knits by sachi

My little gifts

on January 23, 2016

To celebrate the launch of my mini book, “Tiny toys to knit” from Search Press 20 to make series, the sales team will be soon running a promotion through their Facebook and Twitter. They usually offer a chance to win a copy. This time, I suggested to add my small knitted item along with the book for the winner.

Isn’t it a nice idea?

I have lots of little knits after all, some are made as samples for patterns, some are made just for fun. It will be nice if they can find a nice home.

I decided to choose something small for easy shipping. I put them into an individual cellophane bag and tied yarn to make them look pretty. My son made transparent stickers with my web address on them.

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While I was looking for items for give-away gifts, I found these koalas.

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They are very simple and initially, I wasn’t too sure if I liked the design. I tried adding a string and a bell.

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I think they look cuter this way.

Such a little thing makes a big difference.

Would you like to have a go at making them yourself? Here is the pattern. (or something like that. It is very simple.)

Mini Koala
Size: Mummy, 5 cm, baby 4 cm
Materials
• Small amounts of grey, white, dark brown, red brown DK (8-ply)
• Stuffing

Equipment
• A pair of 2.75mm (US 2) DPN knitting needles
• A chenille needle with fairy sharp point

Abbreviations
St/st: stocking stitch
St: stitch
K: knit
P: purl
Kf/b: k one through the front then through the back (same stitch)
K2tog: knit two together
P2tog: purl two together

Special technique: i-cord
Using double-pointed needles cast on the required number of stitches. Do not turn. Slide stitches to the opposite end of the needle, then knit stitches again taking the yarn firmly across the back of work. Repeat to desired length. Cast off.

Mummy
Body
Cast on 7 sts with grey
Row1 (WS): p
Row2: (kf/b) in each st (14)
Row3: p
Row4: (k1, kf/b) to end (21)
Row5: p7 (grey), p7 (white), p7 (grey)
Rows6-10: keeping the colour correct, st/st
Row11: (p1, p2tog) to end (14)
Break white and work with grey only
Row12: shape neck; (k2tog) to end (7)
Row13: p
Row14: (kf/b) in each st (14)
Row15-22: st/st
Row23: (p2, p2tog) to end (11)
Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Ears: make two
Cast on 10 sts with grey, break yarn. Join white and k1 row. Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Arms: make two
Cast on 2 sts with grey and work 3 rows in i-cord. Fasten off.

Nose
With 2 strands taken from red brown DK, cast on 4 sts.
Row1 (WS): p1, p2tog, p1 (3)
Row2: sl 1, k2tog, pass the first st over the second and fasten off.

To make up
With fasten-off yarn end, sew head and body, stuff, avoiding the neck area. Work a gathering thread along the cast-on edge and draw tightly to close the body. Work a gathering thread along the neck and pull tightly to shape. Attach nose, ears and arms. With dark brown, French knot the eyes.

Baby koala
Body
Cast on 6 sts with grey
Row1 (WS): p
Row2: (kf/b) in each st (12)
Row3: p
Row4: (k1, kf/b) to end (18)
Row5: p6 (grey), p6 (white), p6 (grey)
Rows6-9: st/st, keeping the colour correct
Row10: (k1, k2tog) to end (12)
Break white and work with grey only

Row11: shape neck; (p2tog) to end (6)
Row12: (kf/b) in each st (12)
Rows13-19: st/st
Row20: (k2, k2tog) to end (9)
Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Ears: make two
Cast on 8 sts with grey, break yarn, Join white and k 1 row. Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Nose
Cast on 3 sts with 2 strands from DK
Row1: p2tog, p1 (2)
Pass the first st over the second and fasten off.

Arms: make two
Cast on 2 sts with grey and work 2 rows in i-cord. Fasten off.

To make up
As given for mummy

I heard that koalas sleep 22 hours a day? Amazing. They sleep longer than my teenage boys.
Wow!


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