How to Crochet an Octagon Shape

By Julia Margaret
Many textile artists find their ideas from patterns in the environment.

You probably remember from geometry class that an octagon is an eight-sided figure. At the time, you might have thought of it as useless information and a waste of your time. Now you know better, because many crochet patterns are all about shapes -- triangles, squares, circles, rectangles, hexagons and octagons. With these shapes, you can create a multitude of items like afghans, shawls, skirts and sweaters, just to name a few. The following crochet pattern is a basic octagon. Any beginner can crochet it easily. After you learn it, you can create your own crochet masterpieces.

Chain five and slip-stitch into beginning chain to form a circle. For round one, chain three (in this chain three counts as a double crochet). Make 15 double crochets in the ring. Join into the top of the first double-crochet with a slip stitch. You now have 16 double crochets.

Create two double crochets in the same stitch as the chain three for round two. Make one double crochet in the next double crochet. Make three double crochets in the next double crochet. Make one double crochet in the next double crochet. Repeat between the asterisks until you reach the beginning chain. Slip-stitch in top of the beginning chain. You now have 32 double crochets.

Chain three for round three. Make three double crochets in the next double crochet. Make one double crochet in the next three double crochets. Repeat between the asterisks until you reach the last repeat. Make three double crochets in the next double crochet. Make one double crochet in next two double crochets. Join with slip-stitch in the top of the first double crochet. You now have 48 double crochets.

Chain three for round four. Make a double crochet in the next double crochet. Make three double crochets in the next double crochet. Make one double crochet in the next five double crochets. Repeat between the asterisks until you reach the last repeat. Make three double crochets in the next double crochet. Make one double crochet in the next three double crochets. Join with a slip-stitch in the top of the beginning chain. Fasten off end, cut yarn and weave into an octagon with a tapestry needle. Your last round created 64 double crochets.

Tip

If you plan to make an afghan with octagons, sew each octagon together as you finish them. You'll avoid the tedious task of sewing a multitude of octagons together all at once.

About the Author

Julia Margaret writes for various online publications, specializing in gardening topics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from California State University, Northridge, and studied horticulture at UCLA Extension. Margaret also holds a Master of Arts in special education.