Dr. Inky the Octopus – Free Crochet Pattern

A crochet pattern by: Christina Ryan

Design inspiration

I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful Preemie Crochet Challenge, hosted by Sunflower Cottage Crochet, as a designer! I have quite a few friends that are pregnant or have just had their little baby! I love snuggling with little babies. They are so sweet and cute to hold! When I signed up for this Preemie Crochet Challenge, I knew I wanted to design an Octopus that you see all the time in the NICUs.

This challenge is near and dear to my heart because my eldest daughter Gigi was a preemie baby. She is adopted but just looking at her medical records, it’s amazing she made it through. As a designer, I love giving back.

My youngest daughter Bella is the one who came up with the name of the pattern. She decided it should be a doctor. So she named it Dr. Inky the Octopus.

About the Preemie Crochet Challenge

You will find this pattern no cost forever on my blog as well as PDF upgrade at no cost from August 6, 2021 to August 31, 2021.

All I ask is that if you download my PDF version, you agree to make at least one handmade octopus and donate it to a NICU hospital, Preemie Charity, organization, family, or pregnancy center near you sometime in November for Preemie Awareness month.

I can’t wait to see how many pledges we have this year. I hope you join our Facebook Group, and share with us as well as Sunflower Cottage Crochet Facebook group!

There will be a button further down towards the end of the post to get the coupon code and to purchase off Ravelry at no cost!

Dr. Inky the Octopus

Materials:

  • 170 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Solids 7 oz/199 grams, 355 yards/325 meters in Orchid.
  • 100 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Solids 7 oz/199 grams, 355 yards/325 meters  in Soft Pink.
  • HOOKS:  US G/6 4.0 mm
  • Polyfil
  • Yarn needle to weave in ends
  • Stitch markers
  • Safety eyes (optional)
  • Scissors

Experience Level: Beginner

Gauge:

12 ½ stitches across x 10 rows = 4 x 4” square using a G/4.0 mm hook 

Pattern used for gauge: SC 

Size:

16” x 4” x 4” approximately

Pattern Key:

SC – single crochet

HDC – half double crochet

DC – Double Crochet

Sk St – Skip stitch

Sc2tog – single crochet decrease

Sl st – slip stitch

FO – finish off

St/sts – stitch/stitches

Ch – chain

Rnd(s) – round(s)

MC – magic circle

Shell – Shell Stitch

Color A – Orchid

Color B – Soft Pink

Special Stitches:

Shell Stitch – 5 DC in the same stitch

Notes:

  • Read through the entire pattern first.
  • Head/body and bottom part are done in continuous rounds.  Do NOT join while making each of them.  Use stitch markers to know where your first stitch in the round is.
  • Sl st does NOT count as a stitch throughout the pattern.
  • Repeat stitches between * and * around.
  • Alternative to MC – Ch 2; work number of specified SC in the 2nd chain from the hook.

Pattern Instructions:

Head & Body – Worked in Continuous Rounds

Rnd 1:  Using Color A, create a MC; 6 SC in MC.  (6 sts)

Rnd 2:  2 SC in each stitch around.  (12 sts)

Rnd 3:  *SC in the next st; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (18 sts)

Rnd 4:  *SC in the next 2 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (24 sts)

Rnd 5:  *SC in the next 3 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (30 sts)

Rnd 6:  *SC in the next 4 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (36 sts)

Rnd 7:  *SC in the next 5 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (42 sts)

Rnds 8-15:  SC in each st around.  (42 sts) (8 total rounds)

****INSERT EYES BETWEEN ROUNDS 10 & 11 WITH 7 STS BETWEEN EACH EYE. (If giving to a child, I would actually not use safety eyes and embroider the eyes on at the end.) It’s up to you.

Rnd 16:  *SC in the next 5 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (36 sts)

Rnds 17-18:  SC in each st around.  (36 sts)  (2 total rounds)

Rnd 19:  *SC in the next 4 sts; sc2tog*  Repeat around.  (30 sts)

****START STUFFING.****

Rnd 20:  *SC in the next 3 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (24 sts)

Rnds 21-23:  SC in each stitch around; sl st in next stitch to join.  (24 sts)  (3 total rounds)

Rnd 24:  Ch 1; SC in the same st; *sk next st; Shell in the next st; sk next st; SC in the next st.*  Repeat around until the last 3 stitches.  Sk next st; Shell in the next st; sk the last stitch; sl st to first SC to join.  FO and weave in ends.

Bottom Part – Worked in Continuous Rounds

Rnd 1:  Using Color A, create a MC; 6 SC in MC.  (6 sts)

Rnd 2:  2 SC in each st around.  (12 sts)

Rnd 3:  *SC in the next st; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (18 sts)

Rnd 4:  *SC in the next 2 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (24 sts)

Rnds 5-6:  SC in each st around.  (24 sts)  (2 rounds total)

FO with a 6” tail to sew to head/body.

Tentacles: Make 4 in Color A & 4 in Color B

Ch 50; 3 HDC in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each st across.  FO with a 4” tail.

Assembly:

Attach tentacles every 3 sts on the inside (wrong side) of the bottom.  I tied them on the inside. (Can be tricky, photo tutorial inside PDF upgrade!)

Sew bottom to the head to round 23

Embroider the face.

Congratulations!  You have created a sweet octopus lovey. 

Congratulations! You have created a sweet Octopus Lovey!

Tester Photo

I want to thank Debra Gibson for providing this photo and testing my pattern! She always does a marvelous job! I love these colors!

Original Design by Christina Ryan

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Preemie Crochet Challenge

Click the button below to Download the Free PDF Pattern! Remember, if you download you are agreeing to make at least 1 octopus to donate to your Preemie charity or hospital NICU of your choice sometime in November for Preemie Awareness Month. This pattern is available for PDF download from August 6, 2021 to August 31, 2021.

If you have gotten here before August 6, 2021 or after August 6, 2021, please go to the round up post which features a different designer and pattern each day for the Preemie Crochet Challenge hosted by Sunflower Cottage Crochet!

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