My two-year-old nephew loves the Octonauts. And I love him. So when it came to choosing a whimsical new crochet project, I decided to have a bash at creating some of the characters for him. Not being a regular viewer myself (31’s probably a bit old for that sort of thing) I looked up their pictures, then started looking around for a pattern. Someone must have come up with a good one, I thought.
But after much searching, I couldn’t find a pattern that looked enough like them to satisfy me (and my all important little friend). So, I wondered how difficult it could possibly be to make them up as I went along. It certainly wasn’t easy, but I got there in the end.
There was a bit of trial and error involved, but with a few balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn for a nice neat finish, and a 3mm crochet hook, they were all done within a couple of weeks – Captain Barnacles, Kwaazi and Peso.
I used felt from Hobbycraft to create their little accessories, which are stitched on with embroidery thread and a fine needle.
Kwaazi’s eye patch wasn’t easy, nor was getting his tail to point upwards, but a bit of trial and error sorted all of that out.
Peso is my personal favourite. I loved making his little yellow feet – and check out the tiny hat!
I loved making them and it made it all the more worthwhile when my nephew recognised them instantly. He now takes them to bed at night. And lets them play football…
It won’t be long until I attempt a few more of the characters…