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Pattern for Knitted Squid

As requested, here is my pattern for a knitted Squiddy friend. Its a bit experimental so don't feel the need to follow it exactly. Let me know if you have any problems.

I hope to see lots more knitted Squids in the world soon. Be sure to share a pic if you make one!
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.
 
Head/body
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.
 
Finishing
~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.
~Stuff 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.

Comments

( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
sicklipstick
Mar. 21st, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Can this go behind a cut please?

Its stretching out my friends page..

Thankie :D
nirethak
Mar. 21st, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)
awesome! I must make this for my sister! thanks for sharing the pattern -- it's really nice of you.
teacupfaery
Mar. 21st, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'm working on it, not terribly good at this. Bear with me a minute..
mamaursula
Mar. 21st, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
Yay! Squid! I will be knitting this little guy up soon.
teacupfaery
Mar. 21st, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
I think I've finally got the cut figured out. I hope to see more squids popping up soon :)
_fortheocean_
Mar. 21st, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
yay! this looks fun!
goaskyourmother
Mar. 21st, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I look forward to knitting one.
sindee
Mar. 21st, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Yay! I've been on a serious toy kick lately. I'm going to knit this up soon! Thanks for sharing. :)
star4kaeylarae
Mar. 21st, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you
I love squiddy so much, thanks for sharing. I'll post a pic when made!!
betsy31676
Mar. 21st, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
My friend (fellow knitter) just told me that she was expecting. Oh how I cannot wait to make this for the impending peanut.

thanks for posting the pattern. I will send pics when I have completed it (I forsee mine being done out of my favorite baby yarn, baby terry, I also have some WILD florescent orange/green/yellow encore hmmmmmm the possibilities are endless)

queen_of_lies
Mar. 21st, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Fab! I was hoping you'd share the pattern after I saw your FO!
xxx
kassitastrophe
Mar. 21st, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
OMG I love you. Thank you.
cascadia_karin
Mar. 21st, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting - I would love to make this. Yay for gastropods!
lizzlemermaid
Mar. 21st, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! Thanks!
I'm totally going to make one for my boyfriend! :D
oneiric_yen
Mar. 21st, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
Hey, absolutely thank you. I didn't honestly expect to see it up here and am really glad you're sharing it. The projects I have the most fun with are the toys/stuffed animals.
not_a_goddess
Mar. 21st, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Wow, brilliant! Thank you so much! :-D
teacupfaery
Mar. 21st, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed you all like my Squiddy :) Thank you all. I'll look forward to seeing the FOs.
eshala
Sep. 27th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
I made a pink camo version of Squiddy, and have had lots of people ask for a copy of the pattern - including some on ravelry. Not sure if you are on ravelry -- if you are, I think there would be some interest in posting the pattern. If you aren't, would it be okay to share the pattern, giving you credit?
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