Octopus in the Shallows Beanie/ Kits

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A perfect opportunity to save some of summer's glory even into wintertime!

Joan Rowe is an amazing designer -- make sure to check out her website offering some wonderfully quirky and happy pieces already made.  You can see them here

And now to tell you about this wonderful design: 

The Design

Here is how Joan describes Octopus in the Shallows

A beanie in three sizes featuring a loop pattern with an octopus swimming by. The beanie is knitted in the round, and the octopus is knitted in one piece. The only sewing is to attach the octopus body and tentacles to the hat.

An intermediate knitter should have no trouble with this pattern.

What fun!

And imagine how great it will be to wear an octopus come January's cold winds!

The Yarn and Colorways

We are not offering for this kit the same yarn as what Joan used in her original hat.  Ours can be seen in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.  

Unfortunately I only have one photo of Joan's hat to show you.  Take a look at the Project Pages  for other looks in other colors and yarns.  Pretty great, don't you agree? 

The original hat that Joan knit used fingering weight yarn for the band and octopus and sport weight for the hat itself.   

One needs for the main hat color about 90 yards of sport weight; for the contrast color about 28 yards of a fingering weight and for the octopus itself, about 23 yards of a fingering weight yarn.

Our Kits:
Kit #1: This is quite the nautical hat, color-wise at least.  

The hat yarn will be from Prism Yarns, their Merino Mia, a 100% merino wool with 190 yards per 2 ounce skein.  The colorway is called Indigo and is an almost solid with very subtle variations of deep blues and sea teals.  

For the "contrast" color we have one that is not a major contrast but looks great with it -- this is for the brim and the shell.  It is a Unicorn Tail from Madeline Tosh, made up of their Tosh Merino Light, 100% superwash Merino wool, 52 yards.  The colorway is Worn Denim, an intriguing tonal variegation of blues and greens. 

And for the octopus itself we have a delicious 100% silk fingering weight yarn from The Unique Sheep.  This is their Marici Fingering, a mini-skein of 35 yards (which is enough for the octopus in a lovely medium blue, an almost-solid that shines. 

Kit #2:  For the hat, we again have from Prism Yarns the Merino Mia.  

The colorway is Garnet, a tonal beauty of rich deep red-violets -- basically a play on deep dark garnet, with some suggestions of lighter tones and a whisper or two of lilac.  

The contrast color and the octopus will both be knit using one colorway of Mini Mochi.  This yarn from Crystal Palace is 80% merino/ 20% nylon with 195 yards/ 50 grams.  it is a fingering weight yarnw ith very long color runs.  So if you choose one part of the skein for the octopus and another part of the color range for the contrast color you will have two distinct looks that will work very well together.

The colorway we chose for this is Drama, which includes softer versions of red-violets and roses to complement the Garnet yarn plus some greys and greens as well.  

Kit #3:  Here our inspiration came from the finished hat by Wool4Willow (that's her Rav name). She used Silk Garden Sock yarn for her hat and here we offer the most lovely Silk Garden Sock Solo in the Natural colorway. This yarn is a 40% Wool/ 25% Silk/ 25% Nylon/ 10% Mohair blend with 328 yards (300m)/ 100 grams. 

The Natural colorway, while remaining overall an almost-solid, has a wonderful splattering of color:  subtle slubs and short splashes. There are yellow and pink and rose and mint, blue and aqua, brown and charcoal all on a natural creamy base. 

With it we have two mini-skeins of Marici Fingering, from The Unique Sheep.  We have a 50 yard skein of rosy pink, called Juli's Rose, and a 35 yard mini-skein in a medium Purple. Both of these pick up some of the colors in the Silk Garden Sock Solo and either would work beautifully as the contrast color or as the octopus.  Your choice. 

Kit #4 is again inspired by Wool4Willow's page.  Here we have taken a Silk Garden Sock with loooooong colorways in deep water tones (it is color #S358) -- rich blues and charcoals predominating.  And matched it with two Unicorn Tails -- one in Fathom, a very deep navy (deeper than the hues in the Silk Garden Sock so it will stand out as well as blend in, just as a shell in the deep ocean would) plus one in Silver Fox, a lovely almost-solid silvery grey that strikes me as perfect for an octopus.  

The Pattern

The kit will not automatically include the pattern.

I know some knitters will prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Joan via her Ravelry web page. If that is how you would like to go, then set the "Pattern" drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed." This is what you should do if you prefer your patterns in the Ravelry library.

Alternatively, if you would rather have a printed copy, please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that and we'll get that to you in your kit.

We also can send the pattern to you via email and if you choose that option, I will send it to you just before shipping out your kit.  (Note again, the pattern will not be saved in your Ravelry library if you choose this option.)


This is really fun!!