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How to Crochet a Baby Octopus

Handmade in Crochet Baby Octopus

Handmade in Crochet Baby Octopus

Create Your Own Baby Octopus in Crochet (Free Pattern)

One of my favorite stuffed animals to crochet is an Octopus. Along with the bigger ones I create, I thought it would be fun to have a 'baby' octopus. I searched for a pattern, but the only instructions I could find were rather incomplete and difficult. Since I have a habit of always finding a simpler, quicker or easier way to do most everything, I worked on this idea until I came up with just the right combination of stitches to create the octopus design I had in mind.


*All images are my own, unless otherwise noted. (c) Wednesday-Elf

Plural of Octopus Looks Like it Should Be Octopi :-) - Is it Really "Octopuses"?

Over the past couple of years, I have crocheted dozens of these little 'octopuses' in all the colors of the rainbow and some in two-color combinations. It takes me about one-half hour to crochet and finish one, which I usually do while watching a favorite television show. I've given them as gifts, sold them in my Etsy Shop and found that children I meet as a vendor at craft fairs love them, as they are "just the right size" for little hands!

Since they are such fun to make, I decided other crochet artists would enjoy creating them as much as I do. This page will give you step-by-step directions to crochet a baby octopus. I hope you enjoy the pattern as much as I do.

For Extra Help in Learning to Crochet - Choose a How-To-Crochet Book

If these crochet directions for a baby octopus still leave you 'scratching your head', and you wish to learn the fine art of crochet, there are some excellent choices on Amazon.com

Crochet Stitches Used ...

For Baby Octopus

Stitch Abbreviations:

SC = Single Crochet

Ch = chain

St = stitch

sc2tog = (sc decrease) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

NOTE:

Work in continuous rounds; do not join or turn.

Step-by-Step Directions - For Crocheting a Tiny Baby Octopus in Your Choice of Color

Baby Octopus

Baby Octopus

Yarn and materials needed for baby octopus pattern

Yarn and materials needed for baby octopus pattern

First ... Gather Your Materials...

For Your Baby Octopus!

Materials:

*Worsted Weight Yarn

(less than 2 oz.)

*Size F hook

*Large-Eye Blunt Needle

*Polyester fiberfill

*Googly eyes & craft glue, OR small amount of contrasting color yarn for eyes.

NOTE: Photo Gallery of baby octopus step-by-step is shown below:

Baby Octopus Body.

Baby Octopus Body.

Octopus Body

Beg at top of head, ch 2

Rnd 1: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook (4 sts)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (8 sts)

Rnd 3: 2 sc in each sc around (16 sts)

Rnd 4-5: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 6: *Sc2 tog, rep from * around - 8 sts.

DO NOT end off.



Octopus Tentacles

Crocheted spirals create the octopus tentacles.

Crocheted spirals create the octopus tentacles.

Octopus Tentacles

  1. Slip stitch in next stitch - chain 21.
  2. 2 sc in second chain from hook and 2 sc in each of the next 19 chains
  3. Slip stitch in same stitch where chain began, slip stitch in next stitch in 8-stitch base. Repeat chains until there are 8 'tentacles'.
  4. Slip stitch in last sc. End off.

*NOTE: As you crochet 2 sc in each chain, your work will begin to naturally curl, giving you a curled tentacle!

Bottom of octopus.

Bottom of octopus.

Bottom of Octopus

Chain 2.

Rnd 1: 4 sc in 2nd chain from hook (4 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (8 sc)

End off, leaving about an 8 inch tail.

Finishing

Lightly stuff body with a small amount of polyfil. Sew small round to bottom of octopus. Weave in ends.

For Eyes: EITHER:

1) Thread a yarn needle with a length of contrasting yarn. Embroider eyes on 3rd row from crown in satin stitch, leaving one or two sc spaces between eyes. OR

2) Glue on Googly eyes.

FINISHING NOTE: Finished size of Baby Octopus, using a Size F Crochet Hook, will be approximately 2 inches high and 6 inches across the tentacles!



How About Crocheting a Two-Tone Baby Octopus?

Purple and Lavender Baby Octopus

Purple and Lavender Baby Octopus

Yarn for Two-Tone Baby Octopus

Yarn for Two-Tone Baby Octopus

Color Combinations are Limited Only by Your Imagination!

Materials for Two-Tone Baby Octopus

*Choose two contrasting colors of your choice for two-tone baby octopus (approximately 1 oz. each):

Worsted Weight Yarn: Color A

Worsted Weight Yarn: Color B

*Size F hook

*Large-Eye Blunt Needle

*Polyester fiberfill

*Googly eyes & craft glue, OR small amount of contrasting color yarn for eyes.

Two-Tone Baby Octopus

Two-Tone Baby Octopus is made exactly the same way the single color octopus is crocheted, except for changing colors every other round and every other 'tentacle'. Perfect for creating a baby octopus in your favorite school colors, or in pink & blue for a baby gift!


Two-Tone Baby Octopus Crochet Instructions

See how-to photos in gallery below:

Octopus Body:

With Color A, beginning at top of head, ch 2

Rnd 1: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Attach Color B in last stitch of Rnd 1.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around, changing to Color A in last stitch (8 sts)

Rnd 3: 2 sc in each sc around, changing to Color B in last stitch (16 sts)

Rnd 4-5: Sc in each st around. Continue to change colors each round by dropping unused color and picking up new color.

Rnd 6: *Sc2 tog, rep from * around - 8 sts. DO NOT end off.

Octopus Tentacles:

Slip stitch in next stitch - chain 21. 2 sc In 2nd from hook, 2 sc in remaining 19 chains. Slip stitch in same stitch as beginning.

Change color

  • Slip stitch in next stitch, chain 21, 2 sc in next 20 chains, slip stitch in same stitch,
  • Change color before next 'slip stitch' for each tentacle.
  • Repeat from * until there are 8 'tentacles', changing colors with each one. At the end, you will have 4 tentacles of each color in an alternating pattern.
  • Slip stitch in last sc. End off.

*NOTE: As you crochet 2 sc in each chain, your work will begin to naturally curl, giving you a curled tentacle!

Bottom of Octopus:

Chain 2.

Rnd 1: 4 sc in 2nd chain from hook (4 sts)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (8 sts)

End off, leaving about an 8 inch tail for sewing.

FINISHING:

Lightly stuff body. Sew small round to bottom of octopus. Weave in ends.

For Eyes: EITHER:

1) Thread a yarn needle with a length of contrasting yarn. Embroider eyes on 3rd row from crown in satin stitch, leaving one or two sc spaces between eyes. OR

2) Glue on Googly eyes.


Worsted Weight Yarns - Available online at Amazon

I use 4-ply worsted weight acrylic yarn and hypoallergenic polyfill fiberfill for my baby octopus, because both the yarn and the fiberfill is completely machine* washable. This makes it an excellent choice for babies and children, who love these little octopuses.

*If washing and drying the finished baby octopus by machine, use a lingerie bag to contain this tiny critter so that it doesn't get 'lost' in the laundry' :)

My yarn of choice is Red Heart, but any brand of 4-ply worsted weight yarn works equally as well.

Using Cotton Yarn

You can also crochet a baby octopus with cotton yarn, but washing would need to be done in cold water or by hand to prevent shrinkage. Cotton yarn is preferred by many.

Lavender Mama and Baby Octopus Family

Lavender Mama and Baby Octopus Family

Baby Octopus Sometimes Needs a "Mama"

Mama and Baby Octopus by Coastal Crochet Crafts on Etsy

A baby octopus isn't the only size I like to crochet. This is an example of a bigger size Octopus I make, along with her 'baby' octopus.

Lavender Mama & Baby Octopus make a happy little family.

They have gone to live in a new home, so "Mama Octopus is not currently available in my Etsy Shop, but can be recreated upon request in any color you desire. Just contact me at Coastal Crochet Crafts.

Pastel Octopus

Pastel Octopus

The current big octopus in my shop is a pretty pastel octopus in a different style, darling for a new baby gift or would make a cute stocking stuffer for baby's first Christmas.

Like to have your own Baby Octopus... - But don't want to crochet one yourself?

Primary Colors Baby Octopus

Primary Colors Baby Octopus

Etsy Shop

Hand-crocheted (by Wednesday-Elf in her crafting persona) baby octopi are available in my Etsy shop Coastal Crochet Crafts.

Baby Octopus in many colors

Baby Octopus in many colors

Baby Octopus is a Fun Toy for a Kitten

Kitten with toy yarn octopus

Kitten with toy yarn octopus

Baby Josiah thinks his crocheted octopus is a 'teething toy'!

Baby Josiah thinks his crocheted octopus is a 'teething toy'!

Baby Josiah thinks his crocheted octopus is a 'teething toy'!

A Baby Octopus in Black Becomes a Spider - Great for a Halloween Party Decoration!

Spider octopus for Halloween

Spider octopus for Halloween

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Crocheted Cheeseburger Potholder

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© 2010 Wednesday-Elf

Do You Like to Crochet Stuffed Animals? Do You Like 'Sea Creatures', especially the Octopus? Sci-Fi Fans Call this octopus a Cthulhu! :)

Wednesday-Elf (author) from Savannah, Georgia on July 04, 2015:

Thanks Lady Lorelei. I have them in every color of the rainbow. They are quick and fun to crochet!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on July 04, 2015:

Aw these are so adorable. I could see me with a nest of multi colored crochet baby octopus in my house. Such a sweet craft project. Thank you for sharing.

Wednesday-Elf (author) from Savannah, Georgia on March 07, 2015:

Enjoy creating a group of baby octopi, Mouse. :)

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on March 07, 2015:

The baby octopuses are so cute and I always appreciate free crochet patterns! Thank you for sharing the pattern.

Wednesday-Elf (author) from Savannah, Georgia on June 10, 2014:

@DeborahDian: Crocheting this little octopus is really easy. I think you'd enjoy making it. :)

Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on June 09, 2014:

I can crochet, but I have never tried something like this!

RaintreeAnnie from UK on December 10, 2013:

I have never done any crochet but I can certainly appreciate the results! These are so sweet and simply gorgeous :)

mel-kav on December 07, 2013:

Too cute. My grandmother used to crochet a lot of cute little animals. I still have all the ones that she made me.

anonymous on December 06, 2013:

Oh...you could stuff it with catnip! Very cute!

Wednesday-Elf (author) from Savannah, Georgia on October 15, 2013:

@Lydia Ham: If you don't have an F size crochet hook like I use for my baby octopuses, any size hook will work. The bigger the hook, the bigger the finished octopus. :)

Lydia Ham on October 15, 2013:

If I have the right hook I will try this out! <3 There's so cute!

Erin Mellor from Europe on May 30, 2013:

My nephew has a raggedy old octopus with jingle bell legs that he loves, this could be a good replacement when those legs finally give out.

kmhrsn on April 25, 2013:

I'm a knitter, more than a crocheter, but this is a GREAT article. Really well done.

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on April 06, 2013:

So far I can only crochet a beanie, and I have done lots of them. With these easy to follow directions, I think I will give this octopus a try. blessed.

anonymous on March 30, 2013:

I love crocheting. And its great to make little toys and gifts instead of buying bought products. Hand made is still the best at least that's my opinion.

Deb Bryan from Chico California on February 27, 2013:

The crochet baby octopus instructions are fabulous! I recently had my granddaughters over and gave them a crochet lesson. We did chains. This will be a great next lesson for us. Thank you for your easy to follow tutorial. I also love your handmade gifts. So anyone can have these cute crochet baby octopus toys even if they do not know how, or wish to learn how, to crochet.

InfoCoop on February 24, 2013:

What a fun idea for a rainy day project.

LindaSueAllison on February 07, 2013:

This almost makes me want to take up crocheting again. Adorable!

hungry-deer on February 04, 2013:

How cute is that! Great and creative :) I will definitely try it!!!

TheJewelryStore on January 31, 2013:

What a precious baby octopus crochet pattern! I love it!

NibsyNell on January 09, 2013:

Aawww... so cute!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on December 30, 2012:

Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

LPerry60 from East Coast United States on December 26, 2012:

Super cute! I love the lavender mom and baby :)

Rosyel Sawali from Manila Philippines on December 07, 2012:

Awesome stuff you have here! ^_^

Mr-Panda LM on November 08, 2012:

That's amazing that you came up with that on your own =) It's great!

kopox on November 04, 2012:

so cute... make one for me :D

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on September 23, 2012:

I learned how to crochet when I was very young and I wish that I had a penny for every item I crocheted (and knit). This is a great "how to" lens and I will give it a try. It would be nice to give as a shower present. Thank you! Angel blessed.

Doc_Holliday on September 22, 2012:

I'm told the octopus is cute. But then what do I know!!

Wednesday-Elf (author) from Savannah, Georgia on August 11, 2012:

@anonymous: Glad you liked your octopus creation. They are fun to make. You can make one a bit bigger by using a bigger crochet hook. Otherwise, to make a really big one you'd need a different pattern. The Lion Brand web site has a free octopus pattern called 'Amigurumi Octopus' where you crochet the body, then 8 tentacles, which are then sewn onto the body.

anonymous on August 10, 2012:

Made one recently-real quick and came out great, but is there some way to make it bigger. The older brother wants one too!

anonymous on August 04, 2012:

Beautiful step by step instructions and pictures. Anyone should be able to follow these with ease. You have done a wonderful job on this lens

Echo Phoenix on July 24, 2012:

Squidtastic! I crochet to unwind sometimes which usually means everyone I know will get a new handmade scarf for the winter holidays... won't they all be surprised to get an Octopus with it this year... or even better, I could top off that matching hat with one:)

Linda Pogue from Missouri on July 13, 2012:

I love this project. I need to make a birthday gift for my youngest grandson. I think he would love these. Blessings and thanks for the pattern!

anonymous on June 19, 2012:

I LOVE octopi. This looks like a project I could tackle. I'm sick of making squares! Thanks for the lens!!!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on June 10, 2012:

Totally darling! Love that two-tone purple octopus. What a fabulous design you have created. Thank you for sharing your talent and your instructions with us. Appreciated!

trendydad on May 16, 2012:

what a great design

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on May 16, 2012:

So incredibly cute.

cmadden on April 30, 2012:

Sooo cute!

WaynesWorld LM on April 25, 2012:

Love your octopus!

savateuse on April 09, 2012:

What a great idea!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 01, 2012:

I think I can do this. Thanks for making it easy.

Beth Webster-Duerr from Henrietta, New York on March 17, 2012:

These little octopus crochet patterns are so cute. I've taught myself how to knit one of those fuzzy scarves after wanting one for many years. Next: Crocheting. :)

anonymous on March 16, 2012:

Squidoo Angel Crochet Week Blessings :-)

btoteva on March 10, 2012:

Very nice lense!

ottoblotto on February 25, 2012:

Too cute! I love these little "octopi"!

anonymous on February 17, 2012:

very cute lens............

pyngthyngs on January 28, 2012:

Those are adorable.

CraftyDaffy on January 27, 2012:

This looks like so much fun, I'm definitely going to give this a try. The kids will love it!

Alethia LM on January 25, 2012:

OMG! I will be making this asap! Aww... what a cute little toy! I want one!

dellgirl on January 25, 2012:

Bet this is waaaay fun, they are so cute. Delightful lens, it is really attractive and informative! Thumbs up.

Just stopping by to say Hello and Congratulations on making Popular Pages featured Lenses. Awesome!

psiloveyou1 on January 25, 2012:

I don't crochet, but that is THE CUTEST thing ever! Love it!

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on January 25, 2012:

I adore your how to crochet a baby octopus page, so sweet!

anonymous on January 25, 2012:

Tier - 1 , next ! Excellent work, love it !

GabrielaFargasch on January 24, 2012:

That is the cutest thing I have ever seen!! Everyone should learn how to crochet an octopus!! How fun!! I loved them!

anonymous on January 24, 2012:

Very cute and can't wait to try! Thanks for uploading this!

One small thing I can't hold back on is.. The plural of Octopus is Octopuses, not 'Octopi'... ;-)

jeremykim2011 on January 24, 2012:

Cute picture of Baby Josiah!

Tjoedhilde on January 23, 2012:

I love it, so cute and very fitting for Squidoo! :D

Nimsrules LM on January 23, 2012:

This is so cute. I'm gonna tell my mom to make one for me :)

Jeanette from Australia on January 23, 2012:

So cute! I might just have to try this pattern :-)

lasertek lm on January 22, 2012:

This is really adorable.

Ruthi on January 16, 2012:

I am definitely going to crochet myself a little octopus Squidlet to sit on my computer for motivational purposes! Blessings and a bit o' sunshine!

happynutritionist on January 16, 2012:

To too cute! I have to pin this to my crafts category on Pinterest for future reference:-)

anonymous on January 16, 2012:

Stopping by with fresh angel dust for your baby octopus sweetness!

Wednesday-Elf (author) from Savannah, Georgia on January 11, 2012:

@marsha32: Thanks, Marsha. I've found that even 'grown-ups' like these baby octopuses. My DD & SIL have an artist friend who keeps one of my octopus babies on his art table and know of several people who have them sitting on top of their computers! :)

marsha32 on January 11, 2012:

Thanks so much for adding this to my linky. These would be cute to make for my younger grandkids....but even my teenager would like some too.

klaird on January 11, 2012:

Thanks for adding this lens to my "50 Craft Ideas for Adults" page. I've approved your link as well as featured your lens with a picture too. Thanks for submitting it! Keep up the good work!

anonymous on January 06, 2012:

Adorable, like my Great Grandmother used to make for us when we were young children. Awesome lens!:)

SecondHandJoe LM on January 05, 2012:

No!! But if I knew how I might! I don't know how you develop the patience to crochet!! Is it like fishing?lol

hlkljgk from Western Mass on January 04, 2012:

so cute. love josiah. :)

Kathy McGraw from California on December 31, 2011:

Had to come bless this and tell you that 2 of these baby octopi have a new home in Croatia :) I don't have anymore now, so guess I will have to order some more. I love the size, how cute they are, and that they make just the perfect add-on to gifts. Yes, I got the idea from your Etsey store :) *Blessed*

Cinnamonbite on December 29, 2011:

Someone made me one of those when I was little. In pink. At the time, I thought it was a dumb present. It didn't DO anything. Pink wasn't realistic even if I wanted to play with a dumb ol' octopus. I think I threw it away. So just an FYI, now I totally appreciate the work put into making a pink octopus (but it still has no use beyond a dust collector on a shelf) so y'all might want to just give these to little little kids or people who would actually get a kick out of it.

Odille Rault from Gloucester on November 22, 2011:

Oh, that is toooo cute!!! I've thought of another use - it would make a really gorgeous hair accessory! And a brooch! Blessed. :)

Odille Rault from Gloucester on November 22, 2011:

Oh, that is toooo cute!!! I've thought of another use - it would make a really gorgeous hair accessory! And a brooch! Blessed. :)

dogface lm on October 07, 2011:

@NevermoreShirts: Agree! :) I like short-legged (or -tentacled) octopuses more than long-legged.

NevermoreShirts on October 02, 2011:

My goodness, this is so terribly cute!

agoofyidea on September 11, 2011:

I never have but I am definitely making a baby octopus. Too Cute! Thanks for the lens.

Mia Carter from SW Florida on September 06, 2011:

So random, but so cute!

GypsyLyric LM on September 04, 2011:

Such a cute craft - and I loved your idea to use it as a package topper! Brilliant idea!

Blackspaniel1 on July 31, 2011:

nice

Blackspaniel1 on July 31, 2011:

nice

Francis Luxford from United Kingdom on July 08, 2011:

Oh, these are so cool! Great lens.

Kylyssa Shay from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on July 02, 2011:

I haven't tried crocheting stuffed animals yet but this little crocheted octopus of yours is so cute I may just have to give it a try!

JoshK47 on July 02, 2011:

So adorable!!!! I love it --- great for Squidoo... even if it's an octopus and not a squid - they're cousins, at least! :)

KANEsUgAr on June 30, 2011:

Wow you took some great step by step pictures. These are so cute. Ive never seen a Crochet octopus before.

EpicFarms on June 29, 2011:

I've never tried to crochet a stuffed animal (you'd think I would have done a horse already *laugh*). Your octopi are just adorable; but I'm lovin' that urple purple Mama most of all ;o)

KarenCookieJar on June 25, 2011:

My cat would love one of these as a toy, you could stuff it with catnip too.

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on June 15, 2011:

I need the knitting pattern for the octopus I find knitting easier than crocheting

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on May 23, 2011:

Had to return to this great lens after seeing your post on SquidooHQ Blog about Step by Step photos. You really did a super job of showing the steps and using photos.

grandma deal on May 16, 2011:

I noticed a comment you made on another Lensmaster's lens. Had to come see your Octopi. I love the Babies. I'm so glad you shared the pattern. I'll be making a handful of these for package toppers, the grandchildren, and to put on my desk at work. Great Job.

grandma deal on May 16, 2011:

I noticed a comment you made on another Lensmaster's lens. Had to come see your Octopi. I love the Babies. I'm so glad you shared the pattern. I'll be making a handful of these for package toppers, the grandchildren, and to put on my desk at work. Great Job.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on April 15, 2011:

Just dropped by to let you know that I finally got around to making a lens to feature the blessed crochet lenses. This lens is featured on Squid Angel Mouse Tracks in Crochet.

Marie on April 02, 2011:

Thanks for the instructions - the octopus is so cute :)

anonymous on April 01, 2011:

And how can I not bless this little guy (they truly are adorable)

ElizabethJeanAl on March 26, 2011:

They're adorable!

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on March 24, 2011:

My eleven month old is fascinated with octopuses (or is it octopi?) right now. Came back to leave a Squid Angel blessing!

sousababy on March 20, 2011:

Lensrolled to my: Healthy Gifts for 2011...Yay!, Healthy Gifts for Pets and People you Adore, International Children's Day and Helpful Tips for Raising Children lenses. Thank you, Rose

sousababy on March 20, 2011:

Oh, since this lens of yours is completely instructional, I will feature it (and some others of yours that I love) on my International Fat Quarters & Thin Dimes lens, after all. Will leave you a bio page notice when complete (and I'll add in a fun quiz about you too). Sure hope it helps! Fondly, Rose

Lemming13 on March 17, 2011:

Lovely! I can see there will be a lot of tiny tentacles around my desk soon...

kathysart on March 12, 2011:

Thank you for your visit an ohh my goodness thank you for this cutie baby octopus. I adore it!

ColorPetGifts on February 27, 2011:

Lensrolled to Purple Squid Gifts - love these baby octopuses -:)

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