Whether you use this octopus as a decoration or as a toy everyone will love him.

Materials and Supplies

Craft Supplies:

  • Approx 3 oz Worsted weight yarn
  • Size H crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Small amount black yarn
  • Polyester fiberfill (stuffing)

Legs - Make 8

  • Chain 37
  • 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 3 dc in rem ch
  • Knott off and weave loose ends back into your work

Craft Instructions


  • ch 4, join to form a ring: work 10 sc in ring
  • Round 2: inc 1 sc in every other sc (15 sc)
  • Round 3: inc 1 sc in every 4th sc (total 18sc)
  • Round 4: inc 1 sc in every 5th sc (total 21 sc)
  • Round 5: inc 1 sc in every 6th sc (total 24 sc)
  • Rounds 6 through 12: work even
  • Round 13: dec 1 sc in every 6th sc
  • Round 14: dec 1 sc in every 5th sc
  • Round 15: dec 1 sc in every 4th sc
  • Stuff with polyester fiberfill (stuffing) and decrease to close

Sew 4 of the legs together, with matching yarn and a yarn needle as follows: at one end of the leg - overlap leg #1 halfway over leg #2 and stitch from the end in about an inch or so.  Overlap leg #3 over leg #2 and stitch as you did with legs 1 and 2. Repeat one more time to join the 4th leg.  Set these 4 legs aside for the moment and sew the other 4 legs together.

Sew both sets of legs to the bottom of the head.

Using black yarn and a yarn needle, embroider a face on your octopus.  I used French knots for the eyes and nose and the outline stitch for the mouth.  You could also make eyebrows with a straight stitch if desired.

Optional:  Make a face out of felt and sew or glue on instead of embroidering.  Caution should be used if face is glued on - do not give to a child under 3 as the glued felt piece will pose a chocking hazard.

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