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Crocheting for Hockeytown

Crocheting for Hockeytown

Crocheting for Hockeytown

Brad and I will be heading to a Red Wings game in November, so I thought I’d show off my (limited, although growing) knowledge of the game by making a hat that represented the Red Wings history, specifically the Legend of The Octopus.  I’m not much for throwing a real octopus out on the rink, but found a rather fake and unharmed representative of this hockey tradition was more my style. If you want to have an awesome hat like mine, check out my Etsy Shop and I can make one just your size, or make your own little octopus (pattern just below!) and stitch it on to your favorite hat!





  • Worsted Weight Yarn – Purple
  • Crochet Hook Size G
  • Small Black Buttons
  • Darning Needle (for weaving in yarn ends)
  • Stuffing
  • Needle and Thread (for attaching eyes)



  • r = row
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • sc2tog: single crochet two stitches together
  • st = stitch
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • *instructions* = repeat around



R1: Ch 2, 8 sc’s in 2nd ch from hook (8).

Continue in rounds, placing a marker so you can keep track of where the round begins.

R2.: 2 sc’s in ea st around (16).

R3: *1 sc, 2 sc in next* repeat around (24).

R4: *1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc* repeat around (32).

R5 – R6: 1 sc in ea st around.

R7: *1 sc, 1 sc, sc2tog* repeat around (24).

R8 – R10: 1 sc in ea st around.

R11: *1 sc, sc2tog* repeat around (16).

Continue with same yarn to make eight tentacles around the head in R12…

R12: ch 1, [1 sc, ch 20, turn, 1 sc in ea ch beginning with 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc] repeat 8 times, sl st to first sc to join.

Finish with long tail so you can attach to a hat if desired.  Sew on buttons as eyes and stuff head prior to attaching to hat.

Permission to use this Pattern:  You may use this pattern for personal or commercial use, but please give credit for the pattern’s design by linking back to this website (www.TugboatYarning.com).  No portion of this pattern, including any photos associated with it, can be reused, copied or distributed in any capacity.  Thank you!

Go Wings!



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