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Galician Octopus Amigurumi Pattern

I like to think in Suenhos Blanditos as a great family that despite the distance, meets to enjoy a common passion: The amigurumis.

From several places and backgrounds, speaking different languages, men, women, young, old, each and every one of us are connected by those little yarn dolls that we like so much and to which we add a little bit of us.

Today I want to show you a little bit of me and tell you about a celebration of my land, Galicia.

It’s about the Day of the Galician Letters (Día das Letras Galegas) that is celebrated every year on May 17th, to commemorate the edition of “Cantares Gallegos” by Rosalía de Castro that same day of 1863 and that marked the beginning of the “Rexurdimento” or the Galician cultural renaissance.

Every year, the Galician Royal Academy chooses an outstanding personality from the Galician literary and cultural field to pay tribute to him or her for the contribution and defense of our language.

This year, the day of the Galician Letters is dedicated to Antonio Fraguas, an intellectual born in Pontevedra whose cultural contribution included archeology, geography, history, art, ethnography and dissemination.

As a detail, to remind you of my beautiful land, Galicia, I want to give you the pattern of this cute octopus, which besides being a representative icon of our gastronomy, is crocheted with the colors of our flag: sky blue and white.

I hope you like it!

GALICIAN OCTOPUS PATTERN

  • Size: 4″ / 10 cm
  • Difficulty: Low
  • Estimated time: 8 h
  • Hook size: 2 mm

MATERIALS

  • Yarn of different colors: white, black, sky blue, blue.
  • Thickness of the yarn: 3 mm.
  • Hook according to the thickness of the yarn.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Fiberfill.

ABBREVIATIONS

sc: single crochet
st: stitch
ch: chain
inc: increase
dec: decrease

Fill the doll with fiberfill as you crochet.

HEAD
With sky blue yarn

1. Work 6 sc in magic ring.
2. Inc in every st (12).
3. “1 sc, inc”, repeat (18).
4. “2 sc, inc”, repeat (24).
5. “3 sc, inc”, repeat (30).
6. “4 sc, inc”, repeat (36).
7. “5 sc, inc”, repeat (42).
8. “6 sc, inc”, repeat (48).
9. “7 sc, inc”, repeat (54).
10. “8 sc, inc”, repeat (60).
11. to 30. 1 sc in each st (60).
31. “8 sc, dec”, repeat (54).
32. “7 sc, dec”, repeat (48).
33. Work in back loops only 1 sc in each st (48). You will return to this round to crochet the tentacles.
34. “6 sc, dec”, repeat (42).
35. “5 sc, dec”, repeat (36).
36. “4 sc, dec”, repeat (30).
37. “3 sc, dec”, repeat (24).
38. “2 sc, dec”, repeat (18).
39. “1 sc, dec”, repeat (12).
40. Dec in every st (6).
Fasten off.

TENTACLES
With sky blue yarn

1. Return to round 33. Join in one of the free loops holding the doll with that round pointing up and crochet 1 sc in each st (48).

2. “1 sc, Ch 21, work 20 sc on the chains, 1 slip st over the same sc of the beginning of the chains, 1 sc in the next sc of the round, turn and crochet on the tentacle 20 sc, don’t ch 1, turn and go back with 19 sc, 1 slip st over the same beginning point, 1 sc in the next sc, turn, crochet on the tentacle 17 sc, Dec 1, don’t ch 1, turn and go back with 17 sc, 1 slip st over the same sc of the piece, 1 sc in the next sc, turn and work on the tentacle 15 sc, Dec 1, don’t ch 1, turn and go back with 15 sc, 1 slip st over the same point of the piece, 1 sc in the next sc, turn and crochet on the tentacle 13 sc, Dec 1, don’t ch 1, turn and go back with 13 sc, 1 slip st in the same st, 1 slip st in the next sc of the piece”

You have the first tentacle. Continue following this pattern all around the round 33 of the head another 7 tentacles, to get 8 in all.

Continue crocheting:

3. Place the round marker to crochet around the tentacles and make the edges softer. By this way, you have to crochet in each tentacle: 1 sc + 20 sc + 8 sc + 13 sc = 42 sc in all. Work 1 slip st between each tentacle and repeat the sequence of points in each one of the next 7 tentacles, to the end of the round.

4. Change to white yarn and crochet on the first tentacle 14 sc + 6 dec + 16 sc = 36 sc in all. Repeat this sequence in each tentacle around the round shaping them.

5. Dec in every st of the round.

Fasten off.

EYES (x2)

Background
With white yarn

1. Work 6 sc in magic ring.
2. Inc in every st (12).
3. “1 sc, inc”, repeat (18).
4. “2 sc, inc”, repeat (24).
5. 1 sc in each st (24).
Fasten off.

Pupil
With black yarn

1. Work 6 sc in magic ring.
2. Inc in every st (12).
3. 1 sc in each st (12).
Fasten off.

Twinkle

With white yarn work 4 sc in magic ring.
Fasten off.

Sew the pupil to the background and over this one the twinkle. Finally, put the eyes on round 14 of the head, leaving 5 sc of separation between them in the middle.

Finish your octopus embroidering the mouth with blue yarn, 1 sc under the eyes, centered in relation to these and with a length of 6 sc.

Finished! I hope you enjoyed crocheting this Galician Octopus!

Until next time!

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