Capybara by Viv's Knits


July 2019
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
27 - 33 yards (25 - 30 m)
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Since I have a real liking for nature’s most peculiar, weird, mysterious or misunderstood underdogs I decided to design some of them for anyone who wants to get to know these natural weirdo’s a little better!

The capybara is the largest rodent in the world and closely related to the guinea pig. Capybaras are very friendly animals, they allow all kinds of other animals - birds, monkeys and even other capybaras – to use them as furniture and sit on them!
And if you decide to keep a capybara as a pet, you’ll no longer need a lawn mower: they eat up to 3 kilograms of grass a day and will still nibble on your lawn as a snack!

This capybara was knitted on 2.25 mm double pointed needles (UK 13, US 1). The body was knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed (175) cinnamon and some lighter (157) camel for the tummy; the tweed gives the capybara a rugged look. The legs were made with Lana Grossa Alpaca Peru 200 (211) dark brown. Pipe cleaners can be used to make the limbs pliable and firm.

This model measures 16 cm from nose to bum.

This project is an easy to medium knit, it requires knitting in the round and some transferring of stitches, and knitting short rows.