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Make a Cosy Crochet Squid Pal!

Make a Cosy Crochet Squid Pal!

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This super cute crochet squid is the perfect pal to cuddle up with on darker autumn evenings… and as the temperature drops, you can add your hot water bottle for extra cosiness! Check out the clever Mandy Cameron’s step-by-step crochet tutorial and pattern below, and learn exactly how you can create your own.

You Will Need:

Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate

This crochet squid pattern is written using UK terminology.

Abbreviations:

  • adjustable slip knot = magic ring
  • ch = chain
  • ss = slip stitch
  • dc = double crochet
  • 2dcinc = 2 double crochet into next stitch
  • dc2tog = double crochet two stitches together
  • bpdc = back post double crochet

Top Tip: As the spiral method is used (no joining with a ss or making 1ch to start round), place a stitch marker at the beginning of the first round and move it up every row.

DIY Cuddly Crochet Squid Pattern

Head and Body:

With lemon yarn, make an adjustable slip knot and 2ch.

Rnd 1: 8dc into first chain

Rnd 2: 2dc in every stitch (16sts)

Rnd 3: dc around

Rnd 4: [2dcinc, 1dc in next st] around (24sts)

Rnd 5: dc around

Rnd 6: [2dcinc, 1dc in next 2sts] around (32sts)

Rnd 7-8: dc all round

Rnd 9: [2dcinc, 1dc next 3sts] around (40sts)

Rnd 10: dc all round

Rnd 11: [2dcinc, 1dc next 4sts] around (48sts)

Rnd 12-13: dc around

Crochet squid pattern step

Rnd 14: [2dcinc, 1dc next 5sts] around (56sts)

Rnd 15-28: dc all round

Rnd 29: Keeping lemon yarn attached, join cream yarn and dc around

Rnd 30: bpdc all round, fasten off cream and sew in ends

Crochet squid pattern step

Rnd 35: dc to last 4sts, place marker, leave these stitches unworked.

Rnd 36: Miss first 4sts of next round (total 8 missed stitches counting those not worked on round 35). 1dc into next stitch and following 19sts, miss 8dc, and work 20dc to finish at marker (40sts). This is now the beginning of round.

Crochet squid pattern step

Rnd 37: Keeping lemon yarn attached, join cream yarn and dc around (40dc)

Rnd 38: Bpdc around, fasten off cream and sew in ends.

Continue with using lemon yarn and working in rows from this point on to create enclosure flap.

Row 39-41: 1ch, 20dc, turn.

Row 42: 1ch, dc2tog, 16dc, dc2tog

Row 43: 1ch, 16dc, fasten off, sew in end

Crochet squid pattern step

Arms:

Make 5 in lemon, 3 in cream (note–a squid has 8 arms and 2 tentacles)

Make and adjustable slip knot and ch37

Row 1: Work 1dc in 2nd ch from hook and 1dc in each remaining ch (36dc)

Row 2-4: 1ch, 36dc

Fasten off, leaving tail of yarn for sewing to body. Fold the corners of the other end together and sew in place to create a small rounded end.

Crochet squid pattern step

Tentacles:

Make 2 in cream

Make and adjustable slip knot and ch37

Row 1: Work 1dc in 2nd ch from hook and 1dc in each remaining ch (36dc)

Row 2-4: 1ch, 36dc

Fasten off leaving end for sewing to body.

Shaped End:

(Looks like it would be used as a hand.)

With cream yarn make and adjustable slip knot and ch9.

Row 1: Work 1dc in 2nd ch from hook and 1dc in each remaining ch (8dc)

Row 2-6: 1ch, 8dc

Row 7: dc2tog, 4dc, dc2tog (6dc)

Row 8: dc across

Row 9: dc2tog, 2dc, dc2tog (4dc)

Row 10: dc across

Row 11: dc2tog twice (2dc)

Row 12: dc2tog, 1ch, fasten off, sew in end

Fold the corners of the wide end to meet, flatten so join is in the centre and creates a curling edge, and sew edge to cream tentacle above.

Eyes:

Make 2.

With brown yarn, make an adjustable slip knot and ch2 (turning ch)

Rnd 1: 8dc into first ch. Tighten slip knot.

Rnd 2: Work 2dcinc in every st around (16dc)

1ss into next dc and fasten off leaving tail of yarn for sewing to face.

Crochet squid pattern step

Finishing:

Sew hook and loop fastening (like velcro) to enclosure flap and inside body to secure closing and keep hot water bottle in place.

Sew eyes to front centrally between the two cream ridged lines. Using brown yarn, sew small V shaped mouth just above lower cream line, centre front.

With hot water bottle inside, use a running stitch up and down each side to create the side fins.

Place one yellow arm in centre front of body, and sew in place under the lower cream line; this can be hidden under the ridge.

Place tentacles either side of this central arm and sew in place. Alternate the remaining arms in colourway around the body. Each arm has 4 rows and these can be matched with 4dc to create even placement around. ( 40dc around the body, 8 arms and 2 tentacles giving them a space of 4dc each for placement).

The arms and tentacles will naturally twist. If you want them straight, you will need to block them.

Completed project

Now your super cute, super snugly crochet squid is complete, you can warm him up, ready for a cosy night in!

Completed project in use

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