Opus the Octopus by Cate Carter-Evans

Opus the Octopus

by Cate Carter-Evans
September 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette (held double)
1500 - 1600 yards (1372 - 1463 m)
Opus measures 36 in. / 92 cm in length, and head diameter 8.5 in. / 21 cm
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This pattern is available for free.
Errata available: infinitetwist.com

Who doesn’t need a life-sized, squishy, tentacled companion?

With his sleepy eyes and wonderfully squishable body, Opus the Octopus is equally at home perched on a sofa or at the head of a bed. He’s a great decoration for a child’s room, and would love to hang out with Inkling the Squid and Horatio the Nautilus (also by Cate Carter-Evans).

Opus’s design is inspired by the real thing (octopus vulgaris in particular), but minus the creepy parrot-like beak.

Octopuses (not octopi) are members of the Cephalopod family, which also includes squid, cuttlefish, and chambered Nautiluses. They’re highly intelligent, and able to unscrew jars, use tools, solve mazes, and, on occasion, accurately predict the outcome of Word Cup Soccer matches. They are masters of disguise, amazing escape artists, and exceedingly lovable -- possibly because they have three hearts.

Opus is worked in the round with intarsia tentacles worked flat.

Important note: Opus is for decoration only. This pattern does not meet safety requirements for children’s toys.