eirle: it got a little crazy with the colors. basically i had all three colors attached most of the time. when i got to the octopus part i crocheted over the white yarn, running it inside the purple to the other side of the graphic. i used the same method for continuing the dark purple between each tentacle spots. once i was done with the purple section i just let the string hang and continued with the white. (i hope all that makes sense) The Happy Hooker has some good hints for this technique in the jolly roger sweater pattern.