Saturday 11 March 2017

Mini Octopus

This Mini Octopus is only 4cm tall.

(This is my first attempt at publicly posting a pattern for others to use and hopefully understand. If you have any question or corrections please let me know as I will greatly appreciate any feedback! Also if you do try out this pattern, please post a picture as I will love to see your recreations)

You will need:

  • 3mm crochet hook (Can use 4mm if preferred)
  • Yarn needle 
  • Yarn (approx 10g or 30m)
  • Soft toy filling 
  • 4mm safety eyes or a small piece of black yarn and use a french knot for the eyes.

Stitches and abbreviations used:

(I am from England but use US crochet terms)
  • MC - Magic circle/ring 
  • Ch - Chain 
  • SC - Single crochet 
  • Inc - Increase stitch (2 single crochets into one stitch)
  • Dec - Decrease stitch (single crochet 2 stitches together)
  • HDC - Half double crochet 
  • DC - Double crochet 
  • ST - Stitch 
  • FLO - Front loop only 
  • BLO - Back loop only 
  • SLST - Slip stitch 
  • FO - finish off
Other things to note....

  • This is worked in continuous rounds. It is helpful to use a stitch marker to keep track
  • The number in ( ) at the end of each round indicates the total stitch count for that round
  • *  * indicates repeated series of stitches
  • Use invisible decreases for a neater finished product
  • Stitches in [ ]  are worked into one stitch

Main body (base piece):
  1. MC with 6 st (6)
  2. *Inc* (12)    - Work the starting yarn tail into this round to hide it
  3. *1sc, Inc* (18)
  4. *2sc, Inc* (24)
  5. 24sc (24)
  6. 24sc (24)
  7. 24sc (24)
  8. 24sc (24)
  9. 24sc (24)
  10. *2sc, Dec* (18)
  11. *1sc, Dec* (12)
  12. FLO for whole round - *Inc* (24)
  13. (Repeat steps 1-3 below 8 times to create the legs)
    1. 1sc into round, ch 10, turn.
    2. Working along the chain, 3sc, 2hdc, 3dc, 1sc
    3. skip 1 st on the base piece, 1sc into the next st on base piece
  14. Slst all the way round the edge, using outer loops when stitching on the back of the chain. This is optional but will help the legs to be less wild!
  15. FO

Add stuffing and safety eyes to main body

  1. MC with 6st (6)
  2. *Inc* (12)
  3. Join to main body with 1sc through both this piece and the BLO of round 12 above. (12). This will seal the octopus closes so make sure you have added all the stuffing required and keep adding until last st. You can sew together instead of crocheting together if you would prefer. 
  4. FO, hide yarn tails in body 

Thank you for reading. If you have tried this pattern, please let me know. Would love to hear from you even if it is just to say you have or to give me some feedback on how it turned out for you. Any questions, feel free to ask. 


Unknown said...

I'm not quite sure what to do with the instruction for round 13 part 1 where it says to single crochet one into the round.

Amy's Crochet Cave said...

You are doing 1 sc into the round. That means working 1 single crochet into the next available stitch on the base/body piece. (Where you would crochet the the next stitch if the round was continuing as normal)

Unknown said...

It is a good pattern. Thanks for sharing. From DK

hajni said...

I tried your pattern, I adore it, the octopus came out super cute! Thanks!

Cheri said...

Turned out really cute & worked up very quickly!

Anonymous said...

Oh! My! Cow!
It's so cute and I actually made one!! Really good directions :) Thank you for sharing!
I'm going to go make another one ;)

Anonymous said...

First time in had a octopus with 11 "legs" �� but i love this patern! So i made a few with 8. Thanks you!!

LiSA said...

I made one last night out of #7 jumbo velvety yarn with a 10mm (N) hook and it is too freaking cute! It's the size of a child's soccer ball. I'm doing one now with #6 super bulky fur with
a 15mm P/Q hook and it's the size of a basketball! Absolutely great pattern for all sizes! I love these octopi!!

brigitte said...

I made it
it's so cute
thanks for sharing