This darling plush crochet octopus is an easy crochet pattern, perfect for beginners. You will love your new squishy, soft sea friend. 
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Free Crochet Pattern - Plush Crochet Octopus Amigurumi | Make this adorable and simple crochet octopus plush, the perfect sea friend for any child.

The Boy has been feeling neglected in the crochet arena. He has been asking me to make him something, but I admit I was hesitant. I have made him a few thing before: Muno, a stuffed Sea Turtle and this Button Trapper Hat. However, I completely take it personal when he doesn’t treat these handmade items with the utmost care and respect. You would think my 4-year-old could appreciate the art and work that goes into any crocheted creation (maybe I am asking too much?).

I guess I decided to get over it…kinda. He is a child, after all.  I decided to make him one of his requests, a plush crochet octopus  (not his exact words).

I am not an advanced toymaker by any stretch of the imagination, so this octopus is made very simply with simple construction, so I think it’s a crochet pattern that is perfect for beginners.
And for some reason kids just love playing with all those soft, floppy octopus arms!

Free Crochet Pattern - Plush Crochet Octopus Amigurumi | Make this adorable and simple crochet octopus plush, the perfect sea friend for any child.

PLUSH CROCHET OCTOPUS  – FREE CROCHET PATTERN 

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G hook
-Medium Weight Yarn – 2 Skeins of 1st color (Knit Picks in Dove Heather and Cornflower) + a small amount of black.
Polyfil
Darning Needle

Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Sc2tog– Sc decrease
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – stitch

Gauge: Not important, just make sure your stitches are tight so the stuffing doesn’t show through.

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Plush Crochet Octopus Body: (worked in joined rows, ch 1 does not count as a stitch, so you will be working the first sc  “in the same stitch”)

Begin with Magic Ring using 1st color.
1. Sc 8 in ring (8 sts) Join with sl st.
2. Ch 1. Sc 2 in same st. Sc 2 in each st around. (16 sts) Join with sl st.
3. Ch 1. *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* work 5 times. Sc in last st. (21 sts) Join with sl st.
4. Ch 1. *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st* work 5 times. Sc in last st. (26 sts) Join with sl st.
5. Ch 1. *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st* work 5 times. Sc in last st. (31 sts) Join with sl st.
6. Ch 1. *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st* work 5 times. Sc in last st. (36 sts) Join with sl st.
7. Ch 1. *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st* work 5 times. Sc in last st. (41 sts) Join with sl st.
8. Ch 1. *Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st* work 5 times. Sc in last st. (46 sts) Join with sl st.
9. Ch 1. *Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st* work 5 times. Sc in last st.  (51 sts) Join with sl st.
10. Ch 1.*Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st* work 5 times. Sc in last st.  (56 sts) Join with sl st.
11. Ch 1. *Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st* work 5 times. Sc in last st.  (61 sts) Join with sl st.
12. Ch 1. *Sc in next 11 sts, 2 sc in next st* work 5 times. Sc in last st.  (66 sts) Join with sl st.
13. Ch 1. *Sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in next st* work 5 times. Sc in last st.  (71 sts) Join with sl st.
14. Ch 1. *Sc in next 13 sts, 2 sc in next st* work 5 times. Sc in last st.  (76 sts) Join with sl st.
15. Ch 1. *Sc in next 14 sts, 2 sc in next st* work 5 times. Sc in last st.  (81 sts) Join with sl st.
16. – 32.  Ch 1. Sc in each st around (81 sts). Join with sl st.
33. Ch 1. *Sc in next 8 sts, sc2tog* work 8 times. Sc in last st. (73 sts) Join with sl st.
34. Ch 1. *Sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog* work 8 times. Sc in last st. (65 sts) Join with sl st.
35. Ch 1. *Sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog* work 8 times. Sc in last st. (57 sts) Join with sl st.
36. Ch 1. *Sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog* work 8 times. Sc in last st. (49 sts) Join with sl st.
37. Ch 1. *Sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* work 8 times. Sc in last st. (41 sts) Join with sl st.
Stop. Stuff the head here before moving on.
38. Ch 1. *Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* work 8 times. Sc in last st. (33 sts) Join with sl st.
39. Ch 1. *Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* work 8 times. Sc in last st. (25 sts) Join with sl st.
40. Ch 1. *Sc in next st, sc2tog* work 8 times. Sc in last st. (17 sts) Join with sl st.
41. Ch 1. *Sc in next st, sc2tog* work 5 times. Sc2tog. ( 11 sts) Join with sl st.
42. Ch 1. *Sc in next st, sc2tog* work 3 times. Sc2tog. (7 sts) Cut yarn, leaving a long tail.
Close the remaining hole with a darning needle.

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Arms: (make 8)
Begin with 2nd color. The first small circle is worked the joined rows. The rest of the arm will be worked in continuous rounds.
Magic ring
1. Work 8 sc in ring (8 sts)
2. Ch 1. Sc 2 in same st. Sc 2 in each st around. (16 sts) Join with sl st.
3. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc 2 in next st. *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat all around the circle. (24 sts) Join with sl st.
Tie off.
Join 2nd color at the join with a sl st. Work the 1st st of the round in the next st for a smoother transition.
4. – 14.  Sc in each st around (24 sts)
15. *Sc  in next 6 sts, sc2tog* work 3 times.
16. – 35. Sc in each st around. (21 sts)
36. *Sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* work 3 times. Sc 3. (18 sts)
37. – 38. Sc in each st around. (18 sts)
Leave a long tail.

Eyes: (Make 2)
Start with black.
1. Ch 2. Sc 3 in 1st ch. Start the next sc with same yarn, but finish with blue. Sc 3 with blue. Start the next sc with same yarn, but finish with black. (8 sts) Join with first st.
2. Ch 1. 2 sc in same st. 2 sc in each remaining st. (16 sts). Tie off.

Plush Crochet Octopus Construction: 
Sew the arms on the 35th row, all around the bottom of the octopus head. They should meet corner to corner all around.
Pinch the arm in half at the opening, with your tail on one side or the other. Using that tail, sew the arm in place, both pinching the end of the arm closed as well as sewing in place on the head.

Sew or glue the eyes in place. I used hot glue to attach my eyes.

Free Crochet Pattern - Plush Crochet Octopus Amigurumi | Make this adorable and simple crochet octopus plush, the perfect sea friend for any child.

Free Crochet Pattern - Plush Crochet Octopus Amigurumi | Make this adorable and simple crochet octopus plush, the perfect sea friend for any child.

Free Crochet Pattern - Plush Crochet Octopus Amigurumi | Make this adorable and simple crochet octopus plush, the perfect sea friend for any child.
He was playing with his new crochet octopus today. I caught myself a couple times scolding him for being too rough with it.

You guys! What is wrong with me?!?! 
Am I alone with being super weird about my creations, even when they are gifted to a dear loved one?

Deep breath. Let it go.

Be sure to check out Octsock’s little brother “Octolegs”, the smaller version of this plushy.

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23 Comments

  1. I am so thankful that all of our prayers helped your son heal! Keep your wonderful patterns coming Bethany!

  2. I loved making this for my friend by request! I made a couple tweaks of my own but it turned out great, I would love to show you! Thank you for the pattern!

  3. Thank you for your free crochet patterns. I use them to crochet for charities and your contribution is greatly appreciated.

  4. I just spent 3 days making a soft toy for a niece and she had it ripped apart within an hour.
    I wasn’t angry about it, but I just made a mental note of not making another until she was past the stage of ripping things apart.
    I’m going to make this, it looks great, I’m quite new to crocheting but I think I can manage this.
    Thank you for taking the time to publish this pattern.

  5. I am the same way! I am always upset when my kids don’t treat my amigurumi creations with love and respect. Since they aren’t furry, they usually get tossed baby the wayside quickly. They do live and snuggle with my blankets. But my son loves this octopus, so I plan to try it. Thanks for the pattern!

  6. LOVE the octopus and it looks like your little man is enjoying it! I have made so many things for other people and have had to practice really hard to just let them go…*sniffsniff* I am the same way with my kiddo when he is too rough but now I reframe it as product testing. ;)

    1. I know, it’s so hard! Love your attitude though! I decided I would rather him love it to death than throw it under his bed and never look at it again :)