Octopus Amigurumi

In this amigurumi tutorial we’ll learn how to crochet a little octopus! This pattern is beginner-friendly, goes through all the introductory stitches, and teaches you how to crochet your octopus with NO SEWING NEEDED!

What you'll learn

What you'll need

Cotton Yarn

Weight

Colors

Main Color
White (Eyes)
Black (Pupils, Optional)

Crochet Hook

G6 / 4.00 mm

Safety Bead (x2)

6 mm

Stuffing

Darning Needle

Abbreviations

ch

Chain Stitch

st

Stitch

slst

Slip Stitch

sc

Single Crochet

inc

Increase

dec

Decrease (Sharp)

invdec

Invisible Decrease

FLO/BLO

Front / Back Loops Only

dc

Double Crochet

mbo

Mini Bobble Stitch

mp

Mini Picot

Other Useful Info

Gauge

5 Rnds and 4 sts per 1”
Finished piece is about 3” tall

Worked

In the Round unless otherwise stated

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The Pattern

Use the checkboxes to track your progress
(1:23) The time codes match to the pattern video

01Body

[All in Main Color]
Magic loop

Rnd 1: sc 6 in 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)

Your octopus' face as a whole can go anywhere between Rnds 5 – 8, but be sure it begins 2 stitches 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:
Rnds 5 – 6: start after stitch 10
Rnds 7 – 8: start after stitch 9

The face can be written like this:
eye, sc 2, mouth, sc 1, eye, continue in the Rnd.

For beginners your ‘eyes‘ can just be additional single crochet stitches (sc) and you can simply use safety eyes in the stitches. For a more advanced crocheters you can incorporate mini bobble stitches (mbo) in place of the sc stitch to make your eyes more 3D and cartoon-like. See video for detailed instructions.

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)

Continue to adding the tentacles and finishing your octopus.

02Mouth

Let’s discuss how to do the mouth with no mini bobble stitch eyes included. This is suggested for beginners. For complete beginners I would suggest skipping the mouth and eyes all together.

Starting after the stitches in the Rnds listed on page 2…

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. (see diagram for slst placements below)

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.

03Eyes

You can simply use safety eyes if you’d like for an easy and effective option for the eyes. These can be placed in the stitches listed on part 1 on either side of the face.

Alternatively, to add more cartoonish eyes to your piece consider using mini bobble stitches (mbo) in place. To do so you will need to first work around your new color for your eyes, White, before starting the face. Then using White make a mbo, then change back to the Main Color for the mouth and stitches between eyes, then return to White for your second mbo.

04Tentacles and Finishing

Continuing from Rnd 9 of the body…

{} = 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 stitches. I also like to use just black lines for the eyes sometimes too!

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.

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18 thoughts on “Octopus Amigurumi”

  1. Thank you so much for the pattern my sisters loved it and I’m not even an adult this make my life so much easier thank youuuu

  2. I think I messed up, my octopus ended up only having 5 testicles instead of 8. He’s still super cute but I don’t know how I messed up.

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