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. 

MATERIALS 

STITCHES USED 

  • Ch - chain 
  • Sc - single crochet 
  • Slst - slip stitch 
  • St(s) - stitch(es)
  • Sc2tog - single crochet two together 

NOTE 

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. 

PATTERN 

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 .......

Ta-da!!! 

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