1 skein worsted weight 100% wool yarn – Brown
1 skein worsted weight 100% wool yarn – Cream (can’t felt white yarn)
US size 4 needles – DPN’s or Circular
US size 11 needles
Oobi eyes (I used the oobi like eyes)
Upholstery thread for loop to hang on tree.
Meatball (make 2):
Knitting in the round with brown wool, cast on 6 stitches with US size 4 needles and join. Place marker.
Row 1: K all stitches
Row 2: Kfb around (12 sts)
Row 3: K all stitches
Row 4: (Kfb, K1) around (18 sts)
Row 5: K all stitches
Row 6: (Kfb, K2) around (24 sts)
Row 7: K all stitches
Row 8: K all stitches
Row 9: K all stitches
Row 10: (K2tog, k2) around (18 sts)
Row 11: K all stitches
Row 10: (K2tog, k1) around (12 sts)
Row 11: K all stitches
Stuff the meat ball at this time.
Row 12: (K2tog) around (6 sts)
Break yarn leaving a long tail. Take tail and tapestry needle and thread through remaining stitches and cinch up to close the meatball. Leave the tail so you can use it to sew the meatball to the spaghetti monster.
Felt. (I just throw it into my washer and wash with hot water. If the monster still has some stitch definition, your monster needs more felting).
With cream wool, cast on (double stranded) between 20 to 30 stitches with US size 11 needles.
Cast all stitches off but keep the last stitch on the right needle.
Repeat until you have roughly 30 to 35 tendrils.
You’ll have a long string with tendrils on it. Using a tapestry needle, sew the string together to make the monster, leaving the tendrils to dangle.
Sew the meatballs on the monster (use the photo above as a guide). Trim all stray yarn ends. Take Oobi eyes and thread some of the tendrils through the loop so the eyes will stay in place (Usually can stay in place with three tendrils). Sew upholstry thread on top and make a loop so you can hang it on the tree.
Variation (added 12/25/07):
If you don't want/can't get the oobie eyes, you can do this instead:
After knitting all 30 tendrils, knit two additional tendrils like this:
Cast on 8 stitches.
K2, turn work, k2, turn work
Cast off 8 stitches.
Make him up as shown above. Using two buttons for each eye socket, you can buy a large white button and insert a smaller black button to make them look like googly eyes. I've found that these work better than the plastic googly eyes. (look at my alligator mittens for an example).
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