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How to Knit a Cuddly Moose
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How to Knit a Cuddly Moose

Difficulty Intermediate
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1/2 day +

Cute and cuddly animal creations are popping up on Pinterest and craft-selling sites all over the web, as well as at craft markets, whether they be knitted, crocheted or even hand stitched, they’re becoming incredibly popular to give as gifts, perfect for children and adults a like. They make great fun, quirky decorative items to have around the house, keeping an ever watchful eye!

This super cute moose would make the perfect Christmas gift . . .that’s if you can bring yourself to part with him after he’s complete!

How to and imagery courtesy of Knitted Wild Animals by Sarah Keen published by GMC

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Abbreviations

k -knit

m1 – make one stitch

st(s) -stitch(es)

p – purl

rep – repeat

k2tog – knit two together

tbl – through back of loop(s)

beg – beginning

Body (make 2 pieces)

1. Beg at lower edge using the thumb method and A, cast on 35 sts. First and next 4 foll alt rows: P. Inc row: K10, m1, k15, m1, k10 (37 sts). Inc row: K11, m1, k15, m1, k11 (39 sts). Inc row: K12, m1, k15, m1, k12 (41 sts).

2. Inc row: K13, m1, k15, m1, k13 (43 sts). Inc row: K14, m1, k15, m1, k14 (45 sts). Beg with a p row, stocking-st 11 rows. Dec row: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog tbl.

3. Next row: P.

4. Rep last 2 rows 12 times more (19 sts).

5. Cast off.

Base

1. Using the thumb method and A, cast on 20 sts. First row: P. Inc row: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. Rep these 2 rows 5 times more (32 sts).

2. Beg with a p row, work 5 rows stocking-st. Dec row: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog tbl.

3. Next row: P. Rep last 2 rows 5 times more (20 sts).
4. Cast off.

Head

1. Beg at lower front edge using the thumb method and A, cast on 22 sts. Place a marker at centre of cast-on sts. P1 row. Inc row: K2, (m1, k2) to end (32 sts).

2. Beg with a p row, stocking-st 3 rows. Inc row: K2, (m1, k4) to last 2 sts, m1, k2 (40 sts). Beg with a p row, stocking-st 3 rows.

3. Inc row: K8, (m1, k1) 5 times, k14, (k1, m1) 5 times, k8 (50 sts). Beg with a p row, stocking-st 21 rows.

Shape top of head

1. Dec row: (K3, k2tog) to end (40 sts). Next and next 2 foll alt rows: P. Dec row: (K2, k2tog) to end (30 sts).

2. Dec row: (K1, k2tog) to end (20 sts). Dec row: (K2tog) to end (10 sts). Thread yarn through rem sts, pull tight and secure.

Snout

1. Beg at lower edge using the thumb method and A, cast on 18 sts. Place a marker at centre of cast-on sts. P 1 row. Inc row: K4, (m1, k1) 3 times, k4, (k1, m1) 3 times, k4 (24 sts). Beg with a p row, stocking-st 3 rows.

2. Inc row: K4, (m1, k1) 6 times, k4, (k1, m1) 6 times, k4 (36 sts). Beg with a p row, stocking-st 9 rows. Dec row: (K4, k2tog) to end (30 sts). Beg with a p row, stocking-st 7 rows. Cast off.

Hind legs (make 2)

1. Beg at hoof using the thumb method and B cast on 13 sts. P 1 row. Inc row: K1, (m1, k1) to end (25 sts). Beg with a p row, stocking-st 5 rows. Garter-st 2 rows.

2. Change to A. Beg with a k row, stocking-st 4 rows. Dec row: K1, (k2tog, k1) to end (17 sts). Beg with a p row, stocking-st 3 rows. Inc row: K1, (m1, k3) to last st, m1, k1.

3. P 1 row. Rep last inc row once (31 sts). Beg with a p row, stocking-st 13 rows. Dec row: K1, (k2tog, k1) to end (21 sts). P 1 row. Cast off.

Forelegs (make 2)

1. Beg at hoof using the thumb method and A, cast on 8 sts. P 1 row. Inc row: K1, (m1, k1) to end (15 sts). Beg with a p row, stocking-st 5 rows.

2. Garter-st 2 rows. Change to A. Beg with a k row, stocking-st 4 rows. Dec row: (K1, k2tog) to end (10 sts).

3. Beg with a p row, stocking-st 3 rows. Inc row: K2, (m1, k2) to end. P 1 row. Rep last inc row once (20 sts).

4. Beg with a p row, stocking-st 15 rows. Dec row: (K2, k2tog) to end (15 sts). P 1 row. Cast off.

Ears (make 2)

1. Beg at lower edge using the thumb method and A, cast on 10 sts. P 1 row. Inc row: K2, (m1, k2) to end (14 sts). Beg with a p row, stocking-st 3 rows.

2. Dec row: K2, (k2tog, k2) to end (11 sts). Beg with a p row, stocking-st 3 rows. Dec row: (K2tog) twice, k3, (k2tog) twice (7 sts). Dec row: P1, (p2tog, p1) twice (5 sts).

3. Thread yarn through rem sts, pull tight and secure.

Note: antlers are worked in garter-st.

Antlers (make 2)

1. Beg at lower edge using C, cast on 8 sts. Inc row: Inc, k to last st, inc. Rep last row once (12 sts).

2. Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows (4 sts). Garter-st 2 rows. Cast on 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows, knitting the 4th st of these rows tbl (10 sts).

3. Inc row: Inc, k to last st, inc. Rep last row 5 times more (22 sts). Cast off 8 sts at beg of next 2 rows (6 sts). Garter-st 2 rows.

4. Cast on 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows, knitting the 4th st of these rows tbl (12 sts). Garter-st 2 rows. Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows (4 sts). Garter-st 2 rows.

5.Cast on 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows, knitting the 4th st of these rows tbl (10 sts). Garter-st 2 rows. Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows (6 sts). Garter-st 4 rows.

6. Dec row: K2tog, k2, k2tog tbl (4 sts). K 1 row. Thread yarn through sts, pull tight and secure.

Tail

Using the thumb method and A, cast on 8 sts. Beg with a p row, stocking-st 15 rows. Cast off.

Making up:

Body

Place two halves of body together matching all edges. Join row-ends and stuff, leaving neck and lower edge open.

Base

Pin base to lower edge of body and sew base to body all the way round, adding more stuffing to base if needed.

Head

Join row-ends of head and stuff. Bring marker at cast-on edge and seam together and over-sew cast-on sts. Place cast-on sts of head at centre front of neck with seam underneath and join, adding more stuffing to neck if needed. Sew back of head to neck by taking a small horizontal st from head then a small horizontal st from neck and doing this alternately all the way round.

Snout

Join row-ends of snout. Bringing row-ends and marker together, join cast-on sts. Stuff snout and with seam at centre underneath, pin and sew snout to centre of lower half of head.

Hind legs

Join row-ends of hooves and with seam at centre underneath, join cast-on sts. Join row-ends of ankle and stuff hoof and ankle. Join row-ends of leg and stuff. To shape hoof, take a length of A and sew a large st around centre of hoof, starting and finishing at centre back of garter-sts of hoof. Pull tight and knot yarn sewing ends into hoof. Place body on a flat surface and pin legs to body. Sew cast-off sts of legs to body all the way round.

Forelegs

Make up as for hind legs with seam at centre of inside edge. Shape hooves as for hind legs. Sew forelegs to body at each side, sewing cast-off sts to neck.

Ears

Join row-ends of ears and with seam at centre of inside edge join lower edge. Fold cast-on sts of ears in half and over-sew. Sew ears to head pointing in opposite directions.

Antlers

Take a pipe cleaner and fold over 3?8in (1cm) at top. Place pipe cleaner down centre of antler with folded end at top. Fold antler in half around pipe cleaner matching all edges and starting from the top, join outside edges. When nearly complete, cut pipe cleaner to size and fold over about 3?8in (1cm) at other end. Sew antlers to head in front of ears.

Tail

Make a small tassel in A and anchor it to inside edge of one end of tail. Gather round this end and pull tight and secure. Join row-ends of tail on right side using mattress-stitch. Sew tail to back of moose.

Embroidering the features

1. To make eyes, tie a knot in two lengths of black yarn winding the yarn round 6 times to make each knot. Check that the knots are the same size.

2. Tie eyes to head on second row above snout with 7 clear knitted sts between and run ends into head.

3. Embroider nostrils in black taking a vertical chain-stitch for each nostril at sides of snout with 6 clear knitted sts between.

4. To begin and fasten off invisibly for embroidery, tie a knot in end of yarn and take a big st through work, coming up to start embroidery. Allow knot to disappear through knitting and be caught in stuffing.

5. To fasten off, take a few sts back and forth through work, inserting the needle where yarn comes out.

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