Over the years, amigurumi has always been highly requested on my channel. Although it’s not my speciality, I have dabbled with it in the past. I love how cute the finished object turns out – but sometimes it can be a bit fiddly to make all of the small pieces! So, I’m super happy to tell you, that my mini crochet octopus has as few parts as possible to sew together! This is my first real amigurumi pattern and I’m so pleased with how it turned out.
I really hope this crochet octopus tickles your fancy too. And let’s face it, with those eight arms…it would be one heck of a tickle!
Ready to go – I promise you won’t have any bubble making this cute critter.
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
Yarn: Cotton yarn for main body colour. I used Stylecraft Classique Cotton in Peppermint for Ollie and Dizzy Lizzy for Olivia and Black for facial features.
Hook: 3mm Crochet hook
12mm Safety eyes (optional)
Love making amigurumi critters? There’s plenty on Bella Coco to browse. View all of the amigurumi patterns?
Project should be worked with a tight tension. Each round starts with a chain 1 which does NOT class as a stitch. Each stitch from each round is to be worked into the base of the initial chain 1.
Slip stitch (sl-st): Insert hook, yarn over, pull through both stitch and loop on hook.
Double crochet (dc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.
Double Crochet 2 Together (dc2tog): Insert hook into next st, yarn over, pull through (2 loops on hook), insert hook into next st, yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
*__*: Repeat sequence
CROCHET OCTOPUS PATTERN
Round 1: Create a magic circle. 6 dc and connect.
Round 2: 2dc in each stitch (12 stitches)
Round 3: *2dc in stitch, dc in next stitch* repeat 6 times and connect (18 stitches)
Round 4: *2dc in stitch, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (24 stitches)
Round 5: *2dc in stitch, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (30 stitches)
Round 6: *2dc in stitch, dc, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (36 stitches)
Round 7: *2dc in stitch, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (42 stitches)
Round 8-12: 1dc into each stitch and connect (42 stitches)
Round 13: *dc2tog, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (36 stitches)
Round 14: *dc2tog, dc, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (30 stitches)
Optional: Attach safety eyes between rows 12-13 with around an inch in between. Alternatively, you can embroider the eyes which will be done at the end of the project.
Round 15: *dc2tog, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (24 stitches)
Round 16: *dc2tog, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (18 stitches)
Begin to stuff the head using your Microfiber filling. Do not over stuff at this point as you will be adding more shortly.
Round 17: *dc2tog, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (12 stitches)
Continue to stuff the head until firm.
Round 18: dc2tog 6 times. DO NOT connect (6 stitches)
In order to pull the remaining hold tight, dc2tog a further 2-3 times. ss across to the opposite side. do not tie off.
For the neck, you will be working around the post of the stitches in order to build off of them.
Round 1: Chain 1 and insert the hook into one of the stitches approx 0.5cm from the centre. Continue to dc around in a circle to form 6dc. ss into the first stitch to complete round.
Round 2: Chain 1 and dc into each of the stitches from the previous round. Tie off.
NOTES: Once the tentacles have begun, you will complete all 8 in once continuous section, attaching to the neck as you go (please see video tutorial)
Chain 45, 2dc into 2nd chain from the hook and into each chain. Only 1dc into the last chain.
Attach the tentacle to the lower (round 2) row of dc on the ‘neck’ section using a SS.
Continue to create the following tentacles by chaining 45 and working your way back along the chain with 2dc in each chain. Attach to the ‘neck again’. Do this 4 times in total.
Chain 2 and ss into the upper (round1) round of dc on the neck section. Create 4 additional tentacles as previously described.
Tie off and sew in ends.
Using black yarn, sew on the facial features of the crochet octopus as desired. Instructions can be found in the video tutorial if you are unsure how to do this.
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AshelyFebruary 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm
My high school’s National Art Honor Society was using this pattern to make our own octopuses to donate. As someone who has been crocheting for a good couple years, I decided to follow the written pattern as videos nearly always are far too slow paced for me. However, when I watched the video, you were using single crochets when you were saying double crochets, which makes quite a large difference in the size of the stitches and the look of the final project and is also very confusing. Could you please clarify what stitches you were using?
Jacqui FisherFebruary 27, 2019 at 3:30 pm
Hi there, as mentioned in the video their is a difference between the UK and US terms which can be very confusing. A UK double crochet is the same as a US single crochet. I hope that clarifies things for you 🙂
Courtney GarlandApril 14, 2019 at 12:26 pm
My 10 year old daughter and I had so much fun making these cute little friends! As always, thank you so much for the video tutorial. As a visual learner, the video is such a blessing. We’ve enjoyed your tutorials over the years and appreciate you greatly.
BellaCocoTeamApril 14, 2019 at 3:45 pm
you’re very welcome 🙂
Dora JohnstonJuly 22, 2019 at 5:35 pm
I was wondering if l can use Stylecraft Special DK or Paintbos Dk yarn. I have loads left from a previous project.
Look forward to hearing from you.
BellaCocoTeamAugust 1, 2019 at 8:07 pm
You are welcome to use whatever yarn you choose to follow the pattern with, just bearing in mind that the results may look slightly different to that shown.
Hope this helps 🙂
AngelaAugust 31, 2020 at 3:33 pm
I made one for my 6 month old using a size G hook and a worsted weight yarn. Turned out wonderful and she especially loves the springy tentacles! Thank you so much for all your great tutorials. I am a long time follower and you never let me down with your clear videos and pretty patterns. Thanks so much!
BellaCocoTeamSeptember 2, 2020 at 5:39 pm
Hi Angela you are very welcome and thank you for your lovely comments 🙂
Chandre BlignautMay 19, 2021 at 9:04 am
Thanks for this one Sarah-Jane. I have really enjoyed making it. It came out so stunning.
BellaCocoTeamMay 19, 2021 at 6:01 pm
You are very welcome 🙂