Octopus Garden Shawl | Free Knitting Pattern

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 54 reviews
Heather Tipton
Octopus garden shawl

Excellent pattern resulting in a lovely shawl

Andrea Swierczek
Fun Knit!

Have not gotten to the short rows yet...almost! Beautiful look alternating rows, easy knit!

Sandra L.
Beautiful pattern!

Octopus Garden is a beautifully designed and written pattern. I can't wait to get started on it! I also appreciate that it was made available at no charge. Thank you.

sandra mitchell
work in progress

slow but steady so far easy to follow instructions

Marchelle Morris
my Octopus Garden shawl

I had so much fun knitting this project! I used Noro Ito #10 and #3. At first I questioned my wisdom in color choice thinking there was not enough contrast. The color gods were with me because as I knitted it became apparent that this was for my sister and only her. It turned out beautiful. I plan on making more with this pattern. I am considering making them for the women in my life with colors of their birthstones. Thank you for the wonderful pattern. I consider it my blank template to fuel my wild imagination.