"Toy Octopus"

“Ozzie” the Octopus is cute and fun to make.

“Ozzie” will make a treasured gift for children of any age. Who could resist those big dancing eyes?

Bring fun, and comfort into your children’s lives with your own hands, by creating a toy like this.

Awaken your children’s interest in sea creatures and encourage them to learn more about their environment and preservation of their habitat, while they play.

The life span of a red octopus is approximately two years. The can change color at will and camouflage themselves to avoid predators. Amazingly, they can also alter the texture of their skin so as to blend in with sand etc.

The red octopus is a nocturnal creature who prefers to dine on crabs more than anything else.

“Ozzie” is worked in synthetic 8 ply yarn. His mouth is cut from a piece of black felt, and his eyes may be purchased from a craft shop.

If the terminology used in this pattern differs from what you're used to,check my equivalency tables for easy conversion.

Toy Octopus Pattern

Materials: Red 8ply yarn, 5.00mm crochet hook, 2 eyes, small amount of black felt, sewing needle and black thread, fibre fill.

Measurements: Height – approximately 13cm [5.25ins], Width of body – 9cm [3.5ins], Tentacles – 15cm [6ins] long.

Tension: First 3 rows = 5cm [2ins]

Stitches: Chain, Double Crochet, Treble, Slip Stitch, Half treble, Decrease.

Begin by working 3ch, join with a ss to form a ring.

1st Round: Work 3ch, 15tr into ring, join with ss into 3rd of 3ch.

2nd Round: Work 3ch, 2tr in each tr, 1tr into join, finishing with 1ss into 3rd of 3ch.

3rd Round: Working into back loop of sts only, work 3ch, 1tr into each of 32tr, join with ss into 3rd of 3ch.

4th Round: Work 3ch, * 2tr into next tr, 1tr into next tr, 2tr into next tr. Repeat from * finishing with 1ss into 3rd of 3ch.

5th Round: Work 2ch, 1dc into each st, finishing with ss into 2nd of 2ch.

6th Round: Work * dec, 1dc into each of next 2dc. Repeat from * to end.

7th – 22nd Round: Work 1dc into each st continually. Do not fasten off.


Work 1ch, turn.

1st Row: Working into front loops only, work 1dc into each of next 5sts. Turn.

2nd – 8th Row: Work 1ch, 1dc into each of next 5sts. Turn.

Work 20ch, miss last 2ch, 1dc into 3rd ch from hook, 1dc into each of next 4ch, 1htr into each of next 5sts, 1tr into each of next 5sts, ss into last st on other side of tentacle. Fasten off.

Attach yarn to front loop of dc beside completed tentacle and work the same as 1st tentacle.

Work 6 more tentacles and fasten off.

Stuff “Ozzie” with pieces of fibre fill.


Work round motif same as 1st 3 rows of octopus head, working into both loops of sts throughout. Do not fasten off.

Join motif with a round of dc working into unused back loops of sts under tentacles. Fasten off.

Cut mouth shape from black felt by folding felt in half so that both sides match. Sew in place with needle and thread.

Attach ”Ozzie’s” eyes with craft glue, or stitches depending on how they are made on the back.

If you would like to make more crochet toys, have a look at my butterfly, snake, and puppet patterns.

If you would like to learn how to crochet quickly and easily, my “CROCHET MADE EASY” e-book gives complete step by step instructions and photographs to help you master this beautiful craft, along with tips and information on caring for your finished projects so you may have years of enjoyment from them. More information on my e-book contents page.HAPPY CROCHETING!

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