Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cute Little Octopus Amigurumi


So, in addition to loving doing dishes with a tawashi and puff stitches, I also love octopuses...and amigurumi. I actually decided to learn to crochet because I saw a lot of cute patterns online. There was a certain kind of octopus I always wanted to make, not counting a cthulhu lol, but I could never find exactly what I wanted, so I decided to make my own! I wanted a fat head, stubby little tentacles, and most importantly, the mouth. I took inspiration from the octorocs from Zelda lol. I'm planning on making changes to this to make it look more like an octoroc

Wow, I wish my embroidery skills were better lol

A couple things before I start, all the accessories in the pics, I made, and here's the patterns for the hat and the bows!, but they'll be up soon. I'm in love with the top hat lol. Also, if you don't already use it, you should really learn the invisible decrease. Check it out here! So here we go!



Cute Little Octopus Amigurumi



You will need:
  • 1 skein worsted weight yarn
  • Size G Hook (You can use a size F if you would like, I personally make my amigurumi plushies with a G hook because I think they turn out softer...and cuddlier lol)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Fiber fill
  • Safety eyes, or a small amount of yarn for eyes
  • Place Marker

Gauge
Gauge isn't important for this


Body
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st* around
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts* around
Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts* around
Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts* around
Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts* around
Rnds 8-13: sc in each st around
Rnd 14: *dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 5 sts* around

Sl st in first sc of next round, FO

Bottom
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st* around
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts* around
Rnd 5: *2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts* around
Rnd 6: *2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 sts* around

Sl st in first sc of next round, FO, leaving a long tail for sewing

Mouth
Row 1: Ch 3, sc in second ch and across (a whopping 1 ch lol), turn
Rows 2-13: Ch 1, sc across

At the end of row 13, do not turn, ch1 and sc down the side of the strip (12 or 13 sc), sl st close to the first sc of the first row and FO leaving a long tail for sewing.

Protip: If you think the mouth is too long, then don't sc along the side, I personally thought the mouth was too short without it

Tentacles (Make 6)
Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st* around
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts* around
Rnds 5-8: Sc in each st around

At the end of Rnd 8, sl st in next st and FO leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assembly
Stuff each tentacle lightly, sew closed.

Weave in the short tail from the mouth, then with the longer tail we left for sewing, sew the ends of the strip together, forming a small tube.

Sew the mouth onto the body, (I sewed the bottom of the mouth right above that last row of the body...I hope that gives a good enough idea where to start sewing the mouth), attach eyes (Safety eyes, embroider lines, french knots, whatever you want). Stuff the body, then sew the bottom onto the body...but before you close it completely, make sure its stuffed just the way you want it. When its good to go, continue sewing until closed.

Take the closed tentacles and sew them where the bottom piece meets the body. Make sure the mouth is right in between two tentacles. I had to kind of squish them together to make them all fit, but its not bad at all.

Hide all the ends in the body, and you're done!




Add accessories! Crochet hats, crochet bows, regular bows, all of these are just attached to alligator clips so they're interchangeable, I also don't see why you couldn't sew/glue a little piece of velcro on the back. I think I want to make one wearing a viking hat! Gah, the possibilities are endless!!







10 comments:

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  2. I made my first one yesterday!! It turned out great! Thanks for the instruction on how to make them ;-)

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  3. Yay! I'm so happy yours turned out good! :)

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  4. I think it looks better with the embroidered eyes. Soooooo CUTE!!!!!!!!!

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  5. This is really cute and well written, if I could make just one small suggestion. It would be handy to have a stitch count at the end of the row. Thanks for posting this pattern!

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  6. What's a safety eye? And where can I get these? Are they like beads? PLEASE EXPLAIN! I want to make one ASAP!!! :)

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  7. Hey Brittany, you should be able to get safety eyes at craft stores. I got mine at Joann's, but the Michael's in my area doesn't have them! Of course, you don't HAVE to use them, you could always embroider them. I like using french knots, personally :3

    Anyways...they almost look like screws, they have the eye on one end and you stick it into the plushie, then you take the plastic piece that comes with it and push it onto the back. Once you get your hands on some, you'll know what to do, good luck!

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