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Lobster

Materials:
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less than one skein of any worsted weight yarn, any color size 6 DPNs (this is what I used, but a lower size is recommended – depending on how tightly you knit, it might be a good idea to use a size 2, 3, or 4 set of DPNs so that the stuffing isn’t seen) a handful or two of poly-fil stuffing tapestry needle

Gauge:

not terribly important, but make sure it’s tight enough that the stuffing won’t show through

Instructions: The lobster is knit in several stages, with as little seaming as possible. The tail consists of five little “fin” pieces which are sewn together and then sewn onto the mail body piece. Six legs are created with three icords that are simply poked through the lobster’s belly. The claws are created separately and then stitched onto the sides of the head. M1: make 1 stitch. This is accomplished by picking up the “leg” between two stitches (or at the beginning of a needle when working with DPNs). (See this video for a visual.) KFB: knit the front and back of a stitch to increase one. Tail:

All pieces are knit straight on two DPNs (or straight needles if you prefer). inner right (make 1) CO 6 sts Row 1: Knit Row 2: Purl Row 3: k2tog.The tail has five pieces and is built from the middle. The two pieces on either side of the middle piece are symmetrical. outer piece (make 2) CO 4 sts Rows 1-6: Work stockinette stitch Row 7: k2tog twice . inner left (make 1) CO 6 sts Row 1: Knit Row 2: Purl Row 3: Knit to the last 2 sts. middle (make 1) CO 8 sts Row 1: Knit Row 2: Purl Row 3: Knit Row 4: P2tog. k2tog Row 4: Purl Row 5: Knit to the last 2 sts. pull tight. P4. pull tight. P2. knit to end Row 6: Purl Row 7: k2tog twice Cut yarn and thread through last sts. knit to end Row 4: Purl Row 5: k2tog. k2tog Row 6: Purl Row 7: k2tog twice Cut yarn and thread through last sts. and the two outermost pieces are identical. pull tight. P2tog Row 5: Knit Row 6: P2tog. P2tog Row 7: K2tog twice Cut yarn and thread through last sts.

k2tog twice. If you leave a long tail (8″-12″). knit to end of needle (28 sts) Round 26: knit Repeat rounds 25 and 26 until you have 40 stitches. finishing tail Weave in ends from BO edges. k2tog. k3 (12 sts) Round 44: knit Round 45: k2. k6. k2tog twice. k2tog. k3 (10 sts) Round 46: k2tog all around (5 sts) Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts. k3. k3. k3. k5. k2tog. k10. k2tog. M1. M1. k2tog. Join in the round. k3. k5. connect the tail pieces. Hopefully the picture helps! Body/Tail: CO 24 sts. k2tog twice. Rounds 1-6: knit Round 7: p first 16 sts. k2tog twice. knit to end of needle. Round 35: k2tog. M1. . being careful not to twist. With ends from CO edges. k3. k3 (25 sts) Round 24: knit Round 25: M1. k6. knit to end of needle. knit to end of needle. you will be able to use this later for seaming. k2tog.Row 8: Purl Cut yarn and thread through last sts. pull tight. k10. k5. The pieces will overlap. k2tog. k2tog. 8 on each needle. k2tog. knit to end of needle. k6. k3 (14 sts) Round 42: knit Round 43: k2. CO edge of outer pieces tilt at about a 45º angle from the inner pieces. k3. k to end of round Rounds 17-20:knit Round 21: k2tog. k to end of round Rounds 12-15: knit Round 16: p first 16 sts. Pull tight and weave in. k5. k2. M1. M1. k6 (36 sts) Round 36: knit Round 37: k2tog twice. Rounds 8-10: knit Round 11: p first 16 sts. k3 (20 sts) Round 22: purl first 13 sts. k1. k2tog twice. k3. k4 (22 sts) Round 40: knit Round 41: k2tog x6. Flat end (CO edge) of inner pieces tilt at about a 45º angle from the middle piece. k5 (29 sts) Round 38: knit Round 39: k2tog twice. k2tog. k2tog. k2tog. M1. k to end of round Round 23: M1. k to end of round.

Using the CO tail. k1 next row… k2tog Cut yarn and pull tight through last stitch. sew the CO end shut flat while also sewing on the tail piece. Legs: (make 3 using 2 DPNs) CO 1 st. If not. .finishing Stuff the body. to make sure everything is lined up right.5 inches long. Do not weave in. k1 Row 3: Knit Continue knitting icord straight until leg measures about 6. Row 1: KFB Row 2: KFB. finishing Legs are attached immediately after the tail portion of the main body ends (the last purl line). next row… k2tog. I suggest that you wait to bring the legs through until after you make the claws. if not a little less. All three are fit in before the halfway mark of the upper body. it is easy enough to pull them out and adjust them when all is said and done.

and pull. then jump a few stitches before bringing your needle back in. weave in an end to about the halfway point of the leg. and then pull the leg through so that there are equal portions on either side of the body.) It should be noted that the legs do not go straight out through the sides of the body. To make the legs crook forward. Arms and claws: arm and claw (make two) .Make sure you leave both ends of each leg free. With one end threaded through a tapestry needle. If you weave the end in through to the body. but are actually more underneath… the picture should help with this. The legs will remain straight if you then straighten them. Continue weaving the end in. Make sure that the two holes are on the same row of stitches. but they have fairly good memory and will now stay bent if you point them that way. (You may need to put a knitting needle through the hole to make it big enough. the legs will be secured so that no one can accidentally pull them out. poke the tapestry needle through the belly of the lobster.

use a 5th needle and knit 5 sts from needle one. k1 for each needle (9 sts) Knit 10 rounds Round 15: Needle one: k1.) Round 25: Needle one: k2tog. k1. k1 Needle three: k3 (19 sts total) Rounds 18-19: knit. m1. k1. m1. k1 Needle three: k3 (13 sts total) Round 16: knit Round 17: Needle one: k1. m1. a stitch holder for the 3 sts will work fine. k2tog (8 sts total) Round 26: knit Round 27: Needle one: knit Needle two: k2tog Needle three: knit (7 sts total) Round 28: knit Round 29: Needle one: k2tog. m1. m1. k1. k2tog Needle three: k2tog. k1 Needle two: k1.CO 6 sts (2 on each needle). k2tog twice (12 sts total) Round 24: knit (note: around this point you’ll probably want to stuff the arm and what you have of the claw. k1 Needle two: k1. You can then continue to add bits of stuffing as you go. k3. Round 20: knit the first two needles. k1. m1. k2tog (5 sts total) Round 30: Needle one: k2tog Needle two: k1 . k1 Needle three: k3. Make sure to pull tight. with 5 sts. Rounds 1-3: knit Round 4: k1. and needle two is needle three. Rounds 21-22: knit Round 23: Needle one: k2tog. Join in the round. though the top of the claw doesn’t really need much. being careful not to twist. The needle with 3 sts will not be used until later.” That means that the old “needle one” is now needle two. m1. but instead of knitting the 3rd needle (with 3 sts on it). k3 Needle two: k1. k1. This new needle. k2tog. m1. k2 Needle two: k1. If you only have 4 DPNs. is your new “needle one. k1. m1. m1. k1 Needle two: k1 Needle three: k1. m1.

Sew a claw to each side of the lobster’s head with the i-cord part of the claw facing inward. poke the needle under the stitches and push them outwards so they kind of pop out a little. Row 7: k2tog. Cut four short lengths of yarn (two for each arm). also near his “nose. Use a contrasting color yarn to create eyes. You may want to use a needle (poked through the body) to make sure they line up correctly. near his “nose. Tie one tightly at the base of each claw and weave in ends. Another option is to chain stitch a length of yarn with a crochet hook and draw it through. k1 Row 8: k2tog Cut yarn and pull tight through remaining st.” After you’ve embroidered them. • • Draw a length of yarn through the front of the lobster. . Pull tight and leave the tail.Needle three: k2tog Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches. Now work an icord for 6 rows using the 3 live sts remaining. you can work with your tapestry needle and the ends of the two claw parts to make them bend toward each other. Using the same method as crooking the legs. Voila – knuckles! finishing touches. Weave in all remaining ends. Leave tail.” for antennae. Tie the other tightly about a half inch lower than the first and weave in ends.