Friday, 25 May 2012

Ladybird Puppet Knitting Pattern

This ladybird (or ladybug)  puppet is the third in my series of entomological puppets.


You will need: Small amount of black  and red double knitting wool.  Oddments of white and beige for features.
Needles: 1 pair size 8 or 7 (4 mm or 4.5mm) needles.

Body: make 2 pieces
Cast on 16 sts in black wool and work 4 rows in garter stitch. Break off black wool.
Join in red, and work 4 rows in st st.
Increase 1 st at each end of next row. (18 sts)
Work 3 rows in st st.
Increase 1 st at each end of next row. (20 sts)
Work 9 rows in st st.
Decrease 1 st at each end of next row. (18 sts)
Work  3 rows st st. 

Arms:
Cast on 8 sts in, then knit back these 8 sts and the 18 sts from the body.
Next row: Cast on 8 sts and purl to end (34 sts).
Work 6 rows in st st.
Cast off 9 sts, knit to end.
Cast off 9 sts, purl to end.

Head:
Work 6 rows in st st.
Break red wool, join in black. Work 6 rows garter st.
Dec 1 st at each end of next 4 rows. (8 sts)
[K2 tog] to end of row. (4 sts)
Cast off.

Sew the two pieces together.

For the antenna, take a length of black wool approx 6" (15 cm) long. Thread it through the work in the position of the antenna, with the ends equal in length, tie it in about 12 knots, then trim the ends.



On the back, sew a line of chain st all the way from top to bottom, as shown. Then embroider black spots all over the body. I used 3 small sts over one knitted st for each spot.

Using white wool, embroider some eyes as shown, and make a big happy smile using beige wool, as shown in the top picture.

As usual, if you have any problems with the pattern, please leave a comment and I'll try to help.

1 comment:

  1. I'm loving these patterns! Are you on ravelry? I'm sure these would be madly popular.

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