Sunday, 23 October 2011

Mr. Pup

Free Puppy Dog Toy Knitting Pattern by Raynor Gellatly.

The last few days I've had my newborn sons Halloween costume cardigan on the old needles. For me this is mean feat as i rarely knit anything other than toys due to my attention span being as short as that of a goldfish! Anyhoo I decided to create a little toy for you guys to break the monotony as a break from knitting what seems like my millionth row of garter stitch. I actually designed this little guy as a bear at first but once the body was finished and i was creating his ears they just didn't seems to look right, so then I though he might look better as a kitty and yet again the ears just didn't look right. So in a last ditched attempt to save this little guy from a fate of certain frogging I tried out little puppy ears, and it looked perfect. He looked a little plain knit in all brown so I added a little eye patch and think it makes him look adorable.
This pattern is aimed at beginner knitters who are looking to advance their skills as this pattern uses bobble stitch to create his little arms and legs.
I hope you enjoy knitting this little guy up and I can't wait to see your little puppy litters.



Materials
• Set of 3.25mm needles (UK size 10, US size 3)
• Yarn needle
• Toy stuffing
• 6mm black safety eyes

Yarn weight: Double knitting/ worsted weight

Gauge: not important but make it tight so stuffing doesn’t show through

Finished measurements: approx 3" tall

Abbrevations
CO = cast on
K or k = knit
P or p = purl
Kfb = knit front and back (Knit a
stitch, leaving stitch on left needle; knit into the back loop of this
stitch)
K2tog = Knit two stitches together to make one
Sts or
st = stitches
*.......* = repeat the pattern set within the asterisk
BO = Bind off
sl= slip stich to working needle without knitting
psso= pass slipped stitch over last knitted stitch

To make a bobble (bbl)
1. increase 5 sts into next st (knit into front, then back, front, back, front of st). (5 sts)
2.p5, turn
3. k5, turn
4. p2tog, p1, p2tog, turn. (3 sts)
5. sl1, k2tog, psso. (1 st)

TOY SAFETY
Remember never use toy safety eyes on a toy intended for a child under 3 years old, they are a potential choking hazard, please embroider on any features so they cannot be easily removed by little fingers or gnashers!

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Head & Body
CO 6 sts brown
1. purl
2. kfb every sts (12sts)
3. purl
4. *kfb,k1* along (18sts)
5. Purl
6. *kfb,k2* along (24sts)
7. purl
8. k9, bbl, k4, bbl, k9
9-13. St-st 5 rows
14. K8, bbl, k6, bbl, k8
15. Purl
16. *K2tog* along (12sts)
17. Purl
18. *Kfb,k1* along (18sts)
19. Purl
20. *Kfb,k2* along (24sts)
21. Purl
22. *Kfb,k3* along (30sts)
23-27. St-st 5 rows
28. *K2tog, k3* along (24sts)
29. Purl
30. *K2tog, k2* along (18sts)
31. purl
32. *K2tog, k1* along (12sts)
33. Purl
34. *K2tog * along (6sts)

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Draw tail through remaining stitches and pull tightly and secure. Use tail to mattress stitch row ends closed stopping halfway to add safety eyes and embroider on a nose then fill with stuffing, I also embroidered on his little eye patch at this stage using chain stiitch in a circle slightly bigger than the wisth of the safty eye. Close remaining opening and secure any loose yarn ends.

Ears (make 2)
CO 4 in brown
1-10 Garter stitch 10 rows
11. *k2tog* twice (2sts)
12. sl1, k1, psso (1st)

Cut yarn leaving a long tail and weave in any loose ends or use yarn tail to attach to head.

Tail
CO 3
1-10. I-cord for 10 rows
Cut yarn and weave in any loose ends or use yarn tail to attach to body

Assembly
Attach an ear to ear side of the head using leftover yarn tails
Attach tail to the backside of the pup.
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