Thursday, 24 July 2014

Squidlet Amigurumi Pattern

When I first made squidlets years ago on my old blog, a few people asked me for a pattern, and um, here it is! Two years later... oops. Anyway, I had a super rough pattern saved on my laptop, which I ran through and tidied up for public consumption (my pattern notation conventions are unusual, at best) and added another squidlet to my collection in the process!

Any size yarn and hook is fine, but I generally use DK weight yarn and a 4mm hook. You'll also want some animal eyes and stuffing.

Disclaimer: I'm terrible at writing patterns, so if any of this doesn't make sense, please let me know! This is all US crochet abbreviations/stitches. (UK ones make no sense to me at all. Not intuitive!)

This whole pattern is working in the round, so you'll need a stitch marker or something similar (I just use a piece of yarn) unless you want to do a lot of very tedious counting.

Start with a magic loop (a slip knot will work fine, but magic loop is much neater and well worth learning, so get thyself to youtube, my hooky friends!) then chain 2

Row 1: 5 sc into magic loop

Row 2 : 2 sc into each sc (10 stitches in total)

Row 3: *2sc into sc, 1 x sc* repeat (15 stitches)

Row 4: *2sc into sc, 2 x sc* repeat (20 stitches)

Row 5: *2sc into sc, 3 x sc* repeat (25 stitches)

Rows 6-9 : sc (25 stitches)

Row 10: *3 x sc, sc2tog* repeat (20 stitches)

Row 11: *2 x sc, sc2tog* repeat (15 stitches)

Row 12: (This row is worked only into the back loop of the stitch) *5dc in sc, sc* repeat for 7 shells, then  sl st.

(Now is the time to pop the eyes in. I like to place them 2 or 3 rows up from the 'tentacles' and 5 or 6 stitches apart. You can also hide the loose end of yarn from where you started in the body of the squidlet by pulling it through.)

Row 13: (into the other half of the stitch on the bottom of the squidlet) *2 x sc, sc2tog* repeat

(This is a good point at which to stuff the squidlet.)

Row 14: *sc, sc2tog* repeat

Row 15: *sc2tog* repeat

Row 16: close the small hole that remains with a sl st through the opposite side of the opening, finish off, and weave in the loose end.

Ta-da! Your squidlet is ready to adventure! Please do make as many as you want and take them adventuring (squidlets love to adventure) but please don't sell your squidlets, pass them off as your own, etc etc. :)

By varying the yarn weight you can also make a GIANT SQUIDLET, which is extra cuddly. This one below was made using Rowan Big Wool.

Go forth with your squidlet friends!



  1. I made a little squidlet!! Your pattern was super easy to follow, well done. I stitched him some eyes, but I really need to get him some proper ones. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Yay, I'm glad it was ok to follow! Hooray for baby squidlets :)

  2. I love this pattern! My friend asked me to make little animals for her hedgehog, and I had to make omega of these. I am going to make a giant squilet too -they are just too cute! Thank you so much for the wonderful pattern!

    1. Awwwwww! Now I am imagining a little hedgehog with a squidlet friend, that is too cute! :) I'm glad you like the pattern :D

  3. These littles guys are solo cute, I can't stop making them. I have an army of squidlet at home.. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern

  4. Hi! I have a question for you. Whenever I make one of the squidlets, I can see the stuffing through the yarn. I tried making the stitches tighter, but that didnt work. Is there a kind of trick so you cant see the stuffing through the spaces in the stitches? Thanks!

  5. Hi! I really love your pattern and it's so easy to do. I'm writing a paper on amigurumi and would love to link your pattern to it and the presentation. I do not want credit for the pattern. I just really love these little suidlets. Thank you for your time and consideration.

    1. That's super awesome, please feel free to do so! It's so great to hear you like it! :)

  6. Tiny problem on the pattern. If I do this; Row 12: (This row is worked only into the back loop of the stitch) then I can't do this; (into the other half of the stitch on the bottom of the squidlet) because the other half is on the outside of the squidlet.

    1. Yes. It says "back loop only" but means "front loop only" I had to undo everything...

  7. Put in less stuffing I made that mistake when I first started crochet Amigurumi
    Hope that helps!

  8. Is the math on row 13 wrong? Shouldn't that be *sc, sc2tog* as there are only 15 stitches on that row? If we're meant to pick up a 16th an image of what's happening on the bottom would be really helpful, or even just the stitch counts listed on 13, 14, 15.

  9. I use small paper clips for stitch markers. I like the mixed color ones. So adorable. Thank you for the pattern.