Easy Octopus Amigurumi Pattern With Video Tutorial

Materials:

  • Medium weight worsted yarn in two colors of your choice and in black
  • Crochet hook compatible with your yarn
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Super glue, or fabric glue (optional)
  • 1 pair of 12mm safety eyes
  • Pipe cleaners (optional)

Key Terms:

CH: Chain

FO: Finish off

INC: Increase (crochet 2 in 1 stitch)

INV DEC: Invisible Decrease (crochet 2 stitches together)

SC: Single Crochet

SLST: Slip stitch

ST: Stitch

How to read the pattern:

(pattern) x # (##): repeat the pattern in the parentheses # times, when you have repeated the pattern the specified number of times you should have ## stitches.

Example: (SC 3, INC) x 3 (15) means single crochet three stitches then increase in the next stitch. Repeat the pattern three times. When you are finished you should have 15 stitches in the round.

You may also find steps listed as 1-A, 1-B, etc.  This is for more complex rounds.  Each lettered step is part of the same round, but broken down into smaller, easier to understand parts.

Tentacles (make 8):

Main yarn color

1. Ch 4, join the chains to form a ring, SC 6 in the center of the ring (or make a magic ring with 6 single crochets) (6)

2. (SC 2, INC) x 2 (8)

3-4. (SC 8) x 2 RNDS (8)

5. (SC 3, INC) x 2 (10)

6-7. (SC 10) x 2 RNDS ( 10)

8. (SC 4, INC) x 2 (12)

9-11. (SC 12) x 3 RNDS (12)

FO

Tentacles Center Connecting Piece:

Main yarn color

1. Ch 4, join the chains to form a ring, SC 8 in the center of the ring (or make a magic ring with 8 single crochets) (8)

2. INC x 8 (16)

FO

Cut a long tail and use that tail to sew the tentacles to the center piece.  The tentacles should be sewn with 2 stitches to the center piece for each tentacle and 2 stitches sewn to the tentacle next to it for a total of 6 stitches sewn.  Each tentacle has 12 stitches, we want 6 of those to face the outside and be workable and the other 6 to be sewn to the center piece or the the tentacle next to it.  Refer to the video at 16:23 for more details.

Body:

Main yarn color

1-A.  Ch 1 in any of the tentacles in the first workable stitch (next to the part that is sewn in place, refer to the video at 25.35 for more clarification)

1-B. SC 6,

1-C.  Move onto the next tentacle and SC another 6

1-D.  Move onto the next tentacle and SC another 6

1-E.  Move onto the next tentacle and SC another 6

1-F.  Move onto the next tentacle and SC another 6

1-G.  Move onto the next tentacle and SC another 6

1-H.  Move onto the next tentacle and SC another 6

1-I.  Move onto the next tentacle and SC another 6

(48)

2-10.  (SC 48) x 9 RNDS (48)

Next, cut your pipe cleaners so they are the same length as the tentacle.  Wrap some yarn around your pipe cleaners and insert them into the tentacle, this will enable the tentacles to bend and wrapping the yarn around will prevent the pipe cleaner from coming out.

11. (SC 6, INV DEC) x 6 (42)

12-14. (SC 42) x 3 RNDS (42)

Sew on the smile using your black yarn.  I put my smile just above where the tentacles join the body.

Attach the safety eyes.  Make sure each eye is the same distance from the smile.

15. (SC 5, INV DEC) x 6 (36)

16. (SC 4, INV DEC) x 6 (30)

17. (SC 3, INV DEC) x 6 (24)

18. (SC 2, INV DEC) x 6 (18)

19. (SC 1, INV DEC) x 6 (12)

Stuff the body.

Sew the top closed by sewing in the front loop of every remaining stitch and pulling tightly until it closes.  Weave your yarn tail into the body to prevent it from coming loose.

Small Spot:

Secondary yarn color

ch 4, join first chain and last chain to make a ring

1. SC 6 in the center of the ring

2. INC x 6 (12)

FO

Medium Spot:

Secondary yarn color

ch 4, join first chain and last chain to make a ring (or magic ring)

1. SC 6 in the center of the ring

2. INC x 6 (12)

3. (SC 1, INC) x 6 (18)

FO

Large Spot:

Secondary yarn color

ch 4, join first chain and last chain to make a ring

1. SC 6 in the center of the ring

2. INC x 6 (12)

3. (SC 1, INC) x 6 (18)

4. (SC 2, INC) x 6 (24)

FO

Attach the spots either by sewing or using glue; I used super glue.

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