As you can see, I have got to where the narrowing of the fins, combined with the widening of the body area, has now got me past the tail completely. Whew! Some more slow body widening is going to continue as I go up, until the body is the canonical 18 inches wide At that point it’ll be a straight knit until I get to the head/eyeball region This is going to take a while. FYI, I am increasing four stitches, at four cardinal points evenly spaced around the circumference of the body, about every inch or so. This seems to be about the right rate of widening. Did I mention that squid are wonderfully forgiving in the figure? Sculpted abs are not an issue here. Essentially I can get away with an awful lot.
A note on color. As you can see, I’m dropping in a maroon strip every now and then, in an irregular way. I plan to gradually cease using it as I get towards the head. This will allow me to make the eyeball surrounds quite vivid by rimming them with color. Also, as I am sure everyone will agree, the tips of feeder palps and tentacles need to be maroon, or some such other darker hue.
But, boy howdy, those tentacles are going to be tedious. 24 feet of feeder palp! I am mulling Evil Plans to address this obstacle, to be revealed in the future.
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