New to crochet and need something cute to get you started? This crochet octopus pattern is for you. Leanne Garrity was inspired by the deep blue so created this adorable crochet octopus to bring the sea to you! This little guy will keep you company on all your future crochet projects or, if you’re feeling generous, would make a lovely gift for a beach-loving friend. Not only is he super cute but he’s actually really simple to make! You can hook this little sea creature in just nine steps using basic crochet stitches. If you’re completely new to crochet don’t worry. We’ve got both a crochet for beginners and crochet kits for beginners guide to help you learn all the basic techniques you’ll need.
You will need:
• Aran weight yarn
• 5mm crochet hook (UK 6, US H/8) (discover the best crochet hooks for projects like this in our round up)
• Scraps of black and white felt
• Fabric glue
• Soft toy stuffing
• Tapestry needle
Chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), double crochet (dc), stitch(es) (st(s)), double crochet 2 stitches together (dc2tog), repeat (rep), space(s) (sp(s)).
Head over to our crochet abbreviations guide if you’re from the USA.
Crochet octopus pattern
You Will Need
- Crochet hook
Ch4, sl st into the first ch to form a ring (learn how to crochet magic loop with our video tutorial). Ch2 (counts as your first dc), 9dc into the centre, sl st into top of beginning 2-ch. [10 sts] Pull yarn tail to tighten.
Ch2, dc into same sp, work 2dc into each st in round, sl st to join. [20 sts]
Ch 2, dc into same sp, *work 1 dc into next st, 2 dc into next st; rep from * 8 times. 1 dc into last st in round, sl st to join. [30 sts]
*Dc one round even, sl st to join; rep from * 5 times. [30 sts in each round]
Start reducing the rounds. *3dc , dc2tog; rep from * 5 times, sl st to join. [24 sts]. *1dc, dc2tog; rep from * 7 times, sl st to join. [16 sts]. Fasten off leaving a long tail, stuff with soft toy filling.
Now make the octopus base. Ch4, sl st into the first ch to form a ring. Ch2 (counts as first dc), 7dc into ring, sl st to join. Ch1, dc into same sp, 2dc into next 7 sps. [16 sts]. Ch1, work one round even. Fasten off and sew octopus base to body with tapestry needle.
Make the legs. Ch16, skip the ch closest to hook and dc in each st back along the ch. Fasten off and rep for other seven legs.
Attach the legs to the body and base seam at regular intervals. Weave the ends.
For the eyes, cut 2 circles of white felt, 2 smaller circles of black felt and 2 crescent shapes in grey. Assemble with glue and stick in place.
Your crochet octopus is complete and what a cute little guy he is. Make sure you share this crochet octopus pattern with your fellow crafters so you can make an army of crochet octopuses! For more adorable projects check out our free amigurumi crochet patterns and our collection of over 50 crochet flower patterns.
About Leanne Garrity
Leanne is a DIY blogger, writer, reviewer and designer-maker for her indie fashion label, Chi Chi Dee Handmade.