In my humble opinion Otto the Octupus ranks highly amongst my makes. Taken from Vanessa Moncie’s Crocheted Sea Creatures, the design is absolutely superb.
This book is full of fabulous underwater creatures. The shark on the front of it is probably the least inspirational. I wonder why the shark was chosen for the front cover; a multitude of ‘order yarn straight away’ projects lie within.
I searched Ravelry for Octopus yarn inspiration and came across Erin’s octopus which she had crocheted in her own hand dyed yarn. In fact I was most disappointed with this as I thought it was simply wonderful and would have tracked down the same yarn if I could.
So I set off in search of some alternative reasonably priced variegated yarn in a smooth finish that would define the stitches.
I had this grey in mind for the underside but changed my mind when it arrived in the post. It was no where near the gauge of the King Cole. Note to self, ‘more haste, less wasted yarn purchases’. In the end some stashed yellow cotton made a great match for the King Cole although I did run out on the seventh leg………
The pattern was a joy to work up. You recognise this when there is no frogging! However it was the least photogenic object until it finally came together last week.
Note the orange legs! He looked more of a squid than a octopus at this stage.
Let me introduce you to Otto the Octopus.
Do you like my suckers?
I’ve a confession. I also bought Vanessa’s Animal Trophys book
I think I have room for a stag.
Love, Lucie xx