Sunday, 31 May 2009

Hola Hernando!

What an undertaking this was! The past two days have been spent struggling with this little chappie. This is another pattern from Amigurumi Knits, and probably the most complicated one in the whole book.

I was very impressed with how the pattern has been worked out though. The shell was knitted with an incredible amount of increases and short rows, as well as knitting both sides of the cast on row, but when it came to grafting it all together, it spiralled into a shell shape like magic, and the increases cleverly form lines across the whorls just like a real shell.

Each leg was knitted separately and has two rows of pale pink picked up stitches which were then kitchener grafted together to make a lifelike underneath to it. The main claws had the nippers picked up and knitted separately again.

In the pattern he has knitted eyes, but I always opt for realism, so have sewn two little black beads instead, as well as knitting a small cluster of barnacles on the side of his shell.

I am really pleased with how this has turned out, it was well worth the sheer concentration it took to make.


Magpie Magic said...

WOW!!! He's amazing! Love the detail and colours and the added touches of barnacles and beady eyes make it really special. Well done. :-)

PG said...

That is incredible, he is really super - always amazes me what you do with a few bits of wool!

natural attrill said...

Especially like the shell on this, nice work Caroline!

soggibottom said...

How do you do this?
Really good................
Well.... does the octopus box...?
Good octopus.
Fiddleeeeeeyyyyy stuff.
Very clever x x x

Raggy Rat said...

both your octupus and hermit crab are great,wow, you reallt can knit ! ( raggy rat cannot) phew !

daisy is very excited about the shell - has it got no snail in it she says?

we need some snail softies - and the odd woodlouse, here !!!

hmm, could there be a trade coming on ? !!!

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Sallie said...

Like Magpie said,"Wow!" This is amazing! You are so patient.