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Octopus Amigurumi for Boy and Girl Preemies - Free Crochet Pattern by Nicki's Homemade Crafts #crochet #octopus #preemies #premature #babies #girl #boy #red #blue #smile #cute #adorable #octopuses #octopi #crochet #pattern #freeThis free crochet pattern is an Octopus Amigurumi for Boy and Girl Preemies. Which means the octopus pattern is designed and organized such that you can make a male and female version of this wonderfully easy pattern.

Recently, the crochet octopus came into the news, because hospitals are asking for donations of octopus with spiral tentacles as they are thought to represent the umbilical cord for premature babies. They love snuggling with those octopus stuffed animals that are crocheted.

Of course, there are several things you will need to know and be aware of when crocheting these octopuses.

First, the octopuses need to be crocheted with 100% cotton yarn only, because the hospitals need to be able to wash them in high temperatures and cotton yarn is just the best yarn for those circumstances. Also you must use anti-allergenic polyfill.

Technically my octopuses are a bit larger than usually accepted. If you use a smaller hook then mine, you should be able to meet the safety standard on the size. Also make sure no fur, odor or hair is on them.

They also need to be washed at high temperature before giving them to the NICU. Make sure you call your local NICU at the Hospital before dropping of these octopuses, to confirm you follow their standards.

I do not guaranty that my pattern meets the standard, neither do I assume any liability if something happens with the babies when they were given to them.

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Furthermore, you cannot use any plastic eyes or embellishments or accessories on the crocheted octopuses as those can be easily swallowed and provide a chocking hazard!

Finally, be sure to use a small or large enough hook (to make it comfortable while crocheting) that does not create any holes when making your stitches. You do not want any of the polyfill content of the amigurumi to escape while using or washing it. That can also be dangerous for babies.

Now, that you know the basics of how to crochet a save to use octopus, let me tell you that I created for you a complete step by step video tutorial of every part of the pattern. Of course, that makes the video a bit longer, but so worth watching it.

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So let me know get started and tell you what you will need in order to crochet these awesome male and female octopuses.

How to crochet an Octopus for boy and girl preemies

Material List:

Stitches used (US terms):

Click HERE to learn these basic stitches

  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • inc = increase
  • dec = decrease
  • flo = front loop only
  • ch = chain

Gauge:

4 sc x 5 rows = 1 square inch

Final Size:

14.5 (height of head and tentacles together) x 4 (diameter) inches

If you use a smaller hook, the size will be smaller and possibly meet the safety standard. No guaranty though.

Instructions:

I will write the girl yarn colors in parenthesis so you will know exactly what I used for which part of the pattern.

Start with the Azure (Blush) yarn

You will work in continues rounds, so be sure to use a stitch marker!

Round 1: Make a magic ring and add 8 sc’s to the center, close up the hole (8 sts)

Round 2: 2 sc’s in each st all around (16 sts)

Round 3: *1 sc, 1 sc inc, repeat from * all around (24 sts)

Round 4: *1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc inc, repeat from * all around (32 sts)

Round 5: *[1 sc] 3 times, 1 sc inc, repeat from * all around (40 sts)

Round 6: *[1 sc] 4 times, 1 sc inc, repeat from * all around (48 sts)

Round 7 – 21: *1 sc in st all around (48 sts)

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Round 22: *[1 sc] 4 times, 1 sc dec in the flo, repeat from * all around (40 sts)

Round 23: *[1 sc] 3 times, 1 sc dec in the flo, repeat from * all around (32 sts)

Round 24: *[1 sc] 2 times, 1 sc dec in the flo, repeat from * all around (24 sts)

Round 25: *1 sc, 1 sc dec in the flo, repeat from * all around (16 sts)

You should add the polyfill now. Do not over stuff it as you do not want the stitches create gaps to make the polyfill appear!

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Round 26: *1 sc dec in the flo all around (8 sts)

Now use a tapestry needle and sew the hole closed. Be sure to watch my video tutorial below, so you can see exactly how I did it. Fasten off and weave in the end.

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Crocheting the tentacles of the Octopus

Now, attach the Aqua (Rose) yarn with a slip stitch to the just closed up area.

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{**Row 1: Ch 60, 1 sc in the second ch from the hook, 2 sc’s in the rest of the chains

Slip stitch 1/4 over (imaging a circle where the 4 corners are 4 tentacles)

Repeat from** 3 more times.

Fasten off the yarn, weave in the ends.}

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Next, attach the Denim (Red) yarn a bit further in of the circle of the tentacles that was just created.

Repeat between the {} 4 times.

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Crocheting the eyes and sewing them and the mouth on the head of the octopus

Start with the black yarn and make two eyes suing the instructions below

Round 1: Make a magic ring and add 8 sc’s to the center, close up the hole, sl st to the first st (8 sts), cut a longer piece of yarn as the yarn end

Weave in the inner yarn end that helped close the hole of the magic ring.

Sewing on the Eyes

Using the outer yarn end and a tapestry needle, sew on the eyes evenly next to each other by going thru the back loop only.

For the girl, also add 3 different sized eyelashes to the eyes as the pictures show.

Now, use on the yarn ends of the eyes and weave it thru to the place where one of the mouth corners is. Now sew a smiling mouth to the octopuses’ head.

Fasten off and weave in all the rest of your ends.

You are now done creating your awesome octopus you can donate to hospitals around the world to support and provide comfort to boy and girl premature babies.

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