Happy birthday to Mike! :D
The young kraken was one of Mike’s birthday presents this year. I thought I would share the pattern, spread the joy! :D
a bit of grey worsted weight yarn
3.5mm and 3 mm hooks
beads for eyes
needle and thread to sew on eyes
Note: Young kraken is crocheted in continuous rounds, not joining in the beginning of rounds. You can place a marker in the beginning of the rounds. I just eyeball it. I figure young kraken can’t tell that I’m not exact. And even if he can, he won’t mind, because he has bigger things to think about. Anyway. The instructions are listed in steps, not in rounds. It’s kind of free-formed, checking its shape and size as we go. The measurements in the pattern are suggestions, certainly make modifications as you see fit. If you need any clarification please feel free to send me a message :D
inc. (increase) = crochet 2 sc in 1 st
dec. (decrease) = crochet 1 sc over 2 st
1. Using 3.5 mm hook, 6 sc in magic ring
2. 1 sc in each sc for 2 continuous rounds
3. inc. in every 3rd st until piece measures approx. 0.75 inch
4. 1 sc in each sc in continuous rounds until piece measures approx. 1.25 inches
5. inc. in every 5th st until piece measures approx. 1.75 inches
6. 1 sc in each sc in continuous rounds until piece measures approx. 2.25 inches
7. *dec., 1 sc*, repeat from * to * for 1 round
8. dec. in each sc until there are 8 st left in the opening
9. sc in each sc 8 times
10. stuff, but don’t fasten off
11. Now we make the tentacles. Continuing from step 9, ch 20, sc in 2nd st from hook, sc in each ch, sc in next st in the opening.
Repeat step 11 seven more times. I varied the length of the tentacles from 20–25 ch.
After the last tentacle is made, sl st into the opening, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Using tail, weave in stitches to close the opening. Pull so the stuffing won’t come out, but not too tight. Fasten off, weave in ends.
12. Now we make the fins. The first fin is crocheted vertically down the rounds (see photo below).
Using 3mm hook, attach yarn at the 2nd round from the top. ch 1, sc in each of the next 3 st, hdc in each of next 2 st, dc in next st, dc and hdc in next st, sl st in next st, fasten off.
Now, the other fin. Attach yarn at the opposite side of the bottom of the first fin, and crocheting up the rounds, like so…
ch 1, hdc and dc in next st, dc in next st, hdc in each of the next 2 st, sc in each of the next 3 st, sl st in next st, fasten off. Weave in ends.
And we’re done the crocheting part :D
For the eyes I found 2 saucer-shaped ruby red faceted beads that I thought would be perfect for a young but fierce kraken. To make it extra special (because it’s Mike’s birthday), I made two rings with wire to kind of set the eyes (jump rings would work perfectly, I just didn’t have the right size at the moment) I sewed both on with thread.
Young kraken, lurking in the deep sea…
I’m quite proud of it, I must say :D
He now sits regally on Mike’s desk, staring at me as I type this…