Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Week Twenty-Five: Hatchling

Original intended release date: June 19, 2010. See explanatory post.

This started out as a pair of dragon-shaped baby mittens, but then I had the notion that if I left the mouth open, her little fingers could wiggle out like "fire". (Of course, getting pictures of the thing in action is next to impossible with a toddler. You'll have to take my word for it.)

Hatchling Puppet

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Hatchling is a child's dragon puppet, knit in the round. The spine is worked in a contrasting color with a picot bind-off (tutorial included), and the top and bottom of the mouth are grafted closed (tutorial not included).

Price: FREE.

Yarn: You will need approximately 50 yards of a worsted-weight alpaca or other soft, sturdy fiber for best results. (Pictured: Frog Tree Alpaca Worsted in 46 – worsted, 1 skein / 50g / 87 yards, 100% alpaca)

Supplies:
  • 4 US size 5 double-pointed needles
  • stitch holder or waste yarn
  • scrap yarn for spine and face (Pictured: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Marine)
  • tapestry needle
Gauge: 4 inches = 24 sts / 30 rows in stockinette

Sizing: Finished puppet has a circumference of approximately 5 inches and a length of approximately 6 inches. It should fit toddlers and young children.

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