River Otter by Barbara Prime

River Otter

Knitting
July 2013
DK (11 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
109 - 131 yards (100 - 120 m)
22 cm tall
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A cute toy made with a range of fun knitting techniques, advanced-beginner to intermediate level. Skills required include stockinette and garter stitch, left and right decreases, m1 and yo increase, instarsia, mattress stitch. The pieces are all knit flat, then seamed, stuffed, and assembled. The tunic is knit in one piece from fingering weight yarn, with buttons to hold the ends of the straps.

Materials for otter: 50 g of worsted weight yarn in medium brown (MC), 15 g of worsted weight yarn in light brown (CC), pair of 4 mm (US size 6) knitting needles,
stuffing, pair of 9 mm safety eyes, black yarn to embroider face, tapestry needle
Otter gauge: 5.5 sts and 8 rows per 2.5 cm (1”) in stockinette
Materials for tunic: 20 g of fingering weight yarn, 3.25 mm (US size 3) knitting needles, waste yarn, tapestry needle, 2 small buttons (optional), sewing needle and thread for buttons
Tunic gauge: 6.5 sts and 8 rows per 2.5 cm (1”)

The first 3 photos show the version published by Barbara Prime. The other 3 photos show the version published in Issue 24 of Knit Now magazine. The only real difference is that the Knit Now version of the toy was written for DK weight yarn, and the other version of the toy was written for worsted weight yarn.

Errata:The version published by Barbara Prime is missing Row 19 of the Body Front. This should be purled in your main colour.
ERRATA: In the Knit Now version, one row is missing from the Tail instructions. Row 6 should be knit.