"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


Chocolate Cephalopod

OMG! It's done! Wow, I can't believe it. I am so excited!


Chocolate Cephalopod

Pattern: 32-10 Sweater and hat with reindeer by DROPS design
Chart: Octopus
Size: Mens Small/Medium

Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport
Content: 100% Merino Superwash Wool
Color: Mocha, Aran, Lemon, Extra Creme Cafe
Needles: Addi Turbo Circular size 4 and 6

Cast on: January 24, 2013
Completed: December 17, 2013

This sweater is not for the weak of heart. It was a real challenge to make, but oh so worth it.

Things I did differently: 
  • I substituted the octopus for the deer. I modified the chart linked above.
My Octopus chart

  • I substituted Mocha for Blue and Extra Creme Cafe for Beige
Close up of body stitch pattern

  • I knit the ribbed welt and sleeve cuffs with size 4 needles instead of 1. 1s are way too small for this.
  • I didn't bind off the center neck sts or shoulder sts. I put them on holders, then when I put the whole thing together I did the 3-needle bind off to join the shoulders, and I didn't have to pick up stitches where the open stitches were for the neckband. Also had to pick up a bit more than 106 sts for the neckband. Didn’t count them though so don’t know how many.
Sleeve stitch pattern detail

  • I started the neckband with size 5 needles, knit 3 rounds, then changed to size 4 needles and knit 5 rounds, then changed to size 3 needles, knit 2 rounds, then purled one round, then knit 2 rounds, then changed to size 4 needles and knit 5 rounds, then to size 5 needles for 2 more rounds and bind off. Makes a very very nice neckband that way that lays nicely around the neck. (A machine knitting trick translated.)

Things I  would change if I knit it again:
  • Make a larger test swatch in fairisle. Small swatch was not enough for this.
  • I would use a size larger needle for the fairisle parts. I had intended to do that from the start, but forgot.
  • Now that I've tried it, I find that I don't like the steek thing. It makes for a very bulky seam where the sleeves are joined and is a real hassle to put together. I would rather knit back and forth at the beginning of the armholes, stranding while purling on the wrong side and forget doing steeks. I know some people love doing sweaters with steeks. I'm not one of them.

Oddly, with all the grief I had over gauge, by the time I got the sweater blocked and washed, it turned out to be 44 inches around, which is the perfect size. I consider that a good bit of luck.

Live long and prosper. \\//


  1. WOW! What a work of art! Can you just picture wearing that at the Monterey Bay Aquarium?!

  2. Love it! Such lovely work and the octopus motive is super cute!

  3. That is really amazing! Beautiful - and covet-able!

  4. That is one super awesome sweater!!!