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Lovable Toys

Knitting
October 2004
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch with double strand of main yarn
US 6 - 4.0 mm
4.5 mm
268 yards (245 m)
Errata available: abramsbooks.com

Pattern description from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts: “I love the old-fashioned charm of these toys, which were designed by Marion Edmonds, who along with her business partner, Ahza Moore, runs a company called Knitting Together NYC. (Ahza created the mini sweater and stocking patters on page 46). The bear, rabbit, and elephant all share the same body, and variations in the head and ears lend them their distinct personalities. These toys are knit in the round with minimal sewing. maybe you’ll have time to whip up all three!”

This pattern provides instructions for a rabbit, bear and elephant, all created from the same basic body with variations for the head and ears.

Finished Measurements: About 10” (25 cm) tall not including ears, and 8” (20.5 cm) wide from paw to paw.

Yarn:

  • Blue Sky Alpacas Sportweight (100% alpaca; 134 yards 123 meters / 2 ounces 57 grams): 2 skeins for each toy. Shown in #000 natural white for rabbit, #002 natural copper for bear, and #009 natural light gray for elephant This yarn is used doubled throughout.
  • FOR RABBIT: Belangor French Angora (100% angora; 33 yards 30 meters / 10 grams): #802 pink for inner ears, 1 skein. Scraps of pink and light blue yarn or embroidery floss for mouth and eyes.
  • FOR BEAR: Blue Sky Alpacas Sportweight (100% alpaca; 134 yards 123 meters / 2 ounces 57 grams): #211 paprika for scarf, 1 skein. Scraps of dark brown and light blue yarn or embroidery floss for mouth and eyes.
  • FOR ELEPHANT: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca and Silk (50% superfine alpaca, 50% silk; 146 yards 134 meters / 50 grams): #I33 blush (light pink) for kerchief and tip of nose. Scraps of blue yarn or embroidery floss for eyes.

Needles: Two 24” (60-cm) circular needles size US 6 (4 mm). Set of five double-pointed needles size US 6 (4 mm) for elephant trunk. Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, stitch markers, removable stitch markers or safety pins, stitch holders, smooth cotton scrap yarn for provisional cast-on, crochet hook size G/7 (4.5 mm) for provisional cast-on, polyester fiberfill or wool for stuffing.