Friday, March 7, 2014

How to make a Crochet Octopus by Crochet Geek



Crochet Octopus

Crochet Geek will demonstrate a crochet octopus. This octopus is worked with 3 colors of four ply worsted weight yarn and a size H, 5 millimeter crochet hook. Subscribe Today for free crochet lessons - http://goo.gl/DxXpTr & hit the like button.  This is a flexible pattern that can be worked with different size crochet hooks and yarn.

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Written by Teresa Richardson
+CROCHET GEEK 
Video Tutorial:  
Crochet Octopus

Video Tutorial: Crochet Octopus Left Hand

Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch

SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease

Materials
Size H/5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn worsted weight yarn
Tapestry Needle

Stuffing or Fiberfill - If you don't have access to stuffing, look around your home to see what you can recycle. Old clothing will work as a filling.

Continual Round - We are working in the continual round so you will want a stitch marker to mark the approximate location of the first stitch. I just use scrap yarn tails.  To work this technique, you will put your hook below the two loops of the first stitch and continue working stitches. You will not join.  This technique eliminates seams that occur with joining rounds.Don't worry about exact counts and alignment, as the stitches will shift when you are working in one direction. If  your count is off, just work how ever many increase stitches you need to catch up.  This is a forgiving pattern so the count does not have to be exact.

Single Crochet Decrease - Work the decrease using the front loop only.  This will provide a nicer and more evenly distributed decrease.  If you have a better way to decrease, use it instead. The front loop technique is putting your hook below the front loop only, wrap the yarn over pull through, you will have two loops on your hook. Put your hook through the next loop, wrap the yarn over pull through. There are three loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over pull through all three loops.

Rounded Body

Chain 3, join
Round 1: Work 6 SC through the chain

Round 2:  *1 SC, 2 SC, complete 3 times total from * (9 single crochet total)
Round 3: *work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 single crochet in the next stitch. complete 3 times total from * (12 single crochet total)
Round 4: work 2 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total)
Round 5: work 1 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total)
Round 6: *work 1 SC, 2 SC, continue around from * (36 single crochet total)
Round 7 - 15: work 1 SC in each stitch around (36 single crochet total)
Round 16: *Work 1 SC, SC DEC, continue around from * (24 single crochet total)
Round 17: work 1 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total)
Round 18: working in the front loop only, work a Single Crochet, Double Crochet and Half Double Crochet in each loop around. Join with the beginning stitch.  This is an edging around the bottom.

Upon completion, cut the yarn and secure.  You will need yarn for sewing the body and under belly together so you may want to pull through some extra yarn.

Under Belly
Round 1: Work 6 SC through the chain

Round 2:  *1 SC, 2 SC, complete 3 times total from * (9 single crochet total)
Round 3: *work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 single crochet in the next stitch. complete 3 times total from * (12 single crochet total)
Round 4: work 2 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total)
Round 5: work 1 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total)
Round 6: *work 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 SC in the next stitch, continue around from * (30 single crochet total)
Round 7: work 1 SC in each stitch around (30 single crochet total)

Upon completion, cut the yarn and secure.  You will need yarn for sewing the body and under belly together so you may want to pull through some extra yarn.

Arm - Make 8
Work a chain 2.
Round 1: work 6 SC through the first chain (6 single crochet total)
Round 2 - 5: working in the continual round, work 1 SC in each stitch around, (6 single crochet total)
Round 6: *Work 2 SC in the next stitch, 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches. Complete twice from * (8 single crochet total)
Round 7 - 20: Work 1 SC in each stitch around, (8 single crochet total)

 Work single crochet through both sides to close off. Cut yarn and secure. I chose not to stuff my arms.  However if you prefer to stuff yours, this should be done before closing off.  I made my arms, sewing them in random shapes.

Eye - Make 2
The eye is made with 2 colors
Round 1: With the first color, work a chain 2, work 6 single crochet through the first chain, join, cut the yarn and secure.
Round 2: Attach the second color. Work 2 SC in each stitch around (12 single crochet total)
Round 3: Work 1 SC in each stitch around, (12 single crochet total)
Cut and secure yarn.  You may want to cut a little extra yarn for sewing to the body.
You may want to lightly stuff the eye before sewing to the body. 

Sew the eyes to the body before closing up so you can hide the tails on the inside.

The arms will be sewn between the body and under belly. I found attaching them to the body first worked better.  Then I stuffed the body and sewed the underbelly to the body.

Make sure all your tails are knotted and secure so your piece does not come apart.





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