In the 1980’s my sister made a cat toy for my first cat K.C. He loved the toy and we called him Octo Octo. We were unable to find the original source of the pattern. I have made a few changes and written the instructions so you can make one for your cat. Yes, I know, he only has 4 legs, but since he’s a cat toy he reserves the right to be as he is.
DK weight, I used about 10 grams Patons Astra for the yellow Octo.
Size E 3.5 mm hook for DK weight yarn
Aran weight, I used about 20 grams Red Heart Super Saver for the blue Octo.
Size 7, 4.5 mm hook for Aran or Worsted weight yarn.
Old nylon stockings
You can use your old stockings with runs in them or if you don’t wear them you can buy the short kind at a drugstore, cheap is fine for this purpose.
Yarn needle to sew on legs
Embroidery thread and needle or scrap yarn To make eyes.
Some nylon stockings I purchased at a drug store.
ch = chain, sc = single crochet, sl st = slip stitch, st = stitch, sts = stitches
Join: at the end of each round slip stitch into first sc of round to join.
Invisible Decrease: Worked over 2 stitches. Insert hook into front loop only of sc, without yarning over insert hook into front loop of next sc (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops left on hook), yarn over again and pull through 2 loops. Invisible decrease made.
Rather than reinvent the wheel I will direct you to this excellent video to see how this stitch is made.
You will be working in joined rounds. to help keep your place mark the first sc of each row with a locking stitch marker. You will not work into the ch 1 that begins each row.
Starting at the top of the head, leave a very long tail, about 36”.
Round 1: Make a slip knot, ch 2, make 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join.
Round 2: Ch 1, starting in next st make 2 sc in each st around (don’t forget to mark the first sc of the round with a stitch marker). Join. (8 sc)
Round 3: Ch 1, starting in next st work 2 sc in each st around. Join. (16 sc)
Round 4: Ch 1, (make 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st) repeat around. Join. (24 sc)
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in next sc and in each st around. Join (24 sc)
Rounds 6-9: Repeat round 5.
Stop here but do not cut yarn. Remove hook from working loop and secure with a safety pin or locking stitch marker.
To make a pull string for the top of Octo’s head, insert hook into top center of head and pull the long yarn tail to outside of head. Insert hook into one of the stitches at top center of head, yarn over and pull up a loop. Ch until you run out of yarn or the pull string is as long as you like. Fasten off.
Put the toe of a nylon stocking into the Octo head. Stuff with catnip, or a combination catnip and fiberfil or yarn scraps. Stuff fairly tightly. Then tie a knot in the stocking and cut off excess fabric.
Going back to the loop from round 9, insert hook and begin round 10.
Round 10: Ch 1, Work the invisible decrease around (see special stitches). Join. (12 sts).
Round 11: Ch 1, work invisible decrease around. Join. (6 sc). Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew legs. Note that you will have a small hole in the bottom of head.
You will make two lengths of leg curls that will be folded in half to make 4 legs.
Step 1: Ch 60 for Sport Weight yarn, or ch 70 for Worsted or Aran weight yarn.
Step 2: In second ch from hook make 3 sc, continue making 3 sc in each chain. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Repeat steps 1 & 2.
A photo of the pieces of Octo.
Fold one of the leg curls in half and insert part of it into the hole in bottom of head. Use the long tail to sew a few stitches to secure it in place. Then fold the other leg curl and insert it into hole and sew a few stitches. Continue to sew a few more stitches in each leg curl to make the legs secure. Fasten off.
Use embroidery thread or yarn scraps to sew on eyes. Mouth?? It’s up to you!
Throw Octo Octo to your cat and see what happens.
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