Basic Cardi Pattern for Disney Animators

I have been happily stitching away doll clothing, because I need tiny, imaginative things in my life.

Disney Animator’s Collection has completely stolen my heart.  I decided on Merida because of her rascally expression.  She is so much more amazing in real life!  Pictures just don’t do her justice.

The dress I made for Merida.  It's all hand stitched, because sewing machines make me use all the bad words!

The dress I made for Merida. It’s all hand stitched, because sewing machines make me use all the bad words!

A few days later, I managed to score Tiana.

Tiana getting fitted.

Tiana getting fitted.

Merida and Tiana in their new woolly sweaters.

Merida and Tiana in their new woolly sweaters.

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Now for the pattern:

 

Basic Cardi Pattern

 to fit Disney Animator dolls

This is a basic raglan style cardigan.  It fits the Animator body like a glove.   If you want a looser fit, simply do a couple of more increase rows before removing the sleeve stitches from the body on row 21.

Materials: 

Small amount of sport weight yarn—I used Cascade 220, DK wool

Size 5 knitting needles

5 buttons to fit buttonholes

tapestry needle

scrap yarn

stitch markers (4)

row counter

Abbreviations:

CO: cast on;  st, sts: stitch, stitches; R: row; k: knit: p: purl; pm: place marker; sm: slip marker; kfb: knit front and back of stitch (increase); yo: yarn over; k2tog: knit two stitches together; BO: bind off

All of these methods can be found on YouTube if you have trouble figuring out how to do them.

 

Body:

CO 28 sts.

R1: knit

R2: place markers as follows:  k6, pm, k4, pm, k8, pm, k4, pm, k6.

R3 *buttonhole row*: (Knit to first stitch before marker, kfb, sm, kfb) 4x, k to last 3 sts, yo, k2tog, k1.

R4: K4, purl across to last 4 sts, k4.

R5: (Knit to first stitch before marker, kfb, sm, kfb) 4x, k to end.

R6: K4, p across to last 4 sts, k4.

Repeat rows 5 & 6 to row 21, adding buttonholes on rows 11 & 19.

Row 21:  k to 1st marker, remove marker, transfer sleeve sts between markers to scrap yarn with tapestry needle.  k to next marker, remove marker, transfer sleeve sts to scrap yarn, remove marker, k to end.

R22: K4, p across to last 4 sts, k4.

R23: k across

Repeat rows 22 and 23 to row 37, adding buttonholes on rows 27 and 35.

R38, 39, 40: knit across

Row 41: BO.

 

Sleeves:

Pick up sleeve stitches onto needle on right side.

R1: k across.

R2: p across

R3-6: k across

R7: BO, leaving a long-ish tail to sew inner sleeve seams.

Repeat on other side.  Sew up sleeve seams, weave in ends.  Add buttons and voila!  Your wonderful Animator girl has a new cozy sweater!

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Elbow dimples!

Elbow dimples!

Skygazing.  Oh, those little tummies!

Skygazing. Oh, those little tummies!

Fox! (now with pattern)

I’m so excited about this little guy. He’s a very heavily modified version of the Furryness pattern.

I know I’m going to get arrested by the yarn police one day. I can just hear some of you shouting, “HEATHER! What is up with all this novelty yarn you keep using?!” I just have bunches of it. I can’t buy ANY yarn right now, so I have to make the best of what I’ve got.

I have to say, I think I put my stash to good use this time. I only wish you could see the nose a bit better, it’s this little round ball, it’s PRECIOUS.

Basically I used the Furryness pattern as a guide for the body, and left out the last increase/first decrease in both the body and the head.

I love his little tail….

Materials:

Moda Dea Eden in colorways Flame and Serpent
worsted weight to match the Moda Dea (I used tan Red Heart to go with the orange parts because that’s what I had, but I wish I would have had something foxier! I used some white kitchen cotton to go with the silver for the nose and tail.)
Bernat Softee Chunky: (I used some green, navy blue, grey, and a small amount of black for the nose and the eyes.)
Size 7 double pointed needles, set of 4.
Stuffing
blunt end tapestry needle

Yarn substitution info:
I am all for stash busting. The Moda Dea is a bulky weight furry yarn that can easily be replaced, but I do like its vibrancy. You will only be using maybe less than half of a skein of the orange and a tiny bit of the silver. If I would have had a white furry yarn I would have used that instead of the silver! The Bernat Softee Chunky is easily replaced by any other bulky weight yarn, acrylic or otherwise. Use what you have on hand!

A note about gauge:
Pick a needle size that is not painful but also tight enough that your stuffing doesn’t show through. I’m a pretty loose knitter so the 7’s work for me and the yarn I used– they may not work for you and your yarn.

Kfb= increase by knitting into front of stitch, then into back of same stitch.

Body & Head (starting at the butt):

CO 6 sts with green. Join in the round, being careful not to twist (Yeah, I know, I just have to say that, apparently :D)

Rd 1: Kfb each stitch. (12 sts)
Rd 2: k all sts.
Rd 3: Kfb each stitch. (24 sts)
Rd 4: k all sts.
Rd 5: [kfb, k1] 3 times, kfb, k2, [kfb, k1] 5 times, kfb, k4. (34 sts)
Rd 6: k all sts.
Rd 7: [kfb, k2] 3 times, kfb, k4, [kfb, k2] 5 times, kfb, k4. (44 sts)
Rds 8, 9, 10: k all sts.
Rd 11: [kfb, k3] 3 times, kfb, k6, [kfb, k3] 4 times, kfb, k8. (53 sts)
Rds 12-19: k all sts.
Rd 20: [ssk, k3] 3 times, ssk, k6, [k2tog, k3] 4 times, k2tog, k8. (44 sts)
Rds 21-23: k all sts (Note: stripe pattern starts on round 22– 2 rounds grey, 2 rounds dark blue, 2 rounds grey, work even in dark blue)
Rd 24: [ssk, k2] 3 times, ssk, k4, [k2tog, k2] 4 times, k2tog, k8. ( 35 sts)
Rds 25-28: k all sts.
Rd 29: [ssk, k1] 3 times, ssk, k2, [k2tog, k1] 5 times, k2tog, k2tog, k3. (24 sts)
Rds 30, 31, 32: k all sts. Stuff body firmly.
Rd 33: ssk 4 times, k2, k2tog 4 times, k6. (16 sts)
Rds 34: k all sts.
Switch to furry yarn, held together with a strand of worsted.
Rd 35: [kfb, k1] around. (24 sts)
Rd 36: k all sts. It helps to divide sts evenly again at this point.
Rd 37: [kfb, k2] around. (32 sts)
Rds 38-45: k all sts.
Rd 46: [ssk, k2] 4 times, k2tog, k4, [k2tog, k2] 2 times, k2tog. (24 sts)
Rd 47: k all sts.
Rd 48: [ssk, k1] 4 times, [k2tog, k1] 4 times. (16 sts.) Stuff head firmly.
Rd 49: k all sts.
Rd 50: [k2tog, k2] around. (12 sts)
Rd 51: k all sts.
Rd 52: k2tog around. [6 sts]
Break yarn, pull through remaining stitches. Weave in ends. It’s okay to tie a knot, you don’t want the creature falling apart. Set him/her down on a flat surface, pretend it’s Play Doh, and mold and squeeze until you get an ideal shape, making the bottom sit flat. The Moda Dea seems to be furrier on the inside, maybe it’s just how I knit or something, but I like to take a soft bristle brush (like a baby brush or a boar’s bristle brush) and gently brush the fur out. (If you are using something other than the Moda Dea, make sure to check that all the fur isn’t going to shed when you do this.) Note: The front of the fox is the last few sts on the needle, where you are knitting a panel of 8 or so sts. This panel is the tummy.

Arms:
Using blue yarn, CO 9 sts. Join in round, k all sts for 13 rounds.
Switch to your fuzzy yarn held tog with worsted. Work one round.
Then: (Rd 1): (k1, kfb, k1) 3 times. (12 sts)
Rd 2: k all sts.
Rd 3: kfb, k to last st, kfb. (14 sts)
Rd 4: k all sts.
Rd 5: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. (12 sts)
Rd 6: k all sts.
Rd 7 k2tog around. (6 sts)
Break yarn, pull through rem sts.

Legs:
Using green yarn, CO 9 sts. Join in round, k all sts for 19 rounds.
Switch to your fuzzy yarn held tog with worsted. Work one round.
Then: (Rd 1): kfb, k to last st, kfb. (11 sts)
Rd 2: k all sts.
Rd 3: kfb, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, kfb. (15 sts)
Rd 4: k all sts.
Rd 5: kfb, k to last st, kfb.
Work 3 rounds even. Then, either turn leg inside out very gently and do a 3-needle bind off (this is what I did and it was way harder on this fella than any other creature I’ve made) or BO all sts and sew up seam. If you know some fancy grafting tricks, use ’em! Note: You should have 6 sts on the left and right needles, and 3 sts on the back needle. Divide the foot between the right and left needles, slipping the sts from the back needle onto the two front ones as evenly as possible for the 3 needle bind off.

Tail:
CO 9 sts holding the orange furry yarn with the worsted.
Join in round.
Rds 1-5: k all sts.
Rd 6: (kfb, k2) 3 times (12 sts)
Rd 7: k 5 more rounds.
Switch to either white or silver furry yarn held tog with worsted to match.
Rd 8: (kfb, k3) 3 times (15 sts)
Rd 9:k 3 rounds.
Rd 10: (k2tog, k1, k2tog) 3 times (9 sts)
Rnd 11: k3tog around. See that? Knit Three Together.
Break yarn, pull through rem 3 sts.

Nose:

CO 18 sts holding white or silver yarn tog with worsted.
Join in round.
Rds 1-3: k all sts.
Rd 4:(k 2 tog, k4) 3 times (15 sts)
Rd 5:k all sts
Rd 6:(k2tog, k3) 3 times (12 sts)
Rd 7: k all sts
Rd 8: (k2tog, k2) 3 times (9 sts)
Rd 9 k all sts
Rd 10: (k2tog, k1) 3 times (6 sts)
Switch to black yarn.
Rd 11: k all sts
Rd 12:(kfb, k1) 3 times (9 sts)
Rd 13: k all sts.
Rd 14: (k2 tog, k1) 3 times (6 sts)
Break yarn, pull through rem sts. When you’re weaving the yarn back through, weave it around the base of the nose and pull like a drawstring to define nose.

Ears:

CO 9 sts. These are worked flat in garter st.
Rds 1 and 2: k all sts.
Rd 3: k1, k2tog, k3, k2tog ( 7 sts)
Rd 4: k all sts
Rd 5: k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog. (5 sts)
Rd 6: k all sts
Rd 7: k2tog, k1, k2tog (3 sts)
Rd 8: k all sts
Rd 9: k2tog, k1 (2 sts)
Rd 10: K2 tog. Break yarn, pull through rem st.

Finishing: I use Jess Hutch’s method for seaming, illustrated here.


Middle-Sized Monster Pattern

This is a very similar modification of the Furryness pattern. The body has the same increases and decreases, but with a bunch of extra rows thrown in for good measure. The arms and legs are slightly different– but the deedlybobs are very much improved with just a simple tweak. They are certainly easier to do and seem much more stout.

Pattern Notes: This model is made with worsted on size US 3 needles.

I made one (without taking notes, of course) with Homespun on size 6’s. On the parts where there are some 8 rows without increases or decreases, you may omit 2 or so, to make it to this same scale. Experiment with different spots to do the inc’s and dec’s, you can make something really skinny and tall, or short and squat.

You may find that the gauge is too tight. Use a gauge that is comfortable to you, but make sure it is tight enough so that the stuffing doesn’t show through.

kfb= increase by knitting into the front and back of same stitch.

Materials:

This version made with Paton’s Classic Wool (Too Teal) — any worsted should do.
Knobbles done in Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton… Sugar and Cream will work, but I am in love with Lion’s cotton. It doesn’t pill like cheaper versions.
US size 3 double-point needles, set of 4. I strongly recommend aluminum needles. Bamboo needles have a tendency to warp with the tight gauge, and the friction is terrible.
Felt circles, needle, and thread for the eye.
Small amount of yarn or embroidery for the mouth/teeth.
Fiberfill.

Body & Head (starting at the butt)

CO 6 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Rd 1: Kfb each stitch. (12 sts)
Rd 2: k all sts.
Rd 3: Kfb each stitch. (24 sts)
Rd 4: k all sts.
Rd 5: [kfb, k1] 3 times, kfb, k2, [kfb, k1] 5 times, kfb, k4. (34 sts)
Rd 6: k all sts.
Rd 7: [kfb, k2] 3 times, kfb, k4, [kfb, k2] 5 times, kfb, k4. (44 sts)
Rds 8, 9, 10: k all sts.
Rd 11: [kfb, k3] 3 times, kfb, k6, [kfb, k3] 4 times, kfb, k8. (53 sts)
Rds 12, 13, 14: k all sts.
Rd 15: [ kfb, k4] 3 times, kfb, k8, [kfb, k4] 4 times, kfb, k8. (62 sts)
Rd 16, 17: k all sts.
Rd 18: [ssk, k4] 3 times, ssk, k8, [k2tog, k4] 4 times, k2tog, k8. (53 sts)
Rd 19: k all sts.
Rd 20: [ssk, k3] 3 times, ssk, k6, [k2tog, k3] 4 times, k2tog, k8. (44 sts)
Rds 21, 22, 23: k all sts.
Rd 24: [ssk, k2] 3 times, ssk, k4, [k2tog, k2] 4 times, k2tog, k8. ( 35 sts)
Rds 25-35: k all sts.
Rd 36: [ssk, k1] 3 times, ssk, k2, [k2tog, k1] 5 times, k2tog, k2tog, k3. (24 sts)
Rds 37-41: k all sts. Stuff body firmly.
Rd 42: ssk 4 times, k2, k2tog 4 times, k6. (16 sts)
Rds 43,44: k all sts.
Rd 45: [kfb, k1] around. (24 sts)
Rd 46: k all sts. It helps to divide sts evenly again at this point.
Rd 47: [kfb, k2] around. (32 sts)
Rds 48,49: k all sts.
Rd 50: [kfb, k3] 6 times, kfb, k7. (39 sts)
Rds 51-58: k all sts.
Rd 59: [ssk, k3] 3 times, [k2tog, k3] 3 times, k2tog, k7. (32 sts)
Rds 60-62: k all sts.
Rd 63: [ssk, k2] 4 times, k2tog, k4, [k2tog, k2] 2 times, k2tog. (24 sts)
Rd 64: k all sts.
Rd 65: [ssk, k1] 4 times, [k2tog, k1] 4 times. (16 sts.) Stuff head firmly.
Rd 66: k all sts.
Rd 67: [k2tog, k2] around. (12 sts)
Rd 68: k all sts.
Rd 69: k2tog around. [6 sts]
Break yarn, pull through remaining sts.
The front of the monster is the last few sts on the needle, where you are knitting a panel of 8 or so sts. This panel is the tummy.

Arms:

CO 9 sts, join in the round.
K 2 inches.
Then (Rd 1): k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (11 sts)
Rd 2: k all sts.
Rd 3: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (13 sts)
Rd 4: k all sts.
Rd 5: k1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (11 sts)
Rds 6, 7: k all sts.
Rd 8: k2tog, 3 times, k1, k2tog twice. (6 sts)
Break yarn, pull through remaining sts.

Legs:

CO 12 sts, join in round.
K 3 inches.
Then: (Rd 1): k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (14 sts)
Rd 2: k all sts.
Rd 3: k1, kfb twice, k to last 3 sts, kfb twice, k1. (18 sts)
Rd 4: k all sts.
Rd 5: K 1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (20 sts)
K 4 more rnds.
The middle of the foot runs between the first and last needle.
I somehow managed to pull off turning the foot inside out and doing a three needle bind off.
You may want to BO all sts and seam the bottom of the foot closed.
Or maybe you know some fancy grafting tricks. If so, use those mad skills of yours.

Knobbles:
(and yes, I am aware of how pervy this sounds to my UK friends)

CO 6 sts with kitchen cotton, leaving a tail long enough to sew onto head. Join in the round.
k 9 rnds.
Next row: [k1, kfb] 3 times. (9 sts)
k 1 rd.
Then: kfb each st. (18 sts)
Bo all sts.

Finishing:

Stuff hands and feet firmly.
Sew arms and legs onto body by catching a little v on the arm and connecting it to a v on the body. Jess Hutch, my hero, describes this much better than me; illustrated here.

As with any of my patterns, if you run into any issues, contact me by comment or by email(rupestur AT yahoo DOT com). I’d also like pictures of your monsters. Don’t forget about the monster knitalong (link in sidebar there), it may be laying a bit low for the time being but you are still very much welcome to post there. If you don’t have a LiveJournal account, email me your pictures and I can post them.

Legal blah–If you want to sell these for charity, go ahead, but I’d be much obliged if you didn’t sell them online or try to take credit.

Quite a refreshing stash buster

My new project. What the hell, you ask?

Knitted tampons, perhaps? Cannibas? Pod people?

No way! Curlers!

I hope you guys appreciate this– it’s not every day I decide to model curlers for the world.

These are great. They are snag-free and super light. You can make each one from a different yarn scrap. I also have this thing about going out and buying things made in China, so I avoid that. I just put my hair up in them rather messily because I was so excited that they were finished and wanted to share them with you guys!

This is more of an idea than a proper pattern– but I’m writing it up anyway.

Hair curlers

Materials:

Yarn: This is meant to be a stash buster, so you can really use whatever yarn you have on hand. I have lots and lots of acrylic that I don’t know what to do with. So I’m using that. You can use wool or cotton– but I think acrylic is actually a good idea, because your hair will probably be a bit damp when you use them. Also, if you use any products, you will want to test for color fastness. I used some Homespun and some Red Heart Soft Yarn. If you use sport weight, you can double up strands.

Needles: I used size 7 double pointed needles, but I’m a crazy loose knitter. With the boucle or anything bulky you may want to go up a size if it’s too tight to work with. When you get to the middle you can knit that part on straights if need be, and just do a seam up the side.

You will also need a blunt end needle and some stuffing.

Note: kfb= increase by knitting into the front and back of a stitch.

CO 3 sts.
Work i-cord for 3 1/2 inches.
Kfb each st: 6 sts.
Divide sts evenly onto dpn’s and join in the round.
k 1 round/row.
(kfb, k1) around. 9 sts.
Work even for 2 1/2 inches.
Stuff lightly but evenly (or do this at the end if you are using straight needles)
(K2tog, k1) around: 6 sts.
K 1 row.
K2tog around– it helps to knit the rem 3 sts onto one needle.
Work i-cord for 4 more inches.
BO sts.

On the CO end (slightly shorter i-cord) make a big honkin knot. I do a slip-knot– wrapping the remaining half inch or so that sticks out around the base of the knot, and weaving the yarn tail through the knot to secure it.

Fold other end over one inch (or however much will fit over knot) and sew a loop down securely with yarn tail.

Make 8-10.

I think it would be really easy to modify the pattern to make the really giant rollers or even little bitty ones. Just increase (by kfb’ing every st in the round) until the size makes you happy.

Voila! Go get some stellar waves!

Monster Recipe

I thought I’d go ahead and post the monster pattern here, so you guys don’t have to go through the Knitalong to find it. If you make one, all I ask is that you don’t sell them online (charity stuff is fine) and that you send me a picture of the final product, or post it to the KAL. I love to see what people are doing with my patterns.

As always, if you have any problems, email me at rupestur AT yahoo DOT com.

Furryness!

By Heather Rupe

This monster really likes to hang out near people who are knitting. I swear, every time I turn around he is sitting in my chair right beside me, watching me work. Silly monster. He would be a great companion for a kid as well, although babies like to taste him and he’s simply not into that sort of thing.

Materials:
• 1 skein Moda Dea Wild! (100% nylon, color Flames, 50g, 1.75 oz, 103 yd)
• 1 skein worsted weight acrylic, random cheapo size (or wool, or whatever, I used some Bright! Pink! that just happened to be in my stash, red or orange would work as well)
• Knobbles made with small amount of Lamb’s Pride Worsted, Orange.
• Yarn or embroidery floss for mouth/teeth
• Blunt end tapestry needle
• Two felt circles, one the size of a quarter in desired eye color, one black piece the size of a Cheerio
• Needle and thread for eye
• Poly fiberfill
• Stitch marker and row counter (optional)
• Sizes 3 and 7 double pointed needles, set of 4 each.

Pattern notes:

Kfb= increase by knitting into front of stitch, then into back of same stitch.

A note about gauge: In this project, the goal is to get a tightly knitted fabric, tight enough that the stuffing won’t show through. Gauge isn’t really that important here. But if you start and your stitches are too tight to even work with, you may need to go up a couple of needle sizes.

The front of the monster is the last needle before you get to your marker.

Also, parts of this pattern may seem to defy logic, but it works. At least, I hope it works, so if it doesn’t work for you, please come bitch on my shoulder. I’ll help you figure it out.

Body & Head (starting at the butt):

CO 6 sts (rather loosely) holding Moda Dea and worsted weight acrylic together on larger needles. Divide evenly onto needles and join in the round, being careful not to twist. Place marker.

Rd 1: Kfb each stitch. (12 sts)
Rd 2: k all sts.
Rd 3: Kfb each stitch. (24 sts)
Rd 4: k all sts.
Rd 5: [kfb, k1] 3 times, kfb, k2, [kfb, k1] 5 times, kfb, k4. (34 sts)
Rd 6: k all sts.
Rd 7: [kfb, k2] 3 times, kfb, k4, [kfb, k2] 5 times, kfb, k4. (44 sts)
Rds 8, 9, 10: k all sts.
Rd 11: [kfb, k3] 3 times, kfb, k6, [kfb, k3] 4 times, kfb, k8. (53 sts)
Rds 12, 13, 14: k all sts.
Rd 15: [ kfb, k4] 3 times, kfb, k8, [kfb, k4] 4 times, kfb, k8. (62 sts)
Rd 16, 17: k all sts.
Rd 18: [ssk, k4] 3 times, ssk, k8, [k2tog, k4] 4 times, k2tog, k8. (53 sts)
Rd 19: k all sts.
Rd 20: [ssk, k3] 3 times, ssk, k6, [k2tog, k3] 4 times, k2tog, k8. (44 sts)
Rds 21, 22, 23: k all sts.
Rd 24: [ssk, k2] 3 times, ssk, k4, [k2tog, k2] 4 times, k2tog, k8. ( 35 sts)
Rds 25, 26, 27, 28: k all sts.
Rd 29: [ssk, k1] 3 times, ssk, k2, [k2tog, k1] 5 times, k2tog, k2tog, k3. (24 sts)
Rds 30, 31, 32: k all sts. Stuff body firmly.
Rd 33: ssk 4 times, k2, k2tog 4 times, k6. (16 sts)
Rds 34, 35: k all sts.
Rd 36: [kfb, k1] around. (24 sts)
Rd 37: k all sts. It helps to divide sts evenly again at this point.
Rd 38: [kfb, k2] around. (32 sts)
Rds 39, 40: k all sts.
Rd 41: [kfb, k3] 6 times, kfb, k7. (39 sts)
Rds 42, 43, 44, 45: k all sts.
Rd 46: [ssk, k3] 3 times, [k2tog, k3] 3 times, k2tog, k7. (32 sts)
Rds 47, 48, 49: k all sts.
Rd 50: [ssk, k2] 4 times, k2tog, k4, [k2tog, k2] 2 times, k2tog. (24 sts)
Rd 51: k all sts.
Rd 52: [ssk, k1] 4 times, [k2tog, k1] 4 times. (16 sts.) Stuff head firmly.
Rd 53: k all sts.
Rd 54: [k2tog, k2] around. (12 sts)
Rd 55: k all sts.
Rd 56: k2tog around. [6 sts]
Break yarn, pull through remaining stitches. Weave in ends. It’s okay to tie a knot, you don’t want the creature falling apart. Set him/her down on a flat surface, pretend it’s Play Doh, and mold and squeeze until you get an ideal shape, making the bottom sit flat. The Moda Dea seems to be furrier on the inside, maybe it’s just how I knit or something, but I like to take a soft bristle brush (like a baby brush) and gently brush the fur out.

Arms:

CO 12 sts with smaller needles, Moda Dea only. Divide evenly and join in the round.
Work for 2 ¾ inches without stretching to measure.

Then: Join acrylic to Moda Dea, hold together and knit 1 row, changing to larger needles as you go. (Let’s call this Rd 1.)
Rd 2: kfb, k5, kfb, k5. (14 sts)
Rd 3: k all sts.
Rd 4 kfb, k6, kfb, k6 (16 sts)
K 4 more rounds
You have two options for finishing hand:
I turn the arm inside out very carefully, divide sts evenly onto 2 double points, and do a 3 needle bind off. This is easier than you think, and if you have made it this far you shouldn’t be afraid! But you can certainly BO all sts and sew up the end.

Legs:

CO 14 sts with smaller needles, Moda Dea only. Divide evenly and join in the round.
K 3 ¼ inches without stretching to measure.

Then: Join acrylic to Moda Dea, hold together and knit 1 row, changing to larger needles as you go. Lucky you, you’re to the best part, the FEET!(Rd 1)
Rd 2: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (16 sts)
Rd 3: k all sts.
Rd 4: k1, kfb, kfb, k to last 3 sts, kfb, kfb, k1. (20 sts)
Rd 5: k all sts.
Rd 6: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (22 sts)
K 4 more rounds.
BO in same way as arms.

Knobbles!

CO 6 sts with worsted or light worsted, leaving a tail long enough to sew onto head. Divide evenly onto smaller needles and join in the round, being careful not to twist.
K 9 rounds.
Next row: [k1, kfb] 3 times. (9 sts)
K one row.
Bind Off by: k1, m1, BO 1, [k1, BO1, m1, BO1 etc. around.] This makes the ends fluted.

Finishing: Stuff hands and feet firmly. You can stuff the arms and legs as well but I leave them empty, it makes them irresistibly floppy. Weave in the ends, make knots or whatever you have to do to ensure that he won’t fall apart. I recommend using the cheapo acrylic to sew him together, the Moda Dea isn’t nearly as strong. He may have some visible seams but that adds to his soul. Sew the black felt onto the eye color felt, then sew onto head. Embroider mouth and teeth.

I finished something I started! Yippeee!

I made this shawl for my best friend, April. She just lost her grandmother, and they were pretty tight, so she’s not been doing so well. I wanted it to look like one of those things that little old ladies have on the back of their couches (You might say, “Yeah, it’s called an afghan.” I didn’t have that much yarn or that much time hehe) It’s meant to be a comforting sort of thing. Just something to drape across her shoulders if she gets sad or lonely– or chilly!

Pattern notes: The yarn is some stuff I had in my stash, Red Heart Soft Yarn. (I’m a little worried about how it’s going to hold up, since it was some Walmart yarn. I had this much left over from making the kids Easter bunnies. But I’m stash busting, and I had to use it or I’d perish from the guilt.) I used a garter stitch chevron pattern I found on this page, but winged it from there. I finished the knitting on it about 2 weeks ago, but I’ve been putting off weaving in ends for that long! It’s 43×13 inches.
Materials–
Various worsted weight yarns from your stash
size US 9 needles, circulars work well, I used the blanket needles with the big long cables attached.
tapestry needle

CO 199 sts.
Work in garter stitch chevron as follows:
Row 1: k1, ssk, k8, m1, k1, m1, (k8, ssk, k1, k2tog, k8, m1, k1, m1) rep to last 11sts, k8, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: k to end
work 8 rows each color, until it is 13 inches long or until you run out of yarn!

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.