Naughty nautical nautilus

Just a silly post with a funny title. I’m moving soon, the centre where I live has been deemed unsafe so we’re all moving out. I’m trying to use up odds and sods of yarn that are left over, and entire balls that were bought for small projects. I also want rid of all of my stuffing. They will think it’s weird, and they’re already saying I have too many things, so I’m looking to get rid of that. That’s where this came in. Odds and sods of yarn with more stuffing.

I’d had the patterned queued for quite a while and I was looking for something fun to make.

A weird sea creature.

So this is it. A nautilus, a strange creature that’s been around since the time of the dinosaurs pretty much in its current form. They’re in the same family as octopuses, which is funny. And they have a shell. Most people know of ammonites, which are also in the same family.

The pattern is free on Knitty, you can find more info here, it’s a bit weird to begin with, but once you’ve started turning the shell it’s very simple to continue. I cast on one morning and just went for it. Everyone was confused about what it was and it only took me two week days with classes to finish it. It’s a very quick project.

Propped up just after being finished.

I’m not sure how many facial tentacles I did, it said to do 8 but I just kept going until it looked right. People keep thinking it’s a snail though, which is weird.

It’s a hat for my beer!

Both pieces look weird when knitting up, the face worse than the shell I think. Although it’s a great stash buster using minimal amounts of yarn. You can find my full notes here from Ravelry.

I have two more stash busters on the needles too, and I think I’ve not got enough stuffing! It’s almost gone!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. To the Nth
    Mar 18, 2015 @ 13:57:33

    This is fantastic! Believe it or not, my little brother was obsessed with the chambered nautilus for a time in his childhood. The highlight of a family trip to visit relatives in Houston was a visit to an aquarium that happened to house some real live chambered nautili. Even today, he’d probably get a kick out of it if I made him one for a gift.

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    • andipi
      Mar 18, 2015 @ 23:02:29

      You so should! It’s a quick knit but a bit strange to begin with.
      The pattern is free and it just takes odd yarn, nothing to lose 😉

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  2. Sandy
    Mar 25, 2015 @ 01:29:48

    Too cool. I love sea creatures. They are so interesting.

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