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Octonaut – Captain Barnacles


Octonauts is a trademarked design by Meomi Designs partnered with Disney Junior. I do not own and am not affiliated with either of these. This pattern will be offered free of charge so as not to conflict with any rights of design.

Supplies Needed

Worsted Weight Yarn In – White                                               15mm Craft Safety Eyes In – Black

– Light Blue                                          Felt (tiny amounts) In    – White

– Medium Blue                                                                                  – 3 Shades of Blue

– Dark Blue                                          Puffy Fabric Paint In        – White

Sport Weight Yarn In      – Gold                                                    Embroidery Thread In    – Black

¼” Craft Pom Pom In      – Light Purple                                                                                     – Red

Clear Fabric Glue                                                                              Polyester Fiber Fill

Yarn Needle                                                                                       Embroidery (sharper) Needle

* Special Note Before Beginning *

Take your time! One of the great things about crocheting any kind of critter, is how detailed we can make them. Unfortunately, too often these details are lacking and, while the final product may “resemble” the intended character, it is usually not as accurate as it could be. My advice is to pay attention to the details so that your final product looks very polished. After all, you’ve already spent quite a bit of your time making it so you might as well spent a little longer on your finishing to make it perfect!


(Worked in continuous rounds throughout pattern unless stated otherwise)

            *Use White Yarn*

Row 1: 6sc in magic ring, pull tight (6)

Row 2: 2sc in each st (12)

Row 3: (sc, inc) to end (18)

Row 4: sc, inc, 2sc, inc, 3sc, inc, 2sc, inc, 3sc, inc, 2sc (23)

Row 5: 2sc, inc, 3sc, inc, 4sc, inc, 3sc, inc, 4sc, inc, 2sc (28)

Row 6: sc, inc, 4sc, inc, 5sc, inc, 4sc, inc, 5sc, inc, 4sc (33)

Row 7: 3sc, inc, (7sc, inc) 3 times, 5sc (37)

Row 8: 7sc, inc, (8sc, inc) 3 times, 2 sc (41)

Row 9: 15sc, inc, 20sc, inc, 4sc (43)

Row 10: 10sc, inc, 14sc, inc, 13sc, inc, 3sc (46)

Row 11: 25sc, inc, 20sc (47)

Row 12: 10sc, inc, 36sc (48)

Row 13: sc even (48)

Row 14: 36sc, dec (always use an “invisible” decrease), 10sc (47)

Row 15: 20sc, dec, 25sc (46)

Row 16: 3sc, dec, 13sc, dec, 14sc, dec, 10sc (43)

Row 17: 4sc, dec, 20sc, dec, 15sc (41)

Row 18: 2sc, dec, (8sc, dec) 3 times, 7sc (37)

Row 19: 5sc, dec, (7sc, dec) 3 times, 3sc (33)

Row 20: 4sc, dec, (5sc, dec, 4sc, dec) 2 times, 1sc (28)

*This is the point where I stopped and put in my safety eyes. Use the picture and your judgment for placing. I also start stuffing here so that it can be firmly packed by the end*

Row 21: sc2, dec, (4sc, dec, 3sc, dec) 2 times, 2sc (23)

Row 22: (2sc, dec, 3sc, dec) 2 times, 2sc, dec, 1sc (18)

Row 23: (dec, 1sc) to end (12)

Row 24: *incomplete round* (dec) 4 times, fasten off leaving a long tail.

*Weave the tail through the 4 stitches of the last row and the 4 stitches of the previous row, stuff tightly enough that the head is a taut, perfect sphere but not so tight as to show the stuffing through the fabric, and pull tight to close the opening. Set head aside for now.*


            *Use Light Blue Yarn*

Row 1: sc7 in magic ring, pull tight (7)

Row 2: (inc) to end (14)

Row 3: sc even (14)

Row 4: (dec over 3 stitches, dec over 4 stitches) 2 times (4)

*This part can be a bit fiddly, but be patient. It’s worth it for an accurate representation*

Row 5: 3sc in next st, (4sc in next st) 2 times, 3 sc in next st (14)

Row 6: sc even (14)

*Stuff first section*

Row 7: (dec) to end (7), cut and leave a long tail for finishing. Weave through the last 7 sts, stuff the second section and pull closed tightly.

*Weave the tail through the place between the two sections. Wrap the tail around the middle 2 times and tug to add definition to the mustache. Then weave the tail just enough to keep the wrapped yarn snug but still leave the tail for sewing. Sew the mustache to the face, again using the picture and your judgment for placement.*

*Glue the purple pom pom to the top center of the mustache for the nose*

Bottom Lip

            *Use White Yarn*

Row 1: 4sc in magic ring, tighten (4)

Row 2: sl st, (inc) 2 times, sl st, finish off leaving a long tail.

*Attach to head just below the mustache (no stuffing) with the sl st ‘s touching the head and the sc ‘s facing out. Weave in ends.*


            *Use Medium Blue Yarn*

Row 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)

Row 2: (inc) to end (12)

Row 3: 6sc, (inc) 6 times (18)

Row 4: sc even (18)

Row 5: 6sc, (inc) to end (30)

Row 6-7: sc even (30)

Row 8: 6sc, (sc through the BLO) to end (30)

Row 9: inc, 5sc, inc, 11sc, inc, 11sc (33) sl st in first st to join

*Switch To Dark Blue Yarn*

Row 10: Ch 1 (Counts as first stitch), (sc) to end (33), sl st in first st to join

Row 11: Sc even (33), sl st in first st to join

Row 12: Ch 1 (Counts as first stitch), inc in same st, 6sc, inc, 12sc, inc, (sc) to end (36) join with a            sl st, finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

*Attach and sew to the center top of the head, stuffing as you go, using the picture and your judgment for placement. Trace a quarter on white felt and cut around for the decal on the hat. Trace a penny on dark blue felt. Using your fabric glue, glue the dark blue felt onto the center of the white felt and then the white felt onto the center front of the hat.

Ears (Make 4)

            *Use White Yarn*

Row 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)

Row 2: (inc) to end (12)

Row 3: 9hdc, 3 sl st (12)

Row 4: *incomplete round* (hdc inc) 4 times, sl st. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

*When all 4 are complete, sew two pieces together with right sides facing out (Sewing 2 pieces together gives the ear a sturdier design and allows them to take a slightly cup shaped form to look like a bear’s ear). Attach and sew to head (no stuffing) just below the hat using the picture and your judgment. Cut two half circles of light blue felt and glue to center of ears.*


            *Use Dark Blue Yarn*

Row 1: Ch 24 and join in a circle (24)

Row 2: sc even (24)

Row 3: (7sc, inc) to end (27)

Row 4: sc even (27)

Row 5: (8sc, inc) to end (30)

Row 6: sc even (30)

Row 7: (9sc, inc) to end (33)

Row 8: sc even (33)

Row 9: (10sc, inc) to end (36)

Row 10-19: sc even (36)

*Flatten piece and separate the body in half, use stitch marker to pin the middle (18 sts for each leg)*

Legs And Boots

Row 1: 18sc *skip the other 18 sts for the second leg* sl st to join the round (18)

Row 2-5: Working only on these 18 sts, sc even (18)

*Switch to medium blue*

Row 6: Sl st even (18)

Row 7: Working in the FLO of Row 5 (last row of dark blue) sc even  (18)

Row 8-9: sc even (18)

Row 10: 14sc, (hdc inc) 2 times, 2sc (20)

Row 11: 14sc, (hdc inc) 4 times, 2sc (24)

Row 12-13: sc even (24) *At the end of row 13, sl st to join to first st and finish off, leaving a tail             for weaving*

*Using the remaining 18 sts, attach the dark blue yarn at the center front and repeat rows 1-9*

Row 10: 2sc, (hdc inc) 2 times, 14sc (20)

Row 11: 2sc, (hdc inc) 4 times, 14sc (24)

Row 12-13: sc even (24) *At the end of row 13, sl st to join to first st and finish off, leaving a tail             for weaving*

Boot Soles (Make 2)

            *Use Dark Blue Yarn*

Row 1: CH 6

Row 2: Insert hook into 2nd back loop from hook, 3sc, 3 sc in last st, 3sc down the other side, 3     sc in last st, sl st to join oval (12)

Row 3: CH1 (counts as 1st sc), 4sc, 5sc in next st, 5sc, (3sc in next st) 2 times, sl st to join (21)

Row 4: CH1 (counts as 1st sc), 6sc, (3sc in next st) 2 times, 8sc, (2sc in next st, 1sc) 2 times (27)

*At the end of row 4, sl st to join to 1st st and finish off leaving a long tail for sewing*


Arms (Make 2)

            *Use White Yarn*

Row 1: 6sc in magic ring, pull tightly to close

Row 2: (inc) 6 times (12)

Row 3-4: sc even (12)

Row 5: 10sc, dec (11)

Row 6: 3sc, dec, 3sc, dec, bobble st (9)

Row 7: sc even (9)

*Change to Dark Blue Yarn*

Row 8-15: sc even (9)

Row 16: 7sc, dec (8)

Row 17: sc even (8)

Row 18: 6sc, dec (7)

Row 19: sc even (7) *join to 1st st with a slip st and finish off leaving a long tail for sewing*



            *Use Medium Blue Yarn*

Row 1: Chain 25

Row 2: Insert hook into 2nd st, 7sc, hdc, 2tc in next st, dc, 2sl st, dc, 2tc in next st, hdc, 8sc, finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.


            *Use Gold Sport or Worsted Weight*

Row 1: 6sc in magic ring, pull tight (6)

Row 2: (inc) to end (12), finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.


Using the picture and your judgment for placement, start sewing your Octonaut together. I’ve already given the instructions for the head assembly because I always get the head together as quick as I can (then I am much more excited to see it finished!) After that, I usually wait until the end for everything else. This is the order I used.

Sew the soles onto the bottoms of the boots. Also sew up the small hole between the legs.

Then stuff the legs firmly using the neck opening and continue stuffing the rest of the body leaving a little room without stuffing at the neck. Start sewing the body to the head. For every 2 or 3 seam stitches, pull tight for a very smooth join. Finish stuffing as you go.

Next, stuff paws and arms firmly towards the bottom but a little less firmly towards the opening (otherwise the arms will stick straight out to the side rather than angled downward) and sew to body just under the head.

Sew collar just under the head. It will be a snug fit to close it and I did that on purpose so that the neck would have extra re-enforcement. Use your sewing to shape the bottom of the collar into two sharp triangular points.

*Finishing Details*

Sew a Chain of 36 sts around the body as a belt. I used the back loops of the chain to sew it to the body. This gave the belt a smooth 3 dimensional shape. I made sure to sew the belt on at an angle to match the television character’s.

Sew the compass on top of the belt towards the side of the body also matching the character’s (be careful to maintain the circular shape while sewing).

Cut a small circle of medium blue felt to fit just inside the round shape of the compass. Using the red embroidery thread and the embroidery needle (sharper point) sew a little arrow. Glue this piece to the compass.

Use a tiny amount of the gold yarn and sew 2 little belt loops on the other side of the body.

Use the black embroidery thread to stitch arrows onto the collar and to stitch a zipper at the center of the chest.

Use the white puffy paint to put the Octonaut Octopus symbol on the hat. Once, dry, I just used a ball point pen to draw he eyes and mouth onto the Octopus symbol. Definitely let the ink dry before touching otherwise it WILL smear.

         Please say hello to your new Captain Barnacles! I hope you enjoy your new Octonaut!

Design by OoKnittyLou


This cardigan was hanging up in my local yarn shop as a sample and I just loved it. I’m using the same yarn that Jane used and it’s a light cotton and alpaca blend. I have the back done up to the arm holes but then put it down until I could figure out the specific decreases that it calls for. I haven’t touched it in probably 3 months. I need to pick it back up again soon. I really want to wear it!

Yarn: Rowan Alpaca Cotton
Needles: US 7 – 4.5 mm
Designer: Julie Weisenberger
Pattern: Katarina

I started this blanket for myself after I had learned the basic granny square. The first few were very difficult for me until I got the hang of the pattern. It uses SC, DC, HDC, cluster Stitches, and weird spacing but I think it looks like a sun and love it. I wanted a patchwork blanket (or three) because it would be easy to carry around.
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft
Hook: 5.5 mm (I)
Designer: Margret Willson
Pattern: Sunscape Throw

I wanted this blanket for Jack. It’s really sweet and simple. It’s a free pattern from Spud & Chloe and I get to use my Harmony Straights for it.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Wool
Needles: US 8 – 5.0 mm
Designer: Susan B. Anderson
Pattern: Dream Catcher Baby Blanket

A basic granny square blanket was a great way to learn more crochet. I had this yarn in my stash and decided the colors would be really cute for my nephew, Connor. I think it may be his Christmas gift.
Yarn: Baby Bee Sweet Delight Baby
Hook: 4.0 mm (G)
Designer: Myself
Pattern: None

Another monster. No surprise there I’m sure. My sister-in-law has already named him “Chuck the Vomit Monster” because the yarn is disgustingly colored. I didn’t think it would be so bad in the skein but it’s definitely knitting up kind of gross LOL. The magic loop is coming along quite well and I have to say, that Alicia was right. It rocks!
Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! Ombre c. perpetual sunshine
Needles: US 4 – 3.5 mm
Designer: Rebecca Danger
Pattern: Baldwin the Bathroom Monster

This guy was just too dang cute. This was my second crochet project (The first being my cupcake) and I learned a ton about sewing and toys.


Designer: Marjorie Jones
Pattern: Baby Snow Dragon

This is my favorite project I have ever worked on. When my friend Alicia said that her and her family were moving to Santiago, Chile, Laura and I immediately decided to knit something for her. We wanted a patchwork throw made up of tons of different patterns and yarns. At least for myself, I purposely used yarn and patterns from projects that I have done, as kind of a reminder of all that we have done during our friendship. We gave it to her on the last night that she could attend our knitting group before her move. Needless to say, it was very emotional and the gift could not have possibly been better received.



I saw this lamb as a finished project while browsing on Ravelry and just had to make it. I think he is extremely cute and I had the perfect yarn to make him cuddly and fuzzy.


Yarn: Moda Dea Dream Solid
Hook Size: 4.0mm (G)

Designer: Tamie Snow
Book: Tiny Yarn Animals: Amigurumi Friends to Make and Enjoy

Okay, so long time no talk. Our home computer crashed and we’ve been unable to replace it. But thanks to an amazing guy who is a computer genius, we have it back. Although at the moment, ironically, I’m typing this from the office on my lunch. Go figure 😛

So, this is as brief of a synopsis I can possibly give you.

#1 My son is now 3! I can’t believe it. His birthday was in May and we had an awsome BBQ party with the most important thing a child of 3 can have. A bouncy house! Jack is quite the goober lately and we are having so much fun. He has such a personality and is ornery as all get-out.

From Jack Snapshots 3-4

#2 My nephew Connor is now 1. His birthday was also in May and my sister did an amazing job of making him the (second) sweetest boy ever.

From Connor James

#3 My niece was born! Miss Lily Grace met the world June 19th and she is a peach.

From Lily Grace

#4 One of my very best friends Alicia (who moved to Chile last summer) came to the states for a month long visit and we had a great time. I’ve missed here sooo much. Our boys are only a year apart and we had the opportunity to get them together.

From Jack Snapshots Age 2

#5 I have (finally) learned to crochet pretty successfully and have successfully completed a few projects. For now you only get one picture.

From Crochet Projects

#6 I went to the Ozzy concert this Spring with box seats at the Pepsi Center and of course, it was AMAZING! Rock on Ozzy, freaking rock on!

From Ozzy 2011

#7 Laura and I attended the Estes Park Wool Market again this summer and again enjoyed it immensely.

From Eates Park Wool Market 2011

#8 I have become quite the baker. Blueberry Pie from Needled To Death by Maggie Sefton.

From Baking

#9 One of our babies went to a new home. Tonks was never quite happy after our son was born but we found a perfect situation with a really sweet girlfriend.

From Dogs

#10 I’m still a knitting fiend and have completely so many projects that it’s hard to pick just one for this post, but here it is.

From Knitting Projects

#11 Out of order I know, but Jasmine and I threw an AWESOME baby shower for Miss Jenny (see #3). Planning it took up most of my Spring but it was completely worth it!

From Lily's Baby Shower 5-07-11

#12 Nick is great and thoroughly enjoying that Jack is old enough to fish and play ball. He has a new job and seems to be very happy!

From Jack Snapshots 3-4

Okay. Phew! I think that’s most of the major events. I’ll continue to add as I think of them. I also promise to post all of my projects from the last year but bit by bit seeing as I have a ton. And hopefully I’ll be posting much more regularly.

A woman on the verge of crazy trying to balance family, work, and knitting!

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