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Crochet an Octopus

Updated on October 17, 2014

This is a fun project to make with leftover yarn. The legs develop a natural curl from the stitches.

Crochet hook, size K

4-ply worsted weight acrylic yarn, 1 oz. each of two colors

yarn or embroidery floss for eyes

You can vary this pattern by using different size hooks and yarn; bulky yarn with a huge hook makes a fairly impressive octopus. Also one solid yarn and one shaded yarn, as shown in the illustration, looks great.

(ch=chain; sc=single crochet; dc=double crochet; hdc=half double crochet; st=stitch)

Start with the legs:

Leg 1: Chain 21. Starting in 2nd ch from end,

5 sc, 13 hdc, 2 dc. Leg should have a natural twist.

Legs 2-8: Without cutting the yarn, repeat steps for leg 1 seven more times. You will have eight curly legs all in a row. Join the legs into a circle with a slip stitch in the first chain of the first leg.

Head and body:

Working from the legs in continuous rounds without turning:

Round 1: Work 2 sc through the dc at the base of each leg (16 st).

Round 2:*1 sc in each of next 2 st, work 2 st together* 4 times (12 st).

Rounds 3, 4: Sc in each sc around (12 st).

Round 5: *1 sc in each of next 2 st, 2 sc in 3rd st* 4 times (16 st).

Round 6: *1 sc in each of next 3 st, 2 sc in 4th st* 4 times (20 st).

Rounds 7-9: Sc in each sc around (20 st).

Round 10: 1 sc in each of next 3 st, work 2 st together* 4 times (16 st).

Round 11: *1 sc in each of next 2 st, work 2 st together* 4 times (12 st).

Round 12: *1 sc in next st, work 2 st together* 4 times (8 st).

Round 13: *Work 2 st together* 4 times (4 st).

Cut yarn. You probably will not have a hole at the top with only 4 st, but if you do,

use yarn end to stitch hole shut. Work in yarn ends.

Embroider two eyes with dark-colored yarn or embroidery floss, using french knots or the stitch of your choice. (optional)

Hope you have lots of fun with this pattern!

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      Crystal 3 months ago

      Do you have a you tube video showing how to for this cute octopus? I am having some trouble visualizing some of what this is supposed to look like.

      Thank you for sharing the pattern!

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      Nan Shaffer 3 years ago

      I have made this lovely octopus with chunky yarn & an I hook which makes it about 3-4 inches tall with a tentacle diameter of about 1 foot (curled). I have made it with very fine thread & a #7 steel hook for a tiny octopus, about 1 inch tall with 2-3 inch tentacle diameter. I have added enough polyfill to support the head & crocheted the opening at the tentacles shut with an inward spiraling slip stitch. I really love this pattern! Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This pattern is completely adorable, thank you! I actually used safety eyes, stuffed the head and plugged the bottom with a circle as an afterthought, so the shape will stay good after my niece paying with it. I'll be making more of these, definitely.

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      PaulaGail 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi! Sorry if I wasn't clear. Single crochet "around the post" of the double crochet in the leg. That would be in the middle of the top of the leg. Hope this helps - if not, let me know!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm currently making this for my sister, but finding it a bit difficult to understand how to stitch through the legs to begin making the body. Where you say 'sc twice into the dc at the base of each leg', I just can't figure it out. Is it in the centre of each leg or at the spaces between each leg? Thanks so much for the pattern, it's adorable!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I was wondering if you had written down the pattern for the lager octopus you had made. And if you were willing to share the pattern. My email is stitcharound@yahoo.com

      Hope to hear from you soon.

      Thank you.

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      PaulaGail 5 years ago

      @anonymous: What a neat idea! That sounds adorable!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great pattern...I made it a bit smaller (one strand of yarn and a G hook) and it makes a perfect cat toy when you stuff the head with fleece and catnip. My cats love it. Thanks for sharing!

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      PaulaGail 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I did this and I love it. I also made my own altered, larger version and gave it to a three year old that I babysit often. He loved it so much he hasn't put it down since I gave it to him. Thank you so much for helping me put a giant smile on the most adorable little three year old's face.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Many thanks for this toy

      i made it for my Nephew

      thanks again

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Many thanks for this toy

      i made it for my Nephew

      thanks again

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Would it be all right if I sold the finished products of this pattern? I would of course direct anyone I to whom I sold the octopus to your pattern or your blog/

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      LewesDE 6 years ago

      I love this lens! please make more.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Really enjoyed this patterns, thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you SO much for this darling pattern!!! I've made several octopi and have linked to you in my blog at: http://angelsunafghans.com/blog/?p=897

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      say, you immensely exaggerate both its quality and quantitywas quite order nizoral. abstract. I did not care for the vaudeville. I hated the part you buy leukeran.

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      Lemming13 7 years ago

      Adorable! Blessed.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is perfect! Thank you so much for posting :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      make the NANNERPUSSSSS!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      thanks! The head is a little smaller than an egg, with legspan proportional, but I have made one at least twice the size with jumbo yarns and a big hook.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very cute - though it would be nice to know what the dimensions of the finished octopus is.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very cute - though it would be nice to know what the dimensions of the finished octopus is.

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