I love Cephalopods! They are just so alien, so interesting, so very different and amazing and awe inspiring. The truth is often stranger than fiction. And they can be cute too! See?
As an homage to our aquatic neighbors, I whipped up this Kraken… Octopus… Squid (well, whichever you want it to be) applique. Perfect for purses, cute on kid’s clothes, the applications for this applique are endless! Jaunty, nautical, and sweet, you can rest assured that this Kraken is only looking for hugs, not sailor snacks.
Kraken Octopus Squid Applique
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- US – F, 3.75 mm hook (photo tutorial with Red Heart Soft in Guacamole)
- Worsted weight yarn, just a few yards
- Buttons, craft eyes, or contrasting yarn
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from hook, sc across. (4sc)
Row 2: Ch1 and turn. Sc even. (4sc)
Row 3: Ch1 and turn. Work 2sc into the first st, sc to the last st, 2sc in the last st. (6sc)
Row 4: Repeat Row 3. (8sc)
Row 5: Ch1 and turn. Sc even. (8sc)
Row 6: Ch1 and turn. Sc2tog, sc to last two sts, sc2tog. (6sc)
Row 7: Ch1 and turn. Sc even. (6sc)
Row 8: Repeat Row 6. (4sc)
Row 9: Repeat Row 7. (4sc)
Row 10: Ch1 and turn. Sc2tog, sc2tog. (2sc) Break yarn and finish off. Weave in ends. (TIP: Decide which side will be the RS, and which side will be the WS. After weaving in ends, leave ends hanging off the WS. These can be used for sewing on the applique later, and help indicate RS/WS while making the tentacles!)
#1 (RS): Starting with second stitch from the right, join yarn with sl st and ch 15. Work sl st in 2nd ch from hook, then sc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, and sl st in remaining sts to base. Sl st in same (body) st.
#2: Sl st in the next body st (third from right). Remove the hook from the loop, and turn work over. (WS) Put hook in the loop, from the opposite direction as before. Bring the yarn up to the left of the hook. Ch 15 and work sl st in 2nd ch from hook, then sc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, and sl st in remaining sts to base. Sl st in same (body) st.
#3: Remove hook and turn work over. (RS) Replace hook in st from opposite direction. Ch11 and sl st in 2nd st from hook. Sl st in remaining sts to base. Do not sl st in body again.
#4: Ch11 and sl st in 2nd st from hook. Sl st in remaining sts to base. Break yarn and using yarn needle, sew base of tentacle #4 to body. Put an additional stitch through the middle of tentacles #3 and #4 and the center of tentacles #1 and #2 to secure.
#5: Staying on RS, join with sl st in the left st of the bottom of the body. Ch15 and sl st in 2nd st from hook. Sl st in remaining sts to base. Sl st in the same (body) st.
#6: Ch11 and sl st in 2nd st from hook. Sl st in remaining sts to base. Sc in the side of the body st, and continue to sc evenly around the body, working 2sc into ea of the very top two sts of the body (Row 10 above).
#7: When you’ve reached the opposite side of the body, ch11 and sl st in 2nd st from hook. Sl st in remaining sts to base. Sl st in the first, remaining st at the bottom of the body.
#8: Ch15 and sl st in 2nd st from hook. Sl st in remaining sts to base. Break yarn and sew to the same (body) st. Weave in ends or use them to sew the applique onto your project later.
I used two buttons layered together and sewn on with matching thread for the eyes, but you could use doll eyes, embroider them with yarn – whatever you like best. Sew this little fella to anything nautical or terrifyingly cute, and start the next one!
This was a super fast project for me, and it’s untested as yet, so please let me know if there are any errors or anything that isn’t clear. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do! Do you plan on adding an octo-touch to any of your projects? Let me know what you think in the comments!
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