Amigurumi Squid

Apr 5, 2008
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Author

Katherine Gleason

Introduction

Cephalopods are my favorite kind of animal; they're the most intelligent invertebrates, and their eyes are comparable to human eyes. Plus, their blood is blue-green! For the more zoologically inclined, they're actually members of the mollusk phylum, with clams and snails. I thought a cuttlefish might be a bit ambitious, but a squid seemed relatively easy, and I couldn't find any patterns of them online. To that end, I made my own! His name's Calvin, and he's the sweetest squid a girl could ask for!

The pattern includes some texture on the arms, but I'm not sure how it would look in solid-colored yarn - the multicolored yarn makes it a little hard to see.

Materials List

  • Size F/3.75 mm hook
  • Worsted weight yarn (any color!)
  • 2 buttons, plus needle & thread (or yarn, depending on size of buttons)
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • yarn needle

Finished Size

About 14" (36 cm) from head to tip of tentacles, about 3 1/2" (9 cm) across the fins, body is about 2 1/2" (6 cm) in diameter, arms & tentacles are about 1/2" (1 cm) in diameter; Size may vary if different yarn/hook size used and number of repeated rounds per part

Gauge

stitches should be tight - other yarn weights/hook sizes could be easily substituted, as long as stitches are tight enough to prevent stuffing from showing/falling out!

Notes

All rounds worked without joining unless otherwise noted - use a stitch marker to keep track of rounds

ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
blo = back loop only
fpsc = "front post" single crochet - insert hook from front around post of sc below, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook
sc dec = sc decrease - same as sc 2 tog - insert hook in next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook in 2nd stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 3 loops on hook
dc = double crochet

st = stitch/stitches

Starting the fins

The fins are worked only every other row, because you basically do 2 rows of fin every other round. If you're stuck on how to get them started: after you do the chain 2, you have to turn the work around and sc in the second ch from your hook (the first ch stitch you made). Then you sc again in the second sc from the starting round (there should be 2 sc in each of the first 2 sc of the starting round - 4 sc in this round of the body). You repeat the same thing in the next sc - sc once, do the ch 2 with sc, sc again (in the 3rd sc of the starting round) - and finish the round with 2 sc (which should be in the 4th and last sc of the starting round). At the end of the round, you should basically have a small, cone shaped bit (which will become the body) with two small things sticking out from the sides (which will become the fins - and they aren't really evenly spaced on either side of the body, they sit a little bit towards the front). For the next round ("Round 2") you don't have to worry about the fins, just crochet around the body with the increases.

The Pattern

Body

ch 2, sc 4 into second chain from hook - DO NOT JOIN!
Round 1: sc 2 in next sc, *sc in next sc, ch 2, sc in second ch, sc in same sc (next to "sc in next sc"), repeat from * once, sc 2 in next sc (8 st around, plus 1 sc off sides - these will become the fins) **See the "Notes" section for extra help with starting the fins**
Round 2: (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) 2 times, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) 2 times (12 st around)
Round 3: sc in next 4 sc, *sc in sc & ch of fin, ch 1, turn, sc in 2 sc of fin*, sc in next 5 sc, repeat from * to *, sc in final 3 sc (12 st around + 2 st in each fin)
Round 4: sc in next 4 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) 2 times, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc (15 st around)
Round 5: sc in next 5 sc, *2 sc in fin, ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc of fin*, sc in next 7 sc, repeat from * to *, sc in last 3 sc (15 st around + 3 in each fin)
Round 6: (sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 3 times (18 st around)
Round 7: sc in next 6 sc, *3 sc in fin, ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc of fin*, sc in next 8 sc, repeat from * to *, sc in last 4 sc (18 st around + 4 in each fin)
Round 8: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc (21 st around)
Round 9: sc in next 7 sc, *sc in 4 of fin, ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc of fin*, sc in next 9 sc, repeat from * to *, sc in next 5 sc (21 st around + 5 in each fin)
Round 10: (sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 3 times (24 st around)
Round 11: sc in next 8 sc, *sc in 4 of fin, sl st in last sc, ch 1, turn, sc in 3 of fin*, sc in next 10 sc, repeat from * to *, sc in next 6 sc (24 st around + dec to 3 in each fin)
Rounds 12-26: sc in each sc; after last round, sl st in next sc, fasten off (24 st around; 15 rows or desired length)

Sew on button eyes (it's easier at this point!)

Arms (make 8)

ch 2, 3 sc in second ch from hook
Round 1: 2 sc in each sc around (6 st)
Round 2: sc in each sc around (6 st)
Round 3: sc in next 2 sc, sc in blo, sc in next 3 sc (6 st)

Rounds 4-23: repeat row 3 for 20 rounds or desired length; after last round, sl st in next sc, fasten off

Tentacles (make 2)

ch 2, 2 sc in second ch from hook
Row 1: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in second sc (3 st)
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc (5 st)
Row 3: ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, repeat from * across (8 st)
Row 4: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc (10 st)
Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc across (10 st)
Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc dec, sc in next 6 sc, sc dec (8 st)
Row 7: ch 1, turn, sc in next sc, fpdc in next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1 , sl st in next 2 sc, ch 1, dc in next sc, fpdc in next sc, sc in next sc (8 st + 2 ch)
Row 8: turn, sl st across to sl st from previous row, sc in 2 sl st of row 7 (2 st + 4 sl st)
Row 9: ch 1, turn, sc in 2 sc, turn, fpsc aound 2 sc of row 8 (4 st; use stitch marker to begin marking rows)
Round 10: 2 sc in first sc of row 9, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc (6 st)
Rounds 11-40: sc in each sc around for 30 rows or to desired length (6 st)

Round 41: sc around, sl st, fasten off

Bottom

ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook, sl st in first sc
Round 1: ch 1, *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in ch 1 (9 st)
Round 2: ch 1, *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in ch 1 (12 st)
Round 3: ch 1, *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in ch 1 (15 st)
Round 4: ch 1, *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in ch 1 (18 st)
Round 5: ch 1, *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in ch 1 (21 st)

Round 6: ch 1, *sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in ch 1, fasten off (24 st)

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Finishing

  • stuff tentacles & sew to center of bottom
  • stuff arms & sew around circumference of bottom
  • stuff body & begin sewing on bottom
  • when body & bottom are nearly sewn together, finish stuffing and sew up seam between body & bottom
  • weave in ends
  • think of a cute name!
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Comments

on Apr 6, 2008 5:13 AM

I adore your squid! What are the two flat flipper like things at the bottom of two of his tentacles called?

mad for crochet!

photigrapes wrote
on Apr 9, 2008 8:05 PM

Thanks! :-) I've seen one diagram that called them "clubs", but I've never really heard them called anything other than "the things at the end of the tentacles".

Duckwa wrote
on Apr 20, 2008 5:59 AM

I love you for making this pattern!. I adore Cephalopods, so I'm making one for me and one for my 2 year old cousin who also loves them :D

sinxkitten wrote
on Jun 20, 2008 1:21 PM
ok, i LOVE this pattern! but im having a really hard time following it... the body directions are really confusing. am i the only one who's totally lost? please help! I'm trying to make one for a friends birthday, so im kinda short on time.

thanks! and i love the squid!

yayyarn wrote
on Sep 1, 2008 4:15 PM
I made this! Twice!!

Thank you for this pattern...I love it!

Bleachfan wrote
on Nov 24, 2008 11:50 AM

Like sinxkitten, I REALLY love the squid and want to make it, but I'm having a hard time understanding how to do it. Can you please break it down further. I'm new to amigurumi and crochet in generally (I've been crocheting for 5 months) so I need some help.

Bleachfan wrote
on Nov 24, 2008 11:52 AM

Sorry about that. I accidently post it twice.

totertot wrote
on Apr 5, 2009 3:50 PM

I have seen these referred to as "feeder tentacles". Cute pattern.

robbinzombie wrote
on Sep 11, 2009 2:41 PM

I am really stuck on the first two rounds because when I finish round 1 it looks like a circle with two almost horns sticking out. Do you put two sc in the chain stitch or one in the chain and one in the sc it is in??? and between the fins is there a sc to space them out or are they one after the other. I hope this helps you figure out what I am doing wrong, Thanks

gerbilfat wrote
on Sep 13, 2009 11:25 AM

I'm also having a hard time starting the body rounds. I've tried it a few different ways and always end up with this flat piece with two little ear looking things since the beginning directions say not to join. I'm not sure how to make this into the 3D round. Would it be possible to explain this in a different way? It's really a super cute pattern. :)

Lemming wrote
on Sep 27, 2009 10:24 AM

Awesomely cute squid, there - can't wait to make one!

mirando wrote
on Jan 9, 2010 11:29 AM

I'm having trouble with this, even with the extra help. Perhaps its because I'm just much more of a visual person. I do not understand where to single crochet after the sc in 2nd ch. Is there anyway someone feeling extra generous could provide a video or picture?

daisyj42 wrote
on Feb 11, 2010 12:06 PM

I made one of these  - fantastic!

I could only fit six arms on him though - perhaps he got in a fight?

I also sc'd the top and bottom together, did two rounds of it so there was a tiny 'skirt' all round. It looks neat, and helped the fact that I ran out of multi wool and had to do all the arms and tentacles in plain pink.

Thank you so much for this great pattern!

Ninny wrote
on Jan 2, 2012 8:55 PM

I think he is awesome!!  However I can not make it work right.  I'm having the same basic probelms as everyoneelse is.   I am on my fourth attempt. I have have been crocheting for years now.   So either I'm missing something basic or theres a goof in the pattern.   Could we please have a rewrite of sorts?   Thanks!