Kraken Octopus Squid Applique

I love Cephalopods! They are just so alien, so interesting, so very different and amazing and awe inspiring. The truth is often stranger than fiction.  And they can be cute too!  See?

As an homage to our aquatic neighbors, I whipped up this Kraken… Octopus… Squid (well, whichever you want it to be) applique. Perfect for purses, cute on kid’s clothes, the applications for this applique are endless! Jaunty, nautical, and sweet, you can rest assured that this Kraken is only looking for hugs, not sailor snacks.

Kraken Octopus Squid Applique
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  • US – F, 3.75 mm hook (photo tutorial with Red Heart Soft in Guacamole)
  • Worsted weight yarn, just a few yards
  • Buttons, craft eyes, or contrasting yarn

The Body:
Ch 5.

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from hook, sc across. (4sc)

Row 2: Ch1 and turn. Sc even. (4sc)

Row 3: Ch1 and turn. Work 2sc into the first st, sc to the last st, 2sc in the last st. (6sc)

Row 4: Repeat Row 3. (8sc)

Row 5: Ch1 and turn. Sc even. (8sc)

Row 6: Ch1 and turn. Sc2tog, sc to last two sts, sc2tog. (6sc)

Row 7: Ch1 and turn. Sc even. (6sc)

Row 8: Repeat Row 6. (4sc)

Row 9: Repeat Row 7. (4sc)

Row 10: Ch1 and turn. Sc2tog, sc2tog. (2sc) Break yarn and finish off. Weave in ends. (TIP: Decide which side will be the RS, and which side will be the WS. After weaving in ends, leave ends hanging off the WS. These can be used for sewing on the applique later, and help indicate RS/WS while making the tentacles!)Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!

The Tentacles:Free pattern with photo instructions
Rotate the body to work into the bottom (first) row.

#1 (RS): Starting with second stitch from the right, join yarn with sl st and ch 15. Work sl st in 2nd ch from hook, then sc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, and sl st in remaining sts to base. Sl st in same (body) st.Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!

#2: Sl st in the next body st (third from right). Remove the hook from the loop, and turn work over. (WS) Put hook in the loop, from the opposite direction as before. Bring the yarn up to the left of the hook. Ch 15 and work sl st in 2nd ch from hook, then sc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, and sl st in remaining sts to base. Sl st in same (body) st.Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!

#3: Remove hook and turn work over. (RS) Replace hook in st from opposite direction. Ch11 and sl st in 2nd st from hook. Sl st in remaining sts to base. Do not sl st in body again.Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!

#4: Ch11 and sl st in 2nd st from hook. Sl st in remaining sts to base. Break yarn and using yarn needle, sew base of tentacle #4 to body. Put an additional stitch through the middle of tentacles #3 and #4 and the center of tentacles #1 and #2 to secure.Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!

#5: Staying on RS, join with sl st in the left st of the bottom of the body. Ch15 and sl st in 2nd st from hook. Sl st in remaining sts to base. Sl st in the same (body) st.Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!

#6: Ch11 and sl st in 2nd st from hook. Sl st in remaining sts to base. Sc in the side of the body st, and continue to sc evenly around the body, working 2sc into ea of the very top two sts of the body (Row 10 above).Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!

#7: When you’ve reached the opposite side of the body, ch11 and sl st in 2nd st from hook. Sl st in remaining sts to base. Sl st in the first, remaining st at the bottom of the body.Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!

#8: Ch15 and sl st in 2nd st from hook. Sl st in remaining sts to base. Break yarn and sew to the same (body) st. Weave in ends or use them to sew the applique onto your project later.Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!Kraken - Octopus - Squid #Crochet Applique! Free pattern with photo tutorial!

I used two buttons layered together and sewn on with matching thread for the eyes, but you could use doll eyes, embroider them with yarn – whatever you like best. Sew this little fella to anything nautical or terrifyingly cute, and start the next one!Kraken Octopus Squid Applique Free Crochet Pattern on mooglyblog.com

This was a super fast project for me, and it’s untested as yet, so please let me know if there are any errors or anything that isn’t clear. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do! Do you plan on adding an octo-touch to any of your projects? Let me know what you think in the comments!

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  1. 1

    says

    I LOVE this pattern! I had so much fun making this just now. I had no problems following the pattern. Thank you for sharing your talent with us! This is such an adorable applique and I definitely plan on making more. :)

  2. 14

    Lisa says

    Thank you for sharing! I had a lot of fun making this and it turned out really cute! Perfect size for what I was looking for. My son will be very excited as he currently is really into octopus and squids.

    • 16

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Lisa, glad you liked the pattern! I looked up vampire squid, and it looks like they have 8 tentacles connected by a thin membrane, yes? I think the easiest option might be to create a separate membrane piece in a different color, the size and shape of the tentacles all together, and then attach the tentacles over the membrane piece. I don’t know if that’s clear?

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    Kiki says

    Thank you for publishing this beautiful pattern! I’ve been trying to get it right, but so far I’ve had no luck. Do you have a diagram showing how the tentacles attach to the body? I think all the turning around to the RS and WS, and changing the hook from one side to the other, is getting me a little confused and I’m not getting the position of the tentacles right (let alone the look of the part where the body and the tentacles attach!! A total mess!!!). Thanks again!!

    • 18

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Kiki! I’m not sure I can make a diagram that isn’t a mess, but I think a photo tutorial might work! I’ll get on it as soon as I can!

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