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Knitted Cuddlies

Aug 15, 2007
Views: 130,528
Downloads: 11,927
Comments: 9
File Size: 207.8kB

Designer: Louisa Harding
Published: August 16, 2007
Technique:
Skill Level: Easy

This really is the easiest pattern ever written for a knitted toy animal, but once you assemble the simple knitted rectangles and add distinguishing features, it will become a favorite member of the family. In our house, we have Mr. Pickles the Teddy, Sparks the Cat, and Florence the Rabbit, each with a huge personality of its own.

Finished Size: Rabbit: 11" (28 cm); Cat: 8¾" (22 cm); Teddy Bear: 11" (28 cm).

Yarn: Cat (As shown here): Green Mountain Spinnery Cotton Comfort (20% organic cotton, 80% fine wool; 180 yd [165 m]/2 oz): #6-S silver (MC) and #6-SM storm (dark grey, CC), 1 skein each; Light DK weight: about 80 yd (73 m) MC and 55 yd (50 m) CC.; Rabbit (As shown here): Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton (100% organic cotton; 150 yd [137 m]/100 g): #82 nut (brown, MC), 1 ball; #81 sand (light tan, CC), 1 ball; dark brown wool yarn, 1–2 yd (1–2 m) for embroidery on face. Worsted weight: about 75 yd (69 m) MC, 40 yd (37 m) CC, and 1–2 yd (1–2 m) of a second contrasting color for embroidery on face. Teddy Bear (As shown here): Vreseis Fox Fibre Chenille (100% cotton; 1000 yd [914 m]/1 lb): brown (MC), less than 1 cone; white cotton yarn (CC), about 10 yd (9 m) for scarf and face embroidery. Worsted weight: about 95 yd (87 m) MC and 10 yd (9 m) CC.

Needles: Cat: U.S. size 5 (3.75 mm): straight.; Rabbit and Teddy Bear: U.S. size 7 (4.5 mm): straight. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; about 3½ oz (100 g) environmentally friendly stuffing; small crochet hook for attaching fringe to teddy bear’s scarf (optional).

Gauge: Cat: 21 sts and 29 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st. Rabbit and Teddy Bear: 17 sts and 23 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st.

Skill level: Easy.

Check out Natural Knits for Babies and Moms (Interweave Press, 2006) for more great patterns using environmentally friendly materials.


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marissa@10 wrote
on Dec 4, 2009 12:22 PM

Can someone please help me. I have started this project, but have no idea how to make the ears for the cat, the directions are very ambigous on this part and i do not want to end up with an earless cat!!!

marissa@10 wrote
on Dec 4, 2009 12:22 PM

Can someone please help me. I have started this project, but have no idea how to make the ears for the cat, the directions are very ambigous on this part and i do not want to end up with an earless cat!!!

sandrada wrote
on Jul 28, 2009 12:06 PM

thanks for all the patterns you share.  The nice thing about this one is that just about any yarn in the stash bag can be used, as size of the finished project is almost immaterial.  So no more excuses for the bulging stash bag!

Thanks again

Sandra

on Jul 18, 2009 2:03 AM

I think the this pattern is really great too.  Any ideas on how to transform it into an alpaca pattern?  I am not very clever with these things so it has to be simple!!

kellys@3 wrote
on May 4, 2009 9:34 AM
Where are the ears for the cat?
AnnieM@3 wrote
on Nov 17, 2008 8:22 AM
I knit these for my Grandkids last year. They are absolutely gorgeous. For the bunny I used a strand of fun fur and 1 strand of acrylic held together throughout. It turned out beautifully. Thank you for sharing this pattern.
PattiB wrote
on Oct 7, 2008 6:10 PM

I loved the elephant idea too, and then as I was in that bunny trail I got this brief glimpse of my son with the poor kitty half in the door and him pulling his head,....

"Patrick honey what are you doing to kitty?"

I could hear his heavy sigh that means "mother you have no idea that Kitty is a transformer like BUMBLEBEE, MY YELLOW CAR, AND HE IS TRANSFORMING INTO A GIRAFEE, YOU KNOW, HIS NECK IS TRYING TO STRETCH"!

"Whoooosh" I say, walking away shaking my head as I quickly run for safety, "and here I thought I spent all those hours of sewings that beautiful Kitty to probably find it in pieces with its stuffins knocked out of him".

My four year old calls out,"I heard that mom and only turkeys have stuffins in them on thanksgiving day for dinner, remember?"

Tattletale brings to you:

Calgon take me away moment #164,  this is just one of the many reasons for my fiber obsession, and over indulgence in crafting.  I just figure if I keep making things- when other things are broken,I'lI just keep glue,  tape, cement and any other thing around that  can be a fix it, bond-o, but I  love thecrochet hook, knitting needles, needles and thread, yarn, string etc and my darners (of all shapes and sizes)  best of all!!

Jill34 wrote
on Oct 2, 2008 2:17 PM

I love the look of these...fast enough for a quick gift but also very personal. Cute for a baby shower or little kid's birthday. I would love to try an elephant like Andrea suggested!

askemtellem wrote
on Sep 10, 2008 9:55 AM

They are so sweet and very quick to make.  I was just looking at the cat that I just finished which was sitting beside my son's stuffed dog.  Then a light bulb went off in my head.  Which was if I were to shorten the ears for the rabbit then I could also make a dog.  If given enough time I think it might even be possible to make an elephant.  If I were to make the ears a little wider and rounder.  Then if I shortened and narrowed the tail form the cat for a trunk.  Then made the tail very short and narrow.  Oh yeah and make the body from the cat just a little wider.  I think it just might work.

Thanks for going down the bunny trail with me.

Andrea from Canada