Squiddles

Jan. 1st, 2011 11:43 pm
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Hey folks :) Happy solar new year to you! I'd like to say that my goal for this cycle is to post one new pattern a month, but with my finances as they are (that is, not the best) that may not be an option. Still, I live in hope.

Today I bring you a pattern for Squiddles, of MSPA/Homestuck fame. Pictures:





The initial pair I made for my younger brother for the holidays this year. While they do attach with magnets to the point where one can hold the other up [see second photo], the magnets I used (packaging labeled "Strength 6") were not strong enough on their own to do so for more than a few seconds with two layers of crochet between them. By sandwiching a third magnet between the two Squiddles, I was able to form more viable Tangle Buddies, but that's definitely not an ideal solution :/ Rest assured, I will be researching magnet application in the near future. [Edit:] It has been confirmed that two strength six magnets per Squiddle are strong enough for them to maintain Tangle Buddies on their own. [/edit]

The HorrorTerror version is magnetless, which is also an option. That one I kept for myself, because I'm selfish like that ;)


Squiddle pattern:

Things you need to know: US stitch names, crocheting in the round (spiral), increasing ([stitch] 2 in 1), Decreasing ([stitch] 2 tog), Single Crochet (sc), Front Post Crochet (fp[stitch])*
* You can substitute Front Loop Crochet (fl[stitch]) for Front Post Crochet if you like, though I've found that the latter leaves sharper edges.
A note on magnets: In case you skipped the paragraph I put up with the pictures, I felt it prudent to include an extra note. Magnets labeled "Strength 6" are not heavy-duty enough to suspend ~3oz/75g of Squiddle (or more, depending on how tightly you stuff them) through two layers of crochet. That is, if you put one strength six magnet inside of each Squiddle, while they will still be magnetically drawn to one another, they will not be strong enough to suspend one from the other in Tangle Buddies position for more than a few seconds. If you're fine with that much, or just don't plan to use magnets, great! If not, however, either consider how you can work with stronger magnets, or slip a second magnet into each Squiddle.

Body
1: Begin in a ring; Sc 6; continue in a spiral
2: Sc 12 (sc 2 in 1 all around)
3: Sc 18 (sc 2 in 1, sc 1)
4: Sc 24 (sc 2 in 1, sc 2)
5: Sc 30 (sc 2 in 1, sc 3)
6: Sc 36 (sc 2 in 1, sc 4)
7: Sc 42 (sc 2 in 1, sc 5)
8: Sc 48 (sc 2 in 1, sc 6)
9 thru 17: Sc 48 (sc 1 in 1 all around)
18: Fp sc 48 inside
19: Sc 42 (sc 2 tog, sc 6)
20: Sc 36 (sc 2 tog, sc 5)
21: Sc 30 (sc 2 tog, sc 4)
22: Sc 24 (sc 2 tog, sc 3)
23: Sc 18 (sc 2 tog, sc 2)
24: Sc 12 (sc 2 tog, sc 1)
25: Sc 6 (sc 2 tog all around)
26: Sc 3 (sc 2 tog all around)
Finish

Ridge
1: Beginning three rows from the [flat] bottom, fl sc 48; continue in a spiral
2: Sc 72 (sc 2 in 1, sc 1)
3, 4: Sc 72 (sc 1 in 1 all around)
5: Sc 48 (sc 2 tog, sc 1)
Stitch the most recent round to the bottom of the Squiddle's main body, stuffing as you go.

Magnet Patch
1: Begin in a ring; Sc 6; continue in a spiral
2: Sc 12 (sc 2 in 1 all around)
3: Sc 18 (sc 2 in 1, sc 1)
4: Sc 24 (sc 2 in 1, sc 2)
Finish

NOTES: Magnets are an optional feature, and you don't need to include one in your Squiddle(s). If you do include a magnet, you can feel free to stick it into the main body before you close it up if you'd feel more comfortable with that; I preferred to make a separate patch to sew on and keep the magnet not only in one place, but in one position (N vs S/+ vs -).
Remember, magnets will only stick together if you face their opposite ends together; N/N and +/+ will repel each other, but N/S and +/- will stick. I labeled mine before including them, and coded the Squiddles themselves as well (+ down looking right, - down looking left). You should be able to figure it out fine with trial and error, I just like labeling things :P Just make sure you do so before you sew the magnets in.
ALSO, if you are using the Magnet Patch method, I recommend attaching the magnet before attaching the Squiddle's legs. Depending on the number of legs you use, attaching the magnet after could end up looking quite messy.


Tentacles
I chose to make six tentacles per Squiddle, because they don't look right to me with only four. Feel free to make however few or many as you like, though.
1: Begin in a ring; Sc 6; continue in a spiral
2: Sc 9 (sc 2 in 1, sc 1)
3 thru 15: Sc 9 (sc 1 in 1 all around)
Finish


I think that's all for now :) Happy April 13, 2009!

Edit: Time for far, far too belated awarding of credit. This pattern is heavily influenced by Hooks and Needles' Futurama Brain Slug Pattern. I really should have mentioned it earlier, but at the time I wasn't consciously aware of just how much of a role that pattern played in the development of this one. My sincerest apologies for not mentioning this sooner. I'm going to go hang the shame curtains now.

Edit 2: With thanks to a kind anon for the tip, I've moved the instructions on when to stitch the ridge to the body to after the instructions for the ridge itself. Hopefully that clears things up for anyone who's confused.

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