Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tentacle Bag

I designed this bag to be used as a monster cup for the board game Arkham Horror.

A drawstring bag made to look like a bunch of tentacles reaching up and out and knit from the top down (tentacles first). Make a fun addition for your Arkham Horror game, or use it for whatever other tentacular uses you can come up with!

If you would like to make these to sell, it is alright with me, but please consider donating a dollar or two to if you do.

Yarn Worsted Weight

Needles size 7 dpns (could use circs)

Guage really not important


Make 16

Cast on 4 stitches, join in the round.
  1. K1, M1 4 times - total 8 stitches on needles
  2. K4, M1 2 times - total 10 stitches on needles
Knit all stitches until tentacle is aprox. 2.5 inches long or desired lenghth.
Cast off 3 stitches.
Place remaining tentacle stitches onto spare needle or scrap yarn.

Main Body
Pick up 7 stitches from first tentacle, repeat with the rest of the tentacles.
When you've picked up all tentacle stitches, join in the round,being careful not to twist.

Work in k5, p2 rib until you have aprox. 6 inches (longer for a larger bag) from where you picked up the tentacles.

*Optional - work in a row of eyelets to make weaving in the ribbon or icord easier later.

Decrease Rounds
  1. *K2, K2tog, K1, P2 *repeat to end of row
  2. K4, P2 rib
  3. *K1, K2tog, K1, P2 *repeat to end of row
  4. K3, P2 rib
  5. *k1, k2tog, p2 *repeat to end of row
  6. K2, P2 rib
  7. *K2, P2tog *repeat to end of row
  8. K2, P1 rib
  9. *K2tog, P1 *repeat to end of row
  10. K1, P1 rib
  11. K1, *K2tog *repeat to last stitch. Knit last stitch tog with first stitch from the next row. 16 stitches will be left.
  12. Knit
  13. K2tog to end of row - 8 stitches left
  14. Knit
  15. K2tog to end of row - 4 stitches left
  16. bind off
Weave in all ends.
Make an icord or find some ribbon to thread through inside of the purled stitches for the drawstring. I made a 3-stitch i-cord, the regular 4 stitch one seemed to thick.

You can stuff the tentacles and sew them closed if you want. I just left mine open.


  1. awesome!!

    what does the M on "K1, M1" mean?

    1. It's a form of increasing. You can find a video on it if you go to YouTube and search "Make on stitch in knitting."

  2. how do you make the tentacles stay up?
    mine bends down:(

  3. Try using smaller needles or a stiffer yarn. I used redheart super saver. I know that a less stiff yarn, like simply soft will be drapier and have less definition.

    You could also try stuffing them - not sure what would happen, but might help!

  4. I wish I had one of these for when I run Arkham Horror. Nice work!