Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kawaii Octopus Amigurumi

The perfect little octo

What you need:
Worsted weight acrylic yarn
I used Red Heart Super Saver
A scrap of black acrylic yarn
Size 7 (4.5 mm) hook
Polyester fiber fill
Yarn needle
Clip to keep place

*EDIT 7/31/12
Lately I have been using a F (3.75mm) hook
The finished octo is just about 2 inches tall

Work in continuous rounds
  • Chain 2
  • Round 1: Work 6 sc in first chain
  • Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around - 12 st
  • Round 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around - 18 st
  • Round 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around - 24 st
  • Round 5-10: Sc in each sc around
  • Round 11: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around - 18 st
  • Round 12: *Sc2tog, sc in next st, rep from * around - 12 st
  • Stuff firmly
  • Round 13: Sc2tog around -6 st
  • Sew up end

  • Chain 7
  • sl st into first ch to create ring
  • * ch 9
  • 3 hdc in second chain from hook
  • 3 hdc in each chain
  • sc around center ring
  • repeat from * till you have 8 tentacles, you may need to scrunch tentacles closer together to fit all on the ring

After all eight tentacles are finished your bottom will be kind of ruffly.
To combat this I use the tail from the beginning of the work to do a running 
stitch around the circle to help it lay flat. Use tail from finished end to sew tentacles to body.

Knot and weave in end. Embroider eyes with black yarn. 
I use 3 stitches per eye.

Make in any color combo.

Other ideas:

Zombie- Work first 6 sts in red. Switch to zombie color (greens, grays, and blues are best). Embroider blood and add one dead eye and one crossed eye, or any combo of the two.


Nerd- Use a plain color base and embroider a nerdy pair of glasses.

  Día de Muertos- White body. Use several colors for tentacles. Embroider eyes, nose holes, and decorations in bright colors.

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