How to Make an Octopus Keychain

Keychains are some of the easiest and quickest projects to make for craft fairs and Christmas presents. If you are a product seller, you would love to make many of these in different colors in a couple of hours and have a good size inventory to sell at markets and craft shows this holiday season.

Plus, this pattern is so quick and easy to make up for Christmas presents for either your child’s teacher, co-workers, or your children. They make excellent stocking stuffers too. October is the time to start making Christmas presents. Have you started making Christmas presents or purchasing Christmas presents yet?

The text version will always remain free right here on my blog. You can purchase the ad-free PDF version of the pattern, which includes photo tutorials in my Ravelry or Etsy shops.


30 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Solids 7 oz/199 grams, 355 yards/325 meters in Orchid

Hook:  US E/4 3.5 mm 


Yarn needle to weave in ends


Keyring Split 1 Inch

Experience Level:  Beginner


14.5 sts x 14.5 rows = 4” x 4”

Pattern for Gauge:  SC


2.5” x 3” x 2.5” approximately

Pattern Key:

SC – Single Crochet

Sc2tog – Single crochet decrease

Sl st – Slip Stitch

FO – Finish Off

St/sts – Stitch/Stitches

Ch – Chain

Rnd(s) – Round(s)

MC – Magic Circle


  • Read through the entire pattern first.
  • Octopus is worked in continuous rounds except for legs.  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  SC specified in the 2nd chain from the hook.

Pattern Instructions:

Rnd 1:  Create MC; 4 SC in MC.  (4 sts)

Rnd 2:  2 SC in each st around.  (8 sts)

Rnd 3:  *SC in the next st; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (12 sts)

Rnd 4:  *SC in the next 2 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (16 sts)

Rnds 5-8:  SC in each st around.  (16 sts)

Rnd 9:  *SC in the next 2 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (12 sts)

Rnd 10:  *SC in the next st; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (8 sts)


Rnd 11:  *Sl st in the next st; ch 8; 2 SC in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each of the remaining chains.*  Repeat around to make 8 total legs.

Rnd 12:  SC in each st around in the back loop of sl st from round 11.  Sl st to FO. This can be tricky! There are photo tutorials in my PDF version which you can purchase by clicking here.

Using the needle, weave the tail in and out of the front loops to close the hole.

With contrasting color of your choice, embroider eyes from Rounds 4-6 with 3 sts between each eye.  Embroider mouth between Rounds 8 & 10.

Congrats you have made a beautiful octopus keychain to take with you!  I want to thank my testers.   

Original Design by Christina Ryan

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Last minute crochet gifts event

This pattern is part of the last minute crochet gifts event hosted by Veronika from Blue Star Crochet. I teamed up with 20 other designers to bring you some fun crochet patterns to give for Christmas presents.

This pattern is available for free from October 11-17, 2021.

Click the button below to head over to the round up post for the coupon code and also to see all the other lovely patterns that are included in the giveaway. Then come back here to download the pattern.

Now that you have the coupon code, click the button below to download the pattern on Ravelry.

Thank you for stopping by and supporting my small business! I hope you enjoy my pattern as well as the other patterns this week!

Happy Crocheting!


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