After finishing my squid I have been thinking of some other sea makes to complete, and decided to make an octopus! Similarly to the squid I didn’t want it to be too cartoony – which was quite a challenge when doing the pattern, but after a few attempts at getting it right and a lot of unraveling and re-writing I have finally got the look I was wanting.
I really couldn’t decide what colour wool to go for, and then came across some wool right at the bottom of my stash which was a mixture of reds, creams, and greys which I thought would be perfect, although it wasn’t until I finished that I knew I had made the right choice! It’s hard to tell how it’s going to come out while you are making it, it’s only once all the stuffing is in you can see how it has come together with the colour choice and I am really happy with it.
For the suckers I decided to do surface stitch ones, as I didn’t want them to stand out too much, however, if you want more of a 3d effect you could do a chain of 10, slip stitch into the starting chain to make a round and then dc another round before fastening off. These would then need to be sewn on to the legs.
This very lovely octopus will soon be off to join his friend the squid and I am sure they will be enjoying a lot of adventures together! Now I will have to think of some more sea creatures to do, maybe a jellyfish or even a shark!
Final size of octopus is 70cm from the top of the head to the end of the front tentacles.
I used 3 100g balls of a chunky knit wool.
For the body:
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 8dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each dc (16)
Round 3-4: dc around (16)
Round 5: 2dc into same stitch, dc. Repeat around (24)
Round 6: 2dc into same stitch, 2dc. Repeat around (32)
Round 7: 2dc into same stitch, 3dc. Repeat around (40)
Round 8: 2dc into same stitch, 4dc. Repeat around (48)
Round 9-10: dc around (48)
Round 11: 30dc, (2dc into same stitch, 2dc) six times (54)
Round 12-13: dc around (54)
Round 14: (2dc into same stitch, 5dc) 4 times, (2dc into same stitch, 3dc) seven times, 2dc (65)
Round 15: dc around (65)
Round 16: 2dc into same stitch, 6dc. Repeat around, dc into last 2dc of the round (74)
Round 17: 2dc into same stitch, 7dc. Repeat around, dc into last 2dc of the round (83)
Round 18-21: dc around (83)
Round 22: dc2tog, 7dc. Repeat around, dc into last 2 dc (74)
Round 23-33: dc around (74)
Round 34: 36dc, (dc2tog, 3dc) rest of round until 3 stitches remain, dc2tog, dc (66)
Round 35: dc around (66)
Round 36: 34dc, (dc2tog, 2dc) rest of round (58)
Round 37: dc around (58)
Round 38: (dc2tog, 8dc) repeat around until 8 stitches remain, dc2tog, 6dc (52)
Round 39-43: dc around (52)
Round 44: (dc2tog, 3dc) 4 times, dc rest of round (48)
Rounds 45-47: dc around (48)
Round 48: 22dc, turn leaving remaining stitches unworked. Now working on these 22 stitches in rows.
Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) dc2tog, 18dc, dc2tog (20)
Row 2-4: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) dc along row (20)
Row 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) dc2tog, 16dc, dc2tog (18)
Row 6: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) dc2tog, 14dc, dc2tog (16)
Row 7: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) dc2tog, 12dc, dc2tog (14)
Row 8-11: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) dc along row
After completing this last row, continue down the sides of the previous rows (11dc) and around the head (26dc) and back up the rows on the other side (11dc). Fasten off with a slip stitch in to the last row.
With the row section facing you, fasten on into last dc on the right.
Round 1: 7dc, ch7 then slip stitch into the first dc to make a round of 14dc. Now working on these 14dc only:
Stuff legs as you go
Round 2-42: dc around
Round 43: (dc2tog, 3dc) 2 times, dc2tog, 2dc
Round 44-50: dc around
Round 51: (dc2tog, 2dc) twice, 3dc
Round 52-59: dc around
Round 60: dc2tog 4 times
Fasten on into the dc to the left of the previously completed tentacle, and complete rounds 1-60 of the first tentacle.
Skip 3dc then Fasten on into the next dc, complete rounds 1-60 of the first tentacle.
Fourth, Fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth tentacles:
Repeat process completed for the second tentacle, leaving the last 3dc unworked after the 8th leg.
Infill piece for base of head:
Make a magic ring ch1, 6dc into ring
Round 1: 2dc into each dc
Round 2: 2dc into same stitch, 1dc. Repeat around
Round 3: 2dc into same stitch, 2dc. Repeat around
Round 4: 2dc into same stitch, 3dc. Repeat around
Round 5: 2dc into same stitch, 4dc. Repeat around
Round 6: dc around
Round 7: 2dc into same stitch, 5dc. Repeat around
Round 8: 2dc into same stitch, 6dc. Repeat around
Round 9: (2dc into same stitch, 7dc) twice, turn leaving remaining stitches unworked
Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 8dc, 2dc Into same stitch, 8dc
Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 18dc
Stuff head and sew closed top of tentacles, next sew the infill piece onto the base of the head, with the row section of the infill piece lining up with the row section on the head. Make sure you add extra stuffing in the row section while sewing this infill piece in.
Eyes – make 2:
Make a magic ring, ch1, 5dc into ring
Round 1: 2dc into each dc
Round 2: 2dc into same stitch, dc. Repeat around
Round 3-4: dc around
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach to octopus
In octopus colour – make two
Row 1: dc into second ch from hook, dc along rest of row
Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog, 6dc, dc2tog
Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch) dc along row.
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach.
Sew white eyes on the side of the head on the flap section, put some padding in while sewing to make them stand out. Then sew the lid over the eye so it covers the top quarter, with the longest side along the eyeball and the shortest onto the octopus flap section.
Finally, ch8, then sew this chain underneath the eyeball.
For the pupil detail sew on a black line onto the cream pupil to make the pupil. Make one long stitch and repeat a few times to make it really stand out.
Surface stitch in dc circles of different sizes at random locations down all legs and also place some in the middle infill section lining up with the legs.