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Crochet an Octopus

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This is a fun project to make with leftover yarn. The legs develop a natural curl from the stitches.

Crochet hook, size K

4-ply worsted weight acrylic yarn, 1 oz. each of two colors

yarn or embroidery floss for eyes

You can vary this pattern by using different size hooks and yarn; bulky yarn with a huge hook makes a fairly impressive octopus. Also one solid yarn and one shaded yarn, as shown in the illustration, looks great.

(ch=chain; sc=single crochet; dc=double crochet; hdc=half double crochet; st=stitch)

Start with the legs:

Leg 1: Chain 21. Starting in 2nd ch from end,

5 sc, 13 hdc, 2 dc. Leg should have a natural twist.

Legs 2-8: Without cutting the yarn, repeat steps for leg 1 seven more times. You will have eight curly legs all in a row. Join the legs into a circle with a slip stitch in the first chain of the first leg.

Head and body:

Working from the legs in continuous rounds without turning:

Round 1: Work 2 sc through the dc at the base of each leg (16 st).

Round 2:*1 sc in each of next 2 st, work 2 st together* 4 times (12 st).

Rounds 3, 4: Sc in each sc around (12 st).

Round 5: *1 sc in each of next 2 st, 2 sc in 3rd st* 4 times (16 st).

Round 6: *1 sc in each of next 3 st, 2 sc in 4th st* 4 times (20 st).

Rounds 7-9: Sc in each sc around (20 st).

Round 10: 1 sc in each of next 3 st, work 2 st together* 4 times (16 st).

Round 11: *1 sc in each of next 2 st, work 2 st together* 4 times (12 st).

Round 12: *1 sc in next st, work 2 st together* 4 times (8 st).

Round 13: *Work 2 st together* 4 times (4 st).

Cut yarn. You probably will not have a hole at the top with only 4 st, but if you do,

use yarn end to stitch hole shut. Work in yarn ends.

Embroider two eyes with dark-colored yarn or embroidery floss, using french knots or the stitch of your choice. (optional)

Hope you have lots of fun with this pattern!

Reader Feedback and Suggestions

Crystal on January 25, 2018:

Do you have a you tube video showing how to for this cute octopus? I am having some trouble visualizing some of what this is supposed to look like.

Thank you for sharing the pattern!

Nan Shaffer on March 22, 2015:

I have made this lovely octopus with chunky yarn & an I hook which makes it about 3-4 inches tall with a tentacle diameter of about 1 foot (curled). I have made it with very fine thread & a #7 steel hook for a tiny octopus, about 1 inch tall with 2-3 inch tentacle diameter. I have added enough polyfill to support the head & crocheted the opening at the tentacles shut with an inward spiraling slip stitch. I really love this pattern! Thank you!

anonymous on August 11, 2013:

This pattern is completely adorable, thank you! I actually used safety eyes, stuffed the head and plugged the bottom with a circle as an afterthought, so the shape will stay good after my niece paying with it. I'll be making more of these, definitely.

PaulaGail (author) on April 14, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi! Sorry if I wasn't clear. Single crochet "around the post" of the double crochet in the leg. That would be in the middle of the top of the leg. Hope this helps - if not, let me know!

anonymous on April 14, 2013:

I'm currently making this for my sister, but finding it a bit difficult to understand how to stitch through the legs to begin making the body. Where you say 'sc twice into the dc at the base of each leg', I just can't figure it out. Is it in the centre of each leg or at the spaces between each leg? Thanks so much for the pattern, it's adorable!!

anonymous on January 21, 2013:

@anonymous: I was wondering if you had written down the pattern for the lager octopus you had made. And if you were willing to share the pattern. My email is stitcharound@yahoo.com

Hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you.

PaulaGail (author) on August 29, 2012:

@anonymous: What a neat idea! That sounds adorable!

anonymous on August 29, 2012:

Great pattern...I made it a bit smaller (one strand of yarn and a G hook) and it makes a perfect cat toy when you stuff the head with fleece and catnip. My cats love it. Thanks for sharing!

PaulaGail (author) on August 14, 2012:

@anonymous: I'm glad you enjoyed it!

PaulaGail (author) on August 14, 2012:

@anonymous: That's so sweet! thanks for sharing that.

anonymous on August 13, 2012:

I did this and I love it. I also made my own altered, larger version and gave it to a three year old that I babysit often. He loved it so much he hasn't put it down since I gave it to him. Thank you so much for helping me put a giant smile on the most adorable little three year old's face.

anonymous on June 25, 2012:

Many thanks for this toy

i made it for my Nephew

thanks again

anonymous on June 25, 2012:

Many thanks for this toy

i made it for my Nephew

thanks again

anonymous on April 12, 2012:

Would it be all right if I sold the finished products of this pattern? I would of course direct anyone I to whom I sold the octopus to your pattern or your blog/

LewesDE on February 19, 2012:

I love this lens! please make more.

anonymous on January 07, 2012:

Really enjoyed this patterns, thank you.

anonymous on July 04, 2011:

Thank you SO much for this darling pattern!!! I've made several octopi and have linked to you in my blog at: http://angelsunafghans.com/blog/?p=897

anonymous on June 11, 2011:

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Lemming13 on March 22, 2011:

Adorable! Blessed.

anonymous on August 27, 2010:

This is perfect! Thank you so much for posting :)

anonymous on May 24, 2009:

make the NANNERPUSSSSS!

anonymous on February 07, 2009:

thanks! The head is a little smaller than an egg, with legspan proportional, but I have made one at least twice the size with jumbo yarns and a big hook.

anonymous on February 06, 2009:

Very cute - though it would be nice to know what the dimensions of the finished octopus is.

anonymous on February 06, 2009:

Very cute - though it would be nice to know what the dimensions of the finished octopus is.

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