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Christmas knits

The issue with these little elves came out in August while I was away in Japan, suffering from the heat!

Since I started submitting my patterns to magazines, it became my habit to knit Christmas early. I do festive knitting in June.

We had an amazingly hot weather for a week or so in June, but I was knitting Santas, snowmen, elves and reindeers. Thinking Christmas is still far away and the weather being so nice and warm, I don’t get into the spirit, however, I enjoy creating Christmas toys every year. It is one of my favourite things to do.

Magazine editors wanted Christmassy characters earlier than previous years. They said that their readers want the patterns early. I quite didn’t expect the elves to come out in September issue, even before Halloween and all, but I am quite fond of the artwork. I think they are charming. You can surely enjoy them any time of the year.

I get queries for patterns which appeared in Let’s Get Crafting. They have a fantastic website and you can download some of my patterns for free.
Here are some of my previous work.

The latest addition is this one, robins.


They are all downloadable from this page: https://www.letsgetcrafting.com/free-patterns
You will find lots of delightful projects.
They also have a sister magazine, Let’s Knit. You can get more patterns here: https://www.letsknit.co.uk/free-knitting-patterns

The projects are all worked with their covermount kit yarns. To knit my designs using commercial DK (8-ply) yarn, I recommend 3mm knitting needles.

From Knit Now magazine, this kit came out with last month’s issue. See, everyone is preparing early.

The latest issue of Knit Now should have the part 1 of my Nativity finger puppets; Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the three wise men. The following issue will have the part 2; three shepherds, a bull, a donkey and a sheep. I can’t wait to see them in print!

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More Easter knits

I found this bottle at our wine shop in town.

It had come from Ibaragi prefecture in Japan. It must be an ale brewed by a small local brewery that uses locally sourced ingredients and water. I felt like I found my old friend. It has such a cute label and I thought I must have it.

I am not a beer drinker. I find all beers too bitter for me. Only recently, I learned the difference between ale and lager.
I tasted a little. The ale had fruity, tangerine like aroma (or should I call it bouquet?) and was very tasty. Yes, it was bitter and my husband happily finished it all, but it was good.

The one I bought is called ‘White ale’ and the shop had another kind, ‘Red rice ale’. That sounds even more interesting. I want to try it next time.

The brewer has an online shop; Hitachino Nest Beer

Oh, I was going to share the pattern of these two little guys here today.

Little chicken and chick

Abbreviations
Stst: stocking stitch
St: stitch
K: knit
P: purl
Kfb: k one through the front then through the back (same stitch)
K2tog: knit two together
P2tog: purl two together
Skpo: slip1, knit1, pass slipped stitch over

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.

Chicken
Materials
• 3g white DK
• Small amounts of brown, dark brown DK (8-ply)
• Small amounts of 4-ply (fingering) red and yellow
• Stuffing

Needles
A pair of 2.75mm-3.00mm (US 2) Double pointed knitting needles (DPN)*It is to make i-cords, but there is an
alternative

Body
With white, cast on 9 sts.
Row 1 (WS): p
Row 2: (kfb) in each st to end. 18 sts
Row 3: p
Row 4: (k1, kfb) to end. 27 sts
Rows 5-11: Beg with a p row, work in Stst.
Row 12: (k1, k2tog) to end. 18 sts
Rows 13-17: Beg with a p row, work in Stst.
Row 18: (k2tog) to end. 9 sts
Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Wings: make two
With white, cast on 8 sts.
Rows 1-3: Beg with a p row, work in Stst.
Row 4: k2tog, (k1, k2tog) to end. 5 sts
Row 5: p
Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Feet: make two
With brown, cast on 5 sts.
Ro w1: cast off 4 sts p wise. 1 st
Row 2: cast on 4 sts, cast off these sts p wise. 1 st
Row 3: cast on 4 sts, cast off to end.

Legs: make two
With brown, cast on 2 sts and work 4 rows in i-cord. Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.
Alternatively, if you do not have DPNs, cast on 4 sts, cast off these sts p wise.

Wattle: make two
With 4-ply red, cast on 3 sts
Row 1: p1, p2tog.2 sts
Row 2: k2tog and fasten off.

Comb: make three
Work as Wattle

Beak
With 4-ply yellow, cast on 4 sts.
Row 1: (p2tog) twice. 2 sts
Row 2: k2tog and fasten off.

To make up
With fasten-off yarn end, sew body and stuff. Seam wings and attach them to body. Connect three claws of feet at one end neatly and attach them to leg. Attach legs to body. Attach wattle, beak and comb pieces to head. With dark brown, French knot eyes.

Chick
Materials
• Small amount of soft yellow, brown DK
• Small amounts of 4-ply dark brown and yellow
• Stuffing

Body
With soft yellow, cast on 7 sts.
Row 1 (WS): p
Row 2: (kfb) in each st to end. 14 sts
Row 3: p
Row 4: (k1, kfb) to end. 21 sts
Rows 5-7: Beg with a p row, work in Stst.
Row 8: (k1, k2tog) to end. 14 sts
Rows 9-11: Beg with a p row, work in Stst.
Row 12: (k2tog) to end. 7 sts
Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Wings: make two
With soft yellow, cast on 6 sts.
Rows 1-2: Beg with a p row, work in Stst.
Row 3: (p2tog) to end. 3 sts
Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Beak
As given for Chicken

To make up
Sew body seam and stuff. Seam wings and attach them to body. Attach beak. With 4-ply dark brown, French not eyes. For a leg, cut brown DK yarn to about 8cm and make a knot on one end. Make another knot on top of first knot to ensure knot will not be undone. Thread yarn and pierce front base of body, leaving knot and about 1cm yarn for leg. Hide yarn end in body. Repeat for other leg.

When you are knitting toys, it is a good idea to make it a habit of keeping fairy long end at cast-on and fasten-off ends for sewing. Also, seam with the right side out. Your finish will be neater.

Easter is almost here but this is a super quick project. You can make it in no time.

Happy Easter!

This was in Woman’s Weekly last week. I didn’t know it was out and even I missed it. I will try to find out how to get the pattern from editor.

Sir Elton John was on the cover.

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Little Easter Bunnies

I haven’t done this for so long and I am feeling guilty. I should share more of my patterns online, yes, for free!

I do not at all mind doing this. Ideas come up one after another and I have so much I haven’t published. However, it takes a bit of time and care to write patterns. I also do not want to publish anything without getting pattern checked by a tech editor. I make stitch and row count errors, forget writing some body parts and my making up instructions aren’t clear enough sometimes.

But these bunnies have very short patterns and I felt I could manage without help. So here we go.

Littel Easter Bunnies
Size: 6cm
Materials
• 3g white/pink DK
• Small amount of Felted tweed DK
• Small amount of 4-ply dark brown
• Stuffing

Needles: 3mm

Abbreviations
Stst: stocking stitch
St: stitch
K: knit
P: purl
Kfb: k one through the front then through the back (same stitch)
K2tog: knit two together
P2tog: purl two together
Skpo: slip1, knit1, pass slipped stitch over
WS: wrong side

Body
Cast on 8 sts with white/pink.
Row1 (WS): Purl.
Row2: Kfb in each st. 16 sts
Row3: Purl.
Row4: (K1, kfb) to end. 24 sts
Rows5-16: Starting with a p row, work in Stst.
Row17: (p2, p2tog) to end. 18 sts
Rows18-20: Starting witha k row, work in Stst.
Row21: P2tog, (p2, p2tog) to end. 13 sts
Rows22-25: Starting with a k row, work in Stst.
Row26: k1, (k2tog, k1) to end. 9 sts
Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Ears: make two
With felted tweed, cast on 4 sts.
Rows1-4: Stst, starting with a p row.
Row5: p1, p2tog, p1. 3 sts
Row6: Knit
Row7: P1, p2tog, pass the first st over the second and fasten off.

Tail
With felted tweed, cast on 10 sts, p 1 row. Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

To make up
Seam body and stuff. Attach cast-on edge of ears to head. With dark brown DK yarn, French knot eyes. Take two strands from dark DK yarn, embroider mouth and nose with backstitches.

This is such a easy quick knit. You can surely make a pair by Easter.

I got the idea for the design from Japanese sweets, Wagashi.

Wa-gashi are traditional Japanese confections that are often served with tea. They are commonly made of mochi rice cake, sweetened azuki bean paste, fruits and vegetables. Wagashi are typically made from plant ingredients. I am not too keen on butter, cream, sugar sort of sweets, but I absolutely love Japanese sweets. They are ever so dainty and pretty.

We all like small cute things. I hope you will enjoy my little bunnies.

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My little gifts

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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Macaroons!

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I am loving the BBC’s “Great British Bake Off”.

It is such a fantastic program. I enjoy watching it every year and I know I am not the only one.

I guess we like seeing baking disasters as much as great achievements. I am not being mean. We all like to know things go wrong for not only you but for everyone.

So, what is your baking disaster?

Mine is Macaroons. A few years ago, I had a go at Macaroons first time in my life. Macaroons are so pretty and I had always wanted to try.

I had my mixture perfect. I had two colours, pink and cocoa brown. My younger son, still in primary school then, helped me draw circles on baking sheets. I followed carefully every step in the recipe and voila, my Macaroons looked textbook perfect when they came out of the oven.

But you know what? They were stuck to the paper.
Apparently, I had used wrong kind of paper to line the baking tray. I was shattered. My son cried.

I haven’t tried Macaroons ever since. It became my trauma and they make me nervous.

But recently, I decided to knit them. Knitting Macaroons is so much easier than baking them!
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And here is the recipe.

Size: 4cm diameter
Materials
• Small amounts of DK colour of your choice
• Small amount of white DK
• stuffing

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
Skpo: slip1, knit1, pass slipped stitch over

Top and bottom piece: make one each
With the colour of your choice DK, cast on 10 sts loosely.
Row1: (kf/b) to end (20)
Row2: p
Row3: (k1, kf/b) to end (30)
Rows4-10: st/st
Row11: (k1, k2tog) to end (20)
Row12: p
Row13: (k2tog) to end (10)
Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

With fasten-off yarn end, sew the seam. Stuff lightly. Work a gathering thread along the cast-on edge and pull tightly.

Centre cream
Worked with two strands of DK together, alternatively, use Aran or chunky yarn
With two strands of white DK together, cast on 8 sts.
Row1: (kf/b) to end (16)
Row2: p
Row3: (k1, kf/b) to end (24)
Cast off.

To make up
Attach all three pieces together with the cream piece in the centre. Secure with a few stitches.

So, what do you think? They can be pin cushions, too.

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More bunnies!

We had a wet and rather disappointing Good Friday. I hope the weather improves this weekend.

I made up some designs for Easter at the very last minutes.

One of them is this: tiny bunny dangler charm.

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I know, I know it is tiny and may be a bit fiddly, but look at the bright side, it is a super quick project. You can make one in less than 30 minutes and you only need very small quantity of yarn and stuffing.

Tiny bunny pattern
Materials
*small amount of white DK (8-ply)
*small amount of 4-ply (fingering) dark brown and pink (you can take 2 strands from DK)
*Yarn or thread for the dangler string
*small bell
*stuffing

Equipment
A pair of 2.75mm (US 2) knitting needles
A sewing needle with large eye and fairly sharp point

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

Body
Cast on 4 sts with white DK
Row1: p
Row2: (kf/b) to end (8)
Row3: p
Row4: (k1, kf/b) to end (12)
Rows5-9: st/st
Row10: shape neck; (k1, k2tog) to end (8)
Row11: start working on the head; p
Row12: k1, (kf/b)six times k1 (14)
Rows13-15: st/st
Row16: shape eye line; k3, (k2tog, k1) two times, k2tog, k3 (11)
Rows17-19: st/st
Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Ears: make two
With white DK, cast on 2 sts and st/st 4 rows. Fasten off. Hide the fasten-off end yarn inside the ear.

To make up
With the fasten-off end yarn, sew the head, stopping at the neck. With the cast-on end yarn, work a gathering thread along the cast-on edge and pull tightly. Stuff the head and body, avoiding stuffing in neck area. Close the seam. Work a gathering thread along the neck and pull tightly to shape. Work a gathering thread in front of the face over the decreasing row of row16 if you wish. Attach ears. With dark brown yarn, French knot the eyes and embroider the nose and mouth with straight short back stitches. Tie pink yarn around the neck, make a bow and secure with a few stitches. Attach a string and a little bell if you would like.

Happy Easter!
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For Mother’s Day

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For years carnations have been a popular flower for Mother’s Day. I didn’t know why until recently.

It seems that the relationship between carnations and Mother’s Day began in the early 1900s in America. Many credit Anna Jarvis, the woman who first came up with the idea of celebrating mums, with selecting the carnation as the flower of choice for Mother’s Day.

To commemorate her mother in 1907, Jarvis delivered 500 white carnations to the church where her mother taught Sunday school for over 20 years. Carnations were her mother’s favorite flowers and Jarvis requested that each mum in the congregation received one. The following year, St. Andrew’s Church repeated the tradition of celebrating mums and from then on carnation flowers were associated with Mother’s Day.

This Sunday coming is Mother’s Day in the UK.
We celebrate Mother’s Day in May in Japan as in America and still feel a bit funny having it in March, but I made a little project to celebrate the day.

Carnation flower pin

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Knitting is very simple as always. You can make it into lapel pin, too.

It is hardly a pattern, but here is how I made them.

Materials
Small amount of fine mohair of desired colour
Small amount of green DK (8-ply)

Equipment
A pair of 4.00mm (US 6) knitting needles to knit petals
A pair of 2.75mm (US 2) knitting needles to knit receptacle, stem and leaf

Petals: make two to three
With fine mohair, cast on 30 sts and knit 7 rows. Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Receptacle (base of the flower petals)
Cast on 12 sts with green DK and st/st 3 rows, starting with p row. Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Stem
Cast on 3 sts with green DK and work in i-cord for desired length. Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly.

Leaf
Cast on 2 sts and st/st 5 rows. K2tog on next row and fasten off.

With the fasten-off end of petal yarn, pull tightly and sew the sides. You do not need to sew all the way up, just to the half way is fine. Roll the petal and secure with a few stitches at the base. This will be the centre petal of the flower.

Wrap the centre petal with the other petals, pulling tightly the fasten-off yarn and secure the base with a few stitches. Wind yarn around the base where the green receptacle will be covering. (about 1/4 of the petal from the fasten-off end)

Sew the side seam of the receptacle and cup the base of the flower and stitch them together.

Attach the stem and leaf.

The petals are knitted loosely. Your knitting does not have to neat at all and do not worry if the stitches are uneven. Never mind large holes either.

Depends on the yarn you use, you may want to add more petals.

If you do not have fine yarn, you can use one or two strands from yarn, double knit for example. I don’t use mohair too often and I did not have the colour suitable for this project so that I dyed white mohair with chemical dye.

Should I send one to my mum? Maybe in May, I will. She gets puzzled if I send her a gift in March.

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Little knitted dangler charms

I hope many had a nice Valentine’s Day. It is nice to tell your loved one how much you care. We don’t say the word often enough.

Since I made the little heart’s pattern, (see the post “Valentine Hearts” I think I am addicted to making little knitted dangler charms.

I tried with mushrooms first. These are knitted with DK yarn, but if you have my “Mini Knitted Woodland” book, you can use the toadstool pattern from the book. To make it small, you may want to use 4-ply yarn instead of DK.

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I now find that 4-ply yarn is perfect for these tiny projects.

I use Double Knit yarn (8-ply) for most of my toy projects because it gives the knitted toys firmness without getting too bulky. 4-ply is a bit too delicate and my animals from the Mini knitted series will not stand up too well. I guess you would need super fine needles to knit bodies, too.

But I do have some 4-ply stash and I always wanted make a use of it. I tried the medium sized heart from my pattern and I think it worked well. I made a dangler, adding a tiny bell on the string.

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And I quite like using 4-ply now.

These are super quick projects. You can make one in 15 to 30 minutes.

This is one of my favorite; my quirky chick.

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It is so simple, and I can hardly call it a pattern, but here is how I made it.

Materials
You will need

* Small amounts of 4-ply soft yellow, yellow, dark brown yarn
* Stuffing
* A bell
* a string

Equipment

A pair of 2.5mm-2.75mm (US 1-2) knitting needles
A sewing needle with a large eye

Pattern

Body

With soft yellow, cast on 15 sts and st/st 10 rows, starting with p row.
Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off. .

Beak
With darker yellow, cast on 5 sts. Cast off.

To make up
Sew the body, using the fasten-off end yarn. Work a gathering thread along the cast-on edge. Stuff the body.
To flatten the base, pierce from the centre of the head, with a threaded needle, leaving the yarn end out and take it out from the centre of the base and repeat. Pull gently to shape. Using the same yarn, make a few back stitches on the head, leaving small loops every other stitch. Cut the loops and fluff the yarn. Attach the beak. With dark brown yarn, French knot the eyes. Thread the bell and attach the string to the chick.

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The trickiest part of this project is threading the tiny bell! I wet the tip of the string with liquid glue and harden the tip and thread the bell. That works well. If you know the better way, please use it.

I am making lots of different designs. I can’t stop!
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I will be sharing more patterns of these tiny items if you would like. You can also make pins and enjoy with your knitted garments and hats.

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Mini Santa puppet

Many of us are getting super busy with last minute shopping and preparing for the big day feast.

But if you have one hour that you can relax, you can make this little finger puppet.
I just came up with the design a couple days ago.

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Size: 5cm
Materials
• Small amount of red DK
• Small amounts of fair skin colour, dark brown, white fleecy chunky yarn
• Stuffing

Equipment
a pair of 2.75mm (US 2) knitting needles

Body and head
With white fleecy yarn, cast on 18 sts, break yarn.
Rows1-8:join red and st/st
Row9: (k1, k2tog) to end (12 sts)
Row10: change to skin colour and p
Row11: k3, (kf/b) six times, k3 (18)
Rows12-14: st/st
Row15: shape eye line; k3, (k2tog, k1) four times, k3 (14)
Rows16-18: st/st
Row19: (k2, k2tog) to end (11)
Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Hat
Cast on 16 sts with white fleecy yarn. Break yarn.
Row1-5:join red and st/st.
Row16: p1, (p2tog, p1) to end (12)
Rows17-20: st/st
Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Beard
With white fleecy yarn, cast on 6 sts.
Row1: skpo, k to end (5)
Repeat row1 until there are 2 sts remain. Fasten off.

*skpo: slip1, k next st, pass the right st over

To make up
Sew the head seam, using the fasten-off end yarn. Stop at the neck. Stuff the head and work a gathering thread along the neck line. Pull tightly to shape. Do not stuff the body since this is a finger puppet. Work a gathering thread along the row15 of the head for eye dent if desired. Sew the rest of the body and hide the yarn ends.
With dark brown DK (8-ply) yarn, French knot the eyes. To create the nose, make short backstitches the same spot two to three times.

That is all.
I hope you will enjoy.

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Bean Bunnies

Bean bunnies

I love knitting bunnies. You cannot go too wrong with bunnies because of the characteristic long ears.
When I was designing animals for the Mini safari book, the most difficult animal of all was lioness. My knits always ended up looking like the cross between a dog and a bear!

I wanted to try a bunny with a little quirky look. I quite liked my first one and decided to make two more.

It is easy and you can make one in just one hour. How about making some for Easter?

Pattern
Bean bunnies
Size: 4cm + ears
Materials
• Small amounts of white, soft yellow, light blue or light pink, dark brown and beige DK
• Stuffing
Equipment
• A pair of 2.75mm (US 2) knitting needles

Body
Starting with the base, cast on 6 sts with colour of your choice.
Row1: p
Row2: (kf/b) in each st (12)
Row3: p
Row4: (k2, kf/b) to end (18)
Row5-11: st/st
Row12: k2, k2tog, (k3, k2tog ) x 2 times, k2 (13)
Row13: p5, cast off next 4 sts, k to end (10)
Row14: k5, turn. St/st 4 rows on these sts. Break yarn and keep the sts on another needle or holder

With the right side facing join yarn to the other set of 5 sts and work5 rows st/st on these sts. Do not break yarn.
Row20: p across all the sts (10)
Row21: k1, (k2tog, k1) to end (7)
Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Ears: make two
Cast on 4 sts with light blue or pink
Row1-4: st/st, starting with p row
Row5: p1, p2tog, p1 (3)
Row6: k
Row7: sl 1, p2tog (2), pass the right st over the left and fasten off.

Face
Cast on 8 sts on the both needle using white DK, release one needle and continue.
Row1: (kf/b) in each st (16)
Row2-6: st/st
Row7: (k2, k2tog) to end (12)
Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Making up
Sew the face seam using the fasten-off yarn end. Stuff the it and close the seam. Work a gathering thread through the cast on edge and pull tightly.
Work the gathering thread on the cast on edge of the body and pull tightly. Sew the body seam, stuff the base of the body with stuffing. Insert the head and secure it with stitches. Attach ears.
Embroider eyes and nose using 2 strands of dark brown DK. Embroider whiskers with 2 strands of beige DK.
*If you would like to flatten the base, pierce the body at the centre of the base with a threaded needle, take it out at the back of the neck and repeat. Pull gently.

I hope you will enjoy the pattern.

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