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11  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Octopode Pandemonium! (Now with Tutorial!) on: September 05, 2006 06:45:30 AM
Those octopodes are awesomely cute!  Thank you for sharing!  Cheesy
12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Octopode Pandemonium! (Now with Tutorial!) on: August 22, 2006 01:16:57 PM
Cool!   Grin I'd love to see them all!  Just moved into my dorm, I'm a dorky freshman, so probably no crochet/knitting for me 'til I get myself settled. Embarrassed  My roomate is going to think I'm a loser when I whip it out one day... Undecided  but the blue-green octy moved with me, he's keeping me company on my desk!!!
13  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Octopode Pandemonium! (Now with Tutorial!) on: August 16, 2006 02:54:09 PM
Tut added on first page.  PM me with any errors and I'll correct them pronto!  ENJOY!! Grin
14  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Octopode Pandemonium! on: August 15, 2006 07:08:51 PM
I've been reading up on this topic and found this thread that dicusses it quite thouroghly (and heatedly at times!).  It seems at though there is a lot of controversy surrounding the topic of originality and copying, but the consensus seems that as long as its not a direct copy or being sold that it's okay to make it.  If I were to tut I would request that the octies wouldn't be sold.  Does this seem in the right to everyone?  If so I'll try to get a tut together sometime tomorrow.
15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Octopode Pandemonium! on: August 15, 2006 10:32:11 AM
You say it is very easy would you mind giving a tutorial if they are that easy???

they are really cute, i would love to make one of this for my son his birthday is sunday he is turning 2.
is there any way you could post a pattern or a tut?  Roll Eyes

you did a great job Smiley
I would LOVE to tut! (my first!!!) but I'm not sure what the 'crafster code of ethics' is on posting a pattern that is similar to someone elses design.  Is this okay?
16  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: my first amigurumi... on: August 14, 2006 05:30:57 PM
Maybe using craft felt make some eyes would be cute and then stitching on a small mouth with some pink yarn.  Just suggestions! Grin
17  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Octopode Pandemonium! on: August 14, 2006 05:28:31 PM
Oh my.. I am going to faint from the cuteness! Seriously, I love them so much! I wish I could crochet.. maybe I could attempt some sort of sewn octopus because stuffed octopi are amazing. Cheesy great job!

I'm sure you probably could crochet them, it wasn't too hard, in fact, I found it much faster and simpler than knitting!
18  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Octopode Pandemonium! on: August 14, 2006 04:33:22 PM
How did you attach the legs, or whatever they are called on cephalopods, I was never good at biology.....

I sorta pinched them shut and stitched them closed, then attached them with a yarn needle.
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Octopode Pandemonium! (Now with Tutorial!) on: August 14, 2006 04:15:24 PM
My first crochet FO.  Inspired/Modeled after the softies of mpatrizio.  I had no pattern and VERY little experience with crochet prior to making these, but I was set on making an octopus after seeing some of the adorable amigurumi animals out there. 

My grandmother taught me crochet when I was a kid so my prior efforts consisted of a very long chain and a rectangle which were completed several years ago, but using a few webpages for a little bit of needed info (and memory jogging) I somehow pulled it off!  I surprised my friends and myself when they turned out looking so darn cuddly!


All 3 of my cephalopods.  All acrylic. Large are 5.5" high and small is 5" high.


The one I made for my cousin.  Features a little removable purple bow pin I made from some scrap.

*****TUTORIAL*****


*MATERIALS*
--Worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver for the two green ones and Caron Simply Soft for the orange one) One skein is plenty to make one octopus and might even make two...
--Size G or H hook (Simply soft was a bit finer yarn so I used a smaller hook, it doesn't really matter)
--Yarn Needle
--Stuffing
--Eyes (I used the snap on kind but they can be buttons or can be sewn on)

*DIRECTIONS*(written without abbrev. for my own state of mind!!!)

TOP

Chain 2

Round 1: Single Crochet 8 into second chain from the hook (probably could magic loop it, just make sure there's eight!!!) (8 total stitches around)

Round 2: *1 Single Crochet in one, 2 Single Crochet in 1* around (12 total)

Round 3: *1 Single Crochet in one, 2 Single Crochet in 1* around (18 total)

Round 4: *1 Single Crochet in two, 2 Single Crochet in 1* around (24 total)

Round 5: *1 Single Crochet in two, 2 Single Crochet in 1* around (32 total)

Round 6: *1 Single Crochet in three, 2 Single Crochet in 1* around (40 total)

Rounds 7-18: Single Crochet around

Fasten off leaving a long tail (this will be used to join the top and bottom)

BOTTOM

Repeat top but stop when ROUND 9 is completed (40)

Fasten off leaving a sort of long tail (this will be used to close stuffing hole)

LEGS

Repeat top directions until ROUND 2 is completed (12)

Round 3-12: Single Crochet around (add more rounds for longer legs, take away for shorter)

STUFF LEG NOW!!! Make sure it's stuffed so it's firm.

Round 13: Single Crochet Decrease (Crochet 2 together) around

Fasten off leaving a long tail (will be used to attach legs to body)

MAKE 8 (or don't and have a UNIPUS, I don't care  Roll Eyes)

FINISHING!

Line up edges of both TOP and BOTTOM sections with their RIGHT SIDES facing IN.  Using either the yarn needle or hook, join sections using the tail from the top portion, but LEAVE A 2 INCH GAP.  Turn right side out. 

Pinch the top of each LEG flat and, using needle, stitch closed, then attach them to the body underneath the seam the TOP and BOTTOM have made.  **HINT** Attach them diagonally (e.x. "twelve o'clock", then "six o'clock", then "three o'clock", then "nine o'clock", etc.) to get them spaced evenly.  When the LEG is attached, fasten off and draw the tail into the inside of the BODY.

Now is a good time to attach the eyes.  Pick a spot where the legs are about the same size and put them centered above a place where the legs meet in a "V," not centered above one singular leg (look at my pics to get what the heck I'm talking about) otherwise it will look like your Octy has a trunk.

You can weave in the ends if you'd like but I kept them all inside so I just stuffed them in there.  Wink

Stuff the BODY until it's firm (if you don't the head will feel squishy and get "dented" when you handle it).

Use the tail on the BOTTOM to close the gap, with a needle or with a hook.

TA DA! You've got an octopus friend!



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Enjoy!
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I think I have unnatural tension.... on: November 25, 2005 04:33:15 PM
Thanks everyone for the comments!  Grin

Glad to know I'm not the only one out here! Wink
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