Recently I was asked to make a few crocheted Octopuses for a local NICU. Since this project was near and dear to my heart, I couldn't wait to get started! I know there are probably a multitude a patterns available to make a NICU octopus, but I just wanted to show y'all how I made mine.
- 1 Ball of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream
- Size E (3.50 mm) Crochet Hook
- Hypoallergenic Fiberfill
- Stitch Marker
- Yarn Needle for weaving in ends
- Ch - chain
- Sc - single crochet
- Slst - slip stitch
- St(s) - stitch(es)
- Sc2tog - single crochet two together
This pattern is worked in the round continuously without joining at the end of each round. Instead, place a stitch marker and move it up as you go to mark the first stitch of each round.
Create a magic ring.
Round 1: Ch 1 and 8 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in every st around. (16 sts)
Round 3: *2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in the next st. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 4: *2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around (32 sts)
Rounds 5-10: Sc in every st around. (32 sts)
Round 11: *Sc in the next 2 sts. Sc2tog. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 12: Sc in every st around. (24 sts)
Round 13: *Sc in the next st. Sc2tog. Repeat from * around. (16 sts)
Round 14: Sc in every st around. (16 sts)
Round 15: Sc2tog around. Slst into the first st of this round to join. You're now done using your stitch marker (8 sts)
Now we'll make the eight tentacles!
Ch 35. 2 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each of the next 33 chs. Slst into the next st on the body of the octopus. Repeat this 7 more times. After the last tentacle, you'll slst into the same stitch that your first tentacle is coming out of.
Fasten off leaving a long enough tail to sew shut round 15 of the body. Sew it shut. Weave in end, and .......
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