Kids – Learn to Knit and make a fuzzy friend :
In a couple of weeks, I will be teaching a kids learn-to-knit course at Kiss the Fish, a funky crafting workshop in Edinburgh. The course will begin on February 22, and will run from 4:30 – 6:00 pm for 3 Wednesdays. Contact Rhona at Kiss the Fish to register (0131 332 8912).
Meet Fuzzy Wuzzy!!! He’s been getting into all sorts of trouble around my flat. First he wanted to help me out in the kitchen. Let me tell you, he got bunny fuzz into the cookies I was making, and nibbled all of my veggies!
Then we hopped back to my bedroom, and Fuzzy Wuzzy was playing on my bed, but I was more than a little concerned that he might leave little bunny poops on there!
So he waggled his little bunny tail and hopped off.
Then the next time I saw him, he was snuggling into my yarn stash! What a naughty cheeky bunny!
I don’t know if I can trust him after all these hijinks, but how could I not love such a cutie?
If you want to make your own Fuzzy Wuzzy, the pattern is included below. In preparation for the knitting class, I am developing a series of learn-to-knit tutorials, which explain how to knit using this pattern. Subscribe to the blog to get the tutorials by email, or check back over the next 2 weeks!
The .pdf version of this learn-to-knit course is available free of charge for personal learners. For teachers and yarn shops wishing to use them in their teaching, we ask for a nominal contribution of $5 USD for the use of these materials (honour system). Click Here for downloadable .pdf files for printing. [available soon]
Fuzzy Friend Pattern
What you need:
Materials: 30 yds super bulky yarn (we used Sirdar Big Softie)
Needles: US#13 / 9mm or US#15 / 10mm needles
Other Stuff: darning needle for sewing up the bunny, fabric scraps for face, yarn for tail, cardstock for making pom-pom
Cast on 11 stitches. Knit 18 rows. At the start of the next row, cast 5 stitches on to the end of the needle, in the same way that you cast on stitches to begin. Now you have 16 stitches on the needle. Knit 8 rows.
On the next row, bind off 5 stitches, then knit to the end of the row. You will now have 11 live stitches on your needle. On the next row, knit 11 stitches (this brings you to the end of the row). Turn work and cast on 5 stitches on to the end of the needle. Now you have 16 stitches on the needle again. Knit 8 rows.
On the next row, bind off 5 stitches, then knit to the end of the row. You will now have 11 live stitches on your needle. Knit 2 more rows. Bind off all stitches, cut your yarn, leaving a 12″ long tail. Draw the yarn tail through the last loop, and pull tight. The knitting is done, now you have to sew up your friend.
Use your yarn tail to sew the seam up the side of the bunny, then across the back of the head. If you wish to stuff your bunny, fill your bunny with old scraps of fabric, or stuffing, and sew up the bottom. If not, you can keep your bunny as a puppet. Sew the tops of the bunny’s ears to themselves, to form the bunny ear shape. Sew on Eyes. Make a PomPom, and sew it to the Bunny’s bum!
Your fuzzy friend is now complete!
The above is the knitting pattern to create your bunny. In the posts to follow, I will explain how to begin and how to knit in a step-by-step manner, taking you through the pattern as you learn each technique:
- How to CAST ON
- How to KNIT
- How to BIND OFF
- How to make a POMPOM
I hope you enjoy Fuzzy Wuzzy and learning to knit! Let me know if you have any questions or comments!