An octojelly is a cross between an octopus and a jellyfish.
My octojellies started out as a pattern for an octopus in a crochet book I got for Christmas a few years ago. The original pattern is for an octopus that is roughly 2 inches x 1.5 inches.
In my excitement to try a new pattern, I used what I had on hand. The completely wrong hook size and the wrong yarn. The ending result was a funky looking octopus that was 6 inches across and about 10 inches in length if you count the tentacles.
A friend of mine fell in love with the thing, and I started getting requests for more.
At this point I was still calling them octopus. They because octojelly after another friend of mine’s kids recieved theirs and decided that they were not octopus, nor were they jellyfish. The kids decided that they were a cross between the two, and thus, the octojelly was born.
Granted these days, as I’ve made more, they look more like octopus with the right yarn, I do still get to ones that look like my original attempt at the pattern.
Since then I’ve branched into making other things, dice bags and crochet crowns, for example. The octojellies are still at the heart of my shop