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« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2006 11:34:34 PM »

I just finished my nautie this afternoon.

this is before the face was made..i cannot decide which side i like better...

side 1
i like this side because of the way the increased stitch of the lighter color lined up around the shell as the shell was attached to itself.

or side 2
and i like this side because it shows the curves of the shell more.

instead of making the face separately, i picked up stitches around the shell opening and continued decreasing until 3 stitches were left for the i-cord. i found that it is necessary to elongate the face if this method is used because the face will not stick out enough. i did this by knitting 3 rounds after picking up stitches, increasing for 2 rounds, knitting a round, and then beginning the decreases as in the pattern.


after attaching 5 more i-cord tentacles (?)


after attaching button-like googly-eyes. hancock fabrics sells these googly eyes that can be sewn on because it has a shank. after sewing it on with regular thread, i knotted around both sides with the yarn i used for the face because it looked too flimsy with just the thread. the great thing about stuffed animals is u can hide all the ends no sweat!


full face view.

i made this for the boyfriend, kind of as a 3 yr aniv gift. kind of, because this little knitted guy is just a small token of appreciation, for all that the bf brings to my life =). it was just one of those things where i showed him the knitty pattern and he says, 'ooo i want one!'..so you keep that in your head for a while, and suddenly the planets align - an aniv is coming up and u have all the materials to make it! plus, by the time 3 yrs rolls around, its no longer necessary to take drastic measures when it comes to gifts. well, at least it doesnt seem so for the more lax couple we are.

but ill tell you one thing, knitting this about killed my hands. stuffing a knitted fabric is no good if the fabric begins to stretch and shows all the insides. so i knit worsted weight yarn with size US2 metal dpns. talk about pain. the last time i knit it was last night, and my left middle finger is still a bit numb and there is a blister-like spot on the side of my right middle finger. the things we do for love! (...the things we do for not wanting to buy more dpns ^^;; ).



some more info,

the yarns i used were caron simply soft in blue mint (lighter blue), unknown probably red heart in blue that i bought like 10 yrs ago seriously, and peaches n creme in ecru for the face.

guage: 6.5st/in...the best thing about knitting toys is that guage really doesnt mean much.



hope u like it!
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« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2006 03:31:22 AM »

wow, you rock for toughing out that gauge. i just let my stuffing show, myself :-)
your nautie is totally cute, i like the googly eyes. i couldn't get the hang of those stripes, but yours look great!
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« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2006 11:26:32 AM »

It seems by the pattern and by some of the pics posted here that the coiled shell is supposed to be striped..but the pics on knitty look like it's solid..am I imagining this? I guess it doesn't matter..I just dont follow alot of patterns and get freaked out if I think I am doing it all wrong!
I really want to make this for my little girl's 5th birthday on Friday...she'd get a kick out of it....loves any kind of creepy, crawlie..shelled or not shelled.
I too have not seen number 4 DP's ..in a long while. I was thinking to use a  bulky weight and use the size 8's that I have..or a worsted weight on size 3's...that would give me more options for using the stash I already have.
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« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2006 08:04:12 PM »

i think its optional whether u want striped or not. i did mines striped but u can easily just use one color and not change a thing about the pattern (u just have to disregard the cc1 and cc2).

see in this pic, the green one is striped and the purple one is solid:
http://www.knitty.com/issuespring06/images/nautieSIDE.jpg

so dont fret and let ur stash guide u! =)

good luck and happy bday to ur girl.
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« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2006 08:15:39 AM »

I absolutely could NOT make this guy work out for me.  I'm a reasonably experienced knitter, but I kept losing stitches, getting twisted around, etc.  I'm not sure if it's the small # of stitches you start out with at the beginning or what, but it's been pure disaster!  (and I'd really love to make one of these for a labmate who works on molluscs/bivalves/paleo fun!)

any tips for making this work out well?
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« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2006 09:38:09 AM »

it was much easier for me to make mine without stripes - fewer things to think about at one time.
there was also one made head-down, and stuffed and rolled up afterward, sewing it together as they went - that might be easier if you're stuck.
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« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2006 04:19:53 AM »

I decided to go with a varegated.
 I do see the stripes now..just barely.

Nosyred..I had some problems until I realized the yarn gets funny when you join and I was knitting inside out..as soon as I started making sure that the yarn was directly behind the stitch I stopped having that problem.
I think I did just simply twist once near the beginning too.


Thanks Sibi.

Editing to show off my finished Nautie.
I made a few changes, and I think mine is a bit smaller..and needs a face..but anyways, it was her fav gift and I'm proud of that.



I used number 3 needles and I used a worsted weight acrylic..It's called "Camo" by Bernat. I dont recall the name of the colorway but they have several. I wanted a more or less nuetral colorway, and picked the one with traditional camouflage colors.
I ended up with a guage of about 24 stitches x 28 rows over 4 inches. And the little guy was about 7 inches long.

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« Reply #27 on: August 19, 2006 02:46:14 PM »

Diosaperdida, he's a fab colour!

I'm currently on my 9th (or is it 10th) Nautie!!

This one is in cream and dark chocolate brown with a bid brown head.

I agree with what people have said about the needle size, I'm using a smaller size than the pattern says, and it's coming out better- I was getting the stuffing showing through before. My guage is usually spot on as well.

3 1/2 mm instead of 4mm I'd say.  Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: August 20, 2006 06:38:37 AM »

Thanks Shortstuff.
Wow..10 or 11..well, I can see how this pattern can be addictive, especially since it's so quick to do!
The tenticles got on my nerves though, so I will probably only make one more spiral and two of the straight shells.
That would make one each for each of my daughters.
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« Reply #29 on: August 20, 2006 11:01:20 AM »

I've made two of these already.  An olive-green shell/black face one and a pink shell/white face one.  Silly me didn't take pictures!  I gave them away as gifts, and they're hanging off of rear-view car mirrors.  I have a pair of friends that are a married couple and they like their things big, and they want me to make them a GIANT nautie.  We'll see...  They still need to buy the yarn, because no way am I buying a million skeins of thick chenille yarn!
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