Crochet Nautical Mobile

When I was pregnant with my second child I wanted to make something for the nursery, I started making an amigurumi octopus as a little keepsake, but I liked it so much I decided to turn it into more of a feature.

The mobile consists of the large octopus as a centrepiece, with two smaller octopus (octopi, octopuses?) and two smaller starfish suspended by a wooden embroidery hoop. It’s really simple but I think it’s just lovely.

Crochet nursery mobile
Crochet nursery mobile

Free crochet octopus mobile pattern: 

*US terminology*

Large octopus crochet pattern:

For the body you need to make a ball out of sc st.

Tip: stitch on the eyes and mouth before you decrease too much that it becomes tricky, and stuff the ball towards the end before you close up.

To start: ch 6 and join with a sl st

Round 1: sc 6 into ring. Join with sl st (6)

Round 2: work 2 sc into each st. Join with sl st  (12)

Round 3: work sc in first st, *work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st* around. Join with sl st (18)

Round 4: work 1 sc in first 2 st, *work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 2 st* around. Join with sl st (24)

Round 5: work 1 sc in first 3 st, *work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 3 st* around. Join with sl st (30)

Round 6: work 1 sc in first 4 st, *work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 4 st* around. Join with sl st (36)

Round 7: work 1 sc in first 5 st, *work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 5 st* around. Join with sl st (42)

Round 8: work 1 sc in first 6 st, *work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 6 st* around. Join with sl st (48)

Round 9: work 1 sc in first 7 st, *work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 7 st* around. Join with sl st (54)

Round 10: work 1 sc in first 8 st, *work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 8 st* around. Join with sl st (60)

Round 11-18: work 1 sc around

Round 19: work 1 sc in first 8 st, *2 sctog , 1 sc in next 8 st* around. Join with sl st (54)

Round 20: work 1 sc in first 7 st, *2 sctog, 1 sc in next 7 st* around. Join with sl st (48)

Round 21: work 1 sc in first 6 st, *2 sctog, 1 sc in next 6 st* around. Join with sl st (42)

Round 22: work 1 sc in first 5 st, *2 sctog, 1 sc in next 5 st* around. Join with sl st (36)

Round 23: work 1 sc in first 5 st, *2 sctog, 1 sc in next 5 st* around. Join with sl st (30)

Round 24: work 1 sc in first 4 st, *2 sctog, 1 sc in next 4 st* around. Join with sl st (24)

Round 25: work 1 sc in first 3 st, *2 sctog, 1 sc in next 3 st* around. Join with sl st (18)

Round 26: work 1 sc in first 2 st, *2 sctog, 1 sc in next 2 st* around. Join with sl st (12)

Round 27: work 1 sc in first st, *2 sctog, 1 sc in next st* around. Join with sl st (6)

Close up and fasten up.

For the eyes, use a black yarn to ch 4, join with a sl st, work 6 sc into the ring, join with a sl st. Fasten off leaving a long tail so you can use this to sew it onto the face. You can add a bit of white thread to the eyes to give them a little personality.

The mouth consists of a couple of stitches to make a smile.

For the eight tentacles I created four different size variations (I’m sure that’s not reflective of a real octopus but I like having the different lengths, particularly for a hanging mobile).

With a paler shade than you’ve chosen for the body ch 36 (or less for smaller tentacles) , turn and sc into the 2nd chain, hdc into the next 2 ch, dc into the next 4 ch, and tc into the remaining chains. Fasten off.

Repeat this with the main body colour and press the two pieces together. Sc around the edges and fasten off, make sure you leave a long tail so you can use this to fasten the tentacle to the body.

Repeat until you have eight tentacles.

Attach to the bottom of the body with a yarn needle.

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Small octopus crochet pattern:

This is the same pattern as the larger octopus, you just stop increasing much earlier on.

Repeat rounds 1-7, Work 3 rows of sc, then repeat rounds 21-27. Fasten off.

Remember to stuff the ball before you close it up too much.

For the tentacles, ch 12 (or less for smaller lengths), turn and sc into 2nd ch, sc into next 4 ch, hdc into remaining ch. fasten off. The lengths naturally curl up and give a nice squiggly effect.

I only created five of these tentacles for the smaller octopus, three in the main body colour, and two in a paler contrasting colour.

Attach to the body with a yarn needle.

 

Starfish crochet pattern:

To start: ch 4, join with a sl st

Round 1: ch 1 (counts as 1 sc) and sc 4 into the ring, join with a sl st (5)

Round 2: ch 1 (counts as 1 sc) and sc into same st, *2 sc into each st around*, join with a sl st (10)

Round 3: ch 1 (counts as 1 sc) and sc into same st, *1 sc into next st, 2 sc into next st* around, join with a sl st (15)

You should now have a circle.

The points: ch 5, sc into 2nd ch from hook, hdc into next ch, dc into next ch, tc into next ch. Skip 2 st on your circle and sl into the 3rd. Repeat another 4 times until you have 5 points.

After your last adjoining sl st, fasten off.

Repeat the pattern until you have two finished stars, press the pieces together and sc around the edges to join them together. Make sure you stuff the star before you close it up entirely.

 

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Finishing up:

You can make as many starfish and small octopus as you like for your mobile, I made two of each.

Take the inner ring of an embroidery hoop and attach the smaller creatures with a fine twine or cotton thread.

The large octopus does not attach to the embroidery hoop – it hangs through the centre of it, and dangles slightly lower than the other creatures.

Once you’ve attached your smaller creatures to the hoop take three longer lengths of cotton to hang your hoop from the desired location. Depending on where you are hanging your mobile from will determine the length of cotton you need – I hung mine from a high ceiling so I needed really long lengths of cotton. The cotton will need to be attached to the hoop at three points that are equal distances apart – this will ensure the hoop hangs level.

Attach a length of cotton to the large octopus and knot it together with the three lengths attached to your hoop some distance between the hoop and the hanging point, making sure your octopus hangs lower than the the other creatures (see photo for guidance).

Fasten the now four lengths of cotton together at the end so you can hang it from a hook.

And there you have it.

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