Friday, November 21, 2008


a juvenile cephalopod

When my little niece turned two, I wanted to knit her something unique to match her intelligent personality. This simplified octopus is the result of playing with yarn and ideas for a few weeks. Kallie Mairi is suitable for children under three or as old as you like.

one size

Head Diameter: 4 inches
Height with Tentacles Extended: 6 inches

Knit Picks Swish Superwash Worsted; Ballerina: less than one skein
A few yards of each for the embroidery:
Knit Picks Swish Superwash Worsted; BubblegumKnit Picks Swish Superwash Worsted; Black
1 set(s) US #4/3.5mm double-pointed needles

notions required: darning needle, stitch holders, waste yarn, poly stuffing, ribbon.

GAUGE 22 sts/28 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch

Kallie Mairi is knit in stockinette on considerably smaller needles than suggested for Swish Superwash Worsted. This gives her a bit more structure and prevents the poly stuffing from poking through the knitted fabric. Each tentacle is a separate knitted tube. These are grafted together to form a ring of tentacles. The live stitches from the inside and outside of this ring are then worked separately in the round. A worsted weight cotton yarn would also be a suitable choice for Kallie Mairi.

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