Crochet Octopus


"Crochet an adorable Crochet Octopus for a Preemie, an older child or even for yourself! Backstory: I read an article about how infants in the intensive care unit find comfort wrapping their fingers into the curly tentacles of a crochet octopus. It reminds them of the umbilical cord in their mother's womb! I loved this but was not a fan of the crochet octopus I found in the story, so I designed my own! Please note: if you are concerned about the safety of safety eyes, please embroider instead. To donate, please contact your local hospital to get their requirements."


Crochet HookC/2 or 2.75 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

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These also make great car toys. I found that out after I caught my kitten stealing one. It's one of her favorites now.

This is an adorable stuffed companion. It is important to know that some hospitals or groups who give out these type of comforts for preemies have specific rules about them. I'm sure this includes type of yarn, length of tentacles and eyes (which may have to be embroidered). I think my nearly three year old granddaughter would like one of these.

This is a really interesting post. Having these in the crib with the preemie babies provides them something to tug at instead of the medial tubes. Not only is this a snuggie for the baby but it will probably keep him or her safe. This would be a keep sake for our family if we were ever in need of such an item. These would be for our church mothers to make and donate to the local hospital.

I have not made this Crochet Octopus pattern yet, but it sounds like it should work out. I I have made all of my Grandkids a Octopus when they were babies and they still have it. A great first stuffed toy. I like the back story on how this pattern got started and it sure fit my story as well. I don't use the safety eyes for baby toys, I always crochet small circles. Better safe then sorry... Anyways thank you for sharing this free crochet octopus pattern.

This is so sweet, and I love the Curly Cue legs (arms?). This would be a great project for my Beginning students because it uses the simplest amigurumi form (a crocheted ball), and adds those marvelous curly cues. I love how the designer uses the variegated yarn for one of the examples. It reminds me of a multicolored cephalopod I saw in a recent nature documentary.

This pattern looks well written and easy to follow. Great idea for the little ones. I would embroider the eyes as well, even for toddlers. The little ones have more strength than you realize and they would be pulling those eyes off in a minute. Rather have them pull on the legs which are made for that. Thank you for the pattern.

A cute baby toy or could work for someone of any age that likes to collect all thing octopus. The rainbow colored yarn used for the one pictured reminds me of a mermaid that I saw crocheted once. Love the back story that goes along with this pattern.

I think this is a fabulous idea. I did not know this kind of thing was something that babies in the NICU so badly needed! I applaud the Dad for taking the steps to make this happen for so many other babies in need. Personally, I haven't worked with safety eyes in any of my projects, but for preemies I would rather embroider the eyes so I can sleep soundly at night knowing I did not cause any harm.


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