The past 2 weeks have changed me. If you are a newsletter subscriber or follow me on Instagram, you know my son was in a terrible accident on Labor Day. It seems like a year ago. Time is skewed and distorted. There have been a handful of times in my life when I felt scared for my own safety. Those feelings pale in comparison to the fear I felt for my son; I would willingly die if it secured safety for my son, without even blinking, without even thinking. As I threw items into a bag for our hospital stay, I knew I needed my crochet. I needed to keep my mind out of very dark corners and places. With agony and grief, I threw a project in my bag that I have been casually working on for a while, a project that my son had been asking for a few a months. He really wanted a baby to go with his Plushy Octopus he named Octsock. Though I fully intended to finish it for him, it never seemed as important as other things that needed to be done. My heart broke as I thought about all the other things that came before this little crochet baby octopus, symbolizing all the things in my life that I was putting before my son. What I wouldn’t give to turn back time.
Crediting the grace of God and prayers of hundreds, we watched our son heal in miraculous ways. Not only is he surviving, he is thriving. The doctors, nurses and therapists were stymied at how quickly he healed, at his strength, bravery and resilience. And while he lay unconscious for 3 days in the PICU, I worked hard to finished this little octopus, so I could maybe make up for not obliging my son’s simple and sweet request.
Less than two weeks after the accident, he is standing, holding his new toy (the name is yet to be decided).
CROCHET BABY OCTOPUS AMIGURUMI
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Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Sc2tog – Sc decrease
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Begin with 1st color (cornflower) and make a magic ring. (ch 1 does not count as stitch, work first sc in same st as ch)
1. Ch 1 Sc 8 in the ring. (8 sts) Join with sl st.
2. Ch 1. 2 sc in each st. (16 sts) Join with sl st.
3. Ch 1. Ch 1. *Sc 3. 2 sc in next st* work 4 times. (20 sts) Join with sl st.
4. Ch 1. *Sc 4. 2 sc in next st* work 4 times. (24 sts) Join with sl st.
5. Ch 1. Sc 6. 2 sc in next st* work 3 times. Sc 3. (27 sts) Join with sl st.
6. Ch 1. Sc 7. 2 sc in next st* work 3 times. Sc 3. (30 sts) Join with sl st.
7. Ch 1. Sc 7. 2 sc in next st* work 3 times. Sc 6. (33 sts) Join with sl st.
8. Ch 1. Sc 8. 2 sc in next st* work 3 times. Sc 6. (36 sts) Join with sl st.
9. Ch 1. Sc 9. 2 sc in next st* work 3 times. Sc 6. (39 sts) Join with sl st.
10. Ch 1. Sc 10. 2 sc in next st* work 3 times. Sc 6. (42 sts) Join with sl st.
11. – 15. Ch 1. Sc in each st. Join with sl st. (42 sts) Join with sl st.
Place safety eyes between rows 15 and 16, about 9 sts apart.
16. Ch 1. *Sc 10. Sc2tog* work 3 times. Sc 6. (39 sts) Join with sl st.
17. Ch 1. *Sc 9. Sc2tog* work 3 times. Sc 6. (36 sts) Join with sl st.
18. Ch 1. *Sc 8. Sc2tog* work 3 times. Sc 6. (33 sts) Join with sl st.
19. Ch 2. *Sc 7. Sc2tog* work 3 times. Sc 6. (30 sts) Join with sl st.
20. Ch 1. *Sc 6. Sc2tog* work 3 times. Sc 6. (27 sts) Join with sl st.
Begin stuffing. I like to keep it a bit loose until the very end so the stuffing fibers don’t get stuck in my stitches.
21. Ch 1. *Sc 4. Sc2tog* work 4 times. Sc 3. (23 sts) Join with sl st.
22. Ch 1. *Sc. Sc2tog* work 7 times. Sc 2. (16 sts) Join with sl st.
23. Ch 1. Sc2tog 8 times. (8 sts) Join with sl st.
Finish stuffing the head.
Close the small remaining hole by sewing stitches across in a star pattern, pulling tight. Weave in ends to secure your sewing.
Arms: (make 8)
Begin with 2nd color. Make a magic ring.
1. Sc 10 into magic ring. Pull ring tight. (10 sts)
2. Yarn over 2nd color. Work a sc in first sc. Work a sc in each st around. (10 sts)
3. – 20. Sc in each st around. (10 sts)
Sl st into next st. Break yarn, leave a tail long enough so you can sew the legs in place.
Loosely stuff arms with stuffing. Pinch the end closed, and attach them to the head on approx. row 20. Sew them in place using the tails, in this manner:
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. My strong kid still has several more weeks of mending before he has made a full recovery. There is no greater news I can give than the fact that my precious baby is going to be fine. His injuries will heal. His mind is intact.
And this experience has changed me. For the better.
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