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My octopus has always been one of my best sellers at craft fairs, but with my original octopus pattern, it takes a little too long to make to be able to sell it at a good profit. Sewing on each individual tentacle feels like it takes forever!
I still wanted something that looks very similar in size and shape but would require no sewing at all.
It took a few tries, and a couple different versions of bobble stitches, but eventually this adorable octopus pattern was born!
Once you get the hang of the special bobble stitch these octopi just fly off of the hook! At this point, it only takes me about 20 minutes to make one of these cute little guys.
They can make adorable desk buddies, keychains, and stress balls. They’re great for adults, teenagers, and little kids alike! My toddler especially loves to stack them on top of each other in a tower and then knock them over!
NOTE: If you are wanting to sell finished products from this free simple crochet bat pattern you’re welcome to, just make sure you link back to my pattern here and credit me with the design. Thank you!
- sc – single crochet
- inc – increase
- dec – decrease
- FO – Finish off
- rnd – round
- sts – stitches
- bobble – special bobble stitch
- Size F (3.75mm) crochet hook
- One color of Bernat Velvet yarn
- 1 pair of 12mm safety eyes or a small amount of black yarn
- Yarn needle
- Stuffing (I use polyester fiberfill)
Special Bobble Stitch
To make the special bobble stitch for this pattern, [yarn over twice, insert your hook into the next stitch (photo B), *yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook* 2 times (photo C)] 6 times. You should now have 7 loops on your hook (photo D).
Yarn over (photo E) and pull through all 7 loops (photo F).
Your bobble may naturally push out away from you and into the body of your octopus (photo G). If so, use your finger to poke it towards you so that the bobble is pushed out from the octopus and a tentacle is formed (photos H, I).
Rnd 1: 6 sc in a Magic Ring (6)
Rnd 2: inc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc, inc* 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: *sc 2, inc* 6 times (24)
Rnds 5-9: sc 24 each round
Rnd 10: *sc, dec* 8 times (16)
Rnd 11: *bobble, sc* 8 times (16)
Create the eyes on your octopus now (photo J shows what your octopus should look like right now).
If you’re using safety eyes, insert them between rounds 7 and 8 about 5 sts apart, centering them above the 4th and 5th tentacles. They are directly across from where you currently have your crochet hook inserted (photo K). Once placed your eyes should look like photo L.
If you’re using yarn then embroider on your eyes now and knot the yarn ends on the inside of your octopus.
Rnd 12: *sc 2, dec* 4 times (12)
Stuff your octopus (photos M, N).
Rnd 13: *dec* 6 times (6)
You should now have 6 sts left. Cut the yarn and FO, leaving a tail about 6 inches long. Use a yarn/embroidery needle to thread the tail through the front loop only (photo O) of the remaining sts (photo P). Pull tight to close the hole, similar to closing a drawstring bag. Then weave the tail in back through the head (photo Q).
And your little octopus is complete!
If you made a little guy from this no sew crochet octopus pattern, feel free to post a picture on social media with #lifewithbubbins or tag me on instagram @lifewithbubbins so I can see your lovely creations!
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