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Toy Kangaroo & Joey

Knitting
April 2013
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches in stocking stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
191 - 219 yards (175 - 200 m)
Kangaroo mother is 40 cms, (16“) tall; joey is 17 cms (7”) tall
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This toy kangaroo mum has a baby joey who is big enough to jump around on his own, but small enough to be carried in mum’s pouch when he’s tired!
I modeled them on the little mob of Eastern grey kangaroos who visit our garden every day, here in Queensland, Australia. I had to make some adaptations to reality – them being toys and needing big fat feet to stand up etc, not to mention the restrictions of knitting patterns.

The toys are knitted on 2 needles, in a smooth 8 ply/DK yarn of your choice – I used grey but fawn colour would be good too. You could use a reddish brown if you wanted them to be red kangaroos (though reds have fatter noses really).
They take between 85 and 100 gms of main colour, plus 5 gms pale pink for inside the ears (for both mum and joey together).

(I put in a couple of photos of real ‘roos, just so you can see how very cute they are).