Otto the Octopus

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Otto the Octopus

In my humble opinion Otto the Octupus ranks highly amongst my makes. Taken from Vanessa Moncie’s Crocheted Sea Creatures, crocheted sea creatures by Vanessa Mooncie

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.

erins octopus

Erin’s Octopus.

So I set off in search of some alternative reasonably priced variegated yarn in a smooth finish that would define the stitches.King Cole Riot

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.Crochet octopus in King Cole Riot
Crochet octopus underbelly
Do you like my suckers?Crochet octopus in King Cole Riot 2Crochet octopus close up
I’ve a confession. I also bought Vanessa’s Animal Trophys book

I think I have room for a stag.Crochet animal trophies by Vanessa Mooncie
Love, Lucie xx

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About lovelucie1

I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. In fact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wasted make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

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  1. Oh, I absolutely LOVE this – it’s amazing! Such fantastic details and I even prefer your colour choices. I’ve had my eye on the animal trophy book for a while, too:)

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    • Thank you so much! The animal trophy patterns look fabulous. I’m just finding it tricky finding a nice brown in chunky with a contrast for the antlers. I’m sure a trophy head would look fab in your place!

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  2. I love your suckers – they look brilliant! The whole creature is a triumph and I can’t wait to see the stag. Is Otto a gift or will he be adorning your bathroom? I know I said I don’t like making ‘toys’ but, then again, I said I wouldn’t take up crochet again and we know what happened there so I was thinking of adding the ‘Imaginarium’ book to my birthday wish list – have you seen that one?

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  3. He’s fabulous! I prefer your colourway really 🙂

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  4. He’s so cute – love him! I’ve seen similar patterns for the stag and am very tempted to try one too 🙂

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  5. Gorgeous. Any problems with the stag and I certainly have room for one!

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  6. So cool – I love your Otto. I quite fancy some of Vanessa Mooncie’s animal hats – have you tried any of those?

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  7. He’s amazing, love him 🙂

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  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! wow! That octopus is the best thing ever invented 😉

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  9. Wow. Otto is amazing. This looks absolutely brilliant and I think the colours you choose work excellently.

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  10. Otto is awesome! Great job!

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