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!

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What you'll learn

What you'll need

Cotton Yarn



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

Crochet Hook

G6 / 4.00 mm

Safety Bead (x2)

6 mm


Darning Needle



Chain Stitch




Slip Stitch


Single Crochet




Decrease (Sharp)


Invisible Decrease


Front / Back Loops Only


Double Crochet


Mini Bobble Stitch


Mini Picot

Other Useful Info


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


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


[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.


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.


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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20 thoughts on “Octopus Amigurumi”

  1. i might be wrong but in round 10 i feel like it implies the chain and dc go into the same stitch being within the same {} but in the yt video you ch and in the next stitch for the dc + slst, i def messed up my counts for that but that may be user error other than that great pattern/tutorial

  2. 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

  3. 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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