Free (Crochet) Pattern Friday! Octopus Amigurumi

A little something different today <3

I don’t make a big show of it, but I also love to crochet 😀 I find it’s a great relaxing activity, especially one to do while watching shows and movies. I’ve been trying to work through my yarn stash (without a lot of luck, haha!) by doing some simple and classic animals that come together quickly. I don’t think they’re terribly complex so why not share them with all of you? <3
This one is for a very basic octopus, with a big round head and 8 stubby tentacles. My boyfriend and I actually designed this together (he actually taught me to crochet <3) so he had the pattern on his Etsy store for a little while. But he’s since decided to shift to other projects so he said I could do whatever I wanted with it – isn’t he sweet?

The pattern goes over some basic crochet stitches in case you need a refresher, but my favorite part is that it has both a written instructions and an illustrated chart. I love the charts used in Japanese amigurumi patterns so I had to try out making one of my own. The pattern also has some cute accessories for your octopus, including a bowler hat and a bow 😀

I think anyone who’s maybe done 1 or 2 crochet projects before could easily tackle this little guy <3 I found with DK or light worsted yarn it makes a perfect hand-held size and it only needs about 100 yds.
Being my first crochet pattern, I really hope you all enjoy it and find it easy to follow!

20 thoughts on “Free (Crochet) Pattern Friday! Octopus Amigurumi”

  1. OMG! This is sooo cute! I always wanted to make an octopus, but couldn’t find a pattern I liked. Now I’ve found it! Thank you & your boyfriend for sharing it! 😀

  2. I Love Amigurumis, and can’t wait to make a few of these cutie pies. I’m going to make them them in different sizes and colors. I’m already thinking about what size hooks I’m going to use and I have a basket full of Rainbow yarn left over from a few other projects. Time to download and print off the pattern and get started.
    Thanks for such a Great pattern and thank your boyfriend to🐙🐙🐙

  3. OMG! You are simply a mindreader! I was just looking for a nice crochet octopus pattern, seriously!
    Soooo cute

  4. Sheila Richardson

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! It is adorable and I can’t wait to start making them. One of my granddaughters collects BeanyBoos and I think she will really like these. Again, thank you so much!😊

  5. I have never done crochet before, do you have any tips to get me started? I really want to make this, it’s so cute!

    1. Sure! I think it’s a lot easier to get into than sewing. The main thing I would suggest is to get a medium-sized hook (like size I — also labeled as size 9, or 5.5mm). Different people like different hook materials, so plastic is cheap and usually a good place to start. Then get some cheap medium-weight yarn (called worsted) in a light or medium solid color (so you can see your stitches easily). And try out doing some basic stitches on it! 😀 Once you feel confident you can get a smaller hook (like size G) which is better for tight amigurumi stitches.
      If you wanted something more in-depth, I thought these pages covered the most helpful information:

      1. Thanks for the links! I did crochet years ago (really decades ago when my great grandmother taught me to crochet doll clothes) and after picking it back up it seems like either the names of the stitches have changed or I’ve forgotten more than I thought. I need the primer too.

  6. Loving this pattern. I’ve learned to crochet about a dozen different times in my life and this is the first time I’ve actually started to get it. You really have a way with teaching. I feel like your patterns are always teaching me either things I don’t know or better ways to do things I’ve known for years. Anyway, now that I am to have a grip on crocheting, I have a lot of free time at my job throughout April, and we happen to be next door to a joanns, so I’m just going to make an Octo army.

    One thing I’m stuck on though. I’m moving from the middle of the body onto the bottom and I’m confused why it’s changed from counter clockwise to clockwise. I can’t figure out how that works. Do I just continue the spiral I’ve been doing this whole time? Or do I start going the other way? Do I have to flip what I have inside out? Logic tells me to just keep going, but I want to be sure!

    Other question is, when do you recommend stuffing the pieces? Do you get to the last couple rows, stuff it, and finish the last couple rows, ideally keeping all the stuffing inside?

    1. Oh wow, thank you so much! That really means a lot 🙂 I’m so excited about your Octo army!
      To answer your question though, you’re right that you just continue the spiral 🙂 Switching the direction is a drawback of the chart, trying to explain a 3D shape in a 2D format and all.
      I’ve seen other amigurumi patterns arrange the charts in different ways, so that might be something for me to consider in future patterns!
      Regardless, I usually stuff the head around row 22, when you have about 3 more rows left 😀 The opening is usually pretty small by that point, so keeping the stuffing inside is hopefully not an issue. I hope that helps!

      1. Perfect! Thank you! I figured it was a 3D thing that just wasn’t computing in my head and I was over complicating it, haha.

  7. Martha Patterson

    I’m with all the other comments that these guys were so cute I just had to grab some (bright yellow) yarn and get to work. I’ve just finished the first let and don’t see that there is a definite top/bottom. Right?

    1. Awesome! I’m so glad you like it 🙂
      If you mean the leg, the opening is definitely narrower than the end, so it’s a bit like a teardrop shape. So as long as the end of the leg is what is peeking out from under the head, then you’re good 🙂
      Hopefully I understood what you meant!

  8. Thank you for making this pattern! I’ve been so excited to try it. I finished the head and am working on the appendages. I just can’t seem to wrap my mind around how to start it. I chain 3 then sc into the first stitch, do 3 sc’s into the last stitch and then rotate and have what looks like 4 stitches and go to put two scs into the last stitch (stitch 4) and it looks so odd I don’t know where to go from there. I’m wondering if I’m misunderstanding where the stitches go? I am fairly inexperienced when it comes to crochet I’ve made some hats, haha.
    Thank you for taking the time! I really enjoy your work.

    1. I think I managed to work it out, by looking at the chart it helped me see that 2sc in last st means the first chain stitch. It seems to be working!

  9. Am I able to sell the finished project if I add a Link and give you credit for the pattern?

    I absolutely LOVE these, I have a baby on the way and these will look amazing in the nursery until he can play with them! Thank you for the pattern!

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