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Hug Monster

Knitting
February 2010
Bulky / 12 ply (7 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
220 yards (201 m)
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A hug monster is an important addition to any household. He always has his arms open, waiting for a hug. He’s big too, around 9.5” tall and 15” from hand to hand. Because his features are made of felt, you can really have fun making him (or her) look just the way you want.

For an INTERMEDIATE KNITTER. The hug monster is mostly knitted flat on straight needles using short row shaping (fully explained in the pattern). The hands are knitted in the round from picked up stitches and contain increases and decreases. There is only one sewn seam.

SKILLS REQUIRED:
Garter (knit) Stitch
Knitting in the round on dpns
Picking up sts
M1 increase
K2tog

MATERIALS REQUIRED:
Approximately 220 yards of bulky weight yarn
US size 9 (5.5mm) straight needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
US size 9 (5.5mm) double pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Approximately 2.25 oz of Polyester fiberfill
Colored felt for the eyes and other features
Tapestry needle
Needle and thread to sew on eyes and other features
Stitch holder
2 Stitch markers

HINTS AND TIPS to help you with this pattern are available on my blog http://nattyknitter.wordpress.com this is mentioned in the pattern.