Take just one of Pony McTate’s epic sea creatures and turn it into a fun, quick-to-hook brooch
YOU WILL NEED
■ Scheepjes Catona (100% cotton, 10g/25m), 1 ball of: Watermelon (252)
■ Scheepjes Maxi Sweet Treat (100% cotton, 25g/140m), 1 ball of each: Powder Pink (238)
Jet Black (110)
■ A 3mm (US C/2 or D/3) hook
■ A 2.5cm brooch clasp
■ A tapestry needle
For yarn stockists contact www.scheepjes.com/en TENSION
Tension is not critical for this project
The Octopus should measure approx 4x8cm (1 x3in)
For a full list, see page 92
The Head of the Octopus is worked in rows around both sides of the foundation ch. The Arms are continued on from the Head and are worked along the edge in two rows. Check out this octopus brooch project and you’ll know exactly what everyone’s getting in their Christmas stockings...
Using Watermelon, ch7.
Row 1 (RS) Dc in second ch from hook, dc in next 4 ch, 3dc in last st, working back down the unworked side of the foundation ch, dc in last 5 ch, turn. [13 sts]
Row 2 (WS) Ch1 (does not count as a st throughout), dc in first 6 sts, 3dc in next st, dc in last 6 sts, turn. [15 sts]
Row 3 Ch1, dc in first 5 sts, htr in next st, 2tr in next 3 sts, htr in next st, dc in next 4 sts, ch3, ss in third ch from hook (eye bump made), dc in last st, do not fasten off.
[10 dc, 2 htr, 6 tr]
Row 1 (RS) *Ch16, ss in second ch from hook, dc in each ch to end, ss in next 2 row ends on the Head; repeat from * 3 times more working the last ss into the first st from Row 3 of the Head, turn. [4 Arms] Row 2 (WS) Ch1, ss into the ss at the base of the last Arm made, *ch16, ss in second ch from hook, dc in each ch to end,ss into next row end from th Head, ss into the ss at the base of the next Arm; repeat from * 3 times more. [4 Arms]
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Using Watermelon, make a magic loop. Round 1 Ch1, 6dc into the loop. [6 sts] Fasten off and use the yarn tail to sew the Eye onto the Head, using the image as a guide. The eye bump made at Row 3 of the Head suggests the second Eye.
Using Black, stitch a French knot into the centre of the Eye.
With WS facing, use Powder Pink to work a running st beginning at the top of the Arm. Once you reach the tip of each Arm, secure the yarn around the last st and work a running st back along to the top of the Arm, inserting the needle under the same sts.
To make up the Brooch, use Watermelon to sew the Octopus onto a brooch clasp. Work small stitches and check the RS to make sure they aren’t visible on the front.