Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby Ollie the Octopus

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by Lion Brand Design Team

Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby Ollie the Octopus

The Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby Ollie the Octopus is a super fun critter that's super fun to make, too!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    An exact gauge is not necessary for this project. Finished octopus measures approximately 16 inch. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 inch square, try using a smaller size needle; if it takes you more stitches and rows, try a larger size needle. Download template for abbreviations not explained elsewhere. M1 (make 1) = an increase worked by lifting the horizontal thread lying between the needles and placing it onto left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop
  • 2
    Body: Cast on 60 sts. Divide sts onto 3 double-pointed needles. Join, being careful not to twist sts, place marker for beg of rnd. Rnd 1: Knit. Rnd 2: *K2tog, k16, k2tog; rep from * around – 54 sts. Rnd 3: Knit. Rnd 4: *K2tog, k14, k2tog; rep from * around – 48 sts. Rnd 5 and 6: Knit. Rnd 7: *K2tog, k12, k2tog; rep from * around – 42 sts. Rnds 8–11: Knit. Rnd 12: *K1, M1, k12, M1, k1; rep from * around – 48 sts. Rnd 13: Knit. Rnd 14: *K1, M1, k14, M1, k1; rep from * around – 54 sts. Rnd 15: Knit. Rnd 16: *K1, M1, k16, M1, k1; rep from * around – 60 sts. Rnd 17: Knit. Rnd 18: *K1, M1, k18, M1, k1; rep from * around – 66 sts. Rnd 19: Knit. Rnd 20: *K1, M1, k20, M1, k1; rep from * around – 72 sts. Rnd 21: Knit. Rnd 22: *K1, M1, k22, M1, k1; rep from * around – 78 sts. Rnd 23: Knit. Rnd 24: *K1, M1, k24, M1, k1; rep from * around – 84 sts. Rnds 25–34: Knit. Rnd 35: *K2tog, k24, k2tog; rep from * around – 78 sts. Rnd 36: Knit. Rnd 37: *K2tog, k22, k2tog; rep from * around – 72 sts. Rnd 38: Knit. Rnd 39: *K2tog, k20, k2tog; rep from * around – 66 sts. Rnd 40: *K2tog, k18, k2tog; rep from * around – 60 sts. Rnd 41: *K2tog, k16, k2tog; rep from * around – 54 sts. Rnd 42: *K2tog, k14, k2tog; rep from * around – 48 sts. Rnd 43: *K2tog, k12, k2tog; rep from * around – 42 sts. Rnd 44: *K2tog, k10, k2tog; rep from * around – 36 sts. Rnd 45: *K2tog, k8, k2tog; rep from * around – 30 sts. Rnd 46: *K2tog, k6, k2tog; rep from * around – 24 sts. Rnd 47: *K2tog, k4, k2tog; rep from * around – 18 sts. Rnd 48: *K2tog, k2, k2tog; rep from * around – 12 sts. Rnd 49: *K2tog, rep from * around – 6 sts. Cut yarn, leaving a long end. Thread end through remaining sts, pull tightly tog and tie off.
  • 3
    Legs: From RS, pick up and k8 sts along cast-on edge of Body, then cast on 5 sts. Divide sts onto 3 needles. Join, being careful not to twist sts, place marker for beg of rnd. Rnds 1–5: Knit. Rnd 6 (Decrease): K3, k2tog, k to end of rnd – 12 sts. Rnds 7–11: Knit. Rnd 12 (Decrease): Rep Rnd 6 – 11 sts. Rep last 6 rnds 3 times – 8 sts. Stuff leg lightly. Rep last 6 rnds 4 times – 4 sts. Cut yarn, leaving a long end. Thread end through remaining sts, pull tightly tog and tie off. Second, Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth Legs: Beg in same cast-on st as last picked up st of previous leg, pick up and k8 sts, then cast on 5 sts, complete leg in same manner as first. Third, Fifth, and Seventh Legs: Beg in next cast-on st following previous leg, pick up and k8 sts, then cast on 5 sts, complete leg in same manner as first.
  • 4
    Underside of Body: From RS, working along cast-on edge of legs (underside of body), pick up and k48 sts as follows: 5 sts along top of each cast on leg, and 1 st between each leg. Divide sts onto double-pointed needles. Join, being careful not to twist sts, place marker for beg of rnd. Rnd 1: Knit. Rnd 2: *K4, k2tog; rep from * around – 40 sts. Finish stuffing piece. Rnd 3: *K3, k2tog; rep from * around – 32 sts. Rnd 4: *K2, k2tog; rep from * around – 24 sts. Rnd 5: Knit. Rnd 6: *K2, k2tog; rep from * around – 18 sts. Rnd 7: *K2tog; rep from * around – 9 sts. Rnd 8: Knit. Rnd 9: *K2tog; rep from * around, end k1 – 5 sts. Cut yarn, leaving a long end. Thread end through remaining sts, pull tight and secure. Fasten off.
  • 5
    Eyes (Make 2): With Black yarn and crochet hook, ch 4; join with slip st to form a ring. Ch 1, work 8 sc in ring; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off. With Rust yarn, embroider a French knot in center of each eye.
  • 6
    Finishing: Sew Eyes to Body. Weave in ends.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Supplies

  • Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby Yarn Goldfish 100368176
  • Lion Brand Knitting Needles Double-Pointed U.S. 5/3.0 mm 5 pc. 104239353
  • Lion Brand Crochet Hook Size F-5/3.75 mm 104239351
  • Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers 24 pc. 104239331
  • Lion Brand Blunt End Needles Large Eye 6 pc. 104755288
  • Fairfield Processing Poly-fil Fiber 32 oz. 104238553
  • Small Amount of Black Yarn
  • Small Amount of Rust Yarn
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