On Sunday I went to the christening of my boyfriend's cousin's baby (1st cousin once removed?) and it was the first christening I've ever been to. I didn't even have one myself and my boyfriend had a naming ceremony instead because his parents are hippies. It was the first time I'd met this branch of the family and I can now proudly say I've met every single one of them. Boyfriend family challenge = complete!
Anyway, I wanted to make a good first impression so I thought I'd make a baby toy with my new-fangled crochet skills. I started it on Thursday and finished on Saturday morning as we were driving up in the car (I had to buy some black wool from ASDA on the way for the eyes.) Here he is, sitting on my knee in the car:
I regret not taking more pictures in better lighting but there wasn't much time between finishing and giving him away (woops!) He was so well received though, they all kept mentioning it and saying I should sell them and demanding more crochet toys. I ended up really embarrassed because of how impressed they were. The baby herself seemed to think it was a type of throwing star, she was also pretty cute.
You can find the pattern here: it's free and very easy to follow.
If I were to do it again I'd make the tentacles as part of the body and crochet them in the rounds, instead of making them separately and sewing them on afterwards. I also crocheted an octagon, sewed the tentacles to that, then sewed that on the body, just so they were evenly spaced. For the eyes I did 6sc in a magic ring and then 2sc in each stitch (12sc) with a little bit of white wool as a highlight. The mouth is back stitched wool.
Cuddly cephalopods and cute cousins,