Opus the Octopus

Who doesn't need a life-sized, squishy, tentacled companion?

With his sleepy eyes and wonderfully squishable body, Opus the Octopus is equally at home perched on a sofa or at the head of a bed. He's a great decoration for a child's room, and loves to hang out with other members of his knitted family.

Opus's design is inspired by the real thing (octopus vulgaris in particular), but minus the creepy parrot-like beak. Octopuses or octopodes (not octopi) are members of the Cephalopod family, which also includes squid, cuttlefish, and chambered nautiluses. They're highly intelligent, and able to unscrew jars, use tools, solve mazes, and, on occasion,accurately predict the outcome of Word Cup Soccer matches. They are masters of disguise, amazing escape artists, and exceedingly lovable -- possibly because they have three hearts.

Pattern Errata 

Round 56: should say work 7 rounds even, i.e. work even until round 63.

Round 104: Missing a k2. Round should read:  [k2 ssk k12 k2tog k2] 4 times

In the Tentacles Section: Using larger needles, slip the first 14 sts of the underbelly to a single needle; slip the first 14 sts of the body onto the sample needle (it should say “same”, not “sample”), to the right of the underbelly sts. 

Not Errata, but people sometimes ask “what the heck is a yarn butterfly?”

Yarn butterflies are used in intarsia knitting to manage multiple colors of yarn within a single row of knitting. They are basically loose, center-pull balls that don’t unravel until you want them to.

Here’s a video of how to make a yarn butterfly: https://www.interweave.com/article/knitting/how-to-make-a-yarn-butterfly/

This is a step-by-step with photos: https://makezine.com/2009/09/23/keeping_yarn_leftovers_organiz/

 Also Not Errata, but some additional guidance on the tentacle section

The bit where people tend to get stumped is where you’re combining the body stitches and underbelly stitches. What’s happening here is that you’re dividing the body stitches (14 sts at a time) into eight sections that will become the top of the tentacles. You’re dividing the underbelly stitches the same way into sections that will become the underside of the tentacles.

Don’t actually do this because you’d be mattress stitching into the next century - just to explain how the construction works - you could in theory knit just the 14 body stitches (with the appropriate decreases), and knit just the underbelly, and end up with a flat underbelly with eight half-tentacles (so it would look a bit like a sun with extended rays) and a body with eight half-tentacles, then stitch up both sides of each tentacle. Working the body and underbelly stitches on one needle together causes the intarsia joins to “sew” one side of the tentacle for you.

Each group of 14 sts (from the underbelly and the body) should be facing the same way, with the RS facing. Setting up for the first tentacle is the worst, because the underbelly wings out and looks really weird. By the time you have two tentacles done, it’ll be clearer that you’re on the right track. Each section will be knit in its own yarn, so you’ll have two working yarns, each on the right edge of the work in the ready-to-knit position.