We’re back with the third creature in our Sea Creature Keychain Collection, Inky the Squid! You can check out all the creatures over on our Instagram page. The other patterns are coming soon! Also, check out the patterns for Stella Starfish and Julia Jellyfish.
Here’s the free pattern for Inky the Squid!
- We used a Light weight cotton in green for the main colour;
- Fine or Light weight yarn in pink for cheeks;
- Black yarn for mouth (we used worsted weight);
- 2.25mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- Tapestry needle;
- Safety eyes (optional);
- Keychain ring (optional).
If you don’t have fine or light weight yarn on hand, go ahead and use whatever you have! Your finished Inky will simply be a little bigger than ours. We recommend a 3.5mm hook if you’re using a worsted weight yarn.
Terms and Special Stitches (US Terminology):
MR – Magic Ring
Slst – Slip stitch
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Inc – Increase. Work 2 sc into the same stitch.
Dec – Decrease. Work 2 sc together (when working in the round, I use the invisible decrease).
BLO – Back loops only
(Work in continuous rounds)
Round 1: MR with 6 sc (6 sts)
Round 2: *inc* repeat around (12 sts)
Round 3: *sc, inc* repeat around (18 sts)
Round 4: *sc 2, inc* repeat around (24 sts)
Round 5: In BLO sc around (24 sts)
Round 6: sc around (24 sts)
Round 7: *sc 5, inc* repeat around (28 sts)
Rounds 8-14: sc around (28 sts)
Round 15: *Inc* repeat from * 7 times, sc 21 (35 sts)
Round 16: sc around (35 sts)
Round 17: *sc 2, inc* repeat 5 times, sc 20 (40 sts)
Rounds 18-25: sc around (40 sts)
Round 26: *sc 3, dec* repeat around (32 sts)
Round 27: *sc 2, dec* repeat around (24 sts)
Place your safety eyes (we placed ours between rounds 8 and 9 with about 6 sts between them). Stuff. Continue stuffing after each round.
Round 28: *sc, dec* repeat around (16 sts)
Round 29: *dec* repeat around (8 sts)
Round 30: *dec* repeat around (4 sts)
Tie off, leaving a tail for closing. Weave tail through the front loops of each stitch, then down through the opening and out the back. Tug gently on tail to close. Once you’ve closed the opening, poke the remaining tail back into the piece using the back of your tapestry needle.
1st Tentacle: Attach your yarn in the front loop of Round 5, so that your first stitch is perpendicular to (or beneath) Inky’s left eye (as you look at him). Ch 11. Starting in first chain from hook, sc along chains (10 sts). Slst 4 along the front loops so that your hook is now perpendicular with the second eye.
2nd Tentacle: Ch 11. Starting in first chain from hook, sc along (10 sts). Slst 3 along front loops.
3rd Tentacle: Ch 13. Sc along. (12 sts). Slst 3.
4th Tentacle: Ch 15. Sc along (14 sts). Slst 3.
5th Tentacle: Ch 15. Sc along (14 sts). Slst 2.
6th Tentacle: Ch 13. Sc along (12 sts). Slst 2 and join.
Tie off. Poke the remaining tail back into the piece using the back of your tapestry needle. The tentacles should curl naturally.
In pink, make a MR with 5 sc. Join and tie off, leaving a tail for sewing. Sew cheeks beneath and to the side of each eye.
In black, sew on mouth between rows 6 and 8 between eyes.
Add a loop to the top of Inky and attach a keychain to make a sweet bag charm, or simply attach the jump ring right through one of the stitches.
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