Duncan the Donkey by Browneyedbabs

Duncan the Donkey

October 2013
yarn held together
+ DK
= DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1200 yards (1097 m)
Big! 14 inches from head to tail
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This cuddly donkey is knit with DK weight yarn held doubled (worsted weight yarn can be substituted and held single stranded) to make a hardwearing cuddly toy just perfect for snuggling.

Two sets of instructions are provided: work the body in the round and sew on the chest at the end if you prefer a simpler knit, or, choose intarsia in the round for a more challenging knit that reduces finishing to sewing on the ears and adding safety eyes.

The hooves are worked in one piece with a neat little trick to create a contrast horseshoe. Plastic canvas can also be added to the feet to give them a flat bottom.

This pattern would suit intermediate knitters and is a perfect opportunity to learn some new skills. Techniques used include the (optional) intarsia in the round (fully explained in the pattern), short rows, jogless stripes, loop stitch, and the Turkish cast on. Links to useful tutorials are provided for each technique.

Yardage in DK:
350 yards black DK yarn
700 yards grey DK yarn
120 yards white DK yarn

Worsted yarn should be held singly and will need about half of the above yardages.