Toy Kangaroo & Joey by Rian Anderson

Toy Kangaroo & Joey

April 2013
DK (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).

The Australian bushfire fundraising campaign, for aiding affected wildlife, has now ended.
In total, the 6 patterns involved raised AU$1,610 – a fantastic result!
Thank you to everyone who contributed by purchasing a pattern.❤️