Published on February 22nd, 2018 | by Yazmin Vigus


Why You Need to Crochet an Octopus!

Octopus for a Preemie (OFAP) uses adorable crocheted octopuses to support preemie babies and their families! Find out about this amazing charity and some patterns to inspired by their work!

Preemie babies have always touched the hearts of the crochet community – preemie hats are often the go-to project to show support and offer practical help for vulnerable premature babies and their families. Now the charity OFAP (Octopus for a Preemie) sees volunteers crochet these adorable sea creatures, whose yarny tentacles are perfect for little hands to grip as they bear resemblance to their mother’s umbilical chord which babies hold onto in the womb.

OFAP was founded in Denmark in Febuary 2013 as the Danish Octo Project which saw these adorable baby toys handmade and distributed to hospitals for free. Since then the project has expanded around the world including branches all over Europe, Australia and the United States.

The UK charity was launched in August 2016 with over 16,000 volunteers producing up to 2,000 crocheted toys to Intensive Care Nurseries around the country.

Feeling inspired? Explore some of our favorite octopus themed patterns in celebration of this fantastic charity, and why not visit their page for preemie-safe projects. As each crocheted octopus donated to OFAP must adhere to the strict safety standards, so don’t forget to check their page before starting your project!

Octopus by Denizas Toys Joys

Perfect for crocheters with a bit of experience behind them, this adorable orange octopus is a wonderful toy. Why not get your hook into this gorgeous FREE pattern curtesy of the brilliant Denizas Toys Joys.

Octavia the Octopus by Lily Sugar ‘n Cream

Dive into this brilliant FREE beginner octopus pattern by Lily Sugar ‘n Cream! Customise your very own Octavia with your favorite color and delight in her gorgeous features from her adorable big eyes and squiggly legs!

Claude the Octopus by Patchwork Moose

Claude has to be one of the most glorious patterns, straight from tending his underwater garden under the sea! Designed by Patchwork Moose, using aran yarn, Claude is full of beautiful detail from every angle! This is certainly the project for more ambitious crocheters on the block.

Owen the Tiny Octopus by Adriana Aguirre

For a tiny pocket size octo-project that is full of lovable detail, try crocheting Owen the Octopus by Adriana Aguirre. Designed in Hobby Lobby Mango and Buttercup, he’s a great project for intermediate crocheters.


Inspired to crochet your own octopus? Why not share your project with others in our community!

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6 Responses to Why You Need to Crochet an Octopus!

  1. Carly Cowell says:

    Is anyone in the UK doing this ? Have you any details of where to send them please? Thanks xx

    • Joanna says:

      There’s a Facebook page called octapus for a preemie uk. I haven’t signed up yet but I think that’s where you need to look.

    • Doreen says:

      Try your call neo neo natal unit and ask questions I did and I send mine to Worcester royal infrmary

  2. Gail says:

    I belong to the group. It is a really friendly group of ladies and gentlemen. If you check out the Facebook page for the group you will find out much much more. There are specific patterns which we use. Because we are making for some of the most vulnerable babies we have to adhere to strict guidelines but the community is always eager to help new members with advice and guidance. Come and join us, we’d love you to help out. Go to Octopus For A Preemie UK Facebook page.

  3. Nadine Z says:

    This is such a beautiful thing to do. We are blessed with the ability to use our hands to create wonderful things. It’s such a pleasure to be able to use this gift to give to those in need. I am giddy with excitement to get started on this project and get my creations in those tiny little hands!

  4. Joan says:

    they need this around the US too such a good project.

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