Caroline the Octopus Free Crochet Pattern



Hello my fellow crafters!

Another week has passed by and I'm so ready to share another fun crochet project with you all!


Let's go back to the summer mood with this adorable sea creature! Her name is Caroline and she is a very friendly Octopus!


Among all the sea animal I've designed over the past years, she has quickly become one of my favorite! I find her smile and expression so cute.

...not to mention the many little suckers made with the French-Knot embroidery technique..they are so easy and quick to work and give a great texture to the tentacles!

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Here's the FREE pattern!


YARN: Light (3) - Blue, White, Gray and Black

MATERIALS: 2.75 mm Hook

DIMENSION: 4” x 3”

ABBREVIATIONS: magic ring (mr), stitch (st), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), back loop only (BLO), front loop only (FLO), fasten off (F/O)

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

SEAMLESSLY COLOR CHANGE: work in the color A until two loops of the last stitch remain on the hook. Use the color B to complete the stitch.




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HEAD (gray yarn)


Rnd 1: 8 sc in a mr (8)

Rnd 2: sc inc around (16)

Rnd 3: (1 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (24)

Rnd 4: (2 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (32)

Rnd 5: (3 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (40)

Rnd 6: (4 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (48)

Rnd 7: (5 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (56)

Rnd 8: (6 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (64)

Rnd 9: sc even (64)

Rnd 10: (7 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (72)

Rnd 11 - 21: sc even (72)

Rnd 22: (7 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (64)

Rnd 23 - 25: sc even (64)

Rnd 26: (6 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (56)

Rnd 27 - 29: sc even (56)

Rnd 30: (5 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (48)

Rnd 31 - 33: sc even (48); start stuffing the head

Rnd 34: working in BLO, (4 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (40)

Rnd 35: (3 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (32)

Rnd 36: (2 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (24)

Rnd 37: (1 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (16); finish stuffing the head

Rnd 38: sc dec around (8)

F/O, cut the yarn, close the hole and wave in end.


EYES (white and scarlet yarn; make two)


Rnd 1: starting off with white yarn, 6 sc in a mr (6)

Rnd 2: 1 sc, 4 sc into the next st, 2 sc, 4 sc into the next st, 1 sc (12)

Rnd 3: 2 sc, 2 sc inc, 4 sc, 2 sc inc, 2 sc (16)

Rnd 4: switch to scarlet yarn, 3 sc, 2 sc inc, 6 sc, 2 sc inc, 3 sc (20)

F/O and leave a long strand of yarn to sew the eyes to the head, between rnds # 24-32.


Embroider the EYES with black cotton thread.


Embroider the V shaped MOUTH with black cotton thread, between rnds # 24-32.

TENTACLES (gray yarn)


Small - make 5

Rnd 1: 6 sc in a mr (6)

Rnd 2: sc even (6)

Rnd 3: (2 sc, 1 sc inc) rep twice (8)

Rnd 4 - 8: sc even (8)

Rnd 9: (3 sc, 1 sc inc) rep twice (10)

Rnd 10 - 15: sc even (10)

Rnd 16: (4 sc, 1 sc inc) rep twice (12)

Rnd 17: sc even (12); stuff the tentacle lightly

Rnd 18: flatten the tentacle and crochet through

both layers, 6 sc (6)

F/O and leave a long strand of yarn to sew

the tentacle to the FLO of rnd # 33



Medium - make 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in a mr (6)

Rnd 2: sc even (6)

Rnd 3: (2 sc, 1 sc inc) rep twice (8)

Rnd 4 - 10: sc even (8)

Rnd 11: (3 sc, 1 sc inc) rep twice (10)

Rnd 12 - 18: sc even (10)

Rnd 19: (4 sc, 1 sc inc) rep twice (12)

Rnd 20: sc even (12); stuff the tentacle lightly

Rnd 21: flatten the tentacle and crochet through both layers, 6 sc (6)

F/O and leave a long strand of yarn to sew the tentacle to the FLO of rnd # 33



Big - make 1

Rnd 1: 6 sc in a mr (6)

Rnd 2: sc even (6)

Rnd 3: (2 sc, 1 sc inc) rep twice (8)

Rnd 4: sc even (8)

Rnd 5: (3 sc, 1 sc inc) rep twice (10)

Rnd 6: sc even (10)

Rnd 7: (4 sc, 1 sc inc) rep twice (12)

Rnd 8: sc even (12)

Rnd 9: (5 sc, 1 sc inc) rep twice (14)

Rnd 10 - 21: sc even (14); stuff the tentacle lightly

Rnd 22: (5 sc, 1 sc dec) rep twice (12)

Rnd 23: flatten the tentacle and crochet through both layers, 6 sc (6)

F/O and leave a long strand of yarn to sew the tentacle to the FLO of rnd # 33

Use the French Knot embroider technique to create the suckers with white yarn - insert the needle with the white yarn connected, wrap the thread around the needle two or three times. Gently pull the thread so that the wrapped thread is tightening against the needle. Insert the needle near the point where needle came out. Hold on to the thread wraps with your left hand and pull the needle to the back.


Sew the big tentacle on the front center part, then sew in this order 1 small, 1 medium, 3 small, 1 medium, 1 small.

MARKS (scarlet yarn)


Big Mark - make 1

Rnd 1: 6 sc (6)

Rnd 2: sc inc around (12); F/O leave a long strand of yarn.

Small Marks - make 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc (6); F/O leave a long strand of yarn.


Sew the marks to the top of the head.



I can't wait to see your version of my CAROLINE the OCTOPUS! Feel free to tag me (@elisascrochet) in your photos on Instagram or Facebook if you'd like!


Elisa

This pattern is an original pattern by Elisa Sartori of Elisa's Crochet.  Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it.

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Elisa Sartori of Elisa's Crochet. Permission is NOT granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind. Thank you!


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