Pattern

Octopus Amigurumi (Rough Draft)

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Which picture is your favorite?

Note! This pattern can be pretty tricky, specifically when it comes to the nose, or… tube? What are they called? Anyhow, there will be a video soon explaining it in detail! 

This pattern is extra cool because it’s a no sew pattern, so you don’t need to sew ANYTHING onto it! Just sew it closed! I’m really proud of it. Especially the eyes.

Please let me know if you find any mistakes in the pattern in the comments as well as any opinions you may have about it. Were there any places you need additional help on? That you feel are explained incorrectly or tediously? Any feedback is welcome!

Thanks!
-Louie

- Materials and Abbreviations -

Materials:

  • Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn (2 Colors)
  • Size G6/4.00mm Crochet Hook
  • 6mm Safety Eyes x 2 or Black Yarn
  • Stuffing
  • Darning needle for sewing in ends

Abbreviations:

  • st = stitch
  • slst = slip stitch
  • Rnd = Round
  • ch = chain stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • inc = increase (2 sc in the same st)
  • dc = double crochet
  • mp = mini picot (ch 2, slst 1 into the blo of the 1st st made)
  • FLO / BLO = front / back loops only
  • mbo = mini bobble stitch (tutorial)
  • invdec = invisible decrease (tutorial)
  • dec = decrease (tutorial)
  • {} = worked into the same stitch

- Pattern Starts Here -

– Body –

Magic loop

Rnd 1: sc 6 times into the magic loop (6)

Rnd 2: inc in each st (12)

Rnd 3: [sc, inc] repeat 6 times (18)

Rnd 4: sc in each st (18)

– Face –

Add the following anywhere between Rnds 5 – 8, but be sure the following begins 1 stitch after the first invdec in Rnd 7 so that the face lines up perfectly centered. Here are the exact placements of starting the face for each Rnd:

Rnd 5 – 6: start on stitch 10
Rnd 7 – 8: start on stitch 9


For faces with no Mini Bobble Stitches for eyes:

sc 2, mouth (see below), sc 1

For faces with Mini Bobble Stitches (mbo) for eyes:
[Change to Eye Color] mbo 1, [Change to Main color] sc 2, mouth, sc 1, [Change to Eye Color] mbo 1, [Change to Main color] continue in the Rnd.

*Pro tip: Try to make sure when you pull through with your main color prior to starting the mbo for the eyes so that all the tops of the sts are the main color. This will help the color change look cleaner.

Mouth:

  • Step 1 – working into the body sts, slst 6 times in a loop, going up the 3 Rnds and back down to the Rnd you began on to create a loop of slsts.
  • Step 2 – Slst into the first slst made in step 1, turn, ch 1 and sc into both loops of each slst made around including the one you first worked into in this step (6).
  • Step 3 – Slst in first sc made in Step 2, ch 1, Continue into the next sc in the Rnd.

Is the way I describe how to crochet the face effective?

– Body (continued) – 

Continuing from Rnd 4…
Rnd 5: sc in each st (18)
Rnd 6: sc in each st (18)
Rnd 7: sc 7, invdec 1, sc 7, invdec 1 (16)
Rnd 8: sc in each st (16)
Rnd 9: sc in each st (16)
*Note: {} = worked into the same stitch
Rnd 10:
working into the FLO, [slst 1, {ch 1, dc 3, slst 1}] repeat 8 times (48)

*Pro tip: for more pointed tentacles try adding a mini picot (mp) between the first 2 dc and the last dc of each tentacle. For example…
[slst 1, {ch 1, dc 2, mp, dc 1, slst 1}] repeat 8 times

Add the eyes 2 sts away from the mouth on either side or into the mbo.

*Pro tip: Try embroidering on a line of black yarn instead of using safety eyes for a more classic octopus look!

Rnd 11: working into the BLO from Rnd 9, [sc 2, dec 1] repeat 4 times (12)
Rnd 12: dec in each st (6)
Cut the yarn and pull through, stuff fully, and sew closed.

What did you think of the "Pro tips" addition?

Comments

  1. D&D Maps

    Favorite photo: Either 1 or 2, but I like all of them!
    Describing the face: yep, I understood it!
    Pro Tips: I think in this case it wasn’t necessary, but I think in more complex patterns they would be helpful!

  2. Laurie Andersen

    Okay, i have tried and tried, but am not achieving what is pictured for the mouth. You are slip stitching 3 stitches. Do you pivot to the top of the stitches or the bottom of the stiches like a chain 3? I am assuming the bottom of the slip stitches. I manage the round finish and slip stitches in the BL’s but when I want to chain one, I get a spiral mouth shape again. I have to slip stitch again into base of the mouth.
    Also on the tentacles are you doing sl st, chain 1, 3 dc into the chain1? And then you sl st into the next stitch? As I read it (with my crazy brain) you are doing it all in the same stitch. Then you’d get 16 tentacles.

  3. Laurie Andersen

    I would like a pic of eyes identified at each row to make my choice of where to put them. The pattern as it is laid out at this second makes me jump back and forth to figure out eye/bobble placement. I hope the formal pattern has it broken down a little differently

  4. Monty

    For me, when you’re describing where to put the face and eyes (also not sure if this is just me lol) I’m getting a little confused if the mini bobbles are replacing some of the other stitches that would have otherwise been in that round.

  5. Bill

    For the face, the description of the beak was pretty effective for me (I only used safety eyes, so there was no other complications). I had to look at it and poke around for a bit while reading your description and looking at the photos. Once I started, it came together fine. I will say that when you say: turn, ch1, sc into BLO, I read that a little wrong the first time around, and after the turn, what seemed to me was the back loop was what you meant as the front loop. Once I caught the mistake, it went fine from there.