Olive – Crochet Octopus Puzzle

FREE Crochet Octopus Pattern (Amamani)

Olive the Crochet Octopus Puzzle is the latest in my Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Animal series (Amamani for short).  She is based on my FREE Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern, and as such comes apart into 3 segments that have to be assembled or “built” to form an octopus.

Once built (and provided you use the suggested yarn and hook), she is about 12 cm in diameter, making her perfect for little hands to grab hold of!  And the limitless colour options mean that you can make your crochet octopus as unique and as crazy as you want.

The puzzle itself is fairly simple.  But if you’ve never built a puzzle ball, it might take you a while to get your head around it.

My friend, Pam Perkins, made a tiny version using #10 crochet thread and a 1.5 mm crochet hook.  She sent me these cute pictures of Olive trying to eat Skillie the crochet turtle.  They made me giggle, so I am sharing them.

Amamani Crochet Turtle and Octopus

This pattern is suitable for beginners, but you will want some experience of working in the round and increasing/decreasing.

If you are at all unsure and want to do a dummy-run first, try making my Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball.  You will soon notice that the only difference between the puzzle ball and the octopus is that one of the segments of the octopus contains a head.

FREE Crochet Octopus Puzzle Pattern

Crochet Octopus Puzzle Pattern (Amamani)Crochet Octopus Puzzle Pattern

You can find the free pattern (PDF) here on Ravelry.

Extra points for you if you share a picture of your completed octopus puzzle on my facebook page or add it as a Ravelry project.

Update 15/6/2013:  I have now updated the pattern with additional photos.  Hopefully this will make it easier for those of you who have never made the Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball or any of the Amamani.


This pattern is now available in Dutch (translated, with permission, by Magda Wellens from Aurorashandwerkwereldje)

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  1. Cheryl says

    Love your pattern & envy your creativity! Thank you for sharing!! One question, tho … I noticed the legs seem to have a running stitch of light-colored thread emanating from the underside of Olive out to all the tips (?) of her tentacles. Why? I can’t seem to find directions to for doing this step. Did I miss something? Was it done to help keep the tentacles curly or for visual effect or yet some other reason? Thanks in advance for your response!

  2. manya says

    There is a mistake in the printed PDF. pattern.On page 2 under Wedge Lids, it shows only 10 rows of the instructions. Further down that page, it says to repeat rows 1-14 – 3 more times.
    When I checked your other patterns, you did have it say 14 rows for the ‘lids’.
    Someone goofed. Please correct.
    Thank you for some great patterns that I hope to be able to try as soon as I finish some other projects.

    • Dedri Uys says

      Manya, the instructions are in 2 columns. if you look in the right-hand column, just under heading for “Lids” and just above the photo, you will see the instructions for Rows 11 – 14.

  3. sandra says

    muchas gracias por compartir , ya tengo el mio ,fue muy divertido hacerlo un saludo y una vez mas gracias

    • Dedri Uys says

      Hi Tiernie. The pattern for Olive is free. If you scroll down on the page (here) you will see an image of the written pattern. Clicking on it will open the pdf pattern.

  4. Jeanean Wendland says

    I have been looking for a first project amirigami. This is it. Thanks so much for publishing this as a free project.

  5. Brenda says

    I enjoyed testing this adorable puzzle and the little girl that got it, loves it!!!! You are brillant!

  6. Melanie says

    That is AWESOME!!!!! He has given me the incentive to finish my ufo’s! I’ve promised myself no more new projects until they are all done!! Thankfully there are only 5!!!

    • Dedri Uys says

      For every one thing I finish I abandon 4! I am hopeless. I once resorted to putting all unfinished projects in their own little bags along with the needed novelties and equipment…I very quickly ran out of crochet hooks and still can’t find my 6mm hook and half of my bobbins and thread. Bad idea!

  7. Zanne says

    Your patterns are awesome. Thank you so much for offering them for free. I can’t wait to try them. I know my grandchildren will love them!

  8. Patti says

    Dedri, you have such a talent and are so kind to share this with so many. You inspire us in so many ways and it is truly appreciated!

  9. Anja says

    Thanks for sharing again an incredible pattern. I’m always looking forward to see your newest creations.

    • Dedri Uys says

      Suzanne, the pattern is available for free by clicking on the image of the pattern in the post above. Have fun!

  10. Jamea Henry says

    Once again you blow my mind Dedri. I love the octopus! Where do you get your ideas? Do you just get up one morning and say hey, I think I’ll design an octopus puzzle ball today!? And then you do it…? How long does it take you to design one? I am very intrigued!!!! : )
    I think your designs are super cool and I will eventually get around to making every single one of them. I have two more grandbabies due this year!!!
    Thank you by the way…you are quite an inspiration!
    Jamea (Angel)

    • Dedri Uys says

      Haha. For every one thing I make, I think of 5 more I want to make. I need another me or another 8 hours in my day. Glad you like her!

  11. says

    Just made th Amish ball and look forward to trying this and others.
    Please chec my site I have also made the little blue car which was a big hit with the recipient.

    Thanks for your patterns.

    • Dedri Uys says

      Thank you, Jan. I’ve had a look at your lovely creations. Tried to leave a comment this morning, but my phone was acting up. Will try again later x

  12. Aimee says

    I totally agree…very cool! How do you come up with all these great ideas? I’ve seen the plain puzzle balls a million times but never would have come up with the idea of making it into an octopus! I look forward to making him…thank you so much for sharing the pattern.
    Have a spectacular Sunday,
    Aimee :o)

  13. Amy says

    That is…*shakes head in amazement* I’m just speechless. This is the most awesome one you’ve designed yet, I love it!!

    I cannot wait until I’m done with my backlog of projects, this will be the first puzzle ball I do.

    Thank you so much for your hard work and generosity of offering them for free.

    • Dedri Uys says

      Lol, thank you, Amy. You’ve made my day! Crochet quickly so I can see what your Octopus turns out like x

  14. dolly kostroun says

    I have been crocheting for 70 years. I do not know how to work this computer very well, though. I want to tell you thank you very much for the pattern. I am going to make some for the children’s hospital.


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