Octopus Frenzy

I have been making a frenzy of octopuses…..octopuses? Is that the plural of octopus? I always call them octopi.

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This is a fun pattern that I worked up, and can be done with virtually any yarn. I always use 1 hook size down from the recommended for each kind of yarn, just to make sure the stitches are nice and tight and won’t show any of the stuffing. I have a lot of different sizes of safety eyes that I’ve purchased from many different places, so I decide on the eyes as I’m working on the pattern.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed (with affiliate links):

Crochet hook one size down from recommended size

Any yarn will work

Safety eyes that look right for size

Black embroidery thread or black yarn

Yarn needle

Poly-fil

Body:

ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Inc, 1 sc , repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Inc, 2 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Inc, 3 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Inc, 4 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Inc, 5 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 7: Inc, 6 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 8: Inc, 7 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 9: Inc, 8 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Rows 10-19: Sc around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 20: Dec, 8 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 21: Dec, 7 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 22: Dec, 6 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 23: Dec, 5 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Stop here to stuff the body, position the eyes and sew on the mouth before continuing, filling the rest of the body as you go.

Row 24: Dec, 4 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 25: Dec, 3 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 26: Dec, 2 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 27: Dec, 1 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 28: Dec around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

If there’s still an opening at the bottom, you can use a slip stitch to close. Tie off.

Legs (make 8):

ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Inc, 1 sc , repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Inc, 2 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Inc, 3 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

If you’re using a different color for the feet, change colors now.

Row 5: Dec, 3 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Rows 6-7: Sc around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 8: Dec, 2 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Rows 9-10: Sc around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 11: Dec, 1 sc, repeat around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Rows 12-13: Sc around. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

For the first 7 legs, tie off. Stuff the legs halfway, pushing the stuffing towards the foot.

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With the 8th leg, instead of tying off, ch 1 and sc across the top of each leg, connecting them and closing the opening up.

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Once they’re all connected, they should look like this:

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Slip stitch to the first sc across the top to form a ring:

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Tie off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Flip the octopus body upside down and center the leg ring on it.

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Using your yarn needle, sew the legs to the body all the way around.

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The bottom of your octopus will look like this:

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Now flip your octopus over and check out how cute he is!

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At this point, you can add any other things you want, like a flower or a top hat.

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For this one, I even made her a hat because she insisted that she was a cat:

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Using thinner yarn, you can make these guys smaller too.

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This is a fun pattern, and I love how adorable they are. If there are any mistakes in this pattern, or something is unclear, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know. Or message me on Facebook. If you create any octopi of your own, be sure to post a photo on my Facebook page so I can see.

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20 thoughts on “Octopus Frenzy

  1. One hook size down from the size recommended for the yarn you’re using. For example, Red Heart Super Saver suggests a 5.5 MM (I) hook, so I would use a 5 MM (H) hook for stuffies to make it tighter.

  2. I’ve only just discovered this website, yeeey! A left handed crocheter!! Me too. The octopi look really cute, hope I’ll make them some day (so many cute crochet patterns, so little time)

  3. Omg! I made one of the big ones, anf it turned out so cute! And then I started the small ones, and it turned out a little….long. Any ideas on how to round him out more so he’s a sphere instead of a football?

  4. Omg omg omg they are so cute and adorable!! Umm…. I’m a 28 year old dude so forget i said that. You should sell these online, I’d buy one. It would make a great gift.

  5. I looooove this!!! Mind if I get your permission in order to sell these? I will of course credit you and I will pay if I have to 🙂 I adore your work!

    -Jen

  6. You are welcome to sell any items that you make with my patterns. As long as you don’t repost my pattern anywhere, I’m fine with you making and selling things.

  7. Hi there! Such an adorable lil octopus! Thank you for this pattern! I’ve made a couple already but I’ve been working them in the round. Just out of curiosity, is there a reason to work in rows, turning after each as opposed to working in the round? Also, do you have a pattern for the little top hat? Thanks! (Btw, I’m also a self-taught lefty hooker! Yay us!)

  8. There really isn’t a reason that I crochet that way, other than that’s how I learned. I don’t always do it that way. Sometimes I crochet in the round because it eliminates the “seam” in the back, but I find it’s easier to keep track of what I’ve done when I chain and turn, so it’s all about my mood. lol As for the top hat, I actually found a pattern on another site for a small top hat, and adjusted it to make that one. I’ve had a lot of people ask for patterns for the different hats, so I’ll write up a blog post soon and put them in there.

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