We’re excited to share another octopus pattern with you this month as a part of our NICU Nurture Program! These crocheted octopuses are donated to NICU units at facilities we have partnerships with and they are given to families in the unit. The babies snuggle the octopus and to the baby, it feels very similar to the umbilical cord. Check out this simple pattern, or make your own! There are a lot of ideas on Pinterest and YouTube! Let us know what questions you have!
The pattern this month is to help you crochet a octopus for a preemie to love. It is done like our minion friends. While the pattern is fairly easy, it is important to crochet the stitches fairly tightly to keep little fingers from poking through the holes and the fiber filling showing through. Also the tentacles should be no longer than 8 inches when stretched out for safety reasons.
Soft yarn in yellow and blue
Lighter blue yarn, white and black yarn for the eye.
Crochet hook G
Washable fiber fill for stuffing
single crochet together=sc tog
**This pattern is worked in the round, I used a safety pin to mark the beginning of each round.
With yellow yarn ch 3
R1: 6 sc into the 3rd ch from the hook (6st)
R2: 2 sc in each st around (12st)
R3:*sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (18st)
R4: *sc in next 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat from * around (24st)
R5: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (30st)
R 6:*sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (36st)
R 7-12: sc around (36st)
R13:*sc in next 4 st, sc2tog, repeat from *around (30st)
R14:sc around (30st)
R15:*sc in next 3st, sc 2 tog, repeat from * around (24st)
R16:sc around (24st)
R17:*sc in next 2 st, sc2tog, repeat from *around (18st)
Change to blue yarn.
R18:*sc in next st,sc2tog, repeat from * around (12st)
Stuff the octopus with washable fiber fill. Now you will work the next row in the front loop only. Later you will come back through on the underside to grab those back loops and finish off the octopus.
R19: working in the front loop only, *sc in the next 2 st, sc2 tog, repeat from* around (8st)
Now make the tentacles as follows:
*ch 30 (I measured after I made the first tentacle to make sure it did not exceed 8inches, if it does adjust the number of chains)
sc in the 2nd ch from hook, 2 sc in each ch across. As you work you will see the "twirl" of the tentacle begin to form.
When back to the body, sl st in the next stitch. Repeat from * 7 more times to make a total of 8 tentacles.
Arrange the octopus so that the tentacles are overlapping the body/head and the open end is up towards you. You will be working in the free loops from row 19 which are now on the underside of the octopus. Sc 2 together around. Fasten off yarn and then weave the yarn through the remaining stitches and pull tight.
For the eyes, with white yarn, ch 3
Row 1: 8 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, join to the first dc with a sl st.
Row 2: ch 2, 2 sc in each stitch around, change to the light blue yarn, join to first st with a sl st.
Row 3: ch 2, 1 sc in each st around, join to the first st and fasten off. Weave in ends.
With black yarn embroider a small black eye in the center.
Sew eye to the front of the octopus.