So, this free cross-stitch pattern originated as an enamel pin. When I designed it, I was under the impression the Kraken was from Greek mythology, thanks to films like Clash of The Titans (yeah I know, pick up a book some time right!?). It turns out the Kraken is from Norse mythology… which made my day to be honest! You see, I had spent the last few years focusing on my knotwork art and finding out something is Norse enough for me to put some knotwork into a design- hence the knotted tentacles.
I always liked this design and it was only a matter of time before I ‘repurposed’ it. So here we have the Kraken cross-stitch pattern!
So What is a Kraken Anyway?
The kraken (/ˈkrɑːkən/) is a legendary sea monster of gigantic size and cephalopod-like appearance in Scandinavian folklore. According to the Norse sagas, the kraken dwells off the coasts of Norway and Greenland and terrorizes nearby sailors.Wikipedia.org
It is thought that the legend started from sightings by sailors of giant squids (up to 15m!). The word Kraken is an old Norwegian word meaning octopus, but is also linked to other words such as kraki (old Norse) and krake (German).
The Kraken isn’t always shown as a squid or octopus though. Throughout history the Kraken has taken on the guise of a type of dinosaur, crab-like-creature and even a whale.
This ancient monster is popular in modern media too. It has make appearances in films and TV such as: Pirates of the Caribbean, Clash of the Titans, Marvel Comics and even Moby-Dick.
About This Design
This is quite a large design I guess (8.13×8.13″ 20.33×20.33cm on 16hpi) for one main reason- I like designs with whole stitches only. It used whole stitches, that’s it, nothing else …nada. Using just four colours, this design is completely beginner friendly! There’s no shading, fractional stitches, backstitch, french knots or anything else you can think of. It is ideal for aida fabric, ideally a darker colour but I stitched it on white 14 count. I do regret this a little as you can see the background coming through a bit. If I were to stitch it again, I would use either a darker fabric or a finer count, but hey I still think it came out well.
I chose dark teal as the main colour to represent the murkiness of the deep sea and have enough contrast to the black to still stand out well. But of course, you can easily change the colours to suit your taste.
I really wanted the eyes to stand out and have a mythical feel to them. On the original pin I chose a deep red glitter enamel for this. On the stitched piece I went for a metallic red thread and I’m really glad I did! I think it sets the design off really well. Now, metallic threads are a big old pain in the backside to work with, so you might consider swapping it for a non metallic thread of your choice.
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