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/