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Knitting Octopus for preemie baby

Ollie the Octopus

Octopus for a premie baby

free octopus toy knitting pattern

Free octopus knitting pattern

Volunteer for local baby charity for premature babies


Research from Denmark has found that preemie babies enjoy holding the tentacles of these octopus toys which resemble the feel of the umbilical cord. It appears that the babies are soothed by this activity and the nursing team at The Simpson Neonatal Unit would like some for the babies in their care. 


It is very important that the octopus toys are knitted in a smoke and pet free environment and that newly purchased acrylic or cotton yarn is used. They must be filled with new polyester stuffing and the tentacles must be sewn on very securely


Please put each octopus in a sealed plastic bag and mail them to our PO Box and NOT to the Unit as they will not be accepted by the staff.

Please also do not hand them to the reception desk or put them in internal mail as we have no access to this service.


Please use new yarn.

While we appreciate that knitters have different abilities and as these are gifts for babies and families who have gone through so much, we would appreciate a high quality of knitting and sewing up. 

All sewing MUST be fastened securely.

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Where to donate your knitted Ollie the Octopus

Please ONLY donate if you have used our free knitting patterns and adhere to our requirements. Please enclose with your package your name, email address and/or home address with the quantity made. This will allow us to contact you with our thanks:


Simpsons Special Care Babies

PO Box 12258

North West DO

Comely Bank Road



Thank You

octopus toy for a preemie baby

Ollie the Octopus

To make you will need:



Acrylic DK  or cotton DK yarn

Polyester stuffing

3.75mm knitting needles; 
The knitting has to be tight and without holes for tiny fingers.
Please check and reduce needle size if you are a loose knitter.

Embroidery floss for facial features

How to make the body

Cast on 9 sts 

Row 1 and alt rows purl

Row 2  Increase in every stitch (18 sts)

Row 4 *K1, increase in next stitch, repeat from * to end (27sts)

Row 6 *K2, increase in next stitch, repeat from * to end (36sts)

Row  8 *K3, increase in next stitch, repeat from * to end (45sts)

Row 9  Purl

Rows 10 to 17  Work 8 rows in stocking stitch

Row 18 *K3, slip 1, K1, pass slip stitch over, repeat from * to end (36sts)

Row 20 *K2, slip 1, K1, PSSO, repeat from * to end (27sts)

Row 22 *K1, slip 1, PSSO, repeat from * to end (18sts)

Row 24 *K 2 tog, repeat from * to end (9sts)

Draw up stitches and sew back seam. Do not finish off

How to make the 8 tentacles

Cast on 40 stitches

Knit into the front and back of every stitch (80 sts)

Cast off

How to make up

Stuff the head and embroider on the eyes and smiley mouth.

Sew together the tentacles, push into the cast on edge of body and fasten very securely.

Place in a sealed plastic bag and mail to our PO Box.

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