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Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Free knitting pattern for a stuffed toy dog...



STUFFED DOG KNITTING PATTERN


This pattern uses dk yarn doubled (i.e. two strands of dk yarn knitted together) and size 5.5mm knitting needles. It produces a dog measuring 14 inches long.
I find that doubling up the yarn and using 5.5mm knitting needles makes a strong fabric that knits up very quickly and contains the stuffing securely.
Don’t worry if the monster looks small when you are knitting it. It will look larger after you have sewed the seams and stuffed it.
Remember: the yarn is used doubled throughout except for the ears and the facial features.

You will need
5.5mm knitting needles (except for the ears which use 4mm knitting needles)
Approximately 65g of dk yarn
Approximately 65g of toy stuffing
White felt and black or brown felt or buttons for the eyes
Small black pom-pom or felt for the nose
Black yarn for the mouth
Red yarn for the tongue

Right leg
Cast on 9 stitches
Work 10 rows  (stocking stitch, commencing with a garter stitch row and ending with a purl row)
Cut the yarn and push the leg to the far end of the left hand needle

Left leg
Cast on 9 stitches on the same knitting needle that is holding the right leg
Work 10 rows – (stocking stitch, commencing with a garter stitch row and ending with a purl row)

Join legs
Knit across all 9 stitches of the left leg.
Turn your work and cast on 2 stitches
Turn your work again and knit across all 9 stitches of the right leg
You should now have 20 stitches on your needle

Body
Work 23 rows – (stocking stitch, commencing with a purl row and ending with a purl row)

Cast on 10 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows (stocking stitch, commencing with a garter stitch row and ending with a purl row) You will have 40 stitches on your needle
Work 10 more rows – (stocking stitch, commencing with a garter stitch row and ending with a purl row)
Cast off 10 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows. You should now have 20 stitches on your needle

Head
Work 50 rows – (stocking stitch, commencing with a garter stitch row and ending with a purl row)

BACK VIEW
Arms
Cast on 10 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows – (stocking stitch, commencing with a garter stitch row and ending with a purl row) You will have 40 stitches on your needle
Work 10 more rows – (stocking stitch, commencing with a garter stitch row and ending with a purl row)
Cast off 10 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows (you will have 20 stitches on your needle)
Work 24 rows straight – (stocking stitch, commencing with a garter stitch row and ending with a purl row)

Left leg
Knit 9 stitches
Turn your work and continue on these 9 stitches for 10 rows – (stocking stitch, commencing with a purl row and ending with a garter stitch row)
Cast off these 9 stitches

Right leg
Rejoin yarn to remaining11 stitches
Cast off first 2 stitches
Knit 9 stitches
Work 10 rows – (stocking stitch, commencing with a purl row and ending with a garter stitch row)
Cast off

Ears (make 2)
Remember: size 4mm knitting needles and one single strand of dk yarn
Cast on 8 stitches
Rows 1-22 – (stocking stitch, commencing with a garter stitch row and ending with a purl row)
You will increase one stitch at both ends of rows 3, 7, and 11 until you have 14 stitches on your needle
Row 23 Join new colour (garter stitch row)
Rows 24 - 45 (stocking stitch, commencing with a purl row and ending with a knit row)
You will decrease one stitch at both ends of rows 35, 39, and 43 until you have 8 stitches on the needle
Cast off
Fold in half, right sides together, and sew the 2 long side seams
Turn right side out
Stuff lightly with approved toy stuffing

Making up:
Embroider facial features as desired. If used, sew on pompom and buttons firmly.
Sew up outer leg seams, both sides, around arms and head
Stuff firmly with approved toy stuffing and check that it is not escaping through any holes
Sew up remaining leg seams
Attach the ears, taking care to close the top seam of each ear

Variations:
Let your imagination run riot
To make longer legs, add 2, 4, or 6 rows
Change the colours as required. Use pastels or bright colours as well as doggy colours.

Congratulations, you have completed one beautiful stuffed toy dog. Now all you have to do is to decide who to give it to! Woof!

The knitting pattern and photograph are © Una O’Malley


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