Hello Kitty Squid

My crochet adventure began with a squid. Not a very pretty one, but it was charming! A couple of Spruttegruppens squids later and I moved on to other things crochet and it’s not until now, 4 years later, that I’ve taken upon another squid, still cuter than ever!!
An old friend of mine surprisingly just had a baby girl. She absolutely LOVES Hello Kitty, so I had to make little one a Hello Kitty Squid. Baby decided to arrive just as I was crocheting it for her <3
Heavily inspired by Rikke Witten and her #jellyfishfriday, here’s a Hello Kitty one.

Happy hooking!

HELLO KITTY SQUID

YOU WILL NEED
Blend Bamboo from Hjertegarn (1000)
Leftover light yellow, red and black cotton yarn
Stuffing
A crochet hook size 3.5 mm
An embroidery needle to fasten ends

BEFORE YOU BEGIN
All parts are crocheted in the round (spiral) and sewn together in the end.

ABBREVIATIONS (US)
Ch / chain
Sl st / slip stitch
Sc / single crochet
Dc / double crochet
Tog / together
Rep / repeat
X / times
Mr / magic ring

HOW ITS MADE
Head
Chain 8+1
Crochet in the round around the chain from here. If you want completely straight rounds, close each rnd with a sl st and begin the next rnd with a ch.
Beginning in 2nd ch from hook: 7 sc, 3 sc in next st, 6 sc, 2 sc in next st(18)
2 sc in next st, 6 sc, *2 sc in next st* 3x, 6 sc, *2 sc in next st* 2x (24)
2 sc in next st, 7 sc, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc, 2 sc in next st* 2x, 7 sc, *2 sc in next st, 1 sc* 2x (30)
2 sc in next st, 8 sc, 2 sc in next st, *2 sc, 2 sc in next st* 2x, 8 sc, *2 sc in next st, 2 sc* 2x (36)
2 sc in next st, 9 sc, 2 sc in next st, *3 sc, 2 sc in next st* 2x, 9 sc, *2 sc in next st, 3 sc* 2x (42)
2 sc in next st, 10 sc, 2 sc in next st, *4 sc, 2 sc in next st* 2x, 10 sc, *2 sc in next st, 4 sc* 2x (48)
48 sc (48) 4x
sc2tog, 10 sc, sc2tog, *4 sc, sc2tog* 2x, 10 sc, *sc2tog, 4 sc* 2x (42)
sc2tog, 9 sc, sc2tog, *3 sc, sc2tog* 2x, 9 sc, *sc2tog, 3 sc* 2x (36)
sc2tog, 8 sc, sc2tog, *2 sc, sc2tog* 2x, 8 sc, *sc2tog, 2 sc* 2x (30)
sc2tog, 7 sc, sc2tog, *1 sc, sc2tog* 2x, 7 sc, *sc2tog, 1 sc* 2x (24)
sc2tog, 6 sc, *sc2tog* 3x, 6 sc, *sc2tog* 2x (18)
sc2tog, 6 sc, *sc2tog* 2x, 6 sc, sc2tog (16)
Close with a sl st, don’t break yarn. Continue with the arms,

Arms
Chain 30+1.
In 2nd ch from hook put [3 sc in the same st], repeat 13x total. 17 sc. Sc in the same st as the sl st, 1 sc i next st.
*sl st in next st, ch 30+1, [3 sc in the same st], repeat 13x total. 17 sc. Sc in the same st as the sl st, 1 sc i next st*, rep 7x total, close off with a sl st. Break yarn and fasten ends thoroughly.

Bottom
In a magic ring, put 6 sc (6)
*4 sc in next st, 2 sc in each of next 2 st* 2x (16)
Break yarn, but leave enough yarn to sew the bottom onto the squid.

Ears (make 2)
6 sc in a mr (6)
*2 sc in next st, 2 sc* 2x (8)
*2 sc in next st, 3 sc* 2x (10)
*2 sc in next st, 4 sc* 2x (12)
*2 sc in next st, 5 sc* 2x (14)
14 sc (14)
Close with a sl st and break yarn, but leave enough to sew the ears onto the head.

Bow
Chain 3. In the 1 st ch put 3 dc. Chain 2 and slip stitch into the very first ch.
Chain 2, 3 dc in the very first ch, chain 2 and slip stitch into the first ch. Break yarn, but leave enough for the middle of the bow and fastening to the head. Wrap the yarn tail tightly around the middle of the bow 6-10 times. Secure by making a few stitches across on the back, to avoid any loosening.

Assembly
Fill the head firmly with stuffing and sew the bottom onto the inside bottom of the head. Fill ears very lightly and sew onto each side on the top of the head, with 6 stitches between them. Embroider eyes and nose across 2 stitches. The nose is placed horisontally in the middle between rounds 10 and 11. Eyes are placed vertically 4 stitches to both sides of the nose, across rounds 8 and 9. The bow is sewn on right in front of Kitty’s left ear, top center.

 

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Crochet for the wee ones

When crocheting for newborn (premature or on time), there are some important safety guidelines to follow:

Use cotton or bamboo yarn only. Acrylic yarns release microscopic fibres that you don’t want ending up in babys eyes and airways.

Make sure the squid is is crocheted tightly to prevent stuffing from escaping between stitches. Use a smaller hook if your gauge is too loose.

Use stuffing that can machine wash and tumble dry (IKEAs cheap pillows are perfect!).

Sew or embroider eyes and accessories – make sure it stays put by giving it a persistent pull!

The Squid’s arms cannot extend a length of 22 cm (stretched out!).

If you want to join the fast growing initiative of Squids for Premature Babies at NICU’s, please visit Spruttegruppen.dk to read more. On their website you can also find the original Spruttegruppen Squids and Jellyfish.

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