I ended my last Project Journal post telling you about the crochet Jellie Jellyfish I was working up for my hubby’s coworker’s preemie twins. They are doing well, getting strong everyday. They are now off all of the machines and working on putting on some weight so they can go home.
I cannot believe how cute these little octopuses turned out, even though the pattern is for a jellyfish. NICU all over the world has found that preemies find the curls of the octopus tentacles soothing. Think that this is because they simulate the feel of their mother’s umbilical cord.
I looked through a lot of different crochet octopus and jellyfish patterns trying to find one with the look I wanted; they come in so many shapes and sizes. The crochet Jellie Jellyfish pattern by the Comically Creative Blog won. I think it is the cutest crochet jellyfish/octopus pattern; it was a close race though.
I chose this pattern for several reasons, the main one being how adorable they are, but the shape and scallop edge along the bottom of the body were the most significant selling factors. A lot of the pattern I was finding had a longer, skinnier body and I’m not a big fan of that look. The scallop edge along the bottom of the body adds a little cuteness and kind of hides where the tentacles are attached.
Yarn Bee Sugarwheel Cotton was the first yarn I reached for to work up these cute little crochet Jellie Jellyfish, and I was not wrong. I chose Yarn Bee’s Sugarwheel Cotton for a few reasons; the first being that I think cotton is the best choice when working up projects for those with sensitive skin, like preemies. Cotton is soft and hypoallergenic; it is also super durable, a must with little kids.
The other two reasons I chose this yarn are for is softness and the color range. I think this yarn is one of the softest cotton yarn in stores, always a plus. I was also able to make the tentacles in a couple of different colors without buying more than one skein. The way the colors are blocked with this yarn in large sections, it was easy to make the various color tentacles without having to cut and reattach.
The picture below is a side by side comparison of a newly finished jellyfish and one thats has been played with by my two year old for the last 3 weeks. She has taken the little jellyfish on the right almost every where she does, and because of that it has been through 3 wash cycles. I think it has held up really well, the tentacles have streached out some, but I almost think it’s cuter that way.
The pattern calls for a G/4.25mm hook, but my stitches were working up much looser than I like for amigurumis. After trying out a few hooks, I ended up using an E/3.5mm hook. I did make up a few jellies with I Love This Cotton and I only ended up moving down one hook size to an F/3.75mm hook.
Yarn Bee’s Sugarwheel Cotton is slightly thinner than the I Love This Cotton brand and other popular cotton brands. So, between the yarns being different thicknesses and the hooks being different, the jellyfish from each different yarn came to be different sizes. The jellyfish made with Yarn Bee’s Sugarwheel Cotton is a little bit smaller.
This pattern is free, which is always wonderful! A great big Thank You to Comically Creative for sharing it with for free. You can find this pattern here on her blog or on Ravelry. don’t just take my word for it, go check it out and see for yourself.
I love how these little Jellie Jellyfish turned out. They are just cute beyond words, and everyone has enjoyed them so far. I had a lot of fun making different faces for them. ( I love the sour face.) I will end up making this pattern over and over and over again. I great big thank you to Comically Creative Blog, for sharing it with us all for free.
You can read a more in-depth review of Yarn Bee’s Sugarwheel Cotton here, and I Love This Cotton here. If you would like to learn more about cotton yarn, or other plant fiber yarns you can also find those on my blog.
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