Giant Squid Crochet Pattern

Oh boy do I have exciting news for you! Or at least, those of you who were hoping to make your very own giant squid I now have a giant squid crochet pattern!

If you’ll recall I blogged about this nautical monstrosity a few months back but of course I didn’t really keep track of stitches as I went along so no pattern was available for this creature:

Giant Squid - Pops de Milk

I’ve done my best to make a replica though a much smaller one because to make that same size squid would have taken me a very long time…and I’m sure you don’t want to wait that long.

This bright new addition to our squid family measures about 40 inches in length! That’s a pretty sizeable squid! And the best part is the pattern is free! Ya!

Giant Squid Crochet Pattern
Yellow Squid - Pops de Milk
Yellow Squid is Hungry - Pops de Milk

That’s either one hungry squid, or it really loves my sewing machine.

And now for the pattern!

Giant Squid Crochet Pattern

Size: Approx 40” length

Materials:

  • Worsted weight (4) yarn in color of choice for the body, white and black for the eyes.
  • Size 3.75mm hook
  • Yarn needle for joining parts
  • Polyfil for stuffing
  • Fabric for pocket, approx. 20”x30”
  • Needle and thread to sew fabric
  • Optional: Sewing machine

Pattern Notes

The giant squid is made up of the following parts:

  • Mantle and body (that top triangle-looking part)
  • Arms x 8
  • Tentacles x 2
  • Eyes x 2

The body is worked from the top starting with the mantle. The mantle’s flat shape is achieved by increasing at the sides only. As the body is worked, the first and last stitch will not line up – this is fine and all you need to do is move your marker to the appropriate stitch to make sure it’s always aligned. Pattern is worked in continuous rounds – do not join or turn at the end of each round.

Stitch Guide (American terms)

Ch – chain

Sc – single crochet

Inc – increase

Dec – decrease

Body

Rnd 1: start 6 sc in magic ring.

Rnd 2: inc in each st (12 sts).

Rnds 3-5: sc in each st.

Rnd 6: inc, sc in next 3 sts, inc, sc, inc, sc in next 3 sts, inc, sc in last st (16 sts).

Rnds 7-9: sc in each st.

Rnd 10: inc, sc in next 5 sts, inc, sc, inc, sc in next 5 sts, inc, sc in last st (20 sts).

Rnd 11: sc in each st.

Rnd 12: inc, sc in next 7 sts, inc, sc, inc, sc in next 7 sts, inc, sc in last st (24 sts).

Rnd 13: sc in each st.

Rnd 14: inc, sc in next 9 sts, inc, sc, inc, sc in next 9 sts, inc, sc in last st (28 sts).

Rnd 15: sc in each st.

Rnd 16: inc, sc in next 11 sts, inc, sc, inc, sc in next 11 sts, inc, sc in last st (32 sts).

Rnd 17: sc in each st.

Rnd 18: inc, sc in next 13 sts, inc, sc, inc, sc in next 13 sts, inc, sc in last st (36 sts).

Rnd 19: sc in each st.

Rnd 20: inc, sc in next 15 sts, inc, sc, inc, sc in next 15 sts, inc, sc in last st (40 sts).

Rnd 21: sc in each st.

Rnd 22: inc, sc in next 17 sts, inc, sc, inc, sc in next 17 sts, inc, sc in last st (44 sts).

Rnd 23: sc in each st.

Rnd 24: inc, sc in next 19 sts, inc, sc, inc, sc in next 19 sts, inc, sc in last st (48 sts).

Rnds 25-27: sc in each st.

Rnd 28: dec, sc in next 19 sts, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 19 sts, dec, sc in last st (44 sts).

Rnd 29: dec, sc in next 17 sts, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 17 sts, dec, sc in last st (40 sts).

Rnd 30: dec, sc in next 15 sts, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 15 sts, dec, sc in last st (36 sts).

Rnd 31: dec, sc in next 13 sts, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 13 sts, dec, sc in last st (32 sts).

Rnds 32-33: sc in each st.

Rnd 34: dec, sc in next 11 sts, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 11 sts, dec, sc in last st (28 sts).

Rnd 35: dec, sc in next 9 sts, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 9 sts, dec, sc in last st (24 sts).

Rnds 36-38: sc in each st.

Rnd 39: [inc, sc in next 3 sts] repeat 6 times (30 sts).

Rnds 40-42: sc in each st.

Rnd 43: [inc, sc in next 4 sts] repeat 6 times (36 sts).

Rnds 44-46: sc in each st.

Rnd: 47: [inc, sc in next 5 sts] repeat 6 times (42 sts).

Rnds 48-50: sc in each st.

Rnd 51: [inc, sc in next 6 sts] repeat 6 times (48 sts).

Rnds 52-54: sc in each st.

Rnd 55: [inc, sc in next 7 sts] repeat 6 times (54 sts).

Rnds 56-58: sc in each st.

Rnd 59: Place stitch markers at both ends and both centers then: inc in 1st st, sc in next 11 sts, inc, sc in next 12 sts, inc, sc, inc, sc in next 11 sts, inc, sc in next 12 sts, inc, sc in last st (60 sts).

Rnds 60-62: sc in each st.

Rnd 63: inc, sc in next 13 sts, inc, sc in next 13 sts, inc, sc, inc, sc in next 13 sts, inc, sc in next 13 sts, inc, sc in last st (66 sts).

You can stop increasing here, sc in each stitch for about 20 rows and fasten off

OR

Continue to increase and make body bigger:

Rnds 64-66: sc in each st.

Rnd 67: inc, sc in next 14 sts, inc, sc in next 14 sts, inc, sc, inc, sc in next 14 sts, inc, sc in next 15 sts, inc, sc in last st (72 sts).

Rnds 68-70: sc in each st.

Rnd 71: inc, sc in next 15 sts, inc, sc in next 15 sts, inc, sc, inc, sc in next 15 sts, inc, sc in next 16 sts, inc, sc in last st (78 sts).

Continue to sc in each stitch until entire piece measures approx. 20” or about 28 to 30 rows. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Tentacles – Make 2

Rnd 1: start 4 sc in magic ring.

Rnd 2: inc in each st (8 sts).

Rnd 3: inc, sc in next 3 sts, inc, sc in next 3 sts (10 sts).

Rnd 4: inc, sc in next 4 sts, inc, sc in next 4 sts (12 sts).

Rnd 5: inc, sc in next 5 sts, inc, sc in next 5 sts (14 sts).

Rnd 6: inc, sc in next 6 sts, inc, sc in next 6 sts (16 sts).

Rnd 7: sc in each st.

Rnd 8: inc, sc in next 7 sts, inc, sc in next 7 sts (18 sts).

Rnd 9: inc, sc in next 8 sts, inc, sc in next 8 sts (20 sts).

Rnd 10: inc, sc in next 9 sts, inc, sc in next 9 sts (22 sts).

Rnd 11: inc, sc in next 10 sts, inc, sc in next 10 sts (24 sts).

Rnd 12: dec, sc in next 10 sts, dec, sc in next 10 sts (22 sts).

Rnd 13: dec, sc in next 9 sts, dec, sc in next 9 sts (20 sts).

Rnd 14: dec, sc in next 8 sts, dec, sc in next 8 sts (18 sts).

Rnd 15: dec, sc in next 7 sts, dec, sc in next 7 sts (16 sts).

Stuff lightly with polyfil. Sc in each st until entire piece measures approx. 20” or about 75 rows. Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing to body.

Arms – Make 8

Rnd 1: start 6 sc in magic ring.

Rnd 2: inc in each st (12 sts).

Rnd 3: inc, sc in next 5 sts, inc, sc in next 5 sts (14 sts).

Rnd 4: inc, sc in next 6 sts, inc, sc in next 6 sts (16 sts).

Yellow Squid Arms and Tentacles - Pops de Milk

Sc in each st until entire piece measures approx. 14” or about 60 rows. Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing to body.

Eyes – Make 2

Starting with black yarn

Rnd 1: start 6 sc in magic ring.

Rnd 2: inc in each st (12 sts).

Rnd 3: [inc, sc in next st] repeat 6 times (18 sts).

Switch to white yarn.

Rnd 4: [inc, sc in next 2 sts] repeat 6 times (24 sts).

Rnds 5-7: sc in each st.

Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing. Stuff with polyfil as you attach to squid body.

For the fabric pocket/lining:

Determine what size you want the pocket based on how big your squid turns out. In my case, the pocket was approx. 8” x 10” and was triangle-shaped. The shape doesn’t have to be perfect, the purpose of the pocket is to stuff the squid but still have a mouth or opening.

Sew lining to the last row of the body while stuffing the body with polyfil. Once sealed, you can move the stuffing around and distribute evenly along the sides and bottom.

Now your giant squid is done and you can show off your nautical creation to everyone you know!

If you try this giant squid crochet pattern I would love to see your version! If you’re on Instagram you can tag me @popsdemilk_crochet and use the hashtag #popsdemilk

Yellow Squid Mouth Pocket - Pops de Milk
Giant Squid Crochet Pattern

17 thoughts on “Giant Squid Crochet Pattern

  1. This is awesome! Do you have any idea roughly how much yarn you used?

    1. Hi Katie, thanks for visiting my blog! I used almost the entire ball of 400g/792m acrylic yarn. The brand I used is Phentex Worsted.

  2. For Round 59 of the body, shouldn’t the stitch count by 59? Since there are only 5 increases in stitches from the previous 54 count? Thanks!

    1. For that whole section (rows 59, 63, 67, 71), each row only increases by 5, correct? Or am I reading it wrong?

      1. Good eyes! There should be 6 increases – 2 at each end and one in each middle section. I’ve updated the post and the PDF. Thanks for letting me know!

      1. Great! Once I started the pattern and read the stitch count it was pretty obvious. I am thrilled to make this for my son. He is a sea creature fanatic!! It is bizarre and wonderful that “giant squid crochet pattern” google search yielded this awesome result! Thank you again.

      1. Sorry, I am pretty sure that these changes need to be made (below). I am Working through these rounds now.

        Rnd 63 the last “sc in the next 13 st” should be 14 st

        Rnd 67 the last “sc in the next 14 st” should be 15 st

        Rnd 71 – the last “sc in the next 15 st” should be 16 st

        1. My apologies! You’re absolutely right about round 67 and 71. With the increases made in round 63, the last set of sts should be as you say:
          Round 67: “sc in next 15 sts, inc, sc in last st” (72 sts)
          Round 71: “sc in next 16 sts, inc, sc in last st” (78 sts)
          Thank you so much for finding this error!

  3. It’s looks awesome. I have been struggling with my first squid hat and have changed my mind about 4 times now. :-). Thank you. I will crochet forth until the end. It might be awesome too.

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