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Amuse the Baby

One of the most important functions of women who are mothers to moms is to participate caring for their grandchildren.  Until the little cherubs are big enough to speak for themselves, this care takes the form of feeding, diapering and entertaining them.  Challenge gladly – nay, I say – enthusiastically accepted.  In the photo above, you see a fiber object that my daughter crafted for her baby.  It’s a rather complex ball with multiple handholds.  Really, nicely done, dear.

I have been planning to crochet a small number of sea creatures, with the idea of making a tableau called “Under the Sea.”  I decided to start with a jellyfish.  Jellyfish are abundant in the world’s seas.  They are a significant food source for Loggerhead and Ridley sea turtles.  They are also very easy to crochet.  Since I am currently immersed in baby-care activities, quick and easy is my choice for today’s fiber object.  Here is what I came up with, using an H hook and purple cotton yarn:

Start with a Magic Loop.  Single crochet 6 stitches into the loop. Then crochet around, increasing every other round to 12, 18, and the 24 stitchs.  Continue with single crochet in every stitch for 2 rounds.  Finish off by chaining 3 stitches, slip stitch into 2nd stitch from the hook, and continue around until you reach the start of the round. Cut thread and pull through loop. I made the tentacles with long chains.

Here is the subject, under the spell of the jellyfish.