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Knitted toy soldier Christmas decoration

Bluestockingstitcher's degenerate butterflies
Knitting
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches = 1 inch in stocking stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Last year, I was part of Knit The City and took part in the Nutcracker Knitmare Before Christmas piece. As the Nutcracker features Christmas presents which come to life, I wanted to make something which echoed traditional toys. I decided that the Nutcracker Prince’s soldiers should be brightly coloured toy wooden soldiers. But a bit more textile based.

I loved how they came out and realised that they’d make a brilliant decoration, so I made some more for a Secret Santa. And I loved them and wanted to share them.

The pattern requires scraps of red and black yarn and also required the following to complete the soldier

* dolly peg
* black paint
* felt tip pens
* gold fabric paint
* glue
* scrap of metallic thread