Crochet Octopus Patterns:
Zar & Tot the Crocheted Cephalopods

Yarn Crafted Love for a Childhood of Hugs, Play, and Adventure

GO TO WEBSHOP: Zar and Tot Digital Crochet Patterns available in English (UK and US), Norwegian and Swedish

The original crocheted octopus and squid patterns by Danish Emily Cantio

Meet Zar & Tot, two adorable crocheted octopuses that are easy for any preemie, baby or child of any age to love. With their many, soft, and huggable arms, Zar and Tot will ease stress, soothe tears and aid in social development when growing up. They will help children handle fear, anxiety, separation and the unknown. Zar and Tot are great friends that will always listen unconditionally and provide safe comfort, even when mom and dad are not around.

Crocheted octopuses calming effect on babies

With their many arms, the crocheted cephalopods, Zar and Tot, can bring great joy. Babies and young kids, in particular, can benefit greatly from a crocheted octopus or squid, as their soft arms give a feeling of calmness and security. From data gathered in Danish hospitals, we know that crocheted octopuses have a calming effect on babies while providing reassurance to concerned parents. Newborn babies find security in an environment reminiscent of that in the womb, and a crocheted octopus or squid can help create that. Babies like to hold onto something as they are used to holding onto the umbilical cord inside the womb. Here the octopus arms or squid tentacles are good, as they have a thickness that fits well in an infant’s hand and are easy to grab. In addition, babies like to lie close, as it also reminds them of their time in their mother’s womb, where they were safe but with very little space. Thus, the octopus can provide security and ease stress by lying next to the child and with the arms placed so that the child can easily grab these and thus find the security they also had in the womb.

Perfect playmates who create security and stimulate the senses

In addition to being fantastic sleeping and playing companions, the cephalopods Zar & Tot are also really good at stimulating children’s senses. The suction cups on the creatures’ arms stimulate the sense of touch, while the contrasting colors stimulate the sense of sight, making it easier for babies to see them, as their color vision is limited at first. The crocheted octopuses and squids are also good for children in the oral phase, where everything has to be in the mouth, as the arms are easy to grab and stuff in the mouth. The cephalopods can be easily washed if you use cotton yarn and fillings that can withstand washing. In addition, you can choose to crochet it in organic cotton if you wish. If you would like to add sound to the octopus, you can add bells in the stuffing of the body or arms, or add a small ”music box” in the stuffed body.

Our own son absolutely loves his crocheted squid and octopus for play and sleep. Especially Zar, which he got the day he was born! As a newborn, we would often flail around his arms as he was going to sleep, but the crocheted cephalopod was perfect, as it gave him something to grab and bury his hands in. He also loves to play and explore his crocheted squid and octopus with his hands and mouth.

Clear crochet patterns with good explanations and guiding pictures

The crochet patterns are made with clear explanations and many pictures, making them perfect even if you are a beginner to crocheting. In addition to detailed pictures at the end of the patterns, there is also an extra picture guide on how to make the suction cups. If you are looking for a crochet project and you have a little one yourself, or you know someone who could benefit from Zar and Tot, then get started today! Zar and Tot also make great baby shower gifts for the little newborn!

Crochet patterns delivered digitally

The Zar and Tot crochet patterns can be purchased here from this website. After completing a purchase, you will immediately receive an email with a receipt and a link to download the crochet pattern as a print-friendly PDF file.

Note that there is a download restriction, so be sure to save the PDF file locally on your computer or smartphone once you have downloaded it. The download link expires after 3 months. Some buyers have experienced issues where the email with the download link ends up in their spam folder. Should you not receive the email with the download link a few minutes after completing your purchase, then please check your spam folder or contact me.

Practical information

For safety reasons, the catch arms must be a maximum of 22 cm. long when stretched out. If the arm measures more than 22 cm, you must settle for fewer air masks. In my opinion, it is always better to make them shorter than 22 cm. if the cephalopod is to be gifted to a newborn. Also, the use of safety eyes can prove a choking hazard if they are ripped off via ripping the fabric. A great alternative to using safety eyes is just to crochet your own!

The general rule is that these octopuses and squids should be crocheted tight. Stuffing must not come through the crocheted fabric when the toy is stretched. Also, tight weaving makes octopuses more durable. For a washable octopus or squid, crocheted in cotton and with a filling that is washable.

Digital Crochet Pattern: Zar the Crocheted Octopus (UK English)

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MATERIALS & TOOLS
  • 75 grams of cotton yarn for the main body and upper part of the 8 arms (I used “coral” color)
  • 50 grams of cotton yarn for bottom part of the 8 arms (I used “off white” color)
  • Crochet hook size 2.5 millimetres (0.098 inches) (but depending on the cotton yarn you are using)
  • A pair of safety eyes (I used a pair of 10 millimetres (0.39 inches) safety eyes). 
Remember the use of safety eyes can prove a choking hazard if they are ripped off via ripping the fabric. An alternative to using safety eyes is just to crochet the octopus eyes.
  • Stuffing
  • Scissor
  • Needle

The crochet pattern is made with clear explanations and many pictures, making it perfect even if you are a beginner to crocheting. In addition to detailed pictures at the end of the pattern, there is also an extra picture guide on how to make the suction cups.

SKU: 01210319 (UK) Category:
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Digital Heklemønster: Blekkspruten Zar (Norsk)

5,50

MATERIALER
  • 75 g bomullsgarn i fargen koral
  • 50 g bomullsgarn i fargen off white
  • Heklenål str. 2,5 eller annen størrelse som passer til ønsket garn
  • Et par ”safety eyes” eller knapper til øyner, 10 mm
Bruk av sikkerhetsøyne kan også utgjøre en kvelningsfare hvis de blir revet av ved å rive stoffet. Et flott alternativ til å bruke sikkerhetsøyne er bare å hekle dine egne!
  • Fyll (bomull)
  • Nål
  • Saks

Hekleoppskriften er laget med klare forklaringer og mange bilder, noe som gjør den perfekt selv om du er nybegynner. I tillegg til detaljerte bilder på slutten av mønstrene, er det også en ekstra bildeguide om hvordan du lager sugekoppene.

Etter å ha fullført et kjøp, vil du umiddelbart motta en e-post med en kvittering og en lenke for å laste ned hekleoppskriften som en utskriftsvennlig PDF-fil.

Merk at det er en nedlastningsbegrensning, så husk å lagre PDF-filen lokalt på datamaskinen eller smarttelefonen når du har lastet den ned. Nedlastningskoblingen utløper etter 3 måneder. Noen kjøpere har opplevd problemer der e-postadressen med nedlastingskoblingen havner i søppelpostmappen. Hvis du ikke mottar e-postmeldingen med nedlastingskoblingen noen få minutter etter at du har fullført kjøpet, kan du sjekke søppelpostmappen eller kontakte meg.

SKU: 02210319 (NO) Category: Tag:
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Digital Crochet Pattern: Zar the Crocheted Octopus (US English)

5,50

MATERIALS & TOOLS
  • 75 grams of cotton yarn for the main body and upper part of the 8 arms (I used “coral” color)
  • 50 grams of cotton yarn for bottom part of the 8 arms (I used “off white” color)
  • Crochet hook size 2.5 millimetres (0.098 inches) (but depending on the cotton yarn you are using)
  • A pair of safety eyes (I used a pair of 0.39 inches (10 millimetres) safety eyes). 
Remember the use of safety eyes can prove a choking hazard if they are ripped off via ripping the fabric. An alternative to using safety eyes is just to crochet the octopus eyes.
  • Stuffing
  • Scissor
  • Needle

The crochet pattern is made with clear explanations and many pictures, making it perfect even if you are a beginner to crocheting. In addition to detailed pictures at the end of the pattern, there is also an extra picture guide on how to make the suction cups.

SKU: 01210329 (US) Category:
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Digitalt Virkmönster: Bläckfisken Zar (Svenska)

5,50

MATERIAL
  • 75 g bomullsgarn i färgen korall
  • 50 g bomullsgarn i färgen naturvit
  • Virknål strl. 2,5 eller den storlek som passar till ditt valda garn
  • Ett par säkerhetsögon, 10 mm. Säkerhetsögonen kan innebära kvävningsrisk om de slits loss då barnet sliter i tyget. Ett utmärkt alternativ till säkerhetsögon är helt enkelt att virka dina egna!
  • Fyllningsvadd
  • Nål
  • Sax

Virkmönstret är gjort med tydliga förklaringar och många bilder vilket gör det perfekta även för dig som inte har virkat förr. Förutom de detaljerade bilderna vid slutet av mönstret finns det också en extra bildguide som visar hur du gör sugskålarna.

Efter att du slutfört ditt köp får du genast ett e-postmeddelande med ett kvitto och en länk för att ladda ner virkmönstret som en utskriftsvänlig PDF-fil.

Observera att begränsningar gäller för nedladdning så se till att du sparar PDF-filen lokalt på din dator eller smartphone när du har laddat ner den. Nedladdningslänken utgår efter 3 månader. Vissa köpare har upplevt problem med sin e-post då nedladdningslänken hamnat i skräpkorgen. Om du inte fått mailet med nedladdningsfilen inom några minuter efter att du slutfört ditt köp, kontrollera då din skräpmapp eller kontakta mig.

SKU: 02210329 (SE) Category: Tag:
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Digital Crochet Pattern: Tot the Crocheted Squid (US English)

5,50

MATERIALS & TOOLS
  • 75 grams of cotton yarn for the main body and upper part of the 10 arms (I used light blue color)
  • 50 grams of cotton yarn for bottom part of the 10 arms (I used white color)
  • Crochet hook size 0.098 inches (2.5 millimetres) (but depending on the cotton yarn you are using)
  • A pair of safety eyes (I used a pair of 0.984 inches (25 millimetres) safety eyes). 
Remember the use of safety eyes can prove a choking hazard if they are ripped off. An alternative to using safety eyes is just to crochet the eyes.
  • Stuffing
  • Scissor
  • Needle

The crochet pattern is made with clear explanations and many pictures, making it perfect even if you are a beginner to crocheting. In addition to detailed pictures at the end of the pattern, there is also an extra picture guide on how to make the suction cups.

SKU: 01210714 (US) Category:
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Digital Crochet Pattern: Tot the Crocheted Squid (UK English)

5,50

MATERIALS & TOOLS
  • 75 grams of cotton yarn for the main body and upper part of the 10 arms (I used light blue color)
  • 50 grams of cotton yarn for bottom part of the 10 arms (I used white color)
  • Crochet hook size 0.098 inches (2.5 millimetres) (but depending on the cotton yarn you are using)
  • A pair of safety eyes (I used a pair of 0.984 inches (25 millimetres) safety eyes). 
Remember the use of safety eyes can prove a choking hazard if they are ripped off. An alternative to using safety eyes is just to crochet the eyes.
  • Stuffing
  • Scissor
  • Needle

The crochet pattern is made with clear explanations and many pictures, making it perfect even if you are a beginner to crocheting. In addition to detailed pictures at the end of the pattern, there is also an extra picture guide on how to make the suction cups.

SKU: 02210714 (UK) Category:
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Digitalt Virkmönster: Bläckfisken Tot (Svenska)

5,50

MATERIALS & TOOLS
  • 75 g bomullsgarn i färgen ljusblå
  • 50 g bomullsgarn i färgen vit
  • Virknål strl. 2,5 eller den storlek som passar till ditt valda garn
  • Ett par säkerhetsögon, 25 mm
  • Fyllningsvadd
  • Nål
  • Sax

Virkmönstret är gjort med tydliga förklaringar och många bilder vilket gör det perfekta även för dig som inte har virkat förr. Förutom de detaljerade bilderna vid slutet av mönstret finns det också en extra bildguide som visar hur du gör sugskålarna.

Efter att du slutfört ditt köp får du genast ett e-postmeddelande med ett kvitto och en länk för att ladda ner virkmönstret som en utskriftsvänlig PDF-fil.

Observera att begränsningar gäller för nedladdning så se till att du sparar PDF-filen lokalt på din dator eller smartphone när du har laddat ner den. Nedladdningslänken utgår efter 3 månader. Vissa köpare har upplevt problem med sin e-post då nedladdningslänken hamnat i skräpkorgen. Om du inte fått mailet med nedladdningsfilen inom några minuter efter att du slutfört ditt köp, kontrollera då din skräpmapp eller kontakta mig.

SKU: 03210714 (SE) Category: Tag:
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