A crochet mini octopus is a fun and adorable project that can be completed in just a few hours. These tiny creatures are perfect for using up scraps of yarn and making unique gifts for friends and family.
The octopus is worked in the round using double crochet stitches. You can add eyes and a little smile to give your mini octopus some personality, or experiment with different colour combinations to create a collection of sea creatures. Not only is the crochet mini octopus a cute addition to your amigurumi collection, but it also provides a great opportunity to practice your crochet skills and learn new techniques.
what is amigurumi?
Amigurumi is a Japanese art form of creating small crocheted or knitted stuffed toys, dolls or figurines. The word “amigurumi” comes from the Japanese words “ami”, meaning crocheted or knitted, and “nuigurumi”, meaning stuffed doll.
The art of making amigurumi involves using simple crochet techniques to create small and detailed shapes, which are then stuffed with fiberfill to create cute and often whimsical characters. Amigurumi toys are typically worked in the round and are made with a combination of basic stitches such as single crochet, double crochet, and slip stitch. Amigurumi has become increasingly popular in recent years, with crafters around the world sharing patterns and designs to create their own unique amigurumi creations.
To get started, you’ll need some basic crochet supplies, including a crochet hook, yarn, and stuffing. You’ll also need some basic crochet skills, including how to make a magic ring, double crochet, and increasing and decreasing stitches.
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- Yarn: Cotton yarn for main body colour. I used Stylecraft Classique Cotton in Peppermint for Ollie and Dizzy Lizzy for Olivia and Black for facial features.
- Hook: 3mm
- Darning Needle
- Toy Stuffing
- 12mm Safety eyes (optional, alternatively you cause black embroidery thread to create the eyes)
- Black Embroidery Thread
- Written in UK terms
- Tension should be tight so no stuffing can be seen, adjust hook size to suit your tension.
- Each round starts with a chain 1 which does not class as a stitch. Each stitch from each round is to be worked into the base of the initial chain 1.
crochet terms and ABBREVIATIONS
Slip stitch (sl-st): Insert hook, yarn over, pull through both stitch and loop on hook.
Double crochet (dc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.
Double Crochet 2 Together (dc2tog): Insert hook into next st, yarn over, pull through (2 loops on hook), insert hook into next st, yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
*__*: Repeat sequence
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PIN FOR LATER
CROCHET mini OCTOPUS PATTERN
Round 1: Create a magic circle. 6 dc and connect.
Round 2: 2dc in each stitch (12 stitches)
Round 3: *2dc in stitch, dc in next stitch* repeat 6 times and connect (18 stitches)
Round 4: *2dc in stitch, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (24 stitches)
Round 5: *2dc in stitch, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (30 stitches)
Round 6: *2dc in stitch, dc, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (36 stitches)
Round 7: *2dc in stitch, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (42 stitches)
Round 8-12: 1dc into each stitch and connect (42 stitches)
Round 13: *dc2tog, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (36 stitches)
Round 14: *dc2tog, dc, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (30 stitches)
Optional: Attach safety eyes between rows 12-13 with around an inch in between. Alternatively, you can embroider the eyes which will be done at the end of the project.
Round 15: *dc2tog, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (24 stitches)
Round 16: *dc2tog, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (18 stitches)
Begin to stuff the head using your Microfiber filling. Do not over stuff at this point as you will be adding more shortly.
Round 17: *dc2tog, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (12 stitches)
Continue to stuff the head until firm.
Round 18: dc2tog 6 times. DO NOT connect (6 stitches)
In order to pull the remaining hold tight, dc2tog a further 2-3 times. ss across to the opposite side. do not tie off.
- For the neck, you will be working around the post of the stitches in order to build off of them.
- Round 1: Chain 1 and insert the hook into one of the stitches approx 0.5cm from the centre. Continue to dc around in a circle to form 6dc. ss into the first stitch to complete round.
- Round 2: Chain 1 and dc into each of the stitches from the previous round. Tie off.
- Once the tentacles have begun, you will complete all 8 in once continuous section, attaching to the neck as you go (please see video tutorial)
- Chain 45, 2dc into 2nd chain from the hook and into each chain. Only 1dc into the last chain.
- Attach the tentacle to the lower (round 2) row of dc on the ‘neck’ section using a SS.
- Continue to create the following tentacles by chaining 45 and working your way back along the chain with 2dc in each chain. Attach to the ‘neck again’. Do this 4 times in total.
- Chain 2 and ss into the upper (round1) round of dc on the neck section. Create 4 additional tentacles as previously described.
- Tie off and sew in ends.
Now it’s time to add some personality and charm to your mini octopus by adding some facial features. Using your black embroidery thread and darning needed get creative and sew on the facial features. You can use the images below if you need some guidance or for more help instructions can be found in the video tutorial if you are unsure how to do this, see below.