The pattern - Octopus, Mascot or Toy - is from Jean Greenhowe's Toy Collection book.
My aunt was an avid knitter, she being one of those who taught me likewise. She was never without something on her needles until she was taken ill and died in 1993. I was lucky to have inherited many of her patterns and pattern books.
My mother obviously took care of Octopus. He was given to my aunt's youngest grandchild after my mother died.