Octopus Point


Please note, this listing is for a digital copy of the pattern only, available for download through your Beehive Wool Shop account. 

Octopus Point kits (pattern included) are also available.

Did you like the Octopus Slippers but think, “What if I wanted octopuses on my hands?” Then this is the pattern for you. Named for a headland near the designer's home on Vancouver Island, the Octopus Point mittens are worked in stranded colourwork using fingering-weight yarn. The pattern has instructions for four sizes, with a slightly different chart for each size; you can further tweak the sizing by adjusting the gauge. To make Octopus Point, you will need to know how to do two-colour stranded colourwork in the round from charts.


XS (S, M, L)
Circumference: 7 (8, 8.75, 9.5) in/18 (20, 22.5, 24.5) cm
Hand length (not including cuff): 7 (8, 9, 9.5) in/18 (20.5, 23, 24.5) cm
See Pattern Notes for tips on choosing your size.


Drops Flora (65% wool, 35% alpaca; 230 yds/210 m per 1.79 oz/50 g): MC: 1 (1, 2, 2) skein(s) (shown in 05), CC: 1 skein (shown in 27) (Note: The medium size may need little to none of the second skein of MC. To be sure of only using 1 skein in that size, you can swap the MC and CC for the cuff portion)


US 2/2.75 mm needles for working small circumference in the round, or size needed for
correct gauge
US 1.5/2.5 mm needles for working small circumference in the round, or one size smaller than gauge needle
Note: At this needle size, the US/metric conversion is inconsistent. I recommend using the metric size as a starting point for swatching.


36.5 sts & 40 rows = 4 in/10cm in stranded colourwork on larger needles, worked in the round and blocked
Recommended stockinette gauge: 24 sts & 32 rows = 4 in/10 cm on US 2.5/3 mm needles, worked flat and blocked
For a good fit, take time to check your gauge.


2 stitch markers, yarn needle, waste yarn or stitch holder for holding thumb sts

Photos © Gale Zucker 2024