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 pattern is available for AU$5.00 AUD buy it now

This is now a fundraising pattern, see below

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).

Fundraiser; 2020 update:
This pattern is now a fundraiser for wildlife affected by the Australian bushfires. For every pattern sold till the end of June 2020, AU$5 will be donated to “AnimalsAustralia” who support charities caring for injured and displaced animals.

Other patterns of mine now designated fundraisers:
Toy wombat
Toy bat
Spider and bat hats
And for Queensland Koala Crusaders:
Koala tea cosy
Koala and panda beanies

1st Feb 2020 update
This pattern along with Spider and bat hats, Toy wombat and Toy bat have now made AU$315
for Animals Australia.
Thank you to everyone who has bought these patterns!

AnimalsAustralia sent a long thank you message – this is part of it:
“The situation is far from ideal. In fact, the need becomes more urgent every day, and will be for a very long time yet. But as the bushfire disaster unfolds, we’re seeing humanity at its finest. It’s so heartening that amidst a crisis when our minds turn to the worst, that there are real life heroes out there doing their very best.
Thank you for helping those on the ground provide animals the help they need so much right now through your generous support. “