The art of amigurumi (crochet toys) has captured the hearts of crafters and toy lovers. It gained popularity in Japan in the early 2000s, but the technique has caught on around the world. In Russia, author and artist Elena Plaxina (of Simpatico Gufo) helps keep cute crafts alive with her handmade animal toys. She makes all kinds of crochet creatures, but her amigurumi octopuses are especially sweet.
The 10cm long octopus toy features realistic glass eyes and eight tentacles that can be posed and flexed using internal wiring. It even features glass beads on its “skin” to give it a shimmery, underwater look.
Plaxina sells her handmade octopuses on Etsy, but if you’re inspired to try making your own, the artist recently released a downloadable crochet pattern of the design. Simply choose your favorite thread color, download the PDF and follow Plaxina’s instructions. It is best if you already know how to crochet. but if you’re new to the craft, you can learn the basics in My Modern Met’s guide.
Check out photos of what the final toy might look like below, and scroll down to see even more of Plaxina’s textile creations.
Do you like this cute octopus toy? Its creator Elena Plaxina has released a downloadable DIY amigurumi pattern that shows you how to make it yourself.
The artist also makes adorable amigurumi animals.
Elena Plaxina / Simpatico Gufo: Etsy | instagram
My Modern Met has granted permission to feature photos of Elena Plaxina.
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