You Can Craft Your Own Adorable Octopus Thanks to This Downloadable Pattern

Amigurumi Animals by Elena Plaxina Simpatico Gufo

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The art of amigurumi (crocheted toys) has captured the hearts of crafters and toy lovers. It gained popularity in Japan during the early aughts but the technique has made its way around the world. In Russia, author and artist Elena Plaxina (of Simpatico Gufo) helps to keep the cute craft alive with her handmade animal toys. She makes all-sort of crochet critters, but her amigurumi octopuses are particularly sweet.

The 10 cm-long octopus toy features lifelike glass eyes and eight tentacles that can be posed and flexed thanks to internal wiring. It even features glass beads on its “skin” to give it a shimmering, underwater-like appearance.

Plaxina sells her handmade octopuses on Etsy, but if you’re inspired to try crafting your own, the artist recently released a downloadable crochet pattern of the design. Simply choose your preferred yarn color, download the PDF, and follow Plaxina’s instructions. It’s best if you already have some knowledge of how to crochet; but if you’re new to the craft, you can learn the basics in My Modern Met's guide.

Check out photos of what the final toy might look like below, and scroll down to see even more of Plaxina’s textile creations.

Love this cute octopus toy? Its designer Elena Plaxina released a downloadable DIY amigurumi pattern that shows you how to make it yourself.

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The artist also makes other adorable amigurumi animals.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Elena Plaxina.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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