Octo Project is a worldwide project that has crafters help preemies thrive by crocheting octopuses for babies in the NICU. The tentacles of the octopus resemble the umbilical cord and remind babies of the womb and comfort.
This is a modified crochet pattern by Anastasia Popova to the original Octo Project pattern. Changes are made to accommodate worsted weight yarn and eliminate seeming.
Basic stitches (single crochet)
Crocheting in the round
Finished Measurements: About 8″ tall. Head circumference is about 7″. Curled up tentacles are about 4-5″ long, fully stretched cannot exceed 8″ for safety reasons.
Yarn: Worsted weight 100% cotton yarn.
I would recommend not using mercerized cotton as it is treated with chemicals to make yarn shinier. I would also recommend not using yellow color for preemies (bad juju). I have used Sugar n’ Cream which can be purchased at any big box craft store. It’s inexpensive, readily available and comes in a lot of colors. It could be a little hard on your hands as it needs to be crocheted at a tight gauge. Another great option that I will mostly be using is Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton, very soft, great color selection.
Sample Shown in: Lily Sugar ’n Cream (100% cotton; 120 yds [110 m]/ 2.5 oz [70.9 g]), and
I Love This Cotton (100% cotton; 180 yds [165 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]).
Hook: US size G/6 (4.25 mm). Or hook necessary to obtain gauge.
I’ve created this cute crochet baby bow headband to match the Pretty in Pink dress. There are a lot of crochet patterns for a baby bow headband, but I have not seen one that uses fold over elastic (FOE). Babies heads grow so quickly that I prefer to use FOE for a baby headband instead of crocheting the headband.
This is a free crochet pattern for a cute crochet baby dress. I originally designed this dress for Crochet One Skein Wonders Baby Book, but it was sized for newborn and 3 month old only. My almost one year old baby girl really “needed” a crochet dress (yes, I have a problem, I can’t stop crocheting for her ;)), so I sized it up to fit 9-12 month old as well.
The pattern in the book is called Pretty in Pink, p.89.
The dress is worked from the top down. The buttoned front piece makes dressing easier, and the buttons add charm.