with sweaty fingers).
The above is Mick, he's the newest addition to the weird, but cool family of misfit crocheted animals I have at my house. He hopefully will find a home in the next few months as winter approaches and the fun of gifting and celebrating with friends begins.
Unfortunately for his friend Fred (see below), the same cannot be said.
It's not easy to see, but Fred's head lies significantly closer to his left front leg than to his right. Fred and I have spoken about this and we've decided its attributed to the mean things he said to his right front leg over its getting stuck in a mole hole while traversing the backyard. The right leg decided, following the issuing of such cruel words, that being so very close to Fred's head was not a good position to be in and moved.
So, Fred will be staying with me for the foreseeable future and I imagine will be included on a number of my postings.
But back to Mick. Mick is actually my second large Octopii attempt and my third overall (I made a number of mini octopii in blue that can be seen in my Etsy or eCrater stores). You would make him with single crochet in a spiral pattern, incrasing by 6 stiches each row until you reach your desired size. Then add straight rows until you feel your Octopi is big enough. Following this you'd add your legs - I used a Single Crochet foundation row of 20 single crochet stitches out and 30 back (you need to add more to make the legs twist). Make sure all 8 legs are equally dispersed and then crochet decreasing rounds (dec by 6 stitches in each row) to close up the bottom.
Here's a quick run down in case you want to try making some Octopi:
2. 6 single crochet (SC) in second chain from hook <-- use a stitch marker to mark the end of each row
3. "2sc in next stitch, 1sc in next stitch" around
4. "2sc in next stitch, sc in next 2 stitches" around
5. "2sc in next stitch, sc in next 3 stitches" around
6. Keep increasing as above until you feel your Octopi is big enough
7. Crochet 2-4 rows and then add your eyes - you can sew them on or use safety eyes
8. Crochet 2-4 rows and then add a mouth (this is optional - keep in mind that some Octopi can be know-it-alls)
9. Crochet a few more rows. Count how many stitches are in your circle, factor in 2 stiches per leg and figure out how they shoudl be spaced.
Example: if you stopped at "2sc in next stitch, sc in next 4 stitches" - your circle would be 36 stitches, factor in 2 stitches per leg times 8 legs = 16 stitches. That leaves you with 20 stitches to equally space between each leg. 20/8 = 2.5. So you would alternate:
After your first leg, sc in the next 2 stitches,
After leg #2, sc in the next 3 stitches,
After leg #4, sc in the next 2 stitches
keep going as above until all 8 legs are in.
10. Stuff your Octopus - or at least stuff 1/2 of him - otherwise you'll forget and then be trying to stuff your Octopi through a small hole. (trust me, I've totally done it.)
11. So the decrease rounds work the same way as the increase rounds except where you'd increase, decrease instead.
12. When you get down to: "decrease in next stitch, sc in next 3 stitches," stuff the rest of your Octopi
13. When you get down to: "decrease in next stitch, sc in next stitch" skip the last row and just slip stitch the circle together and sew in the end.
Ok, so if you guys make one - post it to my Facebook page - I want to see it!!