As promised, here is the updated pattern for my Mini Octopus's. In this version I have added eye placement instructions and a new way to make the tentacles all in one piece. If you would like the old version (making tentacles individually) please see this page :)
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 (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!
. Although I am English, 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
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 around (24)
6. *Sc 3, Inc* around (30)
7-11. Sc around (30) *Mark End Of Row 9 For Shy Looking Eye Placement :)*
12. *Sc 3, Dec* around (24)
*Add Eyes Now*
13. Dec around (12)
14. 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.
Repeat from Round 2, 7 more times, to make 8 tentacles.
It's gonna get a bit tight squeezing them HDC's over the SC's, but they will all fit in!
If you wanted, say, 7 tentacles instead, just swap the 8 in the beginning round for a 7 and repeat Round 2 and 3, 7 times.
. Sew the tentacle piece to the bottom of the body.
. Add little button (if required). I've also seen these octopus's with Mini Top Hats and even tiny flowers instead of a button :)
I hope them instructions were abit easier than the last ones. I find it saves alot of time not having to sew all the tentacles on :)