Thursday, April 1, 2010

Peter Rabbit Finger Puppet


I love making little toys especially finger puppets. It is so easy to come up with cute variations on a simple pattern. I knit this one up in less than an hour...so if you hurry you can make a few just in time for Easter. It would also be cute to knit the whole body in a chocolate brown...kind of like a guilt free chocolate bunny! The cool thing about this is that you don't need any specific yarn...any worsted yarn will work. It is a perfect way to use up all those little scraps of yarn in your stash.


Peter Rabbit Finger Puppet
K- Knit
P- Purl
K2tog - Knit 2 together as one stitch

For this project I just used scrap yarn in blue for the shirt (like peter rabbits jacket in the Potter stories) and brown for the head and ears. I used the same blue as the shirt to make the eyes and a scrap of pink yarn to stitch the nose.
I made this puppet using size 3 double pointed needles… but if you don’t have that size any similar size would probably produce similar results. You can also knit the whole body instead of doing the shirt in seed stitch.

In color 1 (light blue) cast 18 stitches and spread them out onto 3 double pointed needles (6 on each)
1 knit the first row
2 *K,P* repeat until the end of the round
3 *P,K* repeat until the end of the round
4-11 alternate rows 2 and 3 (this will produce a seed stitch)
Switch to color 2 (brown)
12-21 Knit in color 2
22 *K2tog, K4* repeat on other needles until there are 5 stitches left on each.
23 *K2tog, K3* repeat on other needles until there are 4 stitches left on each.
24 *K2tog, K4* repeat on other needles until there are 3 stitches left on each.
Cut yarn and with a needle string it through the remain 9 stitches left on the needles. Pull to close hole.

Ears- Make 2
Cast on 3 in color 2
K, P, K for 6 rows
K2tog K1
K2tog and pull the end of the yarn through the remaining stitch.

To finish use pink embroidery thread or scrap yarn to sew an x in the center of the face for a nose and make 2 French knots using the light blue (used for the body) to make the eyes. Sew on the ears and then weave in any ends.

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