Octopuses are enchanting sea creatures that are loved by children and adults alike. They are smart and resourceful. They are the master of disguise. And they are some of the smartest animals in the sea. If you are as much of a fan of octopuses as we are, we are sure you will be as intrigued by these octopus knitting patterns as we are.
There is a disagreement among octopus fans about what the plural of octopus is. Is it octopi or octopuses? From what we can tell, it is all a matter of preference.
So, if you want to call them octopi, that is fine with us. And if you prefer octopuses, that is great too. We are just glad that these cephalopods are getting the recognition they deserve.
21 Knitted Octopus Patterns
Below are 21 great knitted octopus patterns. We have included both free and paid patterns, we hope you find a pattern you will want to make.
1. Knitted Octopus & Coconut Pattern by AnimalKnitdom
Octopi are fascinating animals that can easily blend into their environment. And if they find a coconut shell, they can effortlessly crawl inside and hide.
Both the octopus and coconut are made on 2 mm double pointed needles. You can use fine-gauged yarn or heavier yarn if you use larger needles. Add a strand of luminescent sewing yarn to your knit to make the suckers glow in the dark. These patterns can be completed by an advanced beginner to intermediate level knitter.
2. Opus the Octopus Knitting Pattern by Cate Carter-Evans
This knitted octopus is all ready for bed. Who could rest holding this soft octopus?
The body of Opus is worked in the round and the tentacles are worked flat. When stuffing, do not overfill it. Leaving it floppy makes him look cute and squishy.
3. Effervescent Octopus Knit Pattern by LuckyRoseKnits
How fun is this effervescent octopus cowl? Show off your fun and playful side wearing this warm winter accessory.
The effervescent octopus is a double knit pattern that is completely reversible. It has been designed to be worn as a single loop around your neck. The pattern is suitable for an intermediate level knitter.
4. Knitting Cloth Octopus Pattern by Ezcareknits
If you are a beginner, you can make this octopus square. Make a bunch of them to create a baby blanket. Or make one and use it for a dishcloth.
This pattern is knitted on straight knitting needles, size US 7. You will need to know how to knit and purl. The finished square measure 7″ wide X 7 1/4″ high.
5. Omniscient Octopus knitting pattern by JoansGarden
Here is an impressive octopus pattern. It really embodies the grace and movement of the animal.
This pattern is for an experienced knitter. If you are an adventurous intermediate knitter, you can surely give it a try. The pattern includes some knitting in the round with w&t in the head section and 4 Kitchener stitches. Pipe cleaners are used to make the tentacles poseable.
6. Reversible Octopus Knitting Pattern by CloakFolk
Are you having a good day or a bad day? This reversible octopus will brighten up any day. Flip it one way to see its sweet smile. Or flip it the other way to see its scowl.
You will need basic knitting skills to complete this plush octopus pattern. You can use a needle felting tool to make the eyes or sew eyes on.
7. Adorable Free Octopus Knitting Pattern by The Knitting Space
Make one octopus for yourself, or make several and give them away as gifts.
An advanced beginner can create this free knitted octopus pattern. The body is made using 3.5 mm needles. The tentacles are made using 4 mm needles.
8. Children’s Octopus Motif Sweater Knitting Pattern by KnitaPattern
Any child would look cute in this whimsical octopus motif sweater. Use white and blues for a boy or white and pinks for a girl.
The pattern includes sizes for 24”, 26”, 28”, 30” and 32” chests. You will need knitting needles and double knitting yarn.
9. Baby Octopus Knit Pattern by Violets and Heather
This knitted octopus is adorable. It would make a great nursery decoration.
The body of the octopus is knitted in the round. The arms are knitted flat and stuffed. It is recommended for an advanced beginner that knows how to knit, purl, knit front & back, knit 2 stitches together, knit 3 stitches together, slip slip knit, make 1 left, and make bobble.
10. Colorwork Octopus Hat Knit Pattern by JoansGarden
Here is a fun hat that features 2 octopuses. It is an easy pattern that is knitted in the round.
To complete this beanie octopus pattern, you need to know how to knit stranded colourwork. The octopus height cannot be adjusted. The final hat size is determined by the number of rows in the crown. Instructions are given for head sizes 18” (46 cm), 21” (53 cm), and 23” (58 cm).
Here’s more Knitted Hat Patterns HERE
11. Jellyfish/Octopus Knitting Pattern by StitchWitchCreations
This girly octopus looks so happy! She will make any little girl smile.
The pattern is for an advanced beginner to intermediate level knitter. There are 7 pages of instructions along with photographs to guide you through the process. The finished knitted octopus measures approximately 7.87” (20cm) from the bottom of the tentacles to the top of the head.
12. Free Octopus Knitting Pattern from Purl Soho
If you are looking for a free knitted octopus pattern that would be perfect for a nursery, this one is it. The design is simple and the design in sweet and clean.
The body is 7 ½” high. The arms are 10” long. The pattern suggests using 100% baby alpaca in natural white.
13. Knitted Octopus Toy Baby Lace Flat Blanket by simplytoys13
Children will love this octopus security blanket. They will take it with them everywhere.
This knitted octopus is knitted flat and stuffed. You will need 2 needles and circular needles, light green and white yarn, yarn needle, stitch holder and toy stuffing.
14. Octopus Square Knitting Pattern by KEDPatterns
Use this square knitting pattern to make a dishcloth, washcloth, or sew several squares together to make a blanket. Shadow knitting is used to make this square. From one angle, you see the octopus. From above, you see stripes.
The shadow technique is well suited for a beginner knitter. Included with the PDF download are both charted and written instructions. You will need to know knit, purl, two-row stripes, cast on, bind off, and weaving in ends.
Finished size: Approximately 23 x 23 cm / 9 x 9 inches.
15. Double Knit Kraken Cowl by kraftling
With this knitted octopus cowl, you can show of your love of the marine mollusc on those cold winter days.
This pattern uses double knitting. The pattern is straightforward and knitted in the round. There are instructions for small, medium and large sizing.
For more Knitted cowl patterns HERE.
16. Knitted Octopus in the Shallows Beanie by JoansGarden
Here is a unique hat that will get the attention of anyone that sees it. If you know someone obsessed with octopi, you can bet they would love this beanie.
This pattern has instructions for creating this hat in 3 different sizes. The beanie is knitted in the round. The octopus is knitted in one piece and sewn onto the hat. This hat can be made by an intermediate knitter.
17. Free Octopus Knitting Pattern from Knitting by Post
Kids will love this colourful octopus. And you can use up your odds and ends. Choose your child’s favourite colours to make this plush octopus special.
The pattern uses knit, purl, stitch, together, stocking stitch, and increase.
18. Hank The Octopus Knit Pattern by Nixknittingsticks
Here is Hank the Octopus from Finding Dory. This little fellow is worked flat, seamed and stuffed. It would make a nice addition to any Finding Nemo collection.
The pattern includes step-by-step instructions. The finished knitted octopus measures approximately 30 cm x 15 cm. You will need 2.75 mm knitting needles, darning needle, toy stuffing and coloured yarn.
19. Big Friendly Octopus Knitting Pattern by GiftHorstKits
This octopus looks like it is ready for a nap. It would look cute sitting on a bed or the arm of a chair.
Knit this big cuddly octopus in coral and white or choose your favourite colours. To make this knitted octopus you will need two colours of chunky yarn, 7 mm knitting needles, darning needle, thread, stuffing and grey yarn for eyes. This pattern is suitable for an advanced level knitter.
20. Pirate Captain Octopus Knit Pattern by Amanda Berry
What a clever idea for a plush octopus. This pirate octopus has a peg leg, eye patch and pirate’s hat.
The finished octopus is 11” (28 cm) tall. The octopus and hat are knitted in the round. The eye patch is knitted flat on a pair of straight knitting needles. You will need to know how to cast on and off, knit, purl, work increases and decreases, and seam.
21. Octavius and Jerrell Knitting Pattern by HappyKnookCreations
This cute knitted octopus pattern comes with a small jellyfish friend.
This PDF download pattern will guide you through knitting these two little friends. The pattern uses medium weight yarns and a pair of US size 3 (3.25 mm) knitting needles.
SHOW OFF YOUR FASCINATION OF ONE OF THE OCEAN’S MOST INTELLIGENT CREATURES BY MAKING ONE OF THESE OCTOPUS KNITTING PATTERN.
Octopi are mysterious and legendary. They have put fear in the heart of sailors and captured the imagination of young children. They are seen as villains and fun-loving cartoon characters.
If you are a knitter and are fascinated by the octopus, try your hand with these octopus knitting patterns we have listed. We are sure that you or someone you love would enjoy having a knitted octopus decorating their home or office.