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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

Scroll to Continue

*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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© 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 Sava