Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Week Twenty-Four: Bean Cow

Original intended release date: June 12, 2010. See explanatory post.

This is setting me back even a little farther behind than I was already, but I had to keep it under wraps as long as I could because someone is getting it as a gift this weekend.

I love this cow. I don't love everything I knit; I don't even love every pattern I've published as part of this project. But I LOVE this cow. I love the weight of it in my hand. I love its cute little face. I hope you love it, too.

Bean Cow

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Bean Cow is a cow-shaped toy, felted and filled with rice. It is knit in the round in two pieces (body and head) with the legs, tail, ears and horns added separately.

Pattern instructions are written out, with a chart for the cow's spots (though you could improvise your own spots, if you like), and lots of photos.

Price: This pattern is temporarily available for FREE.

Yarn: You will need approximately 50 yards of a sport-weight feltable wool in the main color and approximately 20 yards of a sport-weight feltable wool in the contrasting color for best results. (Pictured: Jo-Ann Sensations Kashmira in Cream and Black – sport, 1 skein / 100g / 284 yards, 100% wool)

  • 4 US size 5 double-pointed needles
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch holders or waste yarn
  • funnel
  • 1 cup rice
Gauge: 1 inch = 6 sts / 8 rows in stockinette (unfelted)

Finished Measurements: Finished toy is approximately 5 inches long (not including tail) and 2 ½ inches wide after felting.

Note: Gauge and finished size are not particularly important; using a heavier wool will still yield good results, just a bulkier and larger toy.


  1. Very cute, and similar in a leggy way to the sheep I make.

  2. SS - Cool! I like the chickens on your blog.

    Becky - Thanks! :)