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Baby Cephalopods crochet patterns

Make your own aquatic nursery with my new Baby Cephalopod collections: Octopus & Squid, and Cuttlefish & Nautilus. A perfect use for yarn scraps, these mini amigurumi take only 25-30m of yarn apiece, and work perfectly in any colour.

baby cephalopods crochet patterns by planetjune: octopus, squid, cuttlefish, nautilus

Cephalopod Fun Facts:

  • Cephalopods are a type of mollusc, which means they have no skeleton and are related to snails.
  • Cephalopod means ‘head-foot’, referring to the fact that their arms and tentacles are attached to their heads, not their bodies.
  • There are only 4 types of cephalopod, so you can crochet a complete collection if you buy my patterns!
  • Only the nautilus has a visible shell; squids and cuttlefish have an internal shell, and octopuses have no shell at all.
  • In real life, each cephalopod has a different pupil shape: Nautilus (tiny pinhole), Squid (large and round), Cuttlefish (‘W’ shape), Octopus (horizontal slit). In amigurumi world, big black eyes are just fine though 😉

Meet the Cephalopods:

Baby Octopus has long curling arms and a realistic body shape:
baby octopus amigurumi crochet pattern by planetjune
Fun Fact: Octopuses are completely soft, with no bones or shell, so they can squeeze themselves through tiny gaps barely larger than their eye!

Baby Squid has two long tentacles and swimming fins at the back:
baby squid amigurumi crochet pattern by planetjune
Fun Fact: There are about 300 species of squid, ranging in size from a only few centimetres to over 10m long!

Baby Cuttlefish has an undulating fin all the way around its body.
baby cuttlefish amigurumi crochet pattern by planetjune
Fun Fact: Cuttlefish squirt a brown ink called sepia – this is the source of the name of the colour sepia!

Baby Nautilus has a mass of tentacles and a shell with a hood.
baby nautilus amigurumi crochet pattern by planetjune
Fun Fact: Nautiluses are ancient cephalopods known as ‘living fossils’ because they’ve remained virtually unchanged for 500 million years!

About the Patterns:

Baby Cephalopods are between 5 and 6.5″ long, including tentacles. Each design is crocheted in only 2 or 3 pieces, so there’s minimal finishing to do when you’ve finished crocheting. And, although each has different arms/tentacles, they all use the same basic method, so, once you’ve made your first cephalopod, you’ll be able to fly through crocheting the tentacles for the others.

I think the few pieces and fast assembly would make these designs perfect candidates for those of you who enjoy selling your crocheted items

All the designs are very simple to crochet, except the Nautilus, which is slightly more advanced as the body and shell look like two separate pieces, but they are actually one piece – the hood is the only separate part. (I think you’ll enjoy my special technique though – it’s very clever! I’ve included lots of extra photos with it to make sure everyone will able to create the clever two-piece shell/body effect.)

As well as my usual step-by-step photos, any pieces that are crocheted in non-amigurumi style include crochet stitch diagrams in addition to full written instructions, so you can follow whichever method you prefer. (I’m hoping you’ll find the stitch diagrams to be a useful addition to my patterns; one diagram is clearer than a whole series of round-by-round photos.)

These designs are available as two sets of 2 patterns:
baby cephalopods crochet patterns by planetjune: octopus, squid, cuttlefish, nautilus
Left: Baby Cephalopods 1: Octopus & Squid
Right: Baby Cephalopods 2: Cuttlefish & Nautilus

But, because these baby best friends can’t bear to be apart, I’ve put together a multipack deal for you when you buy both sets: Baby Cephalopods 1 & 2 includes all four patterns for a bargain price.

Not ready to buy yet? Queue/heart them on Ravelry!
Set 1: Set 2:

I first sketched out these designs and picked out the yarn colours two years ago, before I left Canada. It’s taken all this time to simplify and perfect them. I think I’ll make a second set in more realistic colours, because, now I’ve finally finished the patterns, they’re irresistibly quick and fun to crochet! I hope you’ll enjoy making them as much as I do…


  1. Aerial Payne said

    Would you consider making and selling me a set of ceohalopods?

    • June said

      Aerial, I’m afraid I don’t have time to accept commissions for finished items based on my patterns, but some of my customers do: you can find the list of customers who sell items based on my patterns at

      Maybe you’ll find one of them who has what you’re looking for in stock, or can custom-make it for you 🙂

  2. Cogaroo said

    I absolutely love this pattern – I posted about my finished nautilus and cuttlefish here, in case you’d like to see: You design such adorable creatures! 🙂

  3. I absolutely love these! Who knew that these have been brewing all this time?

  4. Absolutely ADORABLE! I can’t wait to finish my AmiDog Scottish Terrier and German Sheppard so I can start these amazing lil guys!!!(or gals 😉 )

    What a wonderful surprise for a Monday! 😉

  5. MorganAdel said

    So stinkin’ cute! I think my little guy is going to get baby cephalopods as his next toys 😉

  6. Chrisie said

    Aww, what an adorable surprise! Awesome as always June!

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