This week I am happy to bring you one of my more popular patterns from my old blog, Mini Ami Octopi!
I wrote this pattern back in 2009 and it is by far my most popular free pattern over on Ravelry. In 2010 I wrote an updated version where you can make the tentacles all in one piece instead of 8 individual parts.
The possibilities for these little guys is endless – I’ve seen people make hats for them, embroider faces and even make armies of different colour ones, like the picture above. They are very simple to make, and I hope the photo tutorials below will help you out with the more tricky all-in-one tentacle part.
I have also written the pattern out in standard form at the btootm of this page, for those that don’t need the photo tutorial 🙂
So without further-a-do – here’s Mini Ami Octopi!
Mini Ami Octopus
You Will Need:
. Crochet Hook (I used 3.5mm [E]. This will keep your stitches nice and tight and the tentacles curly)
. Small Amount Of Double Knit or Light Worsted Weight Yarn
. 7mm Safety Eyes
. Stitch Markers Or Piece Of Scrap Yarn
. Yarn/Embroidery Needle
. Poly-fill Or Other Stuffing
. Button and beads (Optional)
. Ch – Chain Stitch
. Sc – Single Crochet
. Hdc – Half Double Crochet
. St/Sts – Stitch/Stitches
. Slst – Slip Stitch
. Inc (Increase) – 2 Sc into 1 St
. Dec (Decrease) – 1 Sc across 2 Sts
. ** – Marks a group of stitches to be repeated until the round is completed
No gauge, just keep your stitches nice and tight to avoid gaps in your work
1 3/4’’ Tall by 3’’ Wide (approx) using a 3.5mm (E) hook
. As this is amigurumi, work in continuous rounds; in a spiral. Don’t join at the end of a row; just keep going
. Use stitch markers or a piece of scrap yarn to mark the start of every round. Replace at the start of the next round as you go along. This will help you keep track of where you started, and saves a lot of time if things go wrong!
. I write my patterns in American terms, so Sc means Single Crochet; Dc means Double Crochet etc.
. The number at the end of each round is the number of stitches you should now have
. I strongly recommend using a small hook i.e.- 3.5mm (E), to keep the proportions of the toy as they are in the pictures
Ch 2, Sc 6 into the 2nd Ch from hook, or Magic Ring 6 (6 Sc)
Single Crochet Increase into each Single crochet stitch around (12 Sc)
Single Crochet into the first stitch, then Single Crochet Increase into the next. Repeat around the circle 5 more times. (18 Sc)
Single Crochet into the next 2 stitches, Single Crochet Increase into the 3rd. Repeat around the circle 5 more times (24 Sc)
Single Crochet into the next 3 stitches, Single Crochet Increase into the 4th. Repeat around the circle 5 more times (30 Sc)
Step 6 – 10
Single Crochet in each stitch around (30 Sc) for 5 rows
Single Crochet into the first 3 stitches, Single Crochet Decrease over then next 2. Repeat around 5 more times (24 Sc)
When you have completed this step, it’s time to insert the eyes. Take each eye and place a couple of rounds above where you are working, nearly half way up the piece. Apply backs to the eyes and continue…
Step 12 – 13
Single Crochet Decrease over all stitches (12 Sc)
Stuff your octopi with fluffy stuffing – make him nice and solid so he keeps his shape 🙂
Single Crochet Decrease over all remaining stitches (6 Sc) and sew the opening closed. Bind Off.
You’ve made the body! Yay! On to the tentacles…
Step 1 – 2
Chain 2, Single Crochet 8 into the 2nd Chain from hook, or Magic Ring 8 (8 Sc)
Half-Double Crochet 2 into 2nd Chain from hook. Half-Double Crochet 3 into all remaining Chains, back to the beginning of the Chain. Slip Stitch into the next Single Crochet stitch to anchor the tentacle.
You may wish to curl your tentacle up a little by twisting it clockwise – it can be a bit loose after crocheting it up and this will give it a boost 🙂
Repeat Step 2 and 3 to create the next tentacle…
Step 5 – 10
… and each tentacle around, until you have 8. Bind Off, Leaving a long tail for sewing.
- Sew tentacle piece to the bottom of the body. I find it stays more securely if you sew right around the very edge of the piece, binding each tentacle individually to the body piece, then adding a few stitches to the middle area.
- Be creative! For my octopi I added a little heart shaped button and tiny pink seed beads for cheeks. You can add hats, different buttons and beads, embroidery – anything!
And you’re done! Yay!
I really hope you enjoyed making your own Mini Ami Octopus! If you have any questions about the pattern process at all then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below, and I will be happy to help 🙂
And as promised – here is the pattern written out for you, incase you don’t need the photo tutorial <3
1. Ch2, Sc 6 into 2nd Ch from hook, or Magic Ring 6 (6)
2. Inc around (12)
3. *Sc, Inc* around (18)
4. Sc 2, Inc around (24)
5. *Sc 3, Inc* around (30)
6-10. Sc around (30)
11. *Sc 3, Dec* around (24)
*Add Eyes Now*
12. Dec around (12)
13. Dec around (6)
*Bind off, weave in end*
1. Ch2, Sc 8 into 2nd Ch from hook, or Magic Ring 8 (8). Join with a Slst to beginning Sc.
2. Ch 14
3. HDC 2 in 2nd Ch from hook, and HDC 3x in each Ch across to beginning Ch. Slst to next Sc in circle.
4 – 10. Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you have created 8 tentacles.
*Bind Off, Leave Long Tail for Sewing*
Again, any problems just leave a comment! And don’t forget to add your completed octopi to the the patterns Ravelry page so everyone else can see your awesome creation!