Octavius the Octopus

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My little guy is turning 3 on Thursday and I wanted to make him a finger puppet of his own.  He really likes Super Mario Brothers but I made his older brother a set of those about four and a half years ago (they can be seen here, if you’re interested).  I had NO idea what I was going to make for him, so I asked for suggestions on Facebook.  That was how the idea for Octavius came about.  My son has already seen Octavius and loves him, so he will be happy to get it on his birthday.

As always, this pattern has not been tested so if you notice any problems with it please let me know either in the comments section or at CrochetBot3000@gmail.com. You can also find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Crochetbot3000.

Octavius the Octopus

Materials Needed:
Size 7 crochet hook
Size 10 red crochet thread
Small amount of size 10 yellow crochet thread
Black embroidery thread
Yarn needle
Fiberfill

Abbreviations Used:
ch                    chain
st                     stitch
sc                     single crochet
sc dec              single crochet decrease
sc3tog              single crochet 3 together
yo                    yarn over
flo                    front loops only
blo                   back loops only

Special Stitches:
Sc3tog:  (insert hook into next st and draw up a loop) three times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

Instructions:
*Do not join at the end of each round.
Use red crochet thread unless otherwise noted.
*ch 1 at the beginning of a round does not count as a stitch.

Head and body:
Round 1:   make an adjustable ring, ch1, 6 sc in ring (6 sc)
Round 2:  2 sc in each st around.  (12 sc)
Round 3:  *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st, repeat from * around (18 sc)
Round 4:  *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, repeat from * around (24 sc)
Round 5:  *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, repeat from * around (30 sc)
Round 6:  *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, repeat from * around (36 sc)
Round 7:  *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, repeat from * around (42 sc)
Rounds 8 – 9:  1 sc in each st around.  (42 sc)
Round 10:  *sc dec over the next 2 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, repeat from * 2 more times, **2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, repeat from ** 2 more times.  (42 sc)
Rounds 11 – 12:  1 sc in each st around.  (42 sc)
Round 13:  *sc dec over the next 2 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, repeat from * 2 more times, **2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, repeat from ** 2 more times.  (42 sc)
Rounds 14 – 15:  1 sc in each st around.  (42 sc)
Round 16:  *sc dec over the next 2 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, repeat from * 2 more times, 1 sc in each of the next 27 sts.  (39 sc)
Round 17:  *sc dec over the next 2 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, repeat from * 2 more times, 1 sc in each of the next 27 sts.  (36 sc)
Round 18:  *sc dec over the next 2 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, repeat from * around (30 sc)
Round 19:  working flo, *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, repeat from * around (36 sc)
Round 20:  *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, repeat from * around (42 sc)
Round 21:  *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, repeat from * around (48 sc)
Round 22:  *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, repeat from * around (54 sc)
Round 23:  *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, repeat from * around (60 sc)
Round 24:  *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, repeat from * around (66 sc)
Round 25:  *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts, repeat from * around (72 sc)
Round 26:  *sc3tog, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 3 dc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, repeat from * 7 more times, finish off, weave in ends.  (72 sts)

Eyes (use yellow and red crochet threads and make 2):
Round 1:   using the yellow crochet thread, make an adjustable ring, ch1, 6 sc in ring, join in blo.  (6 sc)
Round 2:  change to the red crochet thread, working in blo 1 sc in each st around.  (6 sc)
Round 3:  *sc dec over the next 2 sts, repeat from * around, finish off, use the black embroidery thread to embroider pupil and sew to front of head.    (3 sc)

Tentacle 1 (make 2):
Round 1:   make an adjustable ring, ch1, 4 sc in ring (4 sc)
Round 2:  1 sc in each st around.  (4 sc)
Round 3:  2 sc in each st around.  (8 sc)
Rounds 4 – 8:  1 sc in each st around.  (8 sc)
Rounds 9 – 10:  sc3tog, 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc dec over the last 2 sts.  (8 sc)
Rounds 11 – 12:  1 sc in each st around.  (8 sc)
Rounds 13 – 14:  2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc3tog, sc dec over the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the last st.  (8 sc)
Rounds 15 – 25:  1 sc in each st around.  After round 25, finish off and sew to the octopus’s body.  (8 sc)

Tentacle 2 (make 2):
Round 1:   make an adjustable ring, ch1, 4 sc in ring (4 sc)
Round 2:  1 sc in each st around.  (4 sc)
Round 3:  2 sc in each st around.  (8 sc)
Round 4:  2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc3tog, sc dec over the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the last st.  (8 sc)
Round 5:  2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc3tog, sc dec over the last 2 sts.  (8 sc)
Round 6:  1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc3tog, skip 1 st.  (8 sc)
Round 7:  sc dec over the first 2 sts, 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc3tog.  (8 sc)
Round 8:  1 sc in the next st, sc dec over the next 2 sts, 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, skip 2 sts.  (8sc)
Round 9:  sc dec over the first 2 sts, sc dec over the next 2 sts, 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, skip 1 st.  (8 sc)
Rounds 10 – 20:  sc3tog, 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc dec over the last 2 sts.  (8 sc)
Rounds 21 – 25:  1 sc in each st around.  After round 25, finish off and sew to the octopus’s body.  (8 sc)
 
Tentacle 3 (make 2):
Round 1:   make an adjustable ring, ch1, 4 sc in ring (4 sc)
Round 2:  1 sc in each st around.  (4 sc)
Round 3:  2 sc in each st around.  (8 sc)
Rounds 4 – 25:  1 sc in each st around.  After round 25, finish off and sew to the octopus’s body.  (8 sc)

Tentacle 4 (make 2):
Round 1:   make an adjustable ring, ch1, 4 sc in ring (4 sc)
Round 2:  1 sc in each st around.  (4 sc)
Round 3:  2 sc in each st around.  (8 sc)
Round 4:  1 sc in each st around.  (8 sc)
Rounds 5 – 6:  sc3tog, 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc dec over the last 2 sts.  (8 sc)
Rounds 7 – 9:  2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc dec over the next 2 sts, sc3tog.  (8 sc)
Rounds 10 – 12:  sc3tog, 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc dec over the last 2 sts.  (8 sc)
Rounds 13 – 15:  2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc dec over the next 2 sts, sc3tog.  (8 sc)
Rounds 16 – 18:  sc3tog, 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc dec over the last 2 sts.  (8 sc)
Rounds 19 – 20:  2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc dec over the next 2 sts, sc3tog.  (8 sc)
Rounds 21 – 25:  1 sc in each st around.  After round 25, finish off and sew to the octopus’s body.  (8 sc)

Finger Puppet Insert:
Round 1:   make an adjustable ring, ch1, 6 sc in ring (6 sc)
Round 2:  2 sc in each st around.  (12 sc)
Round 3:  *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st, repeat from * around (18 sc)
Round 4:  *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, repeat from * around (24 sc)
Rounds 5 – 13:  1 sc in each st around.  (24 sc)
Round 6:  *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, repeat from * around, finish off, lightly stuff the octopus’s head and sew insert into place. (30 sc)
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