Badger by Claire Garland


September 2021
yarn held together
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
Approx. 20cm (8in) tall, and 39cm (15in) long
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The badger, or ‘grey’ as it was commonly known, because you only see them at night and because that’s the only colour you see at night, according to folklore, protects you against all witchcraft. It also used to be said that badgers had legs that were shorter on one side than the other, because they are often seen walking on sloping ground on the sides of hills. More to colourful ‘old grey’ than meets the eye, night or day!

You will need no more than one ball each of:

  • Drops Flora in shade 02 white
  • Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk in shade 01 off white
  • Drops Kid Silk in shade 22 ash grey
  • Drops Kid Silk in shade 02 black
  • Drops Flora in shade 06 black
  • Drops Alpaca in shade 0517 medium grey mix
  • King Cole Luxury Fur in shade 4206 badger
  • Drops Kid Silk in shade 15 dark brown
  • Drops Alpaca in shade 0618 light beige mix
  • James C Brett Faux Fur Chunky in shade H2 grey/white

3.75mm and 5mm knitting needles


  • 15 rows and 11 stitches over 5cm (2in) with 3.75mm knitting needles
  • 14 rows and 9.5 stitches over 5cm (2in) with 5mm knitting needles


  • 1 large safety pin or stitch holder
  • 26 locking stitch markers
  • 14mm brown toy safety eyes
  • Toy filling or yarn/fabric scraps