This pattern comes from Hansi Singh's wonderful book: Amigurumi Knits: Patterns for 20 Cute Mini Knits, which I highly recommend. I received a copy from my lovely boyfriend when I first started knitting and I've really been too intimidated to try anything until now. I was wondering if I would have a "can't believe I waited so long to do this" moment, but as complicated as these are, I'm glad I did wait.
|Lurking background tomato|
This is my first knitted amigurumi item. (I also did the tomato from the same book but it's not nearly as exciting.) It's strange how in crochet, I would consider amigurumi accessible to the beginner, but in knitting... not a chance. This is probably the most complicated knitted item I've made so far. Keeping all the different types of increases and decreases straight was a challenge.
|Eye bulge extraordinaire|
I did have some trouble with leaving gaps from incorrectly done increases (thanks for nothing, M1R & L, you tricky bastards!) and from picking up stitches to join the shapes together. I like the way the construction is done, though. It really eases you into the design and use of short rows which was new to me. I like that the jacket of the book can be used as bookmarks for the tutorial section. I had to make some sticky note pointers to locate each stitch guide on the pages though because they're a bit thrown together to save space.
|Octopus and tomato|
Inside the legs are pipe cleaners to give him some gripping and posing power. I was worried about running out of the purple yarn so I added those green head stripes. It was a near thing. I decided to add the eyes, which are done separately with crochet (6sc in a ring, 12 sc, 8 sc), stuffed and embroidered with black and white in a little square. Apparently that's how octopuses like to do their eyes. In a square.
|All done, ready for world domination|
I may add some sequin or beaded suckers on later when I'm not feeling quite so glad to be done with the whole thing. I did this over a series of evenings between different things so it was a lot of picking up and putting back down again. Feeling happy to have this completed and a new skill learned. My little project on ravelry.