Octopuss {Toy}

This adorable little Ce-feli-pod is a great way to use up small bits of scraps. Pattern PDF is 5 pages and roughly 515 kilobytes.

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You will Need:
• Worsted*-weight yarn—Colors A & B 27 yds each (25 m each)
• 3.25 mm DPNs, set of 5** (2.75 mm optional for picking up stitches)
• yarn needle, 1 foot (30 cm) waste yarn, large handful of stuffing***
• optional: pipe cleaners to stuff tentacles

Skill: Intermediate—basic stitches, unusual shaping & finishing
Techniques: knitting in the round, increase in leg of stitch below, single & double decreases, backstitch, no-wrap short-rows, selvedge-purl-bind off (joins 2 pieces of fabric perpendicularly)
Gauge: 6 stitches & 8 rows per 1” (2.5 cm) square
Finished Size: 4” diameter x 3” tall (10 cm diameter x 7.5 cm tall)

* Some countries call this “10-ply” weight.
** One could use any method to knit in the round (magic loop, two circulars, DPNs), but the ears and tentacles are worked on a very small number of stitches, making longer needles or circulars rather cumbersome, so 5 or 6 inch (12-15 cm) length DPNs are the recommended utensil.
*** Stuffing: polyester, bamboo, cotton, yarn, fabric, or fiber scraps, even cottonballs, will all work as long as there enough. Stuffing is only used on the head as the tentacles are stuffed with their own yarn ends.

On freebies:
Some people look to a designer’s free patterns for an idea of what their for-pay patterns will look like. This pattern was designed using my older pattern template and software, and has not been upgraded like all of the for-pay patterns (it may not be, there is nothing wrong with it). If you are downloading this to get a feel for my other patterns, they look pretty different. Octopuss has been tech-edited and also test-knitted, but I don’t have the time to upgrade it currently knowing that the upgrade is basically an aesthetic one. Thank you for understanding, and I hope you enjoy the pattern if you decide to knit from it. :)

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