Possum Love


I hope you guys enjoy this. If you have any problems with it or it doesn’t make sense in some places, let me know. This can be our sort of message board. 😀

Yarn:
I used Moda Dea Eden (color Serpent) held together with worsted Wool-Ease (dark charcoal grey) for the body. You can use about any bulky weight furry or eyelash yarn for substitute.
White and pink worsted weight for face, nose, ears and tail. (The white yarn is kitchen cotton and the pink is random acrylic on my model.)

Needles:
size 7 and 3 dpn’s, set of four each.

Size:
Body is about 4 inches from head to butt. (This is a guess since I’ve already given him away.)

Notes:
The gauge is not important, but you will want to knit tightly enough to not let the stuffing show. If the gauge is too tight on the #7’s, you can always go up a size or two.
kfb= increase by knitting front and back of same stitch.

Body (Starting at the butt):

With larger needles, holding eyelash with worsted, CO 6 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Rd 1: kfb each st. (12 sts)
Rd 2: k all sts.
Rd 3: kfb each st. (24 sts)
Rd 4: k all sts.
Rd 5: [kfb, k1] 3 times, kfb, k2 [kfb, k1] 4 times, kfb, k6. (31 sts)
Rds 6-10: k all sts.
Rd 11: [ssk, k1] 3 times, ssk, k2, [k2tog, k1] 4 times, k2tog, k6. (24 sts)
Rds 12-17: k all sts.
Rd 18: [ssk, k1] 3 times, [k2tog, k1] 3 times, k2tog, k4. (17 sts)
Rds 19-23: k all sts.
(You may want to go on ahead and stuff the body firmly here.
Rd 24: [ssk, k1] 3 times, [k2tog, k1] 2 times, k2tog. (11 sts)
Rds 25 and 26: k all sts.
Rd 27: k2tog to last st, k1. (6 sts.)
Break yarn, pull through remaining sts. Weave in ends.

Arms:
On smaller needles with the grey worsted, CO 9 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.

K 13 rds.
You will have 3 sts on each needle. Make three fingers by working i-cord for about 5 rows. I like to break the yarn, leaving about a yard. When you bind off, take a tapestry needle and weave the yarn tail through the last st, down into the finger, and out beside where you want to work another finger. This saves a lot of rejoining and weaving a zillion ends back in.
Sew opening in hand closed, and stuff arm lightly.

Legs:
On smaller needles and grey worsted, CO 9 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.

k 15 rds.
Rd 14: kfb, k to last st, kfb.
Rd 15: k all sts.
Rd 16: kfb, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, kfb.
K 4 rds.
Here, I divided the sts onto 2 needles right down the middle of the foot, and did an inside out 3-needle bind off. Normally with critters I turn the leg inside out to do this, but these legs were so skinny I didn’t know if I could get away with it. So I just did it without turning it inside out, and there is a very visible seam, but this isn’t really a serious project. It’s a possum, come on! But you are welcome to bind off all sts and sew the foot closed.

Face:
This is knit flat in stockinette. With white yarn and smaller needles, CO 4 sts.
kfb first and last st of ever k row 3 times. (10 sts)
k 3 rows.
Next knit row: k2 tog each edge (8 sts)
purl next row, then k2 tog to end. (4 sts.) BO all sts.

Nose:
With smaller needles and white yarn, CO 12 sts. Join in the round being careful not to twist.
K 2 rnds.
Rd 3: (k2tog, k2) around. 9 sts.
k 4 more rnds.
Next rnd: [k2tog, k1] around. 6 sts.
Change to pink yarn.
k 1 rd.
[kfb, k1] around. 9 sts.
k 2 rds.
[k2tog, k1] around. 6 sts.

Break yarn, pull through remaining sts. Weave through the line of the
pink/white color change and pull like a drawstring to define nose.

Ears: (garter st)
Pick up 3 sts on desired location of head.
With pink yarn and smaller needles, k 2 rows.
next row: kfb, k1, kfb.(5 sts)
k 2 more rows.
k2tog, k1, k2tog. (3 sts)
BO all sts and weave in ends.

Tail: You can pick up sts or knit the i-cord seperately.
With smaller needles and pink yarn,
CO or pick up 3 sts. Do i-cord for desired length. (Mine ended up being about 3 inches long.) For the sweet skill of hanging upside down, make a loop at the end of the i-cord and sew it down. (Possums sort of curl the tail around the branch, so I sort of curled mine in like a half-ass spiral. Subtle but sweet.)

Finishing: Sew nose onto face piece, and face piece onto head. For the limbs, I like Jess Hutch’s method: Catch a little v from the arm or leg, and connect it to a little v on the body. This creates a seamless look. Or just whipstitch it on.