I just came back from my 10-days trip to England, where I was able to visit London (I just love that city!), Kingston Upon Thames, Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor. The weather was hot and sunny most of the days, which was a pleasant surprise.
Today I want to share with you this little octopus; I’m very very fond of it as it was my very first pattern! I was still a newbie back them; I had already personalised some of the patterns I found online, but this was the first one that was commissioned to me from scratch. My very first client ever (a teenager who bought from me a Totoro for his mon’s birthday – how cute is that?) wanted an amigurumi Takochu, so I had to figure out shapes and proportions, specially because he wanted it to be the size of a tennis ball. It bore some difficulties for me – the use of other stitches appart from single crochet, and having to crochet in front loop or back loop only – but it was a challenge I was happy to endure!
Since then, I had crocheted a lot of them over the years in different colors and yarns, selling them in craft fairs or giving them as presents, and I can proudly say that the pattern has remained pretty much untouched since I first made it (which, being the perfectionist I am, it’s really rare!).
They are quick and fun to make, and you can use any colors you want! So what are you waiting? Grab your hook and let’s begin!
– A ball of yarn and a small amount of a contrasting color (I’ve used rustic cotton)
– A 3.5mm hook
– A 5 mm hook, screwdriver or thin pen to shape the mouth
– 1 pair safety eyes
– Tapestry needle and stitch marker
ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
tc = trebble crochet
sl st = slip stitch
inc = increase
dec = decrease
sts = stitches
With main color:
R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 sts)
R2: (inc) x6 (12 sts)
R3: (inc, 1 sc) x6 (18 sts)
R4: (inc, 2 sc) x6 (24 sts)
R5: (inc, 3 sc) x6 (30 sts)
R6: (inc, 4 sc) x6 (36 sts)
R7: (inc, 5 sc) x6 (42 sts)
R8-14: sc even (42 sts)
R15: (dec, 5 sc) x6 (36 sts)
R16: (dec, 4 sc) x6 (30 sts)
R17: (dec, 3 sc) x6 (24 sts)
R18 (in front loops only): sc even (24 sts)
R19: [(hdc, tc) in next st, (tc, hdc) in next st, sl st in next st] x8.
Cut the yarn and weave in ends.
MOUTH (with contrasting color)
Make a magic ring of 8 sts. Put a bigger hook or a thin pen in the middle to keep the hole open and pull the yarn to close the ring. Crochet a sl st in every stitch (8 sts).
Push the stitches to keep them in the back. FO and leave a length of yarn to sew to face.
Between rows 12 and 13, choose any stitch located between two tentacles. From that central stitch, count 5 sts to the right and 5 to the left and place the eyes. Place the hole of the mouth right in that central stitch and sew carefully, keeping the round shape.
In row 18 join the main color with a slip stitch to any back loop.
Inner R18 (in back loops only): (dec, 2 sc) x6 (18 sts)
Inner R19: (dec, 1 sc) x6 (12 sts)
Inner R20: (dec) x6 (6 sts).
Fasten off, finish stuffing and sew hole.
And your little octopus is finished!
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©2012 – Designed by Belén Galán for Amigurinos – All rights reserved. This pattern is only for personal use. You cannot sell, distribute or publish this pattern or claim it as your own, partially or totally. If you want to share the pattern in any web page, blog or social media, provide a link to my blog instead of just copying it. You are not allowed to use the pictures for personal or commercial means.
You are allowed to sell the final product locally (craft fairs, family and friends, charity…); I only ask you to kindly credit me as the designer.
Thanks and happy crocheting!