NOTE: Edited to fix stitches in R2 and R3!
Yay, thanks for all the birthday wishes guys! To celebrate (and also because I promised to post one a long time ago), I made this special amigurumi crochet pattern; it's based off of those takochu I love so much... so if you haven't gotten a takochu yet, now you can make your own; for free! Note: This pattern uses the "magic ring technique" so if you haven't gotten it down yet, visit this site!
Feel free to make these for your friends and family, but if you are going to sell them I'd really appreciate a shout out that credits me for the design (and maybe even link to my blog!) Also please don't distribute the pattern. Thanks in advance guys!
R#= Row Number
sc= single crochet stitch
slip/st= slip stitch
♥---♥= set of stitches to repeat while crocheting in the round
dc= double crochet stitch
To begin: Use a magic ring with 6 stitches to start. (Alternately you could Ch 2, sc 6 in the second st from the hook; join ends with a slip/st in the first sc (6 st)
R1: ♥2 sc in each stitch around♥, Repeat 6 times (12 st)
R2: ♥1 sc , then 2 sc in next st♥, Repeat 6 times (18 st)
R3: ♥2 sc, then 2 sc in next st♥, Repeat 6 times (24 st)
R4- R6: sc all the way around (24 st)
R7: ♥dec 1, 2 sc♥, repeat 6 times (18 st)
R8: ♥dec 1, 1 sc♥, repeat 6 times (12 st)
R9: ♥dec 1♥, repeat 6 times (6 st)
Tentacles (they should look like a flower when done):
To begin: Use a magic ring with 8 stitches to start. (Alternately you could Ch 2, sc 8 in the second st from the hook; join ends with a slip/st in the first sc) (8 st)
R1: ♥2 sc in each stitch around♥, Repeat 8 times (16 st)
R2: ♥5 dc in one stitch, skip one stitch, slip/st in the next stitch♥ repeat 5 times
Use the magic ring technique to crochet an "O" mouth. Do not pull the O closed!
Stuff the body with polyfil. Use a tapestry/ yarn needle to close the stuffed body with the tentacles. Sew the mouth "O" to the body. Use a hot glue gun to glue the eyes onto your takochu. Decorate with felt, sequins or other pretty shiny things!