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Weird Octopus Cyclops Kitty Thing from Coraline


I know I haven't posted the great big blog about Coraline yet. I just haven't had time this week to type everything up. My quick summary? I loved it. Visually it was stunning. My one teeny, tiny complaint, (don't read this if you haven't seen the movie or read the book yet) I didn't like that she didn't save herself by her wits at the end. The boy had to intervene. I liked Coraline as the spunky, take charge, save her own arse character.
Anyway, like I said, visually... the movie was stunning. I was, of course, entranced by all the knitwear. Keeping in mind how small everything was, and how intricate, it was just amazing! A couple times in the movie, a cute little blue stuffed toy, that looked like a cross between a kitty and an octopus (or squid, whatever) showed up in Coraline's bedroom. Of course, being me, I immediately got home and started trying to figure out how to make one! I went with crochet, since that's easier to "freehand".


Here's the pattern if you would like to make one yourself!

Materials:
One size G crochet hook
2 skeins Pattons Classic Wool Merino in Worn Denim
Fluff for stuffing
One extra, extra large button. I couldn't find one big enough, so I ended up having Dill make one out of Sculpy. The picture you see of it now is unbaked. Because I am impatient.

Body:
Stuff with fluff as you go, making sure not to stuff too tightly, as it will shrink a bit when you felt.
Using magic circle Sc 8
First Row: 2 sc in each sc: 16 sts
Next Row: Sc in the next st, 2 sc in next st. Repeat around: 24 sts
Next Row: Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat around
Next Row: Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat around.
Next 3 Rows: sc around
Next Row: Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat around
Next 10 Rows: sc around
Next Row: Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat around
Next 14 Rows: Sc around
Next Row: Sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog. Repeat around.
Next 10 Rows: Sc around.
Next Row: Sc1, sc2tog. Repeat around
Next Row: Sc2tog around
Next Row: Sc2tog around

Weave in ends.

Ears:
From top of body, measure 1" down. Pu and sc 12 sts.
Ch1, turn, sc across
Ch1, turn, sc across
Ch1, turn, sc across
Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sts, sc2tog
Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sts, sc2tog
Ch1, turn, sc2tog two times, sc to last 4 sts, sc2tog two times
Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc to end
Ch1, turn, sc1, sc2tog, sc1
Ch1, turn, sc2tog

Repeat for other side, so ears are even on each side of body. Weave in ends

Legs: (I had to go by screen caps from brief appreances on youtube promo videos. I only counted six legs on the little guy, so that is how many legs I gave him. Which I know means he is not an octopus. But calling him a Sixtopus sounds dirty. EDIT- FIVE legs! See what happens when I blog/design at midnight?

Start 1" from bottom of body. Pu and sc 12 sts in a circle. Sc in a circle for 11". Stuff tube with fluff as you go. Sc2tog until tube is closed. Weave in ends.
I put one leg on each side, and 3 legs in front, since that is the way it looked on the video.

Felt by throwing in the washing machine or shower. It took 2 runs through for him to look like I wanted.
Hope everyone enjoys the pattern! It is just a rough draft, so feel free to point out any issues or questions, and I'll be glad to help! And go see Coraline!!!

Extra pictures:

Weird Octopus Cyclops Kitty Thing from Coraline attacks Dill.... He does not look amused. Probably because he's trying to make his wife a button out of sculpey.

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For the curious, those are my wedding cake toppers, for real. Bride and Groom PEZ people...

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weird Octopus Cyclops Kitty Thing from Coraline has a temper! It attacks!

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Ernie does not approve of this fuckery.



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I EAT YOU!!!

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Pimp slapped. Oh hell yes I'm wearing a browncoat shirt.. Jealous much?

It's late. I must awaken and serve coffee to the masses in 5 hours. Night all. Hope you like the freebie!

EDIT: Here is Weird Octopus Kitty Thing from Coraline Mini! Also hi to everyone who's over from Neil Gaiman's blog! Whoohoo!

12 Responses to “Weird Octopus Cyclops Kitty Thing from Coraline”

  1. I totally fell in love with the Octopus creature as well. Though I don't remember the ears. Hmmm methinks I'll just _need_ to go and see the movie again. *gasp* what a tragedy.

    I totally want to knit myself one.

    Yours looks absolutely adorable.

  2. It's a squid.

    Not an octopus kitty. Not a kitty. Those aren't ears.



    Squid have those. They're called fins.



    Thanks for the pattern.

  3. Anonymous said:
    "It's a squid.

    Not an octopus kitty. Not a kitty. Those aren't ears.



    Squid have those. They're called fins."

    I think when we're talking blue, with 5 legs instead of 8, accuracy doesn't really matter.
    Thanks for the info, but Octopus kitty sounds cuter.

  4. geez, it sure looks like it's fun at your house.

  5. Thanks for posting this pattern! When I saw the movie, I also wanted to make one of my own. And you're right, "Octopus Kitty" sounds much cuter than squid. :)

  6. what did the octopus say in the movie? was it 'i wanna hugga' of something? (this is in the other mothers world) x x x x x x

  7. the octopus said "Whats shakin baby" hahaha so cute >_<

  8. and yes my real name is Caroline

  9. "I wanna hugga yo face!"

  10. The ears/fins don't add up right. You put more "sc2tog" then there was enough for.

  11. I absolutely LOVE this post!! Your Squid thingy is AWESOME! I can't wait to make one for myself. I also love your wedding toppers. The storyline to this post completely "drew me in"! :D

    Hope you're having a wonderful day,
    Charissa

  12. oops I was signed into the wrong account, that MissHollywood is me, this is my regular account LOL

    STILL LOVE YOUR POST! :D

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