Hi guys I finally completed the Cuttlefish that I started this past summer. He was fun and

challenging and I am happy with the finished piece. I might need to make him a buddy, maybe with some kind of variegated or self patterning yarn. Below you can see him with his tentacles extended. They use these to catch prey.

I wasn't aware when I started the pattern but the cuttlefish are nicknamed the "chameleons of the ocean." They are able to change color at will to camouflage themselves against predators. They can even replicate complex patterns to blend in perfectly with their background. Check out the video...

Cool, huh?


JRob's picture


Absolutely love the animals you've been knitting. Are you using patterns? If so I'd love to know where you are getting them.


KenInMaine's picture

Thanks so much! Hands down, my favorite toy designer is Hansi Singh. The animals that I've made so far from her patterns are the Cuttlefish, Octopus, Jackalope, Chameleon, Hermit Crab, Nessie and Snail. Her patterns are clever, amazingly detailed and fun to make. She has a book called Amigurumi Knits and also sells individual patterns, most of which are not in the book, on Ravelry. Another great toy designer is Alan Dart. In some of his patterns he is even more detailed than Hansi and he definitely has a more extensive pattern collection. His toys range from fanciful to very realistic animals (dogs, cats, bears, bunnies), Holiday collections and cute mice in different states of dress (medieval, circus, nursery rhyme, etc...) and a fantastic line of dinosaurs. Two other toy designers that I like are Rebecca Danger and Katie Boyette. They both offer whimsical designs, focusing more on monsters and generally odd creatures which are fun, but if you want a more realistic stuffed toy, go for Hansi's or Alan stuff.

Frito85032's picture

that is GREAT!!!!!

CLABBERS's picture

Amazing!!! You have a terrific grasp of the 3-D that is so needed for what you make. Wonderful work. The Pixar people who made Finding Nemo would LOVE what you do. Thank you for gifting us with the visual delights found in your knitted characters!

KenInMaine's picture

Wow, thanks so much for the lovely comment, Mark. I really appreciate it!

ronhuber's picture

Your animal kingdom is enchanting. You truly have a vision.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

What a delightful cuttlefish, Ken. Your skill at creating these critters is just phenomenal. I always enjoy marvelling at them.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

mr.cullen's picture

Your new animal is so cute. Good job as usual. What are you going to make next? Happy New Year to you....Cullen

AKQGuy's picture

Adorable. I've always loved these odd little cephalapods, and yours is absolutely wonderful. Can't wait to see the variegated one.

Tom Hart's picture

Beautiful work, Ken, as usual. And thanks for the video. I've never seen a cuttlefish before. In the video it looks electric. I don't believe I've ever seen anything man-made that could begin to compare with that light display... Thank you!