This is the pattern for a fun little octopus toy that’s easy to make, uses only the skills I have already shown in previous posts, and makes for a cool gift. I won’t be explaining it every stitch like I did for the last posts, but I will still show you step by step with pictures on how to make this little guy. So without further ado…
–Yarn A, for the body (black)
–Yarn B, for the underside (the blue and the mixed one)
–Crochet hook, any size is fine but mine was 5.00mm
–Stitch markers ( these are locking ones from KnitPicks.com)
–Yarn or tapestry needle
–Polyester Fiberfill (not pictured because the bag was too big for the frame lol)
Any size and color for the yarn works, you don’t have to use the ones I did. For the underside, you only need one color but because I just had a little bit of the two blues, I decided to use them together and double the yarn. The black will also be used doubled throughout just to match the thickness of the other yarns. Those things are not important but just something I did to use up this leftover color, so don’t worry about it.
Using Yarn A (body), start a circle with Magic Loop and 5 ss. Place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round.
Round 1: Increase in every stitch (2 ss into each ss). (10 stitches)
Round 2: *1 ss, increase*, repeat around (15 stitches)
Round 3: *2 ss, increase*, repeat around (20 stitches)
Round 4: *3 ss, increase*, repeat around (25 stitches)
Round 5: 2 ss, increase, *4 ss, increase*, repeat until the last 2, 2 ss (30 stitches)
Round 6: *5 ss, increase*, repeat around (35 stitches)
Round 7: 3 ss, increase, *6 ss, increase* repeat until the last 3, 3 ss (40 stitches)
Rounds: 8-14: ss around (40 stitches). This will make the sides come up and make it into a bowl shape.
Round 15: *6 ss, DEcrease (skip one and ss into the next space)* repeat around (35 stitches). This will bring the last row in slightly to give it a better shape. Bind off.
Insert the hook through both pieces, in a space 2 stitches from the edge.
Add your slipknot onto the hook…
…and pull it through both pieces.
In the next space, inert your hook again through both pieces.
YO..(ignore the change in hooks, I had to retake some pictures and picked up the wrong hook by mistake)
…and pull up a loop.
Pull that loop through the first one to make the slip stitch. Now do this about halfway around the octopus, then stuff it with more Fiberfill if you want to. I wanted mine to be quite dense so I really packed as much in as I could. Continue with the slip stitches the rest of the way around.
Cast on 30 stitches.
Work one row of hdc. Tutorial here.
Chain 1, and turn.
Work another row of hdc, but through the back loop only (tbl), instead of going through both. Doing this makes the tentacle just a little bit curlier. Make sure to pull the working yarn tight after each stitch, if it’s really loose, it won’t curl as well.
Bind off, leaving long end to sew with, and cut the yarn. It will be this curled at first but you can make it curlier…
…by wrapping it around the crochet hook tightly for a couple of seconds. When you take the hook out, it will be much curlier. Make 8 of these tentacle, it is an octopus, after all.
Once you’ve got your tentacles made, you can attach them to the body of the octopus! Thread the long tail of the tentacle through your yarn or tapestry needle (these have big eyes so it’s pretty easy to get them threaded.)
Line it up to where you want to position the tentacle, make sure all 8 will be about the same distance apart. I did this by place 2 across each other, then another 2 horizontal to the first 2, then 2 more diagonal to those, and the last 2 diagonal as well. Like making an asterisk (*).
Now just sew them on.
This is the first pattern that I have actually written out. I made up a few but never wrote them, so I hope I explained this well. Don’t worry too much if some parts are harder to do than others, all of that will come with practice so keep going at it. Have fun making this little guy and post pictures in the comments so I can see how they turned out!