Squiddy Squid Pattern
I used 4.5mm DPNs and aran weight yarn. 4mm DPNs and worsted weight would make a slightly smaller squid. I advise using a multi-coloured dyed yarn for added interest. But any yarn will look great,Sparkly mohair for example :) Guage isn't that important as long as knitting is tight enough to hide the stuffing.
I used about 120 yards of aran weight.
Cast On 24 stitches and divide between 3 DPNs.
Round 1: K all sts
Round 2: KFB, K3, KFB, K3, KFB, K4, KFB, K3, KFB, K3, KFB, K2 (30 sts)
Round 3: K all sts
Round 4: KFB, K4, KFB, K4, KFB, K6, KFB, K4, KFB, K4, KFB, K2 (36 sts)
Work straight until tube measures approx 1.25” from cast on edge.
Now I work in reverse stocking stitch. You can keep knitting each round, but I prefer the look of purling each round from here.
~PFB every stitch this round (72 sts)
~P 1 round
~(P3, PFB) all round (90 sts)
~P 1 round
Divide stitches between 2 DPNS (45 sts on each needle)
~First needle: P1, P2tog, P to last 3, P2tog, P1. Repeat for 2nd needle
~P 1 round
Repeat these 2 rounds until 37 sts remain on each needle.
Then repeat first decrease row each round (P1, P2tog, P to last 3, P2tog, P1) each needle until 23 sts remain on each needle.
~P1, P2tog, P2tog, P to last 5, P2tog, P2tog, P1 (19 sts each needle)
~P1, P2tog, P to last 3, P2tog, P1 (17 sts each needle)
Repeat last 2 rows once more (11 sts each needle)
~P1, P2tog, P to last 3, P2tog, P1
~P2, P2tog, P1, P2tog, P2 (7 sts each needle)
~P1, P2tog, P1, P2tog, P1 (5 sts each needle)
~ P1, P2tog, P to end (4 sts each needle)
~P2tog all round (4sts total remain)
Break off yarn and thread through remaining 4 stitches. Pull closed and stitch to secure.
Long Tentacles (make 2)
CO 9 sts. Divinde between 3 DPNs.
~Work straight (K each round) for 1” approx. Decrease 1 next round.
~Work straight for next inch. Decrease 1 next round (7 sts)
~Work straight for next inch. Decrease one next round (6 sts)
~Work straight for next 2” approx. Decrease 1 st next round. (Total length 5”, 5sts remain)
You can now work i-cord for last 5 stitches. Work until total length is 7” (or length desired)
~Divide sts between 3 DPNs and rejoin round. KFB every stitch next round (10 sts)
~(K1, KFB) across all sts (15 sts)
~K 1 round
Divide sts between 2 needles (8 and 7)
~K1, K2tog, K to end for each needle.
Repeat 5 times more (2 and 1 sts remain on needles)
~Move 3 sts to 1 needle and work i-cord for 2 rounds.
~Break yarn, pull yarn through all stitches and secure.
Short Tentacles (make 8)
CO 9 sts. Work 1” in round.
~Decrease 1 st next round, work for another ½” (8 sts)
~Decrease 1 st next round. Work another ½” (7 st)
~Decrease 1 st next round. Work1” approx (total length now 3” and 6 sts)
~Decrease 1 st (you can work in i-cord from here). Work 1” over these 5 sts (total length now 4”
~Decrease 1 (4 sts) and work 1” (5” total)
~Decrease 1 (3 sts) and work 1” (6” total)
~Decrease 1 (2 sts) and work 1 round
Pull yarn end through these 2 sts and secure.
~Stull tentacles with waste yarn, poly filling or anything you have.
~Stitch tentacles to body edge, spacing evenly with long tentacles placed one each side.
~ Attach toy eyes to body. I placed a felt circle between the eyes and body.
You can then close the body in a couple of ways. I did it by picking up stitches on 4 DPNs around body edge. I then knit one round and kept knitting decrease rounds until the base was filled.
You could just use yarn to gather and sew base closed.
Or you could make a base from a circle of felt.