Just Crochet/Craft Idea's: It's been a very long time since I have posted anything to my Blog. Due to family and life in general, I got a little detoured. I will try to get time to type up some new entries. I have created a lot of items, gave them away and did not take pictures or type them up. We lost both of our boys this year. Jiggy in March and Stubby in July. We have a new friend her name is MayBee (due to the fact that we weren't quite sure about keeping her). She's 4 years old and full of energy. I make her Kitty Strings with yarn, it was such a hit, I donated some to the local animal shelter. I'll try to put them on the Blog next week. As usual, if you have questions about crafting or crochet, I will answer them under the post where you leave the comment. Thanks for stopping by. Birdie

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Oh My Octopus

Made for a favor to a friend and loved every minute of creating it.

Size: 2 ½  inches tall

Materials: Any #3 thick DK or #4 Worsted Weight, 1 Ball (I used leftover ww baby yarn in a light Lime color
Crochet Hook - Size US G/6
Stitch Markers
Yarn Needle
2 large black beads or 2 small black buttons
Fiberfill stuffing

Note: Working in continuous rounds; do not join or turn unless instructed to do so. When working in rounds, use a marker to mark the first stitch of each row starting on row 2.

Stitch Abbreviations: Chain (ch), Fasten Off (Fo), Half Double Crochet (hdc), Move Marker up (mm), Round (rnd), Single Crochet (sc), Join with slip stitch (jwslst), Slip Stitch (slst),Stitch (st), 

Special stitches: Sc2tog (sc decrease) Insert hook into stitch and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Body: Ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch; jwslst, ch 1, (6 sc)
Rnd 2: place a marker in first st of this rnd to indicate beg of rnd; 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: mm, *2 sc in next st, sc in next sc; rep from * around  (18 sc)
Rnd 4: mm*2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 scs; rep from * around  (24 sc)
Rnd 5 through Rnd 8: mm, Sc in each sc around, (24 sc)
Rnd 9: mm, *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 scs; rep from * around (20 sc)
Rnd 10: Repeat Rnd 5 (20 sc)
Rnd 11: mm, *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 scs; rep from * around (16 sc)
Rnd 12: Repeat Rnd 5 (16 sc)
Rnd 13: mm, *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 scs; rep from * around (12 sc)
Rnd 14: mm, *Sc2tog, sc in next sc; rep from * around (8 sc)
Do Not Fasten off,

*Ch 25, slst in second ch from hook, sc in next 9 ch, hdc in next 11 ch, dc in last 3 ch, sl st in next sc on round 14 of body, Repeat from * around body - 7 more times for a total of 8 tentacles, slst at beginning of first tentacle and Fo leaving a long tail.
Stuff Body with Fiberfill and weave long tail in and out of  last rnd of body stitches on rnd 14, pull tightly, Knot to secure. FO and weave in ends.

With black yarn, embroider smile and sew on your choice of eyes.

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