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Cat Toy – Octopus on a String

I made a simple octopus toy for my cat a couple years ago, gave it a spritz of liquid catnip and he loved it to pieces. This time I added fun-fur, because he’s shown a love for other fuzzy toys. And I added a long string with a loop on the end to allow me to play with him. I put that loop over a finger, or slip the string thru it to put it around my wrist (the way I did with balloon strings as a kid). Then I can dangle, throw, and tug the toy.

This is a great thing to do with scraps of yarn no longer long enough for a dish rag or other things. [Disclaimer: If you are worried about your cat eating the yarn of the toy, you might want to first research whether certain types of materials are safe for that. My cat doesn’t have this problem, so I haven’t done that myself. You have to take responsibility for that yourself.]

Pattern

Yarn: kitchen cotton and fun-fur (one each together)
Hook: H
Note: If you do this with only the kitchen cotton, you can go down 1 hook size to “G”.

Directions

1. Chain 10, sl st into back loop of first ch
2. Chain 105, sl st into back loop of 5th ch from hook
3. Body Row 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 9 dc in (ch 5) loop, sl st into top of ch 3 at beg of row (10 dc)
4. Body Row 2: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same sp as ch 3, [2 dc in next st] repeat [ to ] around, sl st into top of ch 3 at beg of row (20 dc)
5. Body Row 3: ch 3 (counts as first dc), [dc in next st] repeat [ to ] around, sl st into top of ch 3 at beg of row (20 dc)
6. Body Row 4: ch 3 (counts as first dc), [dc in next st] repeat [ to ] once, dc 2 tog (over next 2 sts), *[dc in next st] repeat [ to ] twice, dc 2 tog (over next 2 sts)*, repeat * to * twice, sl st into top of ch 3 at beg of row (16 sts)
7. Body Row 5 (tentacles): ch 1, sc in same sp as ch 1, [ch 21, sc in back loop of second ch from hook and in the remaining 19 chains of this tentacle, sc in ea of the next 2 sts of Body Row 4] repeat [ to ] around, except after the last (8th) tentacle you will only have 1 sc to finish (not 2), sl st into top of first sc at beg of row (16 sc, and 8 tentacles of 21 ch & 20 sc each)

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