Octavia the Octopus is a free crochet amigurumi pattern designed by the makers of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream using a U.S. size G/4.0 mm hook.

knit-pick-yarnFor this project, I splurged and purchased some Knit Picks 100% cotton yarn in the following colors and used a U.S. size F/3.75 mm hook:

  • Knit Picks Comfy Sport – Honeydew
  • Knit Picks Cot Lin – Harbor
  • Knit Picks Shine Sport – Serenade

The picture of the finished amigurumi octopus was quite cute in the pattern, but as I began working with it I was quite disappointed in the way in which the pattern was written.  There were no stitch counts, the instructions were very unclear in some areas, and the finished crochet amigurmi would only have 7 tentacles when done per the pattern – instead of 8.

In all fairness, I must admit that I have really been spoiled by the patterns designed by Esther Emaar of House of Creations which not only have a stitch count for every round, has many photo’s of the fantirumi in different stages of completion, and are quite detailed.  Nontheless, I was determined to make Octavia as I waited for Esther’s newest pattern for a mermaid named Finny and her boyfriend Larry the seahorse to be translated from Dutch to English.  I felt that Finny would need several friends of her own.

Some of you may be wondering why I didn’t purchase the Lily Sugar ‘n Cream as the pattern intended – well, here’s why (and I fully expect some people to not like my answer – but that’s ok).  While Sugar ‘n Cream comes in a wide variety of solid and variegated colors – I just don’t like working with it, it feels stiff and scratchy.  So there, I’ve said it!

This was my first project with Knit Picks cotton yarn, I purchased some just to see what it was like to work with and to also compare the size of the yarn to the Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton (which I use for all of my crochet amigurumi and fantirumi because I can use an F hook with it quite easily).  The sport weight that I used for Octavia is slightly smaller in diameter than the I Love This Cotton and all of the Knit Picks cotton is only available in solid colors, but it is certainly lovely to work with and I am totally in love with the “Shine” yarn – the Serenade (bottom skein in the photo) was incredible!  They have it in a worsted weight as well, so next time I’ll order some of that to see if it’s closer in size to the Hobby Lobby.

When making Octavia, I found myself hastily rewriting and reworking the pattern to include stitch counts and to provide her with 8 tentacles rather than the 7 that the pattern produced.  I also found that when you follow the pattern and go to attach the bottom of the body and tentacles to the head and upper portion of the tentacles that when you go to match the tentacles instead of matching wrong side together, you are attaching the wrong side of the body with the right side of the bottom of the amigurumi.  The pattern offered no warning or clear instructions for actually matching up the wrong sides of the fabric – so again I made some notes so that when I made another octopus, things would match up/line up correctly.  I was really disappointed in the pattern flaws I found, I guess I expected more from a large company.

The finished crochet amigurumi octopus is really quite lovely and I would make her again using my modifications to the pattern.  I really love the way her tentacles curl!


Additional Information:

lily-octavia-the-octopusOctavia the Octopus is a free pattern, you can download it from Ravelry or the Yarnspirations website.

If you are interested in the modifications that I made to the original pattern, it can now be found in my Patterns section.

Happy Hooking 🙂



Nancy Smyth

Hi, I'm Nancy I'm a yarn addict, number cruncher/bookkeeper, and software developer. Strange combination right? I get the same feeling of joy when working with high quality yarns that I do when a column of numbers are all neatly aligned and add up properly.

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  1. I’m with you on the Sugar ‘N Cream yarn. From what I’ve been able to string together, the company was bought out by a larger one a few years back, and they work with all different suppliers than they used to. I’m guessing the difference is long-fiber versus short-fiber cotton. (Anyone reading this comment, please jump in and correct any of that if I’m on the wrong track.)

    I still have a few balls of old-label S’NC in my stash (from when the factory was still based in Pisgah) that feels so, so good–the new ones just don’t hold a candle to it.

    Glad to hear a firsthand endorsement of KnitPicks yarn. I’ve had the site bookmarked for ages but haven’t ordered from them before. Now I know–do it!

    1. fanciful.crochet says:

      Hi Annie the S’NC feels like I’m working with baling twine – ok maybe not that bad 🙂 I really liked the KnitPicks Comfy and Shine – the CotLin was a little rough but not so bad that I didn’t want to work with it.

      The “Shine” really does shine – oh that Serenade was just beautiful – the picture doesn’t do it justice!

      Can’t wait to get my hands on some of the worsted weight – I’m hoping it’s more the size of the ILTC!

      Buy some 🙂 and let me know if you like it.

  2. Well, your octopus is adorable even if the pattern is not perfect. Seven tentacles? That’s not good. I agree, btw… the curling tentacles are very cool. They make Octavia! And those eyes! Yours are terrific!

    1. fanciful.crochet says:

      Thanks Becki I love Octavia as well 🙂 It was too bad about the pattern, but it really wasn’t that hard to give her 8 tentacles like an octopus should have.

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