I’ve Been Hooked…

Amigurumi Octopus

Amigurumi Octopus

I have been lured over to the dark side, and started crocheting again. This little fellow just amused me!

This is another craft that is so different from when I first learnt (more years ago than I care to remember). Amigurumi pets are cute!

The octopus pattern is a free download on khookcreations.wordpress.com.  If you do visit the website, you will see that the plain coloured ones are more effective. That will teach me to grab the first bit of thread I come across…

Tatting is also keeping me busy. This is a tatted collar ‘Eunice’ from Tatting Patterns by Lyn Morton

Tatted Collar - before blocking

Tatted Collar – before blocking

I had problems with this pattern from the start. It really didn’t want to lie flat. There is also quite a difference between the written description of the first row and the photograph in the book.

All pinned down

All pinned down

I did manage to bully it into shape with blocking, but to me the rings of the first row are distorted, and the elements of the second row are too much on top of each other.

Blocked Collar

Blocked Collar

It was for a friend, and she is pleased with it, which is the main thing.

I am quite possibly going to crochet more octopuses. 😉


About notewords

Guitarist, Music teacher, Writer
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23 Responses to I’ve Been Hooked…

  1. emmazocco says:

    This little fellow is very cute! and you are doing such a great job with tatting, very lovely 🙂

  2. ckendsley says:

    What a lovely collar. Beautiful work! And the octopus is just cute as can be!

  3. franhunne4u says:

    Craftspeople don’t call it distorted, they call it a feature … 😉

  4. Both octopus and collar are delightful. A collar doesn’t hang flat on a body anyway, does it, what with the folding down the back of the neck and over the frontage (as it were)? It needs outer edge slack to travel and spread further? Beautiful work!

    • notewords says:

      Something else I want to try is miniature tatting. I think the very fine threads could look effective in a doll house.

      • Sounds great and I’m working on getting my head around what exactly is your fancy. Would you use sewing thread and what sort of design of rings are you thinking about? I’m missing the point, aren’t I? Do you fancy small items with few rings but lots of picots? A little less of the Celtic/Irish look that I always think tatting has and more of a lace style?

      • notewords says:

        I’ll probably experiment to find what works. I have already tatted with 100 thread which is pretty fine. I think you saw the post.
        I also have some 120 which I will try when I am feeling brave. 😉
        It’s not terribly difficult to work with, but very tricky to correct errors.

  5. Erin and Sky says:

    I think your collar looks beautiful. I haven’t tried tatting yet or amigurumi but I did just order a bunch of safety eyes yesterday so I see myself making some very soon! I’ll have to try the octopus. I think yours came out very cute.

  6. foguth says:

    I love your tatting, but knew I could never, ever do that. But that is so cute! And I do sort of know how to crochet… and Purrseidon would love something like this under the Christmas tree…. I intend to attempt making something and hope it will be identifiable and a sea creature… also intend to reblog this, in case others have better skills than me.

  7. foguth says:

    Reblogged this on Jeanne Foguth’s Blog and commented:
    This is so CUTE! I’m excited to find a hook and try to turn yarn scraps into something Mr. M and Purrseidon will have fun with!

  8. jeanweaves says:

    Both the octopus and the collar are great! Just because something doesn’t look like the photo in the pattern doesn’t mean it isn’t right–it’s just another artist’s interpretation. A multi-colored octopus is more life-like I would think and collars do need some dimension on a body. Fine work!

  9. frilka says:

    Dark side it is – especially that octopuses do contain black ink! On the bright side though: fabulous and so cute! collar is great too! 🙂 xxx

  10. thehookstook says:

    Mwah-ha-ha! Welcome back to the dark side!!! Love that octopus – you should definitely make more!

  11. Sandy says:

    Cute. I never did manage tatting but think it’s beautiful.

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