Cheeky the Octopus

Dec 15, 2005
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by Melinda Fisher

Introduction

Cheeky the Octopus

Cheeky started her life as an ill-fated, unidentified insect but was destined to morph into the beautiful, hot-pink octopus that she is today. As an aspiring fashion expert, she is absolutely thrilled to be hired as the official Crochet Me mascot!

I chose Cheeky as my first published pattern for several reasons. She is made of simple shapes that beginners can master. These shapes are easily manipulated to the crocheter's liking just by adding or subtracting rows. Yarn choices will determine color and texture (and that is definitely not limited in any way). Who wouldn't want to make her? Who wouldn't want to receive her as a gift? I really don't need to say any more.

Materials List

  • Color A: 4 ounces of Bernat Baby Boucle (Prettiest Pink)
  • Color B: 2 ounces of Lion Brand Baby Soft (Pink)
    (Colors A and B will be doubled up to make the body)
  • Color C: 1 ounce of Bernat Baby Boucle (Antique White)
    (Will be doubled up with B to make the underbelly, and will be used for the poof of hair)
  • Color D: about 1 ounce of sport weight yarn (red acrylic)
    (For the cheeks and the tentacle suctions)
  • Color E: a few yards of yarn for the eye embroidery and the mouth (sport-weight black acrylic)
  • 12 ounces of Polyester Fiber-Fill
  • 6.0mm (size J) crochet hook: Used to make the Head, Legs, Hair Puff and Belly
  • 4.0mm (size G) crochet hook: Used to make the Eyelashes, Mouth, Cheeks and Suctions
  • Tapestry or yarn needle

Gauge

13 stitches and 14 rows = 4" (10cm).

Notes

Placing a marker at the beginning of each round will help you keep track of the number of stitches and rounds worked.

A side note about gauge: Unless you need the finished product to be the same exact size as mine, the gauge isn't important. What is important is that you create a fabric that isn't very holey (you don't want the stuffing to show through). It is best if there is practically NO drape to the fabric -- stiff and sturdy is great in this case. So, really, you can use whatever size yarn, hook and gauge you like. It is definitely a good idea to make a swatch to make sure that your combination of materials will work.

The Pattern

Head (worked in a spiral)

Base: Ch 2. Work 8 sc in the first ch.

Round 1: Work 2 sc in each st all the way around. (16 sts total)

Round 2: Work *2 sc in next st, sc in the next st. Repeat from * 7 more times. (24)

Round 3: Work *2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * 7 more times. (32)

Round 4: Work *2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * 7 more times. (40)

Round 5: Work *2 sc in the next st, sc in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from * 7 more times. (48)

Round 6: Sc in each st around. (48)

Rounds 7 -15: Repeat round 6. This is where you can make her body shorter or taller. If you want a shorter body simply work fewer rows. If you want a longer body just keep going around until it is the length that you would like.

Leg #1

The legs will be made directly onto the body so that there will be no sewing involved.

Base: Sc in each of the next 6 sts, ch 10, sc into the 15th st from the hook (working back into the 6 sts just worked) to form a loop.

Round 1: Sc in each st around loop. (15 sts total)

Round 2: Repeat round 1.

Round 3: Work *sc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 sc in the next st. Repeat from * once more, sc in the next st. (17)

Round 4: Work *sc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in the next st. Repeat from * once more, sc in the next st. (19)

Round 5: Sc in each st around. (19)

Rounds 6-9: Repeat round 5. Again, if you want shorter legs, take off a couple rows right here, then go right to row 10. If you want longer legs, add more rows. Also, one design idea that might be fun here would be to make striped legs.

Photo 1Round 10: Sc in each of the next 8 sts, dec, sc in each of the next 9 sts. (18)

Round 11: Sc in each of the next 15 sts, dec, sc in the next st. (17)

Round 12: Sc in each of the next 3 sts, dec, sc in each of the next 12 sts. (16)

Round 13: Sc in each of the next 9 sts, dec, sc in each of the next 5 sts. (15)

Round 14: Work *dec, sc in the next st. Repeat from * 4 more times. (10)

Round 15: Work *dec. Repeat from * 4 more times. (5)

Round 16: Work dec, sc into the next st, dec, sl st into the next st, finish off.

The photo at right shows what you might have at this point (that is if you followed my instructions step by step).

Legs #2-8

Photo 2Pull a loop of yarn through the stitch that is at the bottom-left base of the first leg (see photo, right).

Sc into the next st over from that, sc into the next 5 sts, ch 10, sc into the 15th st from the hook (working back into the 6 sts just worked) to form a loop (see Photo 3, below).

Now repeat rows 1-16 from the first leg. Continue adding legs as you go around the body. Photo 4 (below) shows what the combination of heads and arms will look like.

  
Photo 3                                          Photo 4

The tentacle suctions, mouth, cheeks, and eyelashes are much easier to add before you add stuffing and finish off the belly. Not only does this make your job easier, it will look much more professional. Use your yarn or tapestry needle to sew all of these pieces onto the head and arms.

Tentacle Suctions (make 8)

Ch 2. Work 10 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook.

Row 1. Work *sc in next st, 2 sc in the next st. Repeat from * 4 more times. Sc in the next st, sl st in next st. Finish off leaving an 8" tail to use for sewing. Add a suction to the end of each tentacle.

Mouth

Ch 20. Finish off leaving an 8" tail for sewing.

Cheeks

Ch 2. Work 8 sc in the first ch.

Round 1: Sc in each of the next 8 sc, sl st, in next st. Finish off leaving a 6" tail for sewing.

Hair Puff (make as many as you would like)

Ch 5. Sc in the fifth ch from the hook to form a loop.

*Loosely ch 8, twirl the ch that you have just made, sc into the ch-5 loop. Repeat from * 7 more times (or as many times as you would like if you want a fuller hair puff.

Belly

Photo 5Pull loop through stitch between any two legs (see photo, right), ch 1. Working into the first leg (to your left if you are right-handed, to your right if you are left-handed), *sc in each of the next 4 sts, dec, sc in each of the next 4 sts, sc in the st between the next set of legs. Repeat from * 7 more times (80 sts total).

Round 1: Work *dec, sc in each of the next 3 sts, dec, sc in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * 7 more times (64).

Round 2: Work *dec, sc in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * 15 more times (48).

Round 3: (Now is a good time to switch colors if you would like the belly to be a different color. Also, start to add the fiber-fill, pack it in until you get as much squishiness or firmness as you like). Work *dec, sc in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from * 7 more times (40).

Round 4. Sc in each of the next 2 st, *dec, sc in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * 6 more times , sc in each of the next 2 sts (32).

Round 5. Sc in each of next 3 sts, *dec, sc in each of next 2 sts. Repeat from * 6 more times (24).

Round 6. Work *dec, sc in the next st. Repeat from * 7 more times (16).

Round 7. Work *dec. Repeat from * 7 more times (8).

Round 8. Work *dec. Repeat from * 3 more times (4).

Round 9. Work dec, dec, sl st and finish off.


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Freddie wrote
on Jan 17, 2007 9:02 PM
Thank you for the lovely octopus!! I have some terry yarn that I am going to make her in for the anticipated birth of my second GREAT
grandbaby, this time a girl. Thank God for his goodness.

Freddie

Cora Shaw@2 wrote
on Jun 20, 2009 4:51 PM

Hmmm another octopus. I have been threatening my husband I am going to make him one. Love this one!

Cora