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Octopus Free Crochet Pattern – Ingrid the Octopus Amigurumi

My son Benjamin is drawn to the sea. He absolutely LOVES animals, but sea animals are of particular interest to him. I was immediately excited when he asked me to make him an octopus. It was a welcome challenge. I mean – TENTACLES. Gangly, dangly tentacles. Benjamin was especially excited that she actually has a beak underneath where he can feed her! I’m so excited to get to share this octopus free crochet pattern with you. I hope you love her as much as we do!

Jump right in or PIN her for later!

You can bring her to life in this beautiful octopus free crochet pattern! This pattern is supported by ads on my blog. You can find the 11-page printable, ad-free pattern of Ingrid the Octopus in my Etsy shop here. The printable pattern has MANY more photos (over 40!), tips, and diagrams to help you along the way.

I’d like to introduce you to Ingrid:

Her full name is Ingrid, but friends call her Inky,
She’s classy and quick with a color quite pinky.
She’s known for her confident, bold kind of way
But it wasn’t always like that I daresay

For when she was young, she was ruthlessly teased
For the way she would ink when she was displeased
And many would laugh at her big squishy head
She would approach each new day with anguish and dread

But after some time, she happened upon
An old sea turtle off the coast of Taiwan
The turtle took note of Inky’s mind-state
And quickly set out to set all those lies straight

The old wise sea turtle took her time to explain
That the sea-bully ways come from their own pain
They look for a chance to cause all kinds of mayhem
You just have to learn to take pity on them

She said everybody has something to offer
By listening and caring and loving each other
Every creature is valued and worthy
And all are made with honor and beauty

She left there that day with a renewed state of mind
She felt freedom and hope with her life redefined
She vowed she would stand tall and live out her days
Teaching and sharing all the turtle’s wise ways

And all that it took was that one loving soul
That helped her reclaim all that the bullies had stole
So now Inky is proud and holds the belief
That all are welcome on her side of the reef

Octopus Free Crochet Pattern Notes & Tips:

This Ingrid the octopus free crochet pattern is written in US terms. If needed, you can find a handy term conversion chart right here in my Resource Library. I recommend giving the pattern a read-through before you begin so you can visualize the big picture and consider any specific notes for help along the way! The printable pattern in my Etsy shop comes with LOTS of in-the-making photos (40 of them!) for each step of the way as well.

Size & Gauge:

Size: Ingrid will end up being 18″ from top of head to tip of arm.

Gauge: 4”x4” of single crochet = 28 stitches x 30 rows. Ultimately with toys, gauge doesn’t matter. It won’t have to fit someone’s body or a specific space. My patterns will include the size of the finished toy based on the yarn and hook I use. But if you want it smaller or bigger, just use a bigger yarn and hook! Just remember, when crocheting toys, crochet tightly and choose a hook one size smaller than the yarn size recommends in order to avoid holes between each stitch where the stuffing will show through.

Yarn & Stuffing:

Yarn: Take your choice of yarn! Choose colors that bring you joy and fibers that feel good between your fingers. I use 100% organic cotton yarn because I make these toys for my kids and need them to be functional. Cotton is natural, washable, soft, and relatively inflexible so the toys don’t stretch and sag – even after being thrown across the house, down the stairs and adventured through every part of the garden!

It’s very important for me to use only sustainable and eco-friendly yarn so I feel good about the impact I’m making on the environment with my craft. This is why I choose organic cotton versus conventional cotton.

Stuffing: Stuff more than you think you should. Not enough for the stitches to stretch and show holes, but enough to make the toy stiff and able to withstand the rough trials of toy life. The filling will compress a bit over time. I encourage you to use an alternative to poly-fill (unless it’s recycled!). Try using leftover yarn scraps and snippets or old non-donate-able clothes and materials cut into strips.

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Materials you will need for this crochet pattern:

Abbreviations used in the octopus free crochet pattern:

ch – chain
st – stitch
hk – hook
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
fsc – foundation single crochet
DcBo – double crochet bobble stitch (this pattern uses a 4-DcBo which you can find a video tutorial for in my resource library here)
BLO – back loop only
inc – increase
dec – decrease
(…) x – repeat instructions indicated number
[…] – number of stitches in row/round

The Octopus Free Crochet Pattern:

HEAD:

NOTES:

  • The head is worked in continuous rounds – do not join rounds as you go
  • You will work all the way from the top of the head to the tentacles

Start with pink yarn

Rnd 1: st 6 in a magic circle [6]

Rnd 2: inc in all 6 st [12]

Rnd 3: (sc in next st, inc in next st) x6 [18]

Rnd 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc in next st) x6 [24]

Rnd 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc in next st) x6 [30]

Rnd 6: (sc in next 4 st, inc in next st) x6 [36]

Rnd 7: (sc in next 5 st, inc in next st) x6 [42]

Rnd 8: (sc in next 6 st, inc in next st) x6 [48]

Rnd 9: (sc in next 7 st, inc in next st) x6 [54]

Rnd 10: (sc in next 8 st, inc in next st) x6 [60]

Rnd 11: (sc in next 9 st, inc in next st) x6 [66]

Rnd 12-20: sc in each st around [66]

Rnd 21: (sc in next 9 st, dec in next st) x6 [60]

Rnd 22-23: sc in each st around [60]

Rnd 24: (sc in next 8 st, dec in next st) x6 [54]

Rnd 25-26: sc in each st around [54]

Rnd 27: (sc in next 7 st, dec in next st) x6 [48]

Rnd 28-29: sc in each st around [48]

Rnd 30: (sc in next 6 st, dec in next st) x6 [42]

Rnd 31: sc in each st around [42]

Rnd 32: (sc in next 5 st, dec in next st) x6 [36]

Rnd 33-37: sc in each st around [36]

Rnd 38: (sc in next 8 st, inc in next st) x4 [40]


UPPER TENTACLES:

Now we will begin making the 8 tentacles, continuing to work in the round. Divide the work with stitch markers before you begin to help visualize and execute round 39. To begin placing your stitch markers, count 2 stitches from where you made your final stitch in Rnd 38 and place your first marker there (basically, you will skip the first stitch from where you left off and place your st marker in the 2nd st). Then, count every 5th stitch from there and place a marker. You will have 4 empty stitches in between each stitch marker. Each of these stitch markers holds the stitch where your tentacle chain will branch out from – you will make a sc in the marked stitch, and then make your chain.

There are a lot of stitches in the tentacle rounds and things can get really thrown off if you start to get off count, so count regularly and use lots of stitch markers if needed! If you end up making a mistake on the top, just make sure you make the same mistake on the base so they will match! The printable pattern also includes a color coded diagram of the tentacle stitches because there’s lots of stitches and lots of colors going on!

As you work your way back down the chain in round 39, be sure to crochet in the back bump (aka third loop). If you’ve never done this you can watch my tutorial in the resource library to learn how!

For the chain in round 40, you will be using a foundation single crochet stitch (fsc) which is where you make a chain AND a row of single crochet at the same time. If you haven’t done it before, don’t be deterred – I have a tutorial for that too – watch my tutorial in the resource library.

Also, here are two photos that will help you with Rnd 40:

PHOTO HELP:

  • Pink st marker = st #30 of rnd 39, where you will make your 1st fsc in rnd 40
  • Yellow st marker = st #31 of rnd 39, where you will rejoin rnd 40 to rnd 39
  • Green st marker = st #1 of your fsc/st #33 when you’re counting rnd 41
  • Blue st marker = st #40 of fsc in rnd 40/st #113 when you’re counting rnd 41

PHOTO HELP:

Illustration of what’s going on when you join your fsc in rnd 40, back to rnd 39. You will not crochet in these tiny “v’s” that are created when you make your first fsc in round 40. These are not stitches. You will skip straight from the stitch marked in blue to the stitch marked in yellow making a sc:

Rnd 39: (sc in next 2 st, ch 31, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in the next 30 st of ch, sc in next 3 st of body) x8 [520*]

Rnd 40: (sc in next 32 st, fsc 40, sc in next 73 st**) x8 [1,160***]

*520 st = 60 st for each tentacle, 5 st in between each tentacle

**73 st = 40 st on fsc, 30 st on ch from Rnd 39, and 3 st in body

***1,160 st = 140 st for each tentacle, 5 st in between each tentacle

Rnd 41: (dec in next st, sc in next 143 st) x8 [1,152]

Insert safety eyes between rounds 32 and 33, with a space of 10 stitches. Embroider on eyelids and stuff head firmly.

BASE

Next in this octopus free crochet pattern, you’ll be crocheting the green base. You will be making the tentacle suction cups by crocheting bobble stitches. If you need a reminder on how to crochet a bobble stitch, you can find my video tutorial in the resource library.

BEAK:

Start in green

Rnd 1: st 6 in a magic circle [6]

Rnd 2-3: sc in each st around [6]

Rnd 4: inc in all 6 st [12]

Rnd 5: sc in each st around [12]

Rnd 6: (sc in next st, inc in next st) x6 [18]

Rnd 7: (sc in next 2 st, inc in next st) x6 [24]

Rnd 8: (sc in next 3 st, inc in next st) x6 [30]

Rnd 9: (sc in next 2 st, inc in next st) x10 [40]

Now we will begin making the base of the 8 tentacles, continuing to work in the round. Divide the work with stitch markers just as you did with the upper tentacles after round 38 and continue to work just as you did above. The bobble stitches use blue yarn, so remember to change colors appropriately right before that stitch and changing back to green immediately after. Take a quick reminder on how to properly change colors if needed before you begin. Also, remember to implement all the tips you learned from the upper tentacles including where NOT to stitch and how to properly transition from the first part of the tentacle chains to the second part per photo help above.

TENTACLES & SUCTION CUPS:

Rnd 10: (sc in next 2 st, ch 31, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in the next 30 st of ch, sc in next 3 st of base) x8 [520*]

Rnd 11: ((sc in next 4 st, (4-DcBo in next st, sc in next 3 st) x7, fasten off gray, fsc 40, sc in next st, (4-DcBo in the next st, sc in the next 3 st) x17), 4-DcBo in the next st, sc in next 3 st)) x8 [1,160**]

Rnd 12: (dec in next st, sc in next 143 st) x8 [1,152]

*520 st = 60 st for each tentacle, 5 st in between each tentacle

**1,160 st = 140 st for each tentacle, 5 st in between each tentacle

Fasten off. Pop the beak to the inside.

JOINING TOP AND BASE:

Join the upper tentacles to the base tentacles/suction cups with the wrong sides together. Using MANY stitch markers, count and join the pieces, making sure the stitches line up correctly. I suggest this by matching up the tentacle tips first (stitch #70), and place stitch markers every so often as you count back down to the “V” between the tentacles.

Using pink, rejoin the yarn using a slip knot. Insert your hook from top to bottom (ie. upper tentacle on top, base on bottom) and single crochet in each st around. Fasten off and weave in end.

TIPS FOR JOINING:

  • If you realize, as you’re joining the top and base, that you’re stitch counts are different on each, you can correct it by either working an increase stitch or a decrease stitch in the area where it doesn’t match
  • For a decrease: Insert your hook into the first stitch of the upper tentacle (do not insert it into the base), yarn over, and draw up a loop. Now, insert your hook into the next stitch of the upper tentacle AND into the appropriate stitch on the tentacle base and complete your sc.
  • For an increase: Insert your hook into the upper tentacle and the tentacle base and complete your sc. Next, insert your hook into the next stitch on your upper tentacle, and into the SAME tentacle base stitch you used in your last single crochet, and complete another sc.
  • Join the pieces, wrong sides together. Start with the tentacle tips, then count your stitches down towards the “v” between the tentacles. Here is where you will discover whether or not your stitch counts are off on the top or base and can use the increase or decrease correction method described above.
  • Insert your hook from upper tentacle into base tentacle (pink first, then green) and single crochet all the way around.

CORAL REEF HEADBAND:

HEADBAND:

For the headband, you will crochet in rows. Chain 1 and turn at the end of each row as specified.

Rnd 1: fsc 70, ch 1, turn [70]

Rnd 2-8: sc across, ch 1, turn [70]

Fasten off. Twist the headband and sew the ends together.

CORAL REEF HEADBAND ACCESSORIES:

KELP: In green, make 3 different sizes (small, medium, large)

Rnd 1: st 4 in a magic circle [4]

large: Rnd 2-12: sc in each st around [4]

medium: Rnd 2-8: sc in each st around [4]

small: Rnd 2-6: sc in each st around [4]

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

ANEMONES: Make 5 in light blue

Rnd 1: st 4 in a magic circle [4]

Rnd 2: inc in each st around [8]

Rnd 3: BLO sc in each st around [8]

Rnd 4: sl st in each st around [8]

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

CORAL: Make 2 – 1 purple & 1 yellow

Rnd 1: st 4 in a magic circle [4]

Rnd 2-5: inc in each st around [80 st after rnd 5]

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

BARNACLES: Make 6 in light green

Rnd 1: st 4 in a magic circle [4]

Rnd 2: inc in each st around [8]

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

BULB: Make 2 in light purple

Rnd 1: st 4 in a magic circle [4]

Rnd 2: inc in each st around [8]

Rnd 3: (sc in next 2, dec in next st) x2 [4]

Rnd 4: sc in each st around [4]

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Sew coral reef parts to the headband, beginning with the kelp sewn into the twist of the headband, which allows it to stick straight up:

You did it! I hope you loved this octopus free crochet pattern. If you’ve made Ingrid, I would love to see your version of her! Please post a photo on instagram and tag me @offthebeatenhook!

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