Free Tiny Crochet Octopus Pattern!
Crazy Hair Day? Keychain? On a hairclip? Hanging from your rearview mirror?
Just chillin’ on your desk?
Who wouldn’t need one of these teeny cuties?!
It was crazy hair day at my son’s school and there are TONS of ideas for girls, but really very few for boys. SOOO… we set out to fix that! A little blue temporary colored hairspray and some swirls to simulate the ocean and the little octopus is attached on top and…
RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!
This little mini amigurumi is fast and easy, let’s make one!
- small amounts of worsted weight yarn, a light worsted such as Caron Simply Soft is the perfect choice for this. Shown is Caron Simply Soft in Limelight and Black.
- size E(3.5mm) crochet hook
- scissors & tapestry needle
While you don’t need to meet a certain gauge, you MUST be sure to work with TIGHT tension so there are no holes in your work. I tend to crochet on the tight side, so you may need to drop a hook size to achieve the same tight look that I have.
As shown including all those legs, the octopus measures about 3″ tall.
Instructions: (US Terms)
Rounds are not joined or turned, the piece is worked in spiral. Use a stitch marker to keep track of rounds as needed.
Body (Make 1):
With the green, make a magic circle, ch 1:
Rnd 1: make 6 sc in the ring, pull tail to close ring tightly. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12)
Rnd 3: (sc in nxt sc, 2 sc in nxt sc) repeat six times total. (18)
Rnds 4-5: sc in each s caround. (18)
Rnd 6: (sc in nxt sc, sc dec over nxt 2 sc) repeat six times total. (12)
Rnd 7: sc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 8: (sc in nxt st, sc dec over nxt 2 sts) repeat four times total. (8)
Rnd 9: sc in each st around, cut yarn leaving a 14″ tail for assembly later. (8)
Legs (Make 8):
Leave an 8″ beginning tail, then chain 16:
Row 1: sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in nxt 2 chs, 2 sc in nxt ch, sl st in nxt 3 chs, sc dec over nxt 2 chs, sl st in nxt 3 chs, 2 sc in nxt ch, sl st in last 2 chs, cut yarn leaving an 8″ end tail.
Eyes (Make 2):
With black and leaving an 8″ beginning tail, make a magic circle, ch 1:
Row 1: make 3 sc in the ring, cut yarn leaving an 8″ end tail.
Row 2: leave an 8″ beginning tail, join the green with a sl st in the BACK LOOP ONLY of the 1st sc made in row 1, ch 1, hdc in same back loop, make 2 hdc in nxt back loop only, hdc in the back loop only of the last st, leave an 8″ end tail.
Bundle & Attach Tentacles: Take all the tentacles and line them up, bundling all the tails together as one. Using a basic overhand knot, you are going to knot ALL of them together at once, taking care to get the knot as CLOSE to the 1st st of the legs as you can. This is what it will look like:
Here’s the cool part, those tails? They are going to be the stuffing of the head and they will all be joined in at once with NO ends to weave on them! Miracles, I tell ya! Ha! Trim the tails so they are about 5-6″ long and even, now work them all into the opening in the last round of the head. You will need to push them in with the eraser end of a pencil or your crochet hook. Insert them so the entire knot is inside the head.
Now take that long end tail from the last round of the body and stitch back and forth between and around legs to secure them inside the octupus. Here is a picture of how I went under the body and through a few legs, you want to do this a few times to be sure they are secure. Once secure, weave the tail in and out of the body and trim close.
Shape & Attach Eyes:
Take all the tails from one eye and overhand knot them together as you did the tentacles, being sure the knot is as close to the stitches as possible. Leave ONE of the body color tails aside, and use the remaining 3 and insert the needle into the body where you want the eye to sit, positioning the black stitches nearer the legs. Use the main pattern photo as placement guide. Trim those 3 tails close to the body. Take that 4th tail in the body color and use it to close the bottom of the green circle around the black with a few stitches to cover. Then, weave that tail in the body and trim. Repeat for the other eye.
That’s it, this little baby is done!
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Much Love and Yarn,
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