Materials: 1-2 yard or longer odd balls of worsted weight yarn (acrylic is
best, cotton will work) in a variety
of colors. They don't have to
coordinate. In fact, clashing is good. It would be useful to have a bit of
brown/tan in the mix.Novelty yarns will work for contrast with the
Skinny needles (size 1 or two)
straight or dpn
Small amount of fiberfill
Yarn needle for finishing
Instructions for dpn given first
[straight needle directions in brackets]
Cast on 34 stitches. Join. Mark the beginning of the round. Knit in garter
(k 1 round, p 1 round) for 6 rounds [k every row for 6 rows]
Change color and st st (k every round) [k on RS, p on
WS] for 16 rounds
Change color (this is a good spot to use novelty yarn if you have it!) st
for 10 rounds [rows], then garter stitch 2 rounds [rows].
Change to tan/light brown or some totally off the wall
Sesame Street, here)
(RS) K6, k2 tog, (decrease made) k 18, k 2 tog, k 6 (32 stitches). St st for
Change color. (If you have a good boucle or eyelash or long chenille yarn
a place to use it for 2 garter stitch rounds [rows]) Garter
stitch or rib (k1, p1) for 4 rounds [rows] (after the boucle
if you used it)
with smooth yarn.
Next round [row] (RS) k1, k 2 tog, k 6, k 2 tog, k 10, k2 tog, k 6, k 2 tog,
Next round and EOR work even [purl even]
Next round [row] k3, k2 tog, k 4, k2 tog, k 6, k2 tog, k4, k2 tog,
Next decrease round [row] k 2, (k 2 tog, k4) 3 times, k2 tog, k2.
Next decrease round [row] k3
(k2 tog, k2) 3 times, k2 tog, k3 (16 st)
Next decrease round [row] k1, (k2 tog, k2) 3 times, k2 tog, k1 (12 st)
decrease round [row] K2 (k2 tog) 4 times (8 st)
Next decrease round [row] K2 tog around [across]. Cut yarn, thread
remaining stitches and pull tight.
Day 4 (finishing) At this point, the picture may come in very handy.
the 4th color you knit with (tan/light brown or off the wall), do a
running stitch (over and under every other stitch )
at the horizontal spot
where the 3rd and 4th colors come together (at your garter stitch ridge).
leave at least a 6"
tail on each end.
[Seam back open edges from drawn up point to bottom of garter stitch section
at cast on end.]
Weave in all loose tails. LEAVE BOTTOM (cast on edge) OPEN
Stuff the area above the running stitch
sort of medium firm. Use running
stitch to gather at this point to about 2/3 its original diameter. Fasten
so this gather doesn't come loose.
Stuff the rest of the tube. Draw up the cast on end and fasten securely.
the stuffed tube flat on a table and flatten it side to side from the
first gathered area to the cast on row. Using the
same color that you cast
on with, take a couple of back stitches in the center of that color. double
back, fasten tightly.
with the second color you used, do the same thing up the center of your
flattened tube until you are about 6 stitches from
the next color change.
Thread your needle, this time with the 3rd color you used. Working a bit
the side, and starting at the point where the 2nd and 3rd color change meet,
back stitch to about 4 rows from the
gathering at the 3rd/4th color change.
Fasten off. Repeat on the other side.
Add features (eyes, nose).
I'd leave off the pompom if it's intended for a baby.