22 June 2009

the pattern

The other day, I tried to upload the squid pattern. Blogger would not let me cut and paste directly from Word. I am trying it again in .rtf.

Harvey the Vampire Squid Pattern

Yarn: Phentex Chunky (Aran Weight) 100% acrylic, red; about 250-300 yds/229-275m (I think that’s how much I used; you can use any aran to chunky weight yarn for this that you want; I used a picture of the vampire squid for a reference and they are kind of red, so you might want to stick with the same colour if you’re into accuracy) and 1 yd/1m Aran weight blue yarn (for eyes)

Needles: set of four or five 6 mm DPNs, and a set of 6 mm straights (optional)

Notions: yarn needle, crochet hook for picking up stitches.

Gauge: About 17 sts and 20 rows=4 inches/10cm in St st worked in the round.

Finished size: Body length-about 7 in/17.6 cm, Mantle length: about 7 in/17.6cm

CO 26 sts. Join to work in the round.
Knit 12 rounds.
Round 13: (K1, K1fb) to end. 39 sts.
Rounds 14-15: Knit.
Round 16: (K2, K1fb) to end. 52 sts.
Round 17: Knit.
Round 18: K15, P22, K15.
Round 19: K14, P24, K14.
Round 20: K15, P22, K15.
Rounds 21-28: Knit.
Round 29: (K24, K2tog), repeat to end. 50 sts.
Round 30: Knit.
Round 31: (K23, K2tog), repeat to end. 48 sts.
Round 32: Knit
Round 33: (K10, K2tog), repeat to end. 44 sts.
Round 34: Knit.
Round 35:(K9, k2tog), repeat to end. 40 sts.
Round 36: Knit.
Round 37: (K8, k2tog), repeat to end. 36 sts.
Round 38: Knit.
Round 39: (k7, k2tog), repeat to end. 32 sts.
Round 40: Knit.
Round 41: (K6, k2tog), repeat to end. 28 sts.
Round 42: Knit.
Round 43: (K5, k2tog), repeat to end. 24 sts.
Round 44: Knit.
Round 45: (K4, k2tog), repeat to end. 20 sts.
Round 46: Knit.
Round 47: (K3, k2tog), repeat to end. 16 sts.
Round 48: Knit.
Round 49: (K2, k2tog), repeat to end. 12 sts.
Round 50: Knit.
Round 51: (K1, k2tog), repeat to end. 8 sts.
Round 52: Knit.
Divide 8 rem sts onto 2 needles, cut yarn to a length of about 6-8 inches, turn inside out and BO using 3 needle bind-off.

Earflaps (Make 2):
Note: These can be worked on the DPNs or on straights
Cast on 8 sts.
Knit 3 rows in garter stitch.
Row 4: K1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1.
Knit 3 more rows in garter stitch.
Row 8: K1, ssk, k2tog, k1.
Knit 2 more rows in garter stitch and bind off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing the flaps to the squid’s head. Weave in ends from cast-on. Sew earflaps on 2.5-3 inches below the top of squid’s head on opposite sides (align with eyes).

Eyes: Work oval-shaped eyes in satin stitch with blue yarn on each side, and just below, of the “forehead” ridge.

Stuff squid with fiber-fill to the desired fullness.

Pick up 26 sts from cast-on edge. Join to work in the round.
Knit 1 round.
Next round: K1, k2tog to last st, k1.18 sts.
Next round: K1, k2tog to last 2 sts, k2. 13 sts.
Thread yarn through rem sts and pull to draw tight and fasten off. Weave in ends.

There will be a round of purl bumps from the long-tail cast-on along the base of the squid. Pick up 24 sts from these purl bumps, using a crochet hook smaller than the needles. Divide sts onto DPNs. Join for working in the round.
Knit 1 round.
(Knit 3, kfb), repeat to end. 30 sts.
Knit 1 round.
(Knit 4, kfb), repeat to end. 36 sts.
Knit 1 round.
(K5, kfb), repeat to end. 42 sts.
Knit 1 round.
(K6, kfb), repeat to end. 48 sts.
Knit 1 round.
(K7, kfb), repeat to end. 54 sts.
Knit 1 round.
(K8, kfb), repeat to end. 60 sts.
Knit in stockinette until mantle measures about 7 inches long. (it should be as long as the body or slightly longer, but if you want a longer mantle, the tentacles will need to be adjusted accordingly, because they should be about 2 inches longer than the mantle).

Tentacles (Make 8):
The tentacles are worked entirely in i-cord.
CO 2 sts.
Working in i-cord, k 3 rows.
Continuing in i-cord, kfb, k1, 3 sts.
K 4 rows.
K1, kfb, k1, 4 sts.
K 4 rows.
K1, kfb, k2, 5 sts.
K 8 rows.
K 2, k2tog, k1. 4 sts.
K 4 rows.
K1, k2tog, k1. 3 sts.
K 4 rows.
K1, k2tog, 2 sts.
K 4 rows.
Bind off.

Pin tentacles evenly to the seam along the mantle and body and pin out evenly along the middle and the edge. Sew all in place at the seam and then sew each tentacle along each side of its length. The tentacles should extend about 2 inches or so past the mantle.

1 comment:

  1. O wow my kids are going to lov this! they wanted a vampire squid (they watch the octonauts if that means anything?) and this is just perfect!


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