Finished Friday: Knitted Giant Squid

Here’s a giant squid (aka kraken) to add to my collect of strange knitted stuff (which already includes the Loch Ness monster, an octopus, and a jellyfish). The pattern is another Hansi Singh gem from her book Amigurumi Knits.

Kraken pattern by Hansi Singh, knitted by Kit Dunsmore
Kraken pattern by Hansi Singh, knit by Kit Dunsmore

In an effort to use up yarn in my stash, I mixed some yarns of slightly different weight. The white I used for the eyes was considerably thinner than the other yarns, so I doubled it, which made the knitting a little fussier, but not much.

Close up of the kraken's eye
Close up of the kraken’s eye

Making the legs was a little repetitive, although the pattern was simple enough I had it memorized before I was half-way through. The biggest challenge was picking up stitches to knit the mantle and the fins. I like the finished look of added pieces that are knit directly onto one another instead of sewn on later, but it can be tricky to get that first couple of rows knit. In this case, I think it was worth the effort.

Kraken pattern by Hansi Singh, knit by Kit Dunsmore
Kraken pattern by Hansi Singh, knit by Kit Dunsmore

I keep thinking I will start developing creature patterns of my own, but it hasn’t happened yet. I love how these project look, but they are complex and require concentration and that’s following someone else’s pattern. Making my own pattern will be even harder.

Right now, I need me some mindless knitting. I found an unfinished sweater in my closet, so I think I’ll work on that for while. It makes sense, now that spring is here. Right?

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

4 thoughts on “Finished Friday: Knitted Giant Squid”

    1. I love making this sort of stuff. My husband used to study sperm whales and giant squid so I think it will go live in his office.

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