Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Spider Puppet Knitting Pattern

These spider puppets can be slipped into a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. 
They'll make good gifts for older boys, I think.




You will need: Small amount of black double knitting wool. (I used a brushed dk.) Contrasting oddments for eyes and features.
Needles: 1 pair size 8 or 7 (4 mm or 4.5mm) needles.


Make two pieces.
Cast on 17 stitches using black wool and work 4 rows in garter stitch.
Work 4 row st st.
Increase 1 st at each end of next row  (19 sts)
Work 3 rows st st.
Increase 1 st at each end of next row (21 sts)
Work 9 rows st st.
Dec 1 st at each end of next row (19 sts)
Work 1 row st st.
Arms: (these are worked on one side only. As there are two pieces the same, when sewn together, there will be arms on both sides.)
Cast on, then cast off 20 sts. K1, then pass the first st on right-hand needle over this st to decrease, knit to last 2 sts. K2tog. (17 sts)
Purl 1 row.
Repeat the last 2 rows 3 more times, thus decreasing 2 sts on every repeat. (9 sts)
Head:
Work 2 rows st st.
Inc 1 st at each end of next  row. (11 sts)
Purl 1 row.
Inc 1 st at each end of next  row. (13 sts)
Purl 1 row.
Inc 1 st at each end of next  row. (15 sts)
Work 3 rows st st.
Dec 1 st at each end of next  row. (13 sts)
Purl 1 row.
Dec 1 st at each end of next  row. (11 sts)
Purl 1 row.
Dec 1 st at each end of next  row. (9 sts)
Purl 1 row.
Cast off.

Sew the two body pieces together, remembering to tuck the legs through to the right side. You may like to leave a small gap between the second and third legs so that fingers can be poked through.


Sew some eyes onto the face - I did mine using a french knot, with 4 or 5 windings so that they stand out a bit.
And add a happy grin to finish.

I hope you like the spider and his 8 hairy legs. I think the children will.


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

1 comment:

  1. iknitted some teddies,and have now started knitting puppets/mittens,have to say thankyou for your cleaver idea,mine will be going to"linda"of dunstable to go off to some very worthy children

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