We know how Ringo Starr felt about gardens and octopuses, the sea and the shade, and we couldn’t agree more. Like that fabled octopus, we’d like to escape to a nice, cool spot this August, preferably with enough Season Alpaca to whip up our own Knit Octopus!

Knit Octopus in Season Alpaca | Purl Soho

Wherever you’re anchored, you’ll have a whale of a time knitting up this leggy number. We used our super soft Season Alpaca, doubled for twice the nice, in cool and simple Dove Gray. But like color-fickle octopuses themselves, we think Stillwater Blue or Peach Stone, Lavender Moon or Heirloom White would yield equally tantalizing tentacles!

Knit Octopus in Season Alpaca | Purl Soho

Our eight-legged friend is knit in the round with a smooth stockinette head and a textured under-carriage. We’ve spared you the 1,920 little suction cups the real thing has in favor of a seamless seed stitch construction that requires absolutely no sewing up.

Knit Octopus in Season Alpaca | Purl Soho

A scientific rumor circulated recently that octopuses are actually alien because their DNA is like nothing else found on planet Earth. So on this 8/8/18, find a shady garden and cast on for something truly out of this world!

Knit Octopus in Season Alpaca | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Whitney Van Nes.

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Knit Octopus in Season Alpaca | Purl Soho
  • 3 skeins of Purl Soho’s Season Alpaca, 100% baby alpaca. Each skein is 218 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 654 yards required. We used Dove Gray. 
  • A bag of Fairfield’s Poly-Fit stuffing
  • 2 yards of scrap yarn for eyes. We used Season Alpaca in Heirloom White.
  • US 6 (4 mm), 16-inch circular needles
  • A set of US 6 double pointed needles

PLEASE NOTE: This pattern uses just about all of the 3 skeins, so if you want to be sure you have enough, consider ordering an extra skein. If you don’t end up needing it, you can return unwound yarn for a refund within 30 days of purchase, or within 6 months, for store credit. Our Return Policy has all the details!


18 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, with yarn doubled


  • Circumference Around Widest Part Of Body: 20½ inches
  • Height Of Body: 7½ inches
  • Length Of Each Arm: 10 inches


You will use the Season Alpaca doubled throughout this pattern. The easiest way to do this is to pull from two balls at once.


For the free pattern, please visit our original Knit Octopus story.

Knit Octopus in Season Alpaca | Purl Soho