free octopus crochet pattern

Amigurumi is what really got me excited about crocheting. I had done dish cloths, and scarves and a few hats, but I got bored after a while. Ami is just 3D crochet. The stitches are different than regular crochet because they are continuously worked without and joining or chaining.

So if you’ve never done ami and want to try this octopus is a great place to start since a sphere is one of the most basic shapes used in ami.


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  • Bright blue yarn
  • Black yarn
  • 3.75 mm (F) crochet hook
  • 12 mm plastic safety eyes
  • Polyester fiberfill

Tips + Tricks 

  • Work the body in continuous rounds, don’t chain up or slip stitch to join.
  • Pin on the legs with straight pins before you stitch.
  • Only use one piece of yarn to stitch on all the legs, working around the body in a circle.
  • The eyes are placed between round 16 and 17 with 5 stitches in between.
  • The finished product will be about 10 inches tall.
  • The stitch count is shown at the end of each row in brackets.
  • When you decrease, use an invisible decrease


Rd 1: Starting with a magic circle, work 6 sc into the magic circle. [6]

Rd 2: Inc in each st around. [12]

Rd 3: Sc in next st, inc. Repeat around [18]

Rd 4: Sc in next 2 st, inc. Repeat around. [24]

Rd 5: Sc in next 3 st, inc. Repeat around. [30]

Rd 6: Sc in next 4 st, inc. Repeat around. [36]

Rd 7: Sc in next 5 st, inc. Repeat around. [42]

Rd 8: Sc in next 6 st, inc. Repeat around. [48]

Rd 9: Sc in next 7 st, inc. Repeat around. [54]

Rd 10-14: Sc in each st around. [54]

Rd 15: Sc in next 7 st, dec. Repeat around. [48]

Rd 16-18: Sc in each st around. [48]

Rd 19: Sc in next 6 st, dec. Repeat around. [42]

Rd 20-21: Sc in each st around. [42]

Rd 22: Sc in next 5 st, dec. Repeat around. [36]

Rd 23: Sc in each st around. [36]


Add in the eyes between rows 16 and 17, with five stitches in-between.


Rd 24: Sc in next 4 st, dec. Repeat around. [30]

Rd 25: Sc in next 3 st, dec. Repeat around. [24]


Start stuffing your octopus now.


Rd 26: Sc in next 2 st, dec. Repeat around. [18]

Rd 27: Sc in next st, dec. Repeat around. [12]


Top off the stuffing here.


Rd 28: Dec. Repeat around. [6]


Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing. Thread the tail through the back loops of each stitch, using a yarn needle. If you thread it through in a clockwise direction, you will be able to just pull on the string and the little hole will close. stick the needle through the body to hide the end and cut off the extra yarn.



Rd 1: Chain 102. Turn and work back down the chain the other way. [102]

Rd 2:  Dc in the second chain from hook, dc inc in next. Repeat (dc, dc inc) all the way down the chain. [150]

Repeat the pattern three more times so you have four legs.



Stitch on the legs first. Find the middle inch of each leg, and pin it to the bottom of the body along row 5. The four pieces will make a circle. I always pin things on first with straight pins before I sew to make sure it looks right. When you stitch on the legs, use one long piece of yarn so you don’t have to weave in so many ends when you finish.

Add the mouth using simple embroidery stitches. I first bring the needle out and then put it back in where I want the mouth to begin and end. Leave a little bit of loose yarn and pull it until it curves correctly. Then bring the needle back up to secure 2 or 3 spots on the mouth by going over the loose yarn.


That’s it!


6 Comments on “Octopus

    1. They are very similar! I looked at the two patterns and there are differences from row to row, and in the tentacles. They look similar but the patterns are not a copy of each other.

  1. What category/weight of yarn did you use for this pattern? Worsted weight, sport, baby, etc? Thanks for your help!

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