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Kangaroo and Joey

Knitting
February 2014
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
5.5 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
100 - 110 yards (91 - 101 m)
10" tall
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The pattern is intermediate level: you need to know how to work stockinette and garter stitch, k2tog, ssk, m1 in both knit and purl, cast on stitches at the end and in the middle of a row, and sew seams. Most of the pieces are knit flat and them assembled (the cardigan has sleeves which can be knit in the round). Although it sounds complicated, the toy is fun to make, and a good way to learn or practice your knitting skills.

The Kangaroo is about 10” tall when finished, and has a little pocket for the joey. The Joey is a finger-puppet, which makes it fit easily in the pocket, and is extra fun for kids to play with. The Cardigan has 3 variations: sleeveless, sleeves knit in the round, or sleeves knit flat (the second two look the same when finished). You can also place buttons just on the yoke, or down the whole front.

Kangaroo Materials: 50 g of worsted weight yarn in russet, brown, or grey (main colour, MC), 20 g of worsted weight yarn in cream or white (contrasting colour, CC), pair of 4 mm (US size 6) knitting needles, pair of 10 mm safety eyes or buttons, stuffing, yarn to embroider the face, scrap yarn, tapestry needle
Joey Finger Puppet Materials: 10 g of worsted weight yarn (use the MC from your Kangaroo if you have enough), pair of 4 mm (US size 6) knitting needles, two 4 mm (US size 6) double pointed needles (optional), stuffing, pair of 6 mm safety eyes (optional), yarn to embroider the face, tapestry needle
Rib-Yoke Cardigan Materials: 25 g of fingering weight yarn, pair of 3.25 mm (US size 3) knitting needles, set of four 3.25 mm (US size 3) double pointed needles (dpns, optional), three (or six) small buttons, scrap yarn, tapestry needle, hand-sewing needle and thread for attaching the buttons