A Cavalcade of Crustacea, or, Release the Kraken

18 Nov

Some months ago, a friend of mine requested crocheted lobsters, so I found a free pattern and stitched them up:

A friend of hers then requested a crab, so I took a some heavy liberties with this pattern, and made this little guy:

Another friend suggested some mythical creatures may be in order – perhaps a Manticore, or a Kraken… Manticores seemed a little too challenging for my amigurumi skills, so I went for the Terror of the Deep. I did some research, which led me to pose my firend a question: squid-like Kraken, or octopus-like Kraken? He opted for the squid-like model, which gladdened my heart, because the free octopus patterns I found were not particularly likely to inspire fear in the minds of the multitudes.

The pattern I settled on was loosely written, but the result was fantastic:

(I translated the instructions as I stitched, and the resultant pattern is now over on my free patterns page, with many thanks to the original designer, Trish of Genuine Mudpie.)

The Kraken was very well received, but it left a gnawing sensation in my brain – I could not find any free octopus amigurumi patterns that I liked, so perhaps I should design one. Translating the Kraken pattern was easy enough, after all; I speak the language, and I know what shapes I want…

This sloshed around in my head for a bit, and eventually I bit the bullet and did it. You can now head over to my free patterns page to find my first original amigurumi design, The Actual Octopus. It’s easy (you only need to know chain, slip stitch, single crochet, increases and decreases), it’s quick (only 11 rounds!) and it looks like an Actual Octopus. If you make one, please send me pictures – I’d love to see how it turns out!

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Posted by on November 18, 2012 in Craftiness


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