Octopus Amigurumi

Crochet Octopus Amigurumi sitting on open hands

This is Oliver the Octopus! He’s a cute little octopus amigurumi that is quite quick and fun to make! This little amigurumi is another one of my ocean themed amigurumi projects. The collection includes a sea turtle, jellyfish, whale, and now an octopus!

Crochet octopus sitting on a blue blackground

Oliver measures about 4-5 inches tall when finished, depending on how he is sitting (legs curved or straight). The head is worked up first in two pieces followed by the 8 legs, which are sewn on separately at the end.

Pinterest pin with octopus amigurumi photos

If you are feeling ocean inspired like I am, check out my other patterns inspired by the sea! You can crochet the whole collection!

Honu the Sea Turtle Amigurumi
Jellyfish Amigurumi
jellyfish amigurumi photo
Bailey the Blue Whale Amigurumi
whale amigurumi photo
Whale Amigurumi

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Materials:
Stitches Used:
  • Ch – chain
  • Sl St – slip stitch
  • SC – single crochet
  • INV DEC – invisible single crochet decrease – insert hook into front loop of next stitch, then insert your hook into the front loop of the following stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 remaining loops on hook.  There are many tutorials on this on YouTube. Check one out if you’d like to see the invisible decrease in action.
Important Notes:
  • Magic Circle – Make a circle with your yarn, insert crochet hook into circle and draw up a loop. Use this loop to start your first chain 1 of the pattern.
  • Continuous Rounds – This pattern is worked in continuous rounds without joining. After you finish the stitches of one round, start right on the next round without joining between.  You may want to use a stitch marker or a piece of yarn to keep track of where one round ends and the next starts.

HEAD/BODY

octopus head close up

To make the head/body, you will need to work up both pieces below and then follow instructions to stuff and attach them together.

Top of head/body:

In green yarn (or chosen color).

Round 1: Magic circle, chain 1 and make 6 SC stitches into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (18)

Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (24)

Round 5: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (30)

Round 6: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4, repeat around (36)

Rounds 7-17: SC in each stitch around. (36)

Round 18: INV DEC, SC in next 4 stitches, repeat around (30)

Rounds 19-20: SC in each stitch around (30)

Round 21: INV DEC, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat around (24)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

**Insert safety eyes between rounds 15 and 16, approximately 8 stitches apart. Use your yarn needle and embroidery thread (or a strand of yarn) to stitch on a mouth and any other features before closing the top of the head in the next part of the pattern.

Base of head/body:

Round 1: Magic circle, chain 1 and make 6 SC stitches into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (18)

Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (24)

Fasten off, do not cut yarn. Continue to instructions below.

Joining the head/body pieces together:

To join the two head/body pieces together, first add some stuffing to the head. Then you will join the two pieces together by slip stitching both layers together.

Follow the instructions in the photo below to help with this. Don’t worry about adding all of the stuffing right away. You can always add more as you crochet the pieces together. Make sure you have finished stuffing before the opening gets too small.

photo tutorial for attaching head and body pieces together
Legs (make 8!)

*Stuff the legs as you go. They are a little skinny, so you will need something small to push the stuffing down into the legs. I ended up using a chopstick, which worked perfectly!

Round 1: Magic circle, chain 1 and make 4 SC stitches into ring (4)

Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (6)

Round 3-13: SC in each stitch around (6)

Fasten off, leaving a tail to sew onto octopus.

head and legs of the octopus
Sewing on Legs:

The next step is to sew the legs onto the base of the head/body. First, make sure the legs are stuffed enough and then use your yarn needle to sew the top of each leg closed.  

Now you will be sewing the legs onto the head/body. I worked my yarn needle in and out of behind the slip stitch round when the head/body pieces were joined together. I found this hid the stitches so they weren’t visible from the front and also made it a lot easier to get in there to sew the legs on.

See the photo below that shows how I attached the legs. Make sure you do not leave too much space between the legs or you will run out of room to sew them in. After each couple of legs, I planned out the rest of them to make sure I would have enough space left.

instructional photos on sewing the legs on the octopus

Now you are all done! I love how the octopus can be supported by his legs. You can keep them straight or curve them a little, depending on the look you like best.

finished octopus photo
finished octopus photo

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