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Lobster

Materials:

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 isnt seen) a handful or two of poly-fil stuffing tapestry needle

Gauge:

not terribly important, but make sure its tight enough that the stuffing wont 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 lobsters 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:

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

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

finishing Stuff the body. Using the CO tail, sew the CO end shut flat while also sewing on the tail piece. Legs: (make 3 using 2 DPNs) CO 1 st. Row 1: KFB Row 2: KFB, k1 Row 3: Knit Continue knitting icord straight until leg measures about 6.5 inches long. next row k2tog, k1 next row k2tog Cut yarn and pull tight through last stitch. Do not weave in. finishing Legs are attached immediately after the tail portion of the main body ends (the last purl line). All three are fit in before the halfway mark of the upper body, if not a little less. I suggest that you wait to bring the legs through until after you make the claws, to make sure everything is lined up right. If not, it is easy enough to pull them out and adjust them when all is said and done.

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

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

Needle three: k2tog Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches. Pull tight and leave the tail. Now work an icord for 6 rows using the 3 live sts remaining. Row 7: k2tog, k1 Row 8: k2tog Cut yarn and pull tight through remaining st. Leave tail. Sew a claw to each side of the lobsters head with the i-cord part of the claw facing inward. You may want to use a needle (poked through the body) to make sure they line up correctly. Using the same method as crooking the legs, you can work with your tapestry needle and the ends of the two claw parts to make them bend toward each other. Weave in all remaining ends. Cut four short lengths of yarn (two for each arm). Tie one tightly at the base of each claw and weave in ends. Tie the other tightly about a half inch lower than the first and weave in ends. Voila knuckles! finishing touches.

Draw a length of yarn through the front of the lobster, near his nose, for antennae. Another option is to chain stitch a length of yarn with a crochet hook and draw it through. Use a contrasting color yarn to create eyes, also near his nose. After youve embroidered them, poke the needle under the stitches and push them outwards so they kind of pop out a little.