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The circle thing is the Knifty Knitter (although they are not the only brand by any means). The resultant product looks traditionally knit, but is done by looping the yarn around the spikes and lifting the lower loop off with a hook. It is not finger crochet, which is basically just crocheting using a bent finger as the hook.
I fought with this pattern for a couple of hours this evening. First of all, you did not count wrong. The pattern is off and there is only room for seven arms. I guess we could both be wrong, but I doubt it. OK, so it is now a septopus. Here is what I did for the bottom that more or less follows the original instructions for the arm part, although I did my own thing for the center circle base:
r1: For the center circle base I started in a magic ring and sc 7, then pulled it closed.
r2: sc 2 in 1 around (14 sc)
r3 until same size as the opening in the octo(septo)pus body: sc 2in 1, sc, around. I did not mark rounds from this point. Instead I just worked in a spiral until it was the right size. I figured I could adjust for any uneven stitch count between the base and the bottom of the body at the points where the tr are worked for the arm bases.
Arms: sl st the circle to the base of an arm (bottom of the row of stitches where it meets the body). dc in the same space where the sl is attached, 6 more dc in the stitch bottoms along the side of the arm, sc in the next 7, then sl along in each stitch to the tip. 2 sc in the tip. Turn as if you were turning to work back along the row you just stitched (which you are) with no turning chain. *Pass the hook though the working loops of the next sl (in the row you just made) and through the loops of top of the sc (the same stitch you worked the sl into, but the top of it), work a sc, work another sc into the same sl only. Repeat from * 9 times. sc, continuing to catch the loops from both the sl and sc, but only making one sc, across to the base. sl to the base of the next arm and repeat. That makes the arm like a tube with a curly tip.
That worked, and I am pretty sure it is close to what is intended, but I did not like the results. I am going to frog everything back to the base of the body, then make it big enough for 8 arms and do my own thing.
My son decided to work on something more clearly written, preferably charted. I don't blame him.
Walmart and Joanns here both carry the knifty Knitter. There are no other crafty places her, so I do not know about places like Michaels. My LYS has wooden looms that are similar, but available in a wider range of sizes.
Here is my little guy starting a project on his. I crocheted the sweater he is wearing:)
My son is working on this exact pattern right now. I try to read ahead so I can explain what the pattern is saying to him. On this one, though, I am confused, too. I think I am going to have to make one up tomorrow so I can be done before he gets to the legs. If I have any revelation I will post them. Otherwise, I am anxious to here what the designer says and what you end up doing.
We homeschool and I require my kids to learn handcrafts.
I taught my 9yo (10 in a couple of weeks), how to crochet last summer. He made a few projects with a good attitude, but not much enthusiasm. Then he realized amigurumi was crochet. He is now a very enthusiastic crocheting fool. He prefers Japanese charted patterns and is always bugging me about when I am going to order more books. Since he cannot find a cow pattern that he likes, he has asked me to help him design his own He just finished a fish, and started an octopus today.
I recently bought my 5yo son a knifty knitter set. He picked it up very quickly. He can crochet a chain with a hook, but he has trouble with it. Since he can sit the knitting loom down on a desk while he manipulates the yarn it is much easier for him to coordinate. I taught him to make finger chains when he was 3, but he is not satisfied with "just a chain" now. He wants to make real projects like hats and stuffed kitties. I think the knifty knitter is a good gateway skill to both knitting and crochet.
My husband wants to learn to crochet now, but he is a much more difficult student than our sons.
Well, I got my full set of Clover soft touch in my stocking (from hubby), and I love them. Absolutely, my favorite ever. Since christmas morning I have finished a sweater for my 5 yo (front and back were already done...so sleeves, ribbing, and assembly), made the "shroom" from the crochet-me site, made a pair of superwash merino socks for me, made the One-Skein HH skarf in a Noru Silk Garden skein, and started Sammy the Hedgehog, all with the new hooks. I will post pictures after my husband goes back to work later next week(first vacation in ages).