Octopus Garden Shawl | Free Knitting Pattern

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64 reviews

Here is a warm shawl that you will love to wear this fall! An original design by Louise Robert with the beautiful Noro Ito yarn. Pattern is free: compliments of Biscotte Yarns ♥

Just like listening to a Beatles album, knitting Noro yarns always makes me happy! I thought that this shawl could be my "Octopus's Garden" and as in the song that bears that name, It will make me "warm, below the storm, in my little hideaway beneath the waves"- Louise

In supplement to the knitting pattern, you will need the following materials to knit the Octopus Garden shawl:

GAUGE : 16 sts = 10 cm in stockinette stitch after blocking.


  • Lenght (from one tip to the other): 162 cm (64 inches)
  • Height (measured in the deepest part) : 50 cm (20 inches)

About the knitting pattern: The colour change is done every 2 rows (unless otherwise specified). When changing colour, do not cut the thread, leave it on standby at the beginning of the row and take it back two rows higher.

The waved strips are made with short rows based on the "German short row" method. ATTENTION: this technique is explained at the end of the document. I also found a very nice video tutorial by Mimi Kezer on Youtube that you can find HERE.

To lighten the text, there is no mention of slipping the markers when working with the waved strips: when you come across a marker, slip it in and continue as instructed.

“I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus's garden in the shade
We would be warm, below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves”
Richard Starkey aka Ringo Starr

NOTE: This pattern is available in a PDF format. Simply add this pattern to your cart and follow every steps to complete a $0 order. A link to download the pattern will be provided on the final screen of the order and you will also get it by email. Enjoy!!

Customer Reviews

Based on 64 reviews

Pretty pattern

Cynthia Marcopulos

Easy yet challenging. Beautiful design.

Octopus garden

This is a beautiful pattern; not knitted yet but still pondering yarn/colour choices. Really looking forward to knitting this pattern, 😊.

Priscilla Thornton
So far so good

I’m really happy with this shawl so far, but barely started.

Janna Marie Kilburn
Stunning and Unusual Shawl

I thought this pattern would be very complicated, but was happy to find it only took two skeins of yarn and didn’t involve complex stitch patterns or shaping.. The pattern is cleverly designed and quite straightforward, The designer takes full advantage of the marvelous Noro color combinations and the results are stunning. Thank you, Biscotte Yarns for offering this unusual pattern for free.