Octopus for a PreemieΒ 

I’ve shied away from amigurumi in the past because I find tiny hooks and finer yarn difficult. However, when I heard about Octopus for a Preemie, I decided it was time to leave my comfort zone!

It has been shown that premature babies can benefit from being able to grasp the tentacles of these tiny crocheted octopi. They are apparently reminiscent of the umbilical cord in the womb, and are also said to help prevent the baby from pulling on the wires they may have attached to them. 

Originating in Denmark, you can now find your area or nationwide group on Facebook for details of the strict safety criteria and process for submitting to participating hospitals. 

This is my test run octopus and my very first amigurumi πŸ™‚ He doesn’t meet my exacting standards, never mind those of the hospital, but I’m going to go down a hook size (so absolutely no stuffing is visible) and persevere! I made him with Flinders Cotton 8ply (heads up, Aussies – it’s on special at Spotlight at the moment) and a 2.5mm hook. I’m going to go down to 2mm, and perfect those twirly tentacles and facial features πŸ™‚

As you can see below, he really is very little! Hence, fiddly. But I figure it’s just a question of practice, so I’m going to keep going. And my daughters are delighted we’re keeping this one πŸ™‚

Have you tried amigurumi? Are you participating in Octopus for a Preemie? Once I get the hang of this octopus, I definitely see a lot more amigurumi in my future!