Trying to get my crafting mojo back atm, so I said I would try for something for RedTedArt Under the sea Get Crafty. In the end I took part in a purely supervisory role…
What you will need for this craft is a book, preferably a fairly hefty tome, and some yarn. We chose a novelty ball that’s been kicking about for years, basic acrylic would work well too.
Oh, and a child. I chose a handy 11 year old girl. 😉
You start by wrapping the yarn around the book so:
You need to wrap a good amount of yarn around the book. At least 24 loops, and preferably 48 or a larger multiple of 24 would be good, depending on your yarn. Once you’ve wrapped that many, or run out of yarn like we did, slide it off the book carefully.
Next, tie off one end so that your loop doesn’t come unwound. This may be when your child requires assistance. Tie a second knot around the loop to make a ball head shape. (Am so glad I have pictures of this…)
Cut the loops at the other end.
You now take the bunch of threads and section them into eight bunches. Each bunch will get plaited, so hopefully you’ve got enough yarn to divide into 3. (Understanding the 24 loops now? :D)
Keep on plaiting.
You may or may not find interruptions of this kind cute or useful.
You’ll probably want to tidy up the bottom of the plaits a bit, and your finished Octopus should look something like this: