Over the years, Amigurumi has always been highly requested on my channel. Although it’s not my specialty, I have dabbled with it in the past. I decided to try giving a Mini Octopus pattern a go and I am really pleased with how it turned out. I’m also pleased that it’s also my first ever CAL. I know, it’s only a MINI CAL, but it’s a start!
So this project will be split into two, the first section being today and then the second will be available next week (14th May 2017) Here you will find the written instructions with the video tutorial at the base of the post. Follow along with your fellow crocheters by using #BCoctopusCAL
Here’s what you will need to make your very own Ollie or Olivia the Octopus:
-Cotton yarn for main body colour. I have used Stylecraft Classique Cotton (Ollie is Peppermint, Olivia is Dizzy Lizzie)
-Cotton yarn in Black (for facial features)
–12mm Safety eyes (optional)
Disclaimer: For display purposes only. If you are using as a toy (which is not recommended) then SUPERVISED play is of the highest importance. This tutorial is not connected to the preemie baby pattern. If you are intending to make for a preemie baby, you must follow the strict guidelines outlined by your country and the hospital you are intending to donate to. Various websites are available for this information. This pattern is created for your own use ONLY. Please do not share, write up or sell this pattern.
Pattern notes: Project should be worked with a tight tension. Each round starts with a chain 1 which does NOT class as a stitch. Each stitch from each round is to be worked into the base of the initial chain 1.
ss: Slip Stitch
dc: Double Crochet
dc2tog: Double Crochet two stitches together
*__*: Repeat sequence
Round 1: Create a magic circle. 6 dc and connect.
Round 2: 2dc in each stitch (12 stitches)
Round 3: *2dc in stitch, dc in next stitch* repeat 6 times and connect (18 stitches)
Round 4: *2dc in stitch, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (24 stitches)
Round 5: *2dc in stitch, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (30 stitches)
Round 6: *2dc in stitch, dc, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (36 stitches)
Round 7: *2dc in stitch, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (42 stitches)
Round 8-12: 1dc into each stitch and connect (42 stitches)
Round 13: *dc2tog, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (36 stitches)
Round 14: *dc2tog, dc, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (30 stitches)
Optional: Attach safety eyes between rows 12-13 with around an inch in between. Alternatively, you can embroider the eyes which will be done at the end of the project.
Round 15: *dc2tog, dc, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (24 stitches)
Round 16: *dc2tog, dc, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (18 stitches)
Begin to stuff the head using your Microfiber filling. Do not over stuff at this point as you will be adding more shortly.
Round 17: *dc2tog, dc* repeat 6 times and connect (12 stitches)
Continue to stuff the head until firm.
Round 18: dc2tog 6 times. DO NOT connect (6 stitches)
In order to pull the remaining hold tight, dc2tog a further 2-3 times. ss across to the opposite side. do not tie off.
For the neck, you will be working around the post of the stitches in order to build off of them.
Round 1: Chain 1 and insert the hook into one of the stitches approx 0.5cm from the centre. Continue to dc around in a circle to form 6dc. ss into the first stitch to complete round.
Round 2: Chain 1 and dc into each of the stitches from the previous round. Tie off.
NOTES: Once the tentacles have begun, you will complete all 8 in once continuous section, attaching to the neck as you go (please see video tutorial)
Chain 45, 2dc into 2nd chain from the hook and into each chain. Only 1dc into the last chain.
Attach the tentacle to the lower (round 2) row of dc on the ‘neck’ section using a SS.
Continue to create the following tentacles by chaining 45 and working your way back along the chain with 2dc in each chain. Attach to the ‘neck again’. Do this 4 times in total.
Chain 2 and ss into the upper (round1) round of dc on the neck section. Create 4 additional tentacles as previously described.
Tie off and sew in ends.
Using Black yarn, sew on your facial features as desired. Instructions can be found in the video tutorial if you are unsure how to do this.
***VIDEO TUTORIALS BELOW***
Tutorial time stamps:
Round 1- 1:46
Round 2- 3:14
Round 3- 4:14
Round 4- 6:46
Round 5- 7:57
Round 6- 9:07
Round 7- 10:27
Round 8- 11:57
Round 9- 12:40
Round 10- 13:37
Round 11- 14:01
Round 12- 14:25
Round 13- 14:55
Round 14- 17:54
Round 15- 19:30/21:26
Round 16- 22:37
Round 17- 23:40
Round 18- 26:06
Round 1 & 2- 27:21