1. Start 6 sc in a magic ring - 6sc
2. 2sc (inc) in each st around - 12sc
3. 2sc (inc) in next sc, sc in next sc, repeat around - 18sc
4. 2sc (inc) in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, repeat around - 24sc
5. 2sc (inc) in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, repeat around - 30sc
6-12. 7 rows with sc in each sc around
13. Sc 2 together, sc in next 3 sc, repeat around - 24sc
14. Chain 5, skip 2sc and then sc third, repeat around so you get 8 loops around
Now for each leg you want to crochet around the inside of the loop, you should get 7 sc around.
You want about 6 rows like this
Then Sc 2 toghether (dec) all the way round and fasten off.
Use the end to stitch around the end and pull tight to close the hole
Once you have 8 legs you'll want to stuff them :o)
To complete the base of the octopus...
1. sc around the base, 1 sc in each of the chains which form the underside of the legs (28sc ish)
2. Sc 2 together, sc in next 3 sc, repeat around - 22sc ish
3. Sc 2 together, sc in next 2 sc, repeat around - 16sc ish
STUFF! With amigurumi it's best to stuff as much filling in as you can! Then a little more! ;o)
4. Sc 2 together, sc in next sc, repeat around - 10sc ish
5. Sc 2 together repeat around - 5sc ish
For details of the Magic Ring start I recommend this video The audio is in Japanese, but if you watch their fingers closely it's easy to see what they're doing :o) (It's how I worked it out!) You do the first slipstitch and then the number of stiches required. Then pull threads in the correct order to tighten up and the result is a very tiny hole, if any :o)
I use double knit yarn and a 2.5mm hook which gives me very tiny, tight stitches which stop any of the stuffing showing through.
Note: I've written this down from memory... but I was sitting in a car at the time so my counting wasn't stunning! ;o) Let me know if it does or doesn't work... but that should be about right! :o)
UPDATE: Fixed row 13. Thanks to joycenyy for spotting the error :o)