Free Crochet Octopus Pattern {+ Video Tutorial}


In this post, you will see a free crochet octopus pattern.

This little octopus project is a great way to use up leftover yarns in your yarn stash.

It is also a really fun project that can help you to learn new crochet stitches and techniques.

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An Easy Level Crochet Pattern

The pattern is fairly straight forward and even if you are new to crochet, you will be able to make one.

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The pattern will help you to crochet a circle, decrease and make twirly crochet octopus legs.

There is a video tutorial showing you how to make the octopus legs.

You can view the video tutorial on my YouTube channel here.

Free octopus crochet pattern

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for any advanced beginners.

crochet octopus with tentacles

Free Crochet Octopus Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.


The pattern is written using US crochet terms and abbreviations.

You can find a free PDF of both US and UK terms and abbreviations here.

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Skill Level – Easy

Size –

  • Length = 10 inches
  • Width = 4 inches (the body/head)

Gauge – 12 sts and 10 rounds in 2 inches

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crochet octopus Abbreviations / Crochet Abbreviations List

  • sc – single crochet
  • st – stitch
  • sts – stitches
  • ch – chain –
  • inc – 2 sc in 1 stitch to increase
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • dec – decrease by crocheting the next 2 sc together


Body >

Working in continuous rounds: Using a 2mm hook.

  • 1 st round: 6 sc in a magic ring
  • 2 nd round: 2 sc in each st (12 sts)
  • 3 rd round: *1 sc, 1 inc* x 6 (18 sts)
  • 4 th round: *2 sc, 1 inc* x 6 (24 sts)
  • 5th round: *3 sc, 1 inc* x 6 (30 sts)
  • 6 th round: *4 sc, 1 inc* x 6 (36 sts)
  • 7 th round : *5 sc, 1 inc* x 6 (42sts)
  • 8 th – 16th round: 1 sc in each st (42 sts)
  • 17th round: *5 sc, 1 dec* x 6 (36 sts)
  • 18th – 19th round: 1 sc in each st (36 sts)
  • 20th round: *4 sc, 1 dec* x 6 (30 sts)
  • 21st – 22nd round: 1 sc in each st (30 sts)
  • 23rd round: *3 sc, 1 dec* x 6 (24 sts)
  • 24th – 25th round: 1 sc in each st (24 sts) Start stuffing the body, you will fill it completely later.
  • 26th round: *2 sc, 1 dec* x 6 (18 sts)
  • 27th round: *7 sc, 1 dec* x 2 (16 sts)
  • 28th round: 1 sc in each st (16 sts)

Bottom >

1 st round: 5 sc in a magic ring

2 nd round: 2 sc in each stitch (10 stitches)

3 rd round: *1 sc, 1 inc* x 5 (15 stitches) End with a sl st, cut the yarn but leave enough to sew on to the body.

Finishing + The Legs >

  • Fill the Octopus firmly with the stuffing.
  • Attach the bottom using round 29 >
  • 29th round: work 1 dc in each st around (16sts)
  • Change to a 3mm hook if you want to have thicker tentacles, stay with 2mm if you want slim ones.

This is where the tentacles start:

  • *1 sc, chain around 50 – chain until you have a 22cm long chain, turn, 2 sc in each chain, make sure to use the top loop for the tentacle to curl.
  • 1 sc in next st of the body.
  • 1 sc and then chain again.

The Eyes + Face >

Embroider eyes and mouth in your preferred design.

For the circle eyes – Make 2

  • With your yarn – ch 4 and ss to join in a ring.
  • Round 1 – dc 12 times into the ring.
  • Round 2 – dc twice into every st.
  • Round 3 – *dc twice into 1st st, dc into next st* rep from * to *.
  • Round 4 – *dc twice into 1st st, dc, dc* rep from * to *.
  • Round 5 – *dc twice into 1st st, dc, dc, dc* rep from * to *.
  • Cut yarn and sew in any loose ends.

Stitch the eyes onto the body – where you want them to go and with a different coloured yarn stitch into the middle of the eye from the centre out 8 times.

Then stitch a mouth onto the face – in a smile – using three to four stitches.

You may also like this post – How To Crochet An Octopus For A Preemie.

I love seeing your finished projects!

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