Friday, June 16, 2017

Introducing the Cascade Critter!

This week the Cascade Critter came to be. He came together quickly and is already getting into all sorts of trouble. You can follow his adventures on Instagram as well as on the Cascade Yarns social media feed. To make your own Critter you need 1 skein of Pacific Chunky, US 9 DPNs, stuffing and safety eyes.
Materials:
- 1 skein Pacific Chunky Color Wave (60% Acrylic/40% Superwash Merino Wool) - 120 yds/100 g - shown in color 415 (Puget Sound)

- US 9 DPNs

- Stuffing/fiberfill

- Safety Eyes

- Yarn Needle
Abbreviations:
- K - Knit

- Kfb - Knit into the front and back of 1 stitch (increase 1)

 - K2tog - Knit 2 together (Decrease 1)
- 3 Needle Bind off - move stitches to 2 needles with half of work on each needle. With 2 needles parallel, insert a 3rd needle knitwise into the first stitch of each needle. Wrap the yarn around the needle as if to knit. Knit these 2 stitches together and slip them off the needle. Knit the next 2 stitches together (same manner). Slip the first stitch on the 3rd needle over the 2nd stitch and off the needle. Continue until all stitches are bound off. 
Body:
CO 8 sts - join in round
1 - K
2 - Kfb of each stitch (16 sts)
3 - K
4 - K1, Kfb of each stitch (24 sts)
5 - K
6 - K2, Kfb of each stitch (32 sts)
7 - K
8 - K3, Kfb of each stitch (40 sts)

K in round for 20 rounds
Start head shaping:
K18, K2tog - 2 times (38 sts)
K17, K2tog - 2 times (36 sts)
K16, K2tog - 2 times (34 sts)
K15, K2tog - 2 times (32 sts)
K14, K2tog - 2 times (30 sts)
K 1 round
Distribute stitches to 2 dpns
Stuff body
Attach 2 safety eyes
Use 3 needle bind off when happy with eyes & stuffing
Ears  - make 2 -
work back and forth in garter stitch on 2 needles
CO 3
1 - K
2 - K1, Kfb, K1 (4 sts)
3 - K
4 - K1, Kfb, K2 (5 sts)
5 - K
6 - K2, Kfb, K2 (6 sts)
7 - K
8 - K2, Kfb, K3 (7 sts)
9 - K
10 - K3, Kfb, K3 (8 sts)
11-18 - K
Bind off - leave a long enough tail to sew the ear to the head.
Fold ear in half at bound off edge (with open part facing forward), sew to head

Legs/arms (make 4)
CO 10  sts - join in round, careful not to twist
K for 8 rounds
K3, K2tog - 2 times (8 sts)
K2, K2tog - 2 times (6 sts)
K1, K2tog - 2 times (4 sts)
Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches - stuff lightly

Sew to sides or bottom of body