My niece has created another GREAT knit lovey pattern. Check this out
By Rachel Hill
Worsted weight yarn in 4 colors:
MC: 1 skein of pink (blue)
CC1: 1 skein of tan (brown)
CC2: small amount of white (tan)
CC3: small amount of brown (black)
24in. US #6 circular needles
Set of 5 US #6 dpns. to switch to when stitches no longer fit on circs
US #3 dpns
Safety eyes or black embroidery thread
4 stitch markers, one should be a different color to mark beginning of round.
Size: approx. 12" square
Gauge is not really important but mine is 4"= 20sts and 24 rows in stockinette.
B/O = bind off
CC = contrast color
C/O = cast on
DPN = double pointed needles
K = knit
K2tog = knit two stitches together
MC = Main color
P = purl
PM = Place marker
Rnd = round
SSK = slip, slip, knit (slip stitches one at a time knitwise then knit them together through the back loop)
Sts = stitches
[ ] = repeat between brackets specified amount if times
With CC1 C/O 220 sts on circular needles
Join to work in the round being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: pm, p55, pm, p55, pm, p55, pm, p55
Rnd 2: [ssk, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog] 4 times.
Rnd 3: p around
Rnd 4: [ssk, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog ] 4 times
Rnd 5: p around
Rnd 6: [ssk, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog] 4 times
Rnd 7: p around
Cut working yarn and switch to CC2
Rnd 8: [ssk, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog] 4 times
Rnd 9: p around
Rnd 10: [ssk, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog] 4 times
Rnd 11: k around
Cut working yarn and switch to MC
Rnd 12: [ssk, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog] 4 times
Rnd 13: k around
Repeat rnds 12 and 13 until you have worked a total of 53 rnds. You will have 12 sts left your needles. Switch to dpns when you stitches no longer fit
comfortably on your circs. I had to switch around rnd 30. You will now begin increasing for the head.
If you are a loose knitter you may want to consider going down a needle size so that your stuffing doesn’t show through the stitches of the head
Rnd 1: k1fb around (24)
Rnd 2: k24
Rnd 3: k1, k1fb around (36)
Rnd 4-20: k36
Stop here to make and sew on eye patch, place safety eyes (safety eyes are not recommended for babies as they could come loose and be a choking
hazard) or use embroidery thread to make eyes, embroider on nose and mouth and stuff head. For the nose I used satin stitch and I used duplicate stitch for the lines of the mouth. I would encourage you to do what looks best to you; you may know a better technique then me. Also I found it easier for me to place my live stitches on some scrap yarn while I worked the face, my dpn’s were just getting in my way.
Rnd 21: k1, k2tog around (24)
Rnd 22: k24
Rnd 23: k1, k2tog around (16)
Rnd 24: k16
Rnd 25: k2tog around (8)
Rnd 26: k8
Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches to fasten off
With your size 3 dpns and eye patch color of your choice C/O 6 sts divide stitches evenly onto 3 dpns and join to work in the round being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: k1fb around (12)
Rnd 2: k12
Rnd 3: k1fb, k1 around (18)
B/O all sts
With CC1, or color of your choice, C/O 12 sts onto size 6 dpns. Divide stitches evenly onto 3 dpns and join to work in the round being careful not to
Rnd 1-2: k12
Rnd 3: k1, k1fb around (18)
Rnd 4-30: k18
Rnd 31: k1, k2tog around (12)
Rnd 32: k12
Rnd 33: k2tog around (6)
Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches to fasten off. Sew ears onto your puppy.
Turn your puppy upside down and through the hole in the bottom add any additional stuffing you may need. Once your puppy is stuffed to your liking put a few stitches in to close up the hole. Weave in any loose ends, and congratulations you have now finished your puppy lovey!
You may have noticed that my blue puppy is slightly different than the pink, that's because I made the blue one first and decided it needed slight modifications. Just in case you want to know here are the things I did different on the blue puppy.
I only c/o 180 sts so you would place markers every 45sts.
I only did 7 rnds of garter stitch border and used only one color.
Since I cast on fewer stitches I only worked 43 rnds before beginning head increases.
I used safety eyes because my 4 year old son decided it was for him and I don't have to worry about him getting the eyes out and choking on them. Thatis it, the only differences.