Toy measures approx 22cm(8¾in) tall, excluding cord.
- 1 100g ball of Adriafil New Zealand Print in shade 046 Bright Multicolour
- Pair of 4.5mm (UK 7) double-pointed knitting needles
- Polyester toy filling
- Scraps of black and white or yellow felt
- Sewing needle and thread
20 sts and 25 rows = 10cm/4in square over st-st using 4.5mm needles.
Beg - beginning; C - contrast wool colour; cm - centimetres; cont - continue; dec - decrease(ing); DK - double knitting; foll - following; in - inch(es); inc - increase(ing); k – knit; M - main wool colour; mm - millimeters; 0 - no rows; p - purl; rem - remain(ing); rep - repeat; RS - right side; st(s) - stitch(es); st-st – stocking stitch (knit on RS, purl on WS); tog - together; WS - wrong side.
Tentacles (make 16)
Using two 4.5mm double-pointed needles, cast on 4sts.
Row 1: k4.
Do not turn but slide sts to other end of needle, thus working with RS always facing, pull the yarn tight as you work the first stitch of the next row so that the knitting forms a tube.
Knit 39 more rows in this fashion.
Cut yarn and transfer to a spare needle.
Do not cut yarn after making last tentacle.
Row 1: cast on 50sts, k these sts, k4 sts from last tentacle, then k across
all sts on spare needle, turn. (114sts)
K 5 rows.
Using two 4.5mm double-pointed needles, cast on 36sts.
Beg with a k row, work 12 rows st st.
Row 13: (k4, k2tog) 6 times. 30sts.
Row 14: purl.
Row 15: (k3, k2tog) 6 times. 24sts.
Row 16: purl.
Row 17: (k2, k2tog) 6 times. 18sts.
Row 18: purl.
Row 19: (k1, k2tog) 6 times. 12sts.
Row 20: (p2tog) 6 times. 6sts.
Cut the yarn and thread the tail through rem 6sts.
Using two 4.5mm double-pointed needles, cast on 2sts.
Row 1: k2; thus working with RS always facing, pull the yarn tight as you work the first stitch of the next row so that the knitting forms a tube.
Knit 59 more rows in this fashion.
Starting at the end without the tentacles, roll up the core strip into a fairly tight coil, securing it with a few stitches as you go. When you reach the tentacles, continue rolling, using the tail of yarn at the top of each tentacle to secure it to the core and weaving the remaining end into the layers of knitting. Stitch the side seam on the body. Place the body over the core and stitch the cast-on edge to the top of the tentacles all around. Insert some toy filling through the small hole at the top of the body, then insert one end of the hanging cord; pull up the yarn tail to close up the hole and trap the end of the hanging cord, then secure with a few small stitches. Cut circles of felt for the eyes and stitch in place on the body using sewing or embroidery thread.
Refer to ball band for washing and further care instructions.