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Jacques Crusteau

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By Katie Park

Like most four-year old girls, my daughter Sophia lives in a constant state of imaginary play. Even the most ordinary things are extraordinary. Everything is sunshine and rainbows. I love this about her, and often wished I lived in "Sophia's world".

Jacques was inspired by a trip to the grocery store, where I watched Sophia have an imaginary conversation with the lobsters in the tank by the seafood counter. For her, even something as odd and spiny as a lobster is cute and friendworthy.

FINISHED SIZE

12 inches tall

MATERIALS

Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 Quatro [100% wool; 220 yards/200 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram ball];

9436 Madagascar; 1 ball

Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 [100% wool; 220 yards/200 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram ball];

8505 White; 1 ball

Recommended needle sizes
US #6/4mm double pointed needles (set of 5)

Notions

Polyester stuffing
Yarn needle
Embroidery needle
2 pieces of black felt cut in ½ inch circles

GAUGE

20 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in St st


INSTRUCTIONS

HEAD

Jacques

Using MC cast on 5 sts, pm, being careful not to twist, join to knit in the round.
Rnd 1: Kfb 5 times: 10 sts.
Rnd 2: (Kfb, k1) 5 times: 15 sts.
Rnd 3: (Kfb, k2) 5 times: 20 sts.
Rnd 4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: Kfb, k3, (kfb twice, k3) 3 times, kfb: 28 sts.
Rnds 6-7: Knit around.
Rnd 8: Kfb, k5, (kfb twice, k5) 3 times, kfb: 36 sts.
Rnds 9-10: Knit around.
Rnd 11: Kfb, k7, (kfb twice, k7) 3 times, kfb: 44 sts.
Rnds 12-13: Knit around.
Rnd 14: Kfb, k9, (kfb twice, k9) 3 times, kfb: 52 sts.
Rnds 15-16: Knit around.
Rnd 17: Kfb, k11, (kfb twice, k11) 3 times, kfb: 60 sts.
Rnds 18-19: Knit around.
Rnd 20: Kfb, k13, (kfb twice, k13) 3 times, kfb: 68 sts.
Rnds 21-25: Knit around.
Rnd 26: (K2tog, k13, ssk) 4 times: 60 sts.
Rnd 27: Knit around.
Rnd 28: (K2tog, k11, ssk) 4 times: 52 sts.
Rnd 29: Knit around.
Rnd 30: (K2tog, k9, ssk) 4 times: 44 sts
Continue decreasing in this manner every row until 20 sts remain.
Bind off all sts.

BODY

Using MC, cast on 16 sts, pm, being careful not to twist, join to knit in the round.
Rnd 1: * K4, kfb, k2, kfb; repeat from * once more: 20 sts.
Rnd 2: Kfb, k2, kfb twice, k4, kfb twice, k2, kfb twice, k4, kfb: 28 sts.
Rnd 3: (K6, kfb) 4 times: 32 sts.
Rnd 4: Kfb, k4, kfb twice, k8, kfb twice, k4, kfb twice, k8, kfb: 40 sts.
Rnd 5: * K8, kfb, k10, kfb; repeat from * once more: 44 sts.
Rnds 6-12: Knit around.
Rnd 13: K8, k2tog, k10, ssk; repeat from * once more: 40 sts.
Rnds 14-17: Knit around.
Rnd 18: * K2tog, k4, ssk, k2tog, k8, ssk; repeat from * once more: 32 sts.
Rnd 19: Knit around.
Rnd 20: * K6, k2tog, k6, ssk; repeat from * once more: 28 sts.
Rnd 21: Knit around.
Rnd 22: * K2tog, k2, ssk, k2tog, k4, ssk: 20 sts.
Bind off remaining sts. Stuff firmly.

TAIL

JacquesUsing MC, cast on 16 sts, pm, being careful not to twist, join to knit in the round.
Rnd 1: * K4, kfb, k2, kfb; repeat from * once more: 20 sts.
Rnd 2: (K4, kfb) around: 24 sts.
Rnd 3: * K4, kfb, k6, kfb; repeat from * once more: 28 sts.
Rnd 4: * K4, kfb, k8, kfb; repeat from * once more: 32 sts.
Rnd 5: * K4, kfb, k10, kfb; repeat from * once more: 36 sts.
Rnds 6-10: Knit 5 rnds.
Rnd 11: * K4, k2tog, k10, ssk; repeat from * once more: 32 sts.
Rnd 12: * K4, k2tog, k8, ssk; repeat from * once more: 28 sts.
Rnd 13: * K4, k2tog, k6, ssk; repeat from * once more: 24 sts.
Rnd 14: * K4, k2tog, k4, ssk; repeat from * once more: 20 sts.
Rnd 15: (K4, kfb) around: 24 sts.
Rnd 16: * K4, kfb, k6, kfb; repeat from * once more: 28 sts.
Rnd 17: * K4, kfb, k8, kfb; repeat from * once more: 32 sts.
Rnds 18-21: Knit 4 rnds.
Rnd 22: * K4, k2tog, k8, ssk; repeat from * once more: 28 sts.
Rnd 23: * K4, k2tog, k6, ssk; repeat from * once more: 24 sts.
Rnd 24: * K4, k2tog, k4, ssk; repeat from * once more: 20 sts.
Rnd 25: (K4, kfb) around: 24 sts.
Rnd 26: * K4, kfb, k6, kfb; repeat from * once more: 28 sts.
Rnds 27-29: Knit 3 rnds.
Rnd 30: * K4, k2tog, k6, ssk; repeat from * once more: 24 sts.
Rnd 31: * K4, k2tog, k4, ssk; repeat from * once more: 20 sts.
Rnd 32: * K4, k2tog, k2, ssk; repeat from * once more: 16 sts.
Rnd 33: * K4, kfb, k2, kfb; repeat from * once more: 20 sts.
Rnd 34: (K4, kfb) around: 24 sts.
Rnds 35-36: Knit 2 rnds.
Rnd 37: * K4, k2tog, k4, ssk; repeat from * once more: 20 sts.
Rnd 38: * K2tog, ssk, k2tog, k2, ssk; repeat from * once more: 12 sts.
Rnd 39: Knit around.
Rnd 40: (K2, kfb) around: 16 sts.
Rnd 41 and all remaining odd numbered rnds: Knit around.
Rnd 42: * K2, kfb, k4, kfb; repeat from * once more: 20 sts.
Rnd 43: * K2, kfb, k6, kfb; repeat from * once more: 24 sts.
Continue increasing in this manner until there are 40 sts.

Next Rnd: K1, yo, (k2tog, k2, yo) 9 times, k2tog, k1. 
Last 2 Rnds: Knit 2 rnds.

Bind off leaving a 12 inch end. Thread a yarn needle with the end, fold last 2 rounds to inside to reveal scalloped edge and sew in place. Stuff tail firmly, but not so firmly that the indentations in the tail disappear.

Fold bottom of tail in half. Stitch along the bottom using a mattress stitch, pulling tight inside the scallops to accentuate.

CLAW (make 2)

Large Side

Using MC, cast on 4 sts, divide between two needles, pm, being careful not to twist, join to knit in the round. Increase to 3 or 4 needles when possible.
Rnd 1: K1, kfb twice, k1: 6 sts.
Rnd 2: K2, kfb twice, k2: 8 sts.
Rnd 3: K3, kfb twice, k3: 10 sts.
Rnd 4: K4, kfb twice, k4: 12 sts.
Rnd 5: K5, kfb twice, k5: 14 sts.
Rnd 6: Knit around.
Rnd 7: K2tog, k4, kfb twice, k4, ssk: 14 sts.
Rnd 8: Knit around.
Rnd 9: K6, kfb twice, k6: 16 sts.
Rnd 10: Knit around.
Rnd 11: K7, kfb twice, k7: 18 sts.
Rnd 12: Knit around.
Rnd 13: K8, kfb twice, k8: 20 sts.
Rnd 14: Knit around.
Rnd 15: K9, kfb twice, k9.  22 sts.
Rnd 16-19: Knit 4 rnds.
Rnd 20: K9, ssk, k2tog, k9: 20 sts.
Rnd 21: Knit around.
Rnd 22: K8, ssk, k2tog, k8: 18 sts.
Rnd 23: Knit around.
Rnd 24: Kfb, k6, ssk, k2tog, k6, kfb.
Place stitches on a piece of scrap yarn.

Small Side

Using MC, cast on 4 sts, divide between two needles, pm, being careful not to twist, join to knit in the round. Increase to 3 or 4 needles when possible.
Rnd 1: K1, kfb twice, k1: 6 sts.
Rnd 2: K2, kfb twice, k2: 8 sts.
Rnd 3: K3, kfb twice, k3: 10 sts.
Rnd 4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: K4, kfb twice, k4: 12 sts.
Rnd 6: Knit around.
Rnd 7: K5, kfb twice, k5: 14 sts.
Rnds 8-13: Knit 6 rnds.
Rnd 14: K5, ssk, k2tog, k5: 12 sts.
Rnds 15-19: Knit 5 rnds.
Rnd 20: K4, ssk, k2tog, k4: 10 sts.
Rnds 21-23: Knit 3 rnds.
Rnd 24: Kfb, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, kfb.

Cut yarn. Weave ends on both sides of claw to inside.  Stuff each side of claw until nearly full. Slip next 3 sts of Small Side to right needle, pm to mark beginning of rnd. Slip sts from Large Side of Claw to left needle. Redistribute sts evenly on needles: 28 sts.

JacquesRnd 25-26: Knit 2 rnds.
Rnd 27: * K2tog, k10, ssk; repeat from * once more: 24 sts.
Rnds 28: Knit around.
Rnd 29: * K2tog, k8, ssk; repeat from * once more: 20 sts.
Rnds 30-33: Knit 4 rnds.
Rnd 34: * K2tog, k6, ssk; repeat from * once more: 16 sts.
Rnds 35-38: Knit 4 rnds.
Rnd 39: * K2tog, k4, ssk; repeat from * once more: 12 sts.
Rnds 40-56: Knit 17 rnds.
Rnd 57: * K2tog, k2, ssk; repeat from * once more: 8 sts.
Bind off remaining sts.
Stuff claw completely full.

EYE (make 2)

Using CC, cast on 5 sts, pm, being careful not to twist, join to knit in the round.
Rnd 1: Kfb 5 times: 10 sts.
Rnd 2: (Kfb, k1) 5 times: 15 sts.
Rnd 3: (Kfb, k2) 5 times: 20 sts.
Rnd 4: (Kfb, k3) 5 times: 25 sts.
Rnd 5: Knit around.
Rnd 6: (Kfb, k4) 5 times: 30 sts.
Rnds 7-12: Knit 6 rnds.
Bind off all sts.

ASSEMBLY

JacquesUsing MC and a ladder stitch, center head on top of body and attach.  Use the same method to attach the tail.

For the arms, cut a 10 inch length of MC and knot the end. Insert at the top of the arm on the small claw side, and weave yarn in and out of side, gathering gently as you go to curve the arm. Knot to secure and hide end on inside. Use ladder stitch to attach arms to side of body.

Center eyes on the front of head, spacing them .25 inch apart. Using CC and ladder stitch, sew eyes in place, stuffing the eyes before completing.
Attach pupils using black thread and mattress stitch.

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Katie Park

Katie Park is a fiber artist in the mountains of NC. To feed her family, she owns a coffee shop with her husband, but aspires to be a full time knitter, lounging all day in a hammock with her needles, preferrably somewhere warm and tropical where her kids can't find her. Until then she continues to design knitted toy patterns, which you can find on her blog, along with lots of other useless information about her everyday life.

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