Free Pattern: Crochet Amigurumi Octopus

by Doroteja

Crochet Octopus by Croby Patterns

My head was somewhere else than crocheting for the last few weeks. Time flies by so fast. The reason I was not around so much was that we moved to our new apartment. The best thing is, that it has an additional room that we transformed into small office/working area. I am so so happy for that! 🙂

A few days ago I’ve created a cute amigurumi octopus. I was using  DK weight yarn in orange and my 3.0 mm crochet hook for the body and 3.5 mm crochet hook for the eyes circles.

The pattern is very easy to follow. Just work in rounds all the time and you will see how beautiful the final result will be. For the eyes, I was using some plastic eyes that you can buy in your local craft store. They are not safety eyes for amigurumi toys. So if you are making this octopus for your kids and not for decoration, I would definitely recommend you to use instead of this ordinary eyes, real safety eyes that you attach on the toy and they will not fall out no matter what.

With love, Doroteja

 

Watch the video and follow the step by step tutorial to learn how to make this simple crochet octopus from start to finish. Don’t forget to jump to my YouTube channel and subscribe (HERE!) if you haven’t already. Once you are there turn on the post notification (little bell next to the subscribe button) so you will be first to know when I post something new. It’s free! 🙂

 

Here is what you will need for this project (These links are affiliate links. Purchasing through this links earns me a small commission with no extra cost to you. So if you decide to purchase through them, know that you are awesome! Thanks! 🙂)

  • YARN: For this pattern, I was using some DK weight 100% cotton. Perfect for this project is a DK weight yarn from Paintbox cotton collection. You can find it HERE. The yarn is great for amigurumi toys because it’s easy to work with, the strand is nicely twisted and it’s available in 56 shades.
  • CROCHET HOOK: I was using a 3 mm or D and 3.5 mm or E/4 crochet hook (HERE!).
  • OTHER: And of course a yarn needle (HERE!), stitch markers (HERE!), a pair of scissors (HERE!), two safety eyes and a small amount of synthetic stuffing (HERE!).

 

The instructions are using simple crochet stitches that are because of their long names written as abbreviated words/signs. If there is a stitch or technique that you’re not familiar with, don’t worry. Click on the video next to the stitch name and you can learn how to do it right away.

  • st/sts – stitch/stitches
  • ch – chain (VIDEO)
  • sc – single crochet (VIDEO)
  • sc2tog – single crochet two together
  • sc3tog – single crochet three together
  • ss – slip stitch
  • hdc – half double crochet (VIDEO)
  • hdc3tog – half double crochet three together
  • dc – double crochet (VIDEO)
  • dc3tog – double crochet three together
  • BLO – work into back loops only
  • FLO – work into front loops only

 

  • The pattern is worked in continues rounds.
  • How to read a pattern:
    • If the number is written before the stitch 3 hdc work 3 hdc into the same stitch. If the number is written after the stitch hdc 3, work hdc into next 3 stitches.
    • Repeat what is written in the () as many times as it’s written right after the (). For an example: Repeat (2 hdc, hdc 1) 5 times. It means that you have to repeat the sequence work 2 hdc sts into the same st, 1 hdc into the next one 5 times. And you will get 5 additional stitches by doing that.
  • Use stitch markers to mark your first stitch of each round.
  • Skill level: Easy

 

AMIGURUMI OCTOPUS CROCHET PATTERN

The octopus is made in three simple steps. We will start with the main part which is the body. From there on, we will continue and give the octopus 8 long arms. And our last step will be, to make two tiny eyes and attach them to the body.

MAIN PART

Take the yarn and the hook (3.0 mm) and create a magic ring.

Round 1: 6 sc sts into the magic ring. = 6 sts.

Round 2: Work 2 sc into next 6. = 12 sts.

Round 3: Repeat (2 sc , sc 1) 6 times. = 18 sts.

Round 4: Repeat (2 sc, sc 2) 6 times. = 24 sts.

Round 5: Repeat (2 sc, sc 3) 6 times. = 30 sts.

Round 6 – 12: Sc 30 sts. = 30 sts.

Begin stuffing the head/main part.

Round 13: Repeat (sc 3, sc2tog) 6 times. = 24 sts.

Round 14: Sc 24. =24 sts.

Round 15: Repeat (sc 2, sc2tog) 6 times. = 18 sts.

Round 16 – 17: Sc 18 = 18 sts.

  • If you are using safety eyes with a screw and a stopper for this project, please jump to the “EYES” part and read the instructions under number 3. 🙂

Round 18: BLO! (very important!) Repeat (sc 1, sc2tog) 6 times. = 12 sts.

Continue stuffing the head.

From now on work in both loops.

Round 19: Repeat sc2tog 6 times. = 6 sts.

Cut the yarn and fasten off, but leave a long tail for sewing. Thread the needle, use the yarn tail, and join all the remaining sts together. Make sure you entirely close the opening so the stuffing will not start coming out of the octopus.

Now go back to round 18. There are 18 undone front loops that we will use as a base for our octopus arms.

Round 18: FLO! Sc 18. = 18 sts.

From now on work in both loops.

Round 19: Repeat (sc 2, 2 sc) 6 times. = 24 sts.

Round 20: Repeat (sc 5, 2 sc) 4 times. = 28 sts.

Round 21: Repeat (sc 6, 2 sc) 4 times. Ss into the last one.

ARMS

Arm 1: Ch 29. Turn and start in the 2nd chain from the hook. Continue working into the chain Ss 2. Sc 1. 3 sc. Sc 2. Hdc3tog. Hdc 5. 4 hdc. Hdc 3. Dc 4. Dc3tog. Dc 3. Skip 2 sts on the octopus body. 1 ss into next two sts.

Arm 2: Ch 29. Turn and start in the 2nd chain from the hook. Continue working into the chain Ss 2. Repeat (2 sc) 6 times. Hdc 3. Repeat hdc3tog 4 times. Dc 5. Skip 2 sts on the octopus body. 1 ss into next two sts.

Arm 3: Ch 29. Turn and start in the 2nd chain from the hook. Continue working into the chain Ss 2. Sc 3. Hdc 2. Repeat (2 hdc) 4 times. Hdc into next 6. Repeat hdc3tog 2 times. Dc into next 5. Skip 2 sts on the octopus body. 1 ss into next two sts.

Arm 4: Ch 29. Turn and start in the 2nd chain from the hook. Continue working into the chain Ss 2. Sc 3. Repeat sc3tog 2 times. Hdc into next 4. 2 hdc into next 3. Hdc 5. Dc3tog. Dc 2. Skip 2 sts on the octopus body. 1 ss into next two sts.

Arm 5: Ch 29. Turn and start in the 2nd chain from the hook. Continue working into the chain Ss 2. Sc 3. Repeat (2 sc) 3 times. Hdc3tog. Hdc 3. Repeat (2 hdc) 3 times. Hdc into next 5. Dc3tog. Dc 3. Skip 2 sts on the octopus body. 1 ss into next two sts.

Arm 6: Ch 19. Turn and start in the 2nd chain from the hook. Continue working into the chain Ss 2. Sc 3. Hdc 2. Repeat ( 2 hdc) 4 times. Hdc 5. Dc 2. Skip 2 sts on the octopus body. 1 ss into next two sts.

Arm 7: Ch 19. Turn and start in the 2nd chain from the hook. Continue working into the chain Ss 2. Sc 3. 2 sc. 3 hdc. Hdc 2. Hdc2tog 3 times. Dc into next 3. Skip 2 sts on the octopus body. 1 ss into next two sts.

Arm 8: Ch 29. Turn and start in the 2nd chain from the hook. Continue working into the chain Ss 2. Sc 3. Repeat sc3tog 2 times. Hdc into next 4. 2 hdc into next 3. Hdc 5. Dc3tog. Dc 2. Skip 2 sts on the octopus body. 1 ss into the last one.

Leave longer tail for sewing. Take the yarn needle and sew all small parts between skipped stitches and the last dc stitches on the arms. Fasten off a hide all the yarn tails between the sts

EYES

Create an eye base from the yarn. Take the 3.5 mm crochet hook and create a magic ring. Work in rounds.

Round 1: Ch 1. Work 6 hdc sts into the magic ring. Join the round with a ss.

Close the magic ring, fasten off and hide all the tails. Attach the eyes to the eye bases.

There are two ways how to attach the eye bases and the eyes to the main part/body.

    1. You can use a hot glue gun.
    2. You can sew the base to the main part with a small amount of yarn and a needle.

This third option will work only if you are still working on the body and the eyes you will attach are the amigurumi eyes with a screw on one end and the plastic stopper that prevents eyes from falling apart. In that case, create two eye basis first, then attach them to the body with the eye screw going through the eye base first then push it through the stitch on the main part. I would go with round 17. Attach the stopper. (TIP: I would take a hot glue gun and attach the small amount of glue around the stopper, so I can be sure the eyes are not going anywhere.)

I finished with a small bow and attached it to the octopus head. You can see how to create a small bow HERE.

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22 comments

Darlene March 17, 2016 - 19:19

Doroteja,
This octopus is so seaworthy . . . what a delightful cutie!!!!! Thank you for the pattern!!!

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Sue Bradshaw June 29, 2016 - 20:02

I love this little Octopus my baby grandson Matthew ( seven months ) think’s this is the best thing ever. When it’s time for his friend to be washed,we have to wait until bedtime. After he’s asleep we wash & dry his toy and get it back before he wakes. So thanks for printing this beautiful toy you are very talented .

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Doroteja July 5, 2016 - 08:16

Aww!! That is just adorable. 🙂 I am so happy when you share this special moments with me. It makes my work worth it. Thank you so much! 🙂

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Arianna January 1, 2018 - 02:48

Thank you for the pattern and tutorial! This is my third crochet project and I just made this for my 3 month old baby boy. He loves holding the tentacles in his little hands.

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Doroteja January 3, 2018 - 10:20

Adorable! 🙂

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Padma February 6, 2018 - 18:14

Beautiful work. I love your patterns and so far have tried three of them.

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Doroteja February 8, 2018 - 15:02

Great job, Padma! 🙂

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Stacey Christensen March 8, 2019 - 20:36

I made your snail and your octopus. Your videos were so helpful in teaching me how to read a pattern. I have wanted to do this for so long and now I finally feel like I can do it comfortably. Thank you! Your designs are gorgeous and I love seeing your creations.

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Doroteja March 25, 2019 - 12:30

I am so happy to hear that, Stacey! I know how intimidation reading crochet patterns can be. I am very happy and proud of you. 🙂

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Nikki February 8, 2018 - 03:19

This is so cute!! I am looking for a good octopus to use as the top of a baby mobile. About how big does this come out to?

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Doroteja February 8, 2018 - 14:54

Hi Nikki, If I measure it from the top of the head to the tip of the longest arm, I get 19 cm or 7.5 inches. 🙂

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Lana Rene ' Jantz March 14, 2018 - 15:28

Thank you, i am learning. I’m on day 3 I Hope to send you a picture today preferably, or tomorrow. Octopus orange amigurumi. Hope to finish today. Loving the challenge.

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Lana Rene ' Jantz March 17, 2018 - 23:54

It took me 5 days to make my white one. I’m started on a purple one. This is third day I should finish in an 1/2 an hour, two hours!!!! ,

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tonyia June 6, 2018 - 18:08

hi love your octopus i made 2 going to make more they work up so fast yay thanks bunches

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Linda Biles October 8, 2018 - 16:44

do you have instructions in a print format?

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Doroteja October 14, 2018 - 22:56

No, not for this little budy. Sorry 😐

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Kathleen November 3, 2018 - 17:26

I made this little guy over a year ago! I made one each for my son and daughter. Used some worsted weight yarn. Variegated as well. It was beautiful and looked like the little guy was using camouflage. Had spare little buttons for the eyes. My kids adore them and it’s been one of the best things I ever made. Fun and quick and the kids still play with them!! Thank you so much! I recommend this pattern to anyone!!

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Joanne December 24, 2018 - 04:54

Almost finished with the octopus. I’m a new crocheter – this is only my third project. Your instructions and videos are so clear and easy to follow. Thank you for being so generous and sharing your patterns and experience.

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Liz December 9, 2019 - 22:48

HI This is awesome. I am having trouble printing this… any tips? thx

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Daniella Samulewski June 7, 2020 - 22:51

Just made this. Love it. Thank you!

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Laura July 20, 2021 - 04:29

Just made this and found the instructions to be easy with great results. Love the wild tentacles. Thanks!

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Karen R September 9, 2021 - 21:36

I sure wish you could put this pattern in a written format. I can’t even copy the directions to print out.

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