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Join the Little Lamb Sock Critter Knit-along!

Aug 24, 2010

Welcome back, Knitting Daily TV fans!

It's time for our second video knit-along, and this time we'll be making the Little Lamb Sock Critter. Why is he called a "sock critter," you ask? Well, he is constructed in a similar way that a sock would be knitted. The heel gusset and short row shaping you would find on the heel of a sock is the way we make his head! So in addition to making an adorable friend, you're also learning a lot of the basic techniques of sock-knitting. Just like with the last knit-along of the Fallen Leaves Scarf, you'll want to watch the video to get a sense of all of the supplies you'll want to gather, read through the pattern, and make your gauge swatch. If you're new to the moss stitch, you may also want to make a moss stitch swatch like I did.

Little Lamb Sock CritterIf you're ready to go, that's great! Download your free pattern here.
Go ahead and practice your cable cast-on, your moss stitch, and cast on your first leg!

BUT if you're still iffy as to why you should knit this stuffed animal (Sure, he's cute, but you don't need a toy), here are a couple of things you'll learn with this pattern:

  • Cable cast-on: No, this cast-on doesn't relate to cables, but it IS strong and flexible and looks neat from both sides of the fabric. Once you learn it here, you can use it for other projects!
  • Moss stitch: A reversible stitch pattern that has a rich dense look, moss stitch is sometimes called "seed stitch" in the UK, and like (US) seed stitch, it is a checkerboard of knits and purls. It's a great stitch for reversible projects like scarves.
  • Cables: If you've been wanting to practice your cabling, this project has a simple and delicate looking cable pattern on the little lamb's belly. It's a great cable motif that you can use on scarves, hats, and so much more!
  • Casting on stitches at the end of a row: If you've never added stitches in the middle of a pattern, you'll learn how to do it in this project. Never fear! It's quite simple and intuitive, and it's useful for future projects.
  • Work in the round: This project is done partially on straight needles and partially in the round; it's a great opportunity to practice the transition from one to the other and a good exercise in understanding the differences.
  • Sock shaping: If you've been wanting to learn how to turn a heel and all those other sock techniques, this is it!
  • Stuffing a form: Of course, our little guy is going to need to be stuffed to hold his shape; get some tips on how to do that!
  • Let's be honest, he's pretty irresistible!

So I hope that all of the reasons above have given you some justification as to why you should make this sweet stuffed animal! Don't forget to leave a comment, introduce yourself, and share what you're hoping to practice with this project! Happy knitting and see you next week for the next segment!

The Little Lamb Sock Critter knit-along is sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn. For more information on the yarn used in this knit-along, please visit LionBrand.com.


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on Aug 25, 2010 12:02 PM

This sounds like the perfect small project for my first knit along. Thanks

junebug9 wrote
on Aug 24, 2010 8:55 PM

This looks too cute!  Hope mine will look as good.

MichelleC@5 wrote
on Aug 24, 2010 4:53 PM

*thumbs up* !

Sueimpe wrote
on Aug 24, 2010 2:38 PM

I've gotten pretty comfortable with sock knitting, and am kinda getting bored with it. I'm pretty much a novice too, never cabled or did a knit-along. I hope I don't miss anything! The one thing that bothers me is the chart...it's like another language to me. but I'm looking forward to trying it!

on Aug 24, 2010 1:38 PM

I've been wanting to try a knit-along, and I have been wanting to knit a little animal so this seems like it has it all. I am still very much a novice - I just learned knitting in the round but have yet to tackle anything on DPNs, cables, socks, or adding pieces together. I am optimistic so I think I'll go ahead and try it.