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How to Crochet an Adorable Octopus in One Hour

Hi crochet friend!

I have a lot of nieces and nephews. 73 to be exact. And 14 of those live in town! So when birthday parties come up spur of the moment, I need to be prepared! And an octopus that can be crocheted in just one hour is just the ticket!

Holding octopus

The original design for this adorable octopus had hard 14mm safety eyes, but that was quickly changed when one of them broke off and ended up in my 9 month old’s mouth! Thank God for guardian angels, right?!

After fishing the broken piece out of his mouth, I set to work figuring out how to make cute and easy crocheted safety eyes. And what I came up with were definitely safer!

front of octopus

It really is amazing how easy it is to crochet safety eyes! All you need is a little bit of black yarn, and an even smaller amount of white yarn to give it that “shiny” look. Sew them on, and you don’t have to worry about that aggressive baby or toddler choking! It’s wonderful!

The yarn that I chose for the octopus itself is Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn. I have fallen in love with this yarn! After making a Fuzzy Bonnet, Fuzzy Blanket, and Wavy Blanket with this kind of yarn, I decided it was time to bring it to my Amigurumi and make something super cute and fun!

lifting octopus

This octopus can be made is an hour (more or less), and is a perfect last minute gift for baby showers, birthdays, or holidays! I hope you enjoy crocheting this sweet toy.

And don’t forget to give it a little snuggle before you hand it off to its new owner. I promise, you won’t regret it!

Happy Crocheting!



Fuzzy Octopus Pattern

Buy the PDF version of this pattern:


-Bernat Baby Blanket yarn (or other Super Bulky, size 6 yarn)
-6.5mm (K) crochet hook
-14mm safety eyes or black medium weight yarn for crochet version
-3.5mm (E) crochet hook (if crocheting eyes)
-small amount of black medium weight yarn (and white light weight yarn if crocheting eyes)
-yarn needle

8dc x 4 rows = 4 inch square

Makes a 6 inch tall octopus 

Magic circle
sc – single crochet
sc dec – single crochet decrease
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
f/o – finish off

Pattern Notes:

  • Body of the octopus is worked in continuous rounds. A stitch marker is highly encouraged to keep track of rounds.
  • You can use either 14mm safety eyes or crochet black safety eyes that you can sew onto head (pattern included below).
  • The legs of the octopus will spiral. This is intentional, so no need to worry about them being flat. They won’t be.
  • An option to crochet the eyes is included in the pattern as a safer version for the aggressive baby or toddler.
  • Follow the following guide for reading the pattern:
    • The number before the stitch is the amount of times worked in one stitch
    • The number after the stitch is the number of stitches in which you are to work that specific stitch.
    • When stitches are surrounded by asterisks (*), you are to repeat what is between the asterisks the amount of times stated. 
    • Number in parentheses is the number of stitches in each round. 
    • Eg. “*2sc, sc 2* 6 times (24)” means “2 single crochets in first stitch, single crochet once in next 2 stitches. Repeat this pattern 6 times. (There are 24 stitches in this round.)


Round 1: Work 6 sc into magic circle, pull tight, place stitch marker in last stitch.
Round 2: 2sc in each st around (12)
Round 3: *2sc, sc* around (18)
Round 4: *2sc, sc 2* around (24)
Round 5: *2sc, sc 3* around (30)
Rounds 6-10: sc around (30)
Insert/sew on safety eyes between rows 8 and 9, 6 sts apart.
Using black yarn, embroider mouth making two lines connecting 

Stuff head.

Round 11: *sc dec, sc 3* around (24)
Round 12: *sc dec, sc 2* around (18)
Round 13: *sc dec, sc* around (12)
Finish stuffing head.
Round 14: sc dec around (6)
F/O, and sew in ends.

Legs (make 8):
Ch 12,
Row 1: 2dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next st, *2dc, dc* across. (27)
Sew legs onto body evenly spaced around round 4. 
(Sew each let 2 sts wide. This will leave 1 st between each leg)

Eyes (make 2)
Use 3.5mm hook with black medium weight yarn.
Round 1: 6sc in magic circle, sl st to join.
Round 2: ch 1, 2sc in each st around, sl st to join. (12)
F/O, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Embroider small line using light weight white yarn 1 st long between rounds 1 & 2.

Sew onto head/body between rounds 8 and 9 in place of safety eyes.
Enjoy your Octopu