A is fun to make and offers comfort to babies! Maybe you want to an for , one for a young child or make an for yourself!
Let’s be honest here.. weaving fingers into those curly tentacles is delightful. Even if you’re NOT a .
My venture into news article about a father in Denmark who asked for a for his . Hospital staff observed that the premature babies grasped the curly tentacles of the instead of pulling at their tubes. The theory is that the curly tentacles mimic the and comfort the ! What an amazing thought! started with a
It touched my heart. But of course, at the time I couldn’t find an that was made just the way I like. I’m not a fan of sewing on extra pieces when I can something on instead. I also like a round head, but acknowledge that an really should have a slight oval shape as a nod to a real .
So my version has a slightly oblong head and a clever construction for attaching the tentacles. This well loved has been viewed more than 600,000 times in the 2 years since it’s debut. It is a well loved and easy to follow .
If this crochet is your first time working an , here are a few tips to get you started:
Start with a (also called a ) to make your starting stitches nice and tight. Wondering how magic rings work? I’ve got a complete tutorial right here.
If you know how to you’ll be well on your way to making this . Amigurumi are worked in continuous rounds which can make it hard to keep track of your rows. That’s why I always use a on the last in a row. Or use a scrap piece of contrasting color wedged between the first and last of the row to keep track. and
If you are making this crochet octopus with intentions of donating it, you should contact your particular hospital to get their requirements. Every hospital is different and has different rules for donated items.
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How Do You Embroider An Face?
Finishing touches are so important to a cute . The first thing to consider is safety. While I love the look of safety eyes on amigurumi, they might not be the best choice for a or very young children. Always consider safety when making handmade toys for babies and children. Its best to supervise play to avoid any choking hazards.
Embroidered features made out of simple stitches are just as lovely. Choose a contrasting or dark and use french knots and back stitches to make eyes and a mouth, if desired.
Crochet Octopus Pattern
Here is what you will need:
- US C2/2.50 mm crochet hook (Did you know you can purchase my go-to hooks on Amazon?)
- 3.5 oz Worsted weight cotton yarn. I used ‘I Love this Cotton’ worsted weight yarn by Hobby Lobby
- 9 mm safety eyes
- tapestry needle and scissors
A small hook produces a tight finished product and no stuffing will show through the stitches (and no small holes for tiny fingers to slip into). The tentacles are just the right length–long enough to be fun, but not too long for an octopus for preemies!
With worsted weight cotton yarn and a C hook, make a magic ring.
R1: 6 sc into ring (6 st)
R2: 2 sc in ea st around (12 st)
R3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (18 st)
R4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (24 st)
R5: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (30 st)
R6: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (36 st)
R7-12: sc around (36 st)
R13: *sc in next 4 st, sc 2 tog, repeat from * around (30 st)
R14: sc around (30 st)
If you are using safety eyes, now is the time to attach them. Using 9mm safety eyes, attach between rows 12 & 13, allowing approximately 5 stitches in between, or whatever distance looks good to you. If you are embroidering the eyes for an octopus for a small child, do so after the octopus is stuffed and completed.
R15: *sc in next 3 st, sc 2 tog, repeat from * around (24 st)
R16: sc around (24 st)
R17: *sc in next 2 st, sc 2 tog, repeat from * around. (18 st)
R18: *sc in next st, sc 2 tog, repeat from * around (12 st)
Stuff the octopus. Now you will work the next row in the front loop only. Later you will come back through on the underside to grab those back loops and finish off the octopus. (Read here to learn about stitch parts.)
R19: working in the front loop only, *sc in the next st, sc 2 tog, repeat from * around (8 st).
Now comes the fun part: Making the tentacles for our !
Make the tentacles as follows:
*ch 50. sc in the 2nd ch from hook. 2 sc in ea chain across. When back to the body, sl st in the next stitch. Repeat from * 7 more times to make a total of 8 tentacles.
Arrange the octopus so that the tentacles are overlapping the body/head and the open end is up towards you. You will be working in the free loops from row 19 which are now on the underside of your octopus. They can be a bit difficult to see, so just do your best and sc 2 together around. Fasten off yarn and then weave the yarn through the remaining stitches and pull tight.
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