Day 17 – Crab
Today we’re making a pair of teeny, tiny crabs. Apart from seagulls galore, crabs are probably the creature you’re most likely to find on a trip to the seaside. Scurrying sideways across the sand, lurking in rock pools under stones and seaweed, or maybe at the end of your line if you’re crabbing with the kids.
We’re using the same colours as yesterday – FOX AND NUDE – as well as a little bit of WHITE for the oggly boggly eyes. Crab eyes are alien-like stalks popping out the top of their head. Even when hiding in the sand, a crab can send up an eye stalk up as a periscope and see 360 degrees around.
Using FOX yarn, I make a Magic Ring. Here’s our Magic Ring tutorial again if you need any help with this technique:
Working 2tr, 4htr, 2tr into the ring and gently pulling the yarn tail:
creates a semi-circle crab shape. I fasten off, leaving a long tail which I use to oversew the flat length of the semi-circle:
Working into the back loop, I rejoin FOX yarn to the bottom corner of my semi circle with a slip stitch, ch 4 and fasten off, leaving a tail. I thread my bodkin and weave the tail down the back of the chain. This gives the chain legs a little more substance and enables you to securely fasten off on the back of the crab
I make 2 more legs in the same way on that side:
and three on the other:
before making claws in the same way (but with a ch 3) on the top of the crab:
Kate’s photo C shows the placement of the legs and claws:
I cut a length of NUDE yarn and separate two strands by untwisting the ply:
I use those strands to sew tiny running stitches over my crabs body.:
Using WHITE yarn, I make two French Knots for my crab eyes. Some of our longer-term subscribers will be French Knot MASTERS if they made our October 2019 box project: Emma Leith’s Beautiful Baskets. But if you’re unfamiliar with French Knots, there’s a good tutorial here:
I wrapped my yarn around the needle twice for my French Knots as I felt three times might make them too bulky:
And, using a black pen, I coloured in a little crabby pupil.
I make a second crab in the same way and then block them, using spray starch, and pinning the legs and claws in the exact position I want them onto a block of foam:
And I’ve finished my pair of crabs. They’re defintely a couple, I’ve decided. Tomorrow we’re back to the seaside to make a perfect rockpool that I think Craig and Christine Crab might like to set up home in.