Octopus Amigurumi

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

Louie Mensinger

Created by

Louie’s Loops





~ 45 min

What you'll create

What you'll learn


Tentacles and Finishing

What you'll need

Cotton Yarn



Crochet Hook

Size G6 / 4.00mm

Safety Bead Eyes

Size 6.00mm

Darning Needle


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Other Useful Info


5 Rnds and 4 sts per 1” 
Finished piece is about 2” tall

Worked in the Round:

Unless otherwise stated

The Lesson


These boxes are checkboxes

These time codes correlate to the video for this lesson



[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 octopuses 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:
Rnd 5 – 6: start after stitch 10
Rnd 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 pg 4 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 on page 5.



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 page 2 on either side of the face. (See image C below)

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.

(28:30) How to crochet the Mini Bobble (aka “mbo”):

Using White, yarn over, insert
into the stitch, yarn over again and pull through, yarn over a 3rd time and pull through 2 loops.

Repeat Step 1 two more times working into the same stitch so that there are 4 loops left on the hook.

Change back to your Main Color, yarn over and draw through all the loops on the hook to finish the stitch.


Tentacles 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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