When Cheryl learned about how crochet octopuses were helping preemies, she wanted to contribute. However, she didn't love any of the crochet octopus patterns out there. That's why she created her own. It has a slightly oval head, which is true to the real creature. She also has some great notes in the article about using safety eyes and checking for specific requirements at the hospital where you donate.
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Emil, the Preemie Crochet Octopus
Meet Emil, the cute preemie octopus crochet pattern. Do you crochet for charity? Have you heard about preemie octopus before? They're cute little amigurumi octopus (or jellyfish) suffed toys. Yes, they are adorable but that's not all. Scientific research has shown they actually help preemies get better. “The purpose of the crocheted octopuses is to promote comfort and development for the pre-term babies while in the hospital. The tentacles of the soft octos mimic the feel of the umbilical cord in their tiny hands and have been found to soothe the babies and help prevent them from pulling on wires and tubes.” Octopus for a Preemie-US Project Ambassador Randi Palm of Lonsdale Emil is an easy, beginner-friendly plush crochet octopus pattern. Only single crochet stitches are used throughout the pattern. Guidelines on size and construction were followed to be sure you can donate your crochet octopus to charity.
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Crochet Octopus Free Pattern - No Eyes Required
If you want to avoid the issue of safety eyes altogether, then one option is to forgo the eyes entirely. They aren't necessary to make a cute crochet octopus. Lilla Bjorn Crochet used this pattern and explains why she chose a no-eyes design. The pattern is by Anastasia Popova of Crochet for Babies.
Crochet Octopus Free Pattern
This free crochet octopus pattern was recommended in a Martha Stewart article about how these plush toys help preemies. The pattern is available in both US and UK crochet terms. This toy uses crochet eyes so you don't have to worry about safety eyes. Note that there aren't specific instructions for personalizing the octopus with accessories, but you can get some great inspiration from the photos.
Bunny Safety Blanket Free Crochet Pattern
Whether you call it a safety blanket, a lovey, a security blanket or a comforter, this safety blanket is most adored by babies and toddlers around the world. This Bunny Safety Blanket Free Crochet Pattern is a plush toy and security blanket all in one. This super cute Bunny Safety Blanket will make a great baby shower gift. Different from most Bunny Lovey, it sews Bunny’s head at the top of it, and crocheted four paws for all four corners, adding a pompom as bunny's tail. This project is perfect for intermediate crocheters. It will make a perfect Easter gift to your little ones. Thanks Elisa Sartori for sharing this free crocheting pattern. The link for the free pattern is provided below the photo. Happy crocheting.
Make an adorable little octopus with long curly tentacles using this easy to follow pattern. You can easily add a small bow or flower to the head or even a little bowtie. The octopus is made in 2 pieces, the head is crocheted and then the tentacles are made in one piece that is then sewed onto the bottom of the head. Materials: 1 skein of Patons Grace yarn (Azure) Size 3.125 crochet hook Two 8mm safety eyes Embroidery needle Embroidery floss for the mouth Stuffing for the head