The octopus crochet pattern is cute, quick and requires no sewing/seaming what-so-ever making it ideal as a last minute gift! As for most of my Amigurumi designs you can adjust the hook size and weight of the yarn but keep in mind this will affect the size of your completed project.
If you're anything like me and enjoy relaxing with your hook without the need to refer to a pattern too much, here's a bit of a tip for the crochet octopus pattern: it's all about the number 8. You increase your stitches till you reach 48 stitches (divisible by 8), you work 8 even rounds, you then add 8 legs, and from there, work the decreases. Simple! But to clarify, here's the detailed pattern for the crochet octopus. I hope you enjoy crocheting.
Crochet Octopus Pattern
Approx. 90gr (10 ply Aran) with 5mm hook or 40 gr 8ply/dk with 4 mm hookSafety eyes (or thread to embroider eyes)
Thread to embroider mouth
Gauge is not important for this pattern. You can adjust yarn and hook size as desired but keep in mind the size of the finished crochet toy will vary. With mentioned yarn and hook sizes my crochet octopus circumference measures approximately 14 inches with aran weight yarn and 8.5 inches with dk (8 ply) yarn.
Please do not distribute or reproduce any part of this pattern without permission
Work in continuous rounds.
Rnd 1 Make 6sc in magic circle
Rnd 2 2sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3 *sc in 1 st, 2sc in next st* around (18)
Rnd 4 *sc in 2 sts, 2sc in next st* around (24)
Rnd 5 *sc in 3 sts, 2sc in next st* around (30)
Rnd 6 *sc in 4 sts, 2sc in next st* around (36)
Rnd 7 *sc in 5 sts, 2sc in next st* around (42)
Rnd 8 *sc in 6 sts, 2sc in next st* around (48)
Rnd 9-15 sc in each st around [8 rounds] (48)
In the following round you will work the tentacles.
Rnd 16 sc in 5 sts, ch 22, sc in 2nd chain from hook and each chain just worked, sc in next st, (one tentacle made). Repeat 7 more times around. After you complete this round you should have 8 tentacles with 6 sc between them. The sc count around the octopus does not change i.e. you will have 48 sc around (do not count the sc on the tentacles in this count).
Tip! You can make your tentacles longer or shorter by adjusting the amount of chain stitches. You should find the tentacles will naturally curl with the sc stitches. You can also use your fingers to help them curl up as desired.
Rnd 17 sc in each st around (48). When you reach a tentacle, push it forward towards the body and work your sc around the back of the tentacle. Refer to picture below.
Now you are ready to decrease each round to close up the hole. If using safety eyes, attach now.
Rnd 18 *sc in 6 sts, sc2tog* around (42)
Rnd 19 *sc in 5 sts, sc2tog* around (36)
Rnd 20 *sc in 4 sts, sc2tog* around (30)
Rnd 21 *sc in 3 sts, sc2tog* around (24)
Rnd 22 *sc in 2 sts, sc2tog* around (18)
Rnd 23 *sc in 1 st, sc2tog* around (12)
Rnd 24 *sc2tog* around (6)
Finish off your work by weaving your yarn through the outer loop of each stitch.
I hope you enjoyed this free pattern. I always enjoy hearing your feedback so please share your thoughts and comments below. Stay tuned for more quick, no-sew patterns to be released soon.