Adorable Crochet Octopus for Preemies – Free Pattern!

Who knew an octopus could be so adorable!

Yes, when we think of super cute creatures, we probably don’t have octopus on the list. But one look at this irresistible little octopus will quickly change your mind.

While this is a fun project for anyone — to give away as a gift to babies and toddlers or to add to your own collection of little crochet critters — these little octopi are especially helpful for premature babies in hospitals who are drawn to their curly tentacles and find comfort.

Designer Cheryl of Crochet 365 Knit Too is the creator of this wonderful and free pattern. She gives you the full details on exactly why these little toy octopi are both captivating and beneficial for preemies. She also links to a very informative article you can read for even more info.

Not only that, but when you visit her blog, you’ll find a complete written pattern that will guide you to success from start to finish. She also offers some guidelines and suggestions if you’d like to make these crochet octopi to donate to your local hospital. Yes, indeed, this is a fun and worthwhile project and you can get started today!

Click here to get the free pattern at Crochet 365 Knit Too

Additionally, you may want to check out this Facebook group — Octopus for a Preemie – US — to find out more about the standards and specifications for crocheting octopi for preemies and donating to hospitals. Plus get lots of tips and pointers and guidance from fellow crocheters who have taken on this worthy cause! There’s also a UK group; Octopus for a Preemie – UK.

And if you’re new to crocheting the curly cues that will become the tentacles of the octopus, these video tutorials may help you! Check them out below.

Here’s a tutorial by B.Hooked Crochet

Here’s another tutorial; this one is by bobwilson123.

And for even more free patterns and tutorials for all kinds irresistible little creatures — including many amigurumi projects — check out some of our favorites right here at Crochet Maze!

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  1. becky

    my tentacles on the octopus don’t twirl like yours does what am I doing wrong.

    • Becky, thanks for your comment. I’ve added a couple of tutorial videos to the post that demonstrate how to crochet the kind of curly cues that are used for the octopus’ tentacles. I hope this is helpful! 🙂

  2. hi l am trying to find pattern for octopus for premme babies but having no joy
    regards sue ridge

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