Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Crochet Mini Octopus

When I finally started crocheting amigurumi, I found it hard to stop.  This mini octopus crochet pattern is so darling that I knew I needed to start it right away!

Once again, I did not yet have safety eyes when I started this project.  I therefore decided to start by crocheting the legs (rather than the body) so I could get farther along with the project before needing to stop.
I used KnitPicks WOTA Wonderland Heather (16 g total, ~35 yards) and size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook.

I am so glad that you can knit the legs as one piece.  This will make it MUCH easier to finish the project.  This was the most complex crocheting I've ever done, but it was worth it.  Plus now the legs are all orientated evenly.  You can't even tell all the HDC's that I missed along the way.  New stitch!  This is my first HDC!  (At some point I hope to be able to do these stitches without keeping my Encyclopedia of Crochet super close.)  I did the HDC's into the back loop since the pattern didn't specify.  (I don't know what is more standard!)  Just the legs alone took 10 g of yarn!

After row 12, I need saftey eyes to continue, so I waited fro my package to arrive.  I used 8mm safety eyes.  I placed them near the 9th row as it was marked.   So I put the eyes betweein rows 9 and 10, but I sort of wish thatI had placed them between 10 and 11 to have them be a little "shyer."  I decided against adding an embellishment for now, but I may add a little bow at a later date.  


There are so many adorable free octopus knitting patterns (and free squid knitting patterns) out there.   I compiled a list of free squid/octopus crochet patterns before I had even started crocheting.  I have a feeling that I will be making more items from these lists in the future!