Friday, August 28, 2009

Douglas

I wrote a pattern! This cephalopod is my own little rebellion against amigurumi patterns that require tons of finishing - especially octopus patterns, which often require you to assemble and sew on the legs individually. There's only one seam on Douglas (to sew on his underbelly); all of the legs are crocheted onto the body. An abundance of legs are a delight to little hands that love to grab, twist, and pull.

Douglas is quite friendly and settles in quite naturally, even when he's far from the sea.

I used a size F hook and random worsted-weight scraps of yarn. Any sturdy, washable yarn would work just fine.

Gauge? Don't sweat it. It's a toy.
Body
Row 1 ch 2, 8 sc in second ch from hook. place marker to indicate beg of round. do not join.
Row 2 *2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around. (16 sts)
Row 3 *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Row 4 *sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around. (32 sts)
Row 5 *sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around. (40 sts)
Row 6 *sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around. (48 sts)
Row 7 *sc in each of next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around. (56 sts)
Rows 8-12 1 sc in each stitch around. (56 sts)
Row 13 sc 10. work a 5 trc cluster (*3 yo, insert hook in stitch, pull up a loop, [yo, pull loop through two sts] 3 times, repeat from * 5 times. Yo and pull through all 5 loops on hook). sc in remaining sts. (56 sts)
Row 14 sc 10. skip next sc. sc in remaining sts. (55 sts)
Rows 15-17 work 1 sc in each st around.
Row 18 (create legs) *ch 20. work 5 hdc in 2nd chain from hook and in each remaining ch. skip 3 sts on body and sc in next 2 sts. repeat from * 11 times.
Row 19 holding legs to the front and working behind them, *work 3 sc in the space left by skipping sts on the previous row. then work a sc around the back of each of the next two sc on the previous row. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st and finish off. (56 sts.)

Belly
Work same as for Body through row 6. Join with a sl st and cut yarn, leaving an 18" tail for seaming.

Finishing
Attach safety eyes (or embroider eyes) as desired. Take a long stitch between the eyes with a loop of yarn and pull as tightly as desired to create a "pinched" look; tie a knot and reinforce with a second stitch for stability.


To make Douglas rattle for small children or babies, put a few dried beans or pennies in a plastic easter egg and tape or glue shut. Wrap in stuffing.


Stuff Douglas firmly. Sew on underbelly with a blunt needle, taking stitches through the front loop of underbelly stitches and the back loop of body stitches. This creates an inconspicuous seam. Pull all loose ends deep into stuffing. Voila! Smile, show him off, and introduce Douglas to his new home.

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7 comments:

DrChopSuey said...

Adorable!

If I ever learn how to crochet (I'm bad, I really need to learn asap), I'm going to make this little guy first!

Domie's Mom said...

He is so cool. I cannot crochet but if I could I wouldl totally make him.

Great job.

multibeavo said...

Here is one I made from your pattern! It turned out so cute!!!

http://multibeavo.blogspot.com/2009/10/3-newest.html

A Homely Heroine said...

Hey, how's it going? I meant to leave a comment on your 'wow' post, but I think I understand why you've taken it down. Just wanted to send some virtual support - it's tough making such startling discoveries about yourself. I'm glad for you that you're going back to college, I hope all is well with you x

Kitma said...

He is soo cute! I love the springy legs. My friend came to school with this adorable little lion she crocheted and we got a cool idea. I was wondering if we could use your pattern to make these adorable little guys and sell them at our school as a Relay for Life fundraiser. Relay for Life is an all-night event in which we raise awareness and money for the cure of cancer. All the money would go to the Relay, we would keep none of the profits ourselves. Thank you for your time, here is our schools Relay website. http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY12FL?fr_id=41755&pg=entry

Steffi said...

Kitma, you're more than welcome to use the pattern for your fundraiser. I've been involved with Relay for Life before, as well. Thanks for asking! :)

Anonymous said...

Ive just completed the first leg and realized Douglas has 12 legs! I don't really want to take it all apart but I don't want to give my granddaughter an OCTOpus with too many legs. :( I was really hoping to make her one.