Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Pram Toy Mouse


I had this mad idea of knitting a pram toy. Something with some bits thin enough for a baby to hold and nice and soft and eventually I settled on a mouse. I wanted to make it all in one piece so that the arms are knitted in as well as sewn in and there is no danger of any bits getting pulled off. Working out the pattern took me longer than I expected so no post yesterday, but I think it was worth it.The pattern is here if you want to make one.



Pram Toy Mouse
(About 6inches,15cm high)
Requirements
25gm ball double knitting yarn (worsted weight )
brown yarn for embroidering features
1 pair of 3.75mm knitting needles (US5,UK9)
Long, large eyed needle or bodkin for sewing up.
Washable polyester toy filling
Two safety pins or stitch holders

Abbreviations
m1 make 1 extra stitch by knitting twice into the same stitch.
k2 tog  knit two stitches together as if they were one stitch
sl1,k2 tog,psso  slip next stitch onto the needle knit two stitches together as if they were one stitch then take the slipped stitch over this stitch and off the needle

WORK IN GARTER STITCH ( EVERY ROW KNIT) , THROUGHOUT


Arm (make 2)

Row 1
Cast on 6 stitches
Row 2
 Knit 13 rows
Row 15
K3 cast off remaining stitches. 

Break yarn, put stitches onto a safety pin of stitch holder

Body

Tail and base


Row 1
Cast on 4 stitches
Row 2
Knit 15 rows
Row 17
k1, k2tog, k1
Row 18
 m1,k1,m1
Row 19
 m1,k3,m1
Row 20
m1,k5 m1
Row 21
 m1,k7,m1
Row 22
 knit 9 rows
Row 31
 k2 tog, k7, k2tog


Make feet. These are strips which are folded in half when you make up the body.


Row 1
k3 turn
Row 2
Knit 8 rows on these 3 stitches then knit to end of row on needle
Row 3
k3 turn
Row 4
 Knit 8 rows on these 3 stitches then knit to end of row on needle and use last stitch to cast on an additional 11 stitches
Row 5
knit to end of row and use last stitch to cast on an additional 11 stitches (31sts)
Row 6
Knit 16 rows
Row 22
 K1,( k2tog, k5 four times) k2 (27sts)
Row 23
k6, cast off 3, k8, cast off 3, k5


Now attach the arms ( direction of arm does not matter)


Row 1
k6, pick up and knit three stitches from top of one arm, k9,pick up and knit three stitches from top of other arm, k6
Row 2
k1, (k2tog, k4 repeat four times) k2 (23sts)
Row 3
k1, (k2tog, k3 repeat four times) k2 (19sts)
Row 4
 k1, (k2tog, k2 repeat four times) k2 (15sts)
Row 5
 k1, (k2tog, k2 repeat four times) k2 (11sts)
Row 6
 k1, (k2tog, k1 repeat four times) k2 (7sts)
Row 7
m1,m1 cast off 3, k1, pick up and knit the loop of yarn between the stitches, m1
Break yarn

Put each block of four stitches onto a separate safety pins or stitch holders
Fold the body so that the two back edges are touching as in the photo and pick up the stitches across the back. Rejoin yarn.



Back of head


Row 1
m1, k6, m1
Row 2
m1, k8, m1
Row 3
Knit 6 rows
Row 10
k2tog, k8, k2tog



Ear

Row 1
m1, k1, m1 turn and work on these stitches only
Row 2
m1,k3,m1
Row 3
 m1,k5,m1
Row 4
 Knit 4 rows
Row 8
 k2tog, k5, k2tog
Row 9
k2tog, k3, k2tog
Row 10
 cast off

 Rejoin yarn knit next 4 stitches then slip them onto a safety pin or holder.
Follow the ear instructions to knit the other ear.


Front of Head


Row 1
Cast on 11 stitches,pick up and knit four stitches from holder, cast on 11 stitches
Row 2
Knit 5 rows
Row 7
k2tog, k7, k2tog, k4,k2tog, k7, k2tog
Row 17
k2tog, k5, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k5, k2tog
Row 18
k2tog, k3, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k3, k2tog
Row 19
k2tog, k1,k2tog, k4, k2tog, k1, k2tog
Row 20
 K2tog repeat to end
Row 21
 k2tog,k1, k2tog
Row 30
sl1, k1, psso



Break yarn, thread it through last stitch and pull up tightly then use it to join front head  seam from nose to neck. At neck join bottom of this seam to centre of three cast off stitches at neck front. Join head side seams joining the front across the base of the ears, fill head with toy filling before you close final edge. Fold arms lengthwise, flap underneath. Join side seams and join to armhole on body, Fold base to body and  join sides of feet. Join base to bottom of body so that centre back seam is joined to top of tail. Fill body with toy filling and join centre back seam. Embroider features.

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