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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / L'il Pudgy Pachyderm Knit Elephant Tutorial on: January 27, 2009 09:05:05 PM
This is the first pattern I have created.  I would love any feedback positive and/or negative.  My next goal is to take better photos!  I also have the pattern in pdf form on my blog: http://beachblythe.typepad.com/beachblythe/2009/01/rainy-rainy-day.html  Thanks for looking. 





Body                                          
Begin with sewing back and forth on 2 dbl pointed needles.  After rnd 2, divide onto 3 needles, join for knitting in the round and mark last stitch.  If you want a larger hole to stuff with then wait a few more rounds.      
c/o 6 stitches                                 
Rnd  1:  knit into the front and back (kfb) of each stitch               
Rnd  2: knit                                    
Rnd  3: kfb (24 stitches)                              
Rnd  4: knit                                    
Rnd  5: *k1, kfb; repeat from *                           
Rnd  6: knit                                    
Rnd  7: *k2, kfb; repeat from*                           
Rnd  8: knit                                    
Rnd  9: *k4, pm, kfb, k6, kfb, pm, k4; repeat from * (54 stitches)         
Rnd 10: knit                                    
Rnd 11: *k4, sl m, kfb, knit to one stitch before marker, kfb, sl m, k4; repeat from *   
Rnd 12:  knit                                 
Rnds 13-24: repeat rnds 11 & 12  (96 stitches)                  
Rnd  25: *k4, sl m, k2tog, knit to two stitches before marker, k2tog, sl m, k4; repeat from *                                    Rnd  26: knit                                 
Rnds 27-38: repeat rows 25 & 26 (70 stitches)                  
Rnds 39-40: knit                                 
Rnd  41: *k4, sl m, k2tog, knit to two stitches before marker, k2tog, sl m, k4; repeat from *                                    Rnds 42-44: knit                                 
Rnds 45-60: repeat pattern from rnds 41&42-44. Decrease by 6 followed by 3 knit rows  (40 stitches)  remove stitch markers                  
Rnds 61-77: Continue to follow decrease pattern as close as possible.  (10 stitches)                                    Rnd  78: knit stitches onto one needle.  Knit I-cord for 6 inches            
b/o    weave in ends   Do NOT sew up either hole (c/o end or trunk)

Ears (make 2)                                    
knit back and forth on 2 dbl pointed needles
c/o 18 stitches                                 
Rnd   1: knit                                    
Rnd   2: increase 1 stitch at each end  (20 stitches)               
Rnds  3-8: repeat rows 1 & 2  (26 stitches)                     
Rnds  9-11: knit                                 
Rnd  12: decrease 1 stitch at each end (24 stitches)               
Rnd  13: knit                                 
Rnds 14-29: repeat rows 12 & 13 (8 stitches)                  
b/o    weave in ends

Feet (made as one tube)
c/o 15 stitches, divide between 3 dbl pointed needles and join for knitting in the round.  Knit for 7 inches.  b/o and weave in ends. 

Tail
c/o 3 stitches, knit I-tube for 6 inches.  b/o   weave in ends. 

Felting
It is best to place pieces to be felted in a zip up laundry bag.   Place in washing machine, use the least amount of water possible and a drop of detergent. Use the longest wash cycle and stop machine to check pieces often.  Stop once desired level of felting has been reached.  Do not run through rinse cycle. 
It is possible to felt in a front loader washing machine, although you do not have as much control over the process.  The elephant was run twice through the wash cycle on my front loader. 


Assembling
I do not like to wait.  I stuffed and sewed Pudgy immediately after felting!
Stuff the body with fiberfill.  If necessary, use one dbl pointed needle to help push fiberfill in to tighter areas.  You may wish to also stuff some fiberfill down into the trunk.  The trunk will require use of a knitting needle to help push small pieces of stuffing into it.  Once desired fullness has been reached, Use yarn and a yarn needle to sew up both ends. 
Cut the tube into four equal pieces.  Sew up one end of each foot, fill with fiberfill and sew onto bottom of Pudgy using photo as guide. 
Use photo as a guide to sew on ears and tail. 
Eyes
Cut out 2 circles of off-white felt that are the size of a nickel.  Cut out 2 circles of green felt the size of a penny.  Sew a green circle on top of an off-white one with green embroidery thread.  Repeat with the second circle.  Sew each white circle to Pudgy using off-white embroidery thread.   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: faux lucite purse made from plexiglass (: on: January 19, 2009 07:47:43 PM
very cool.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: It took me over a year but finally finished - Grandmother's flower garden on: January 19, 2009 07:33:31 PM
Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous!!  I have always wanted to make one.  I can not believe that you hand quilted the entire thing.  Only one year is pretty fantastic. 
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Redwings Baby Sweater! on: January 18, 2009 11:12:21 PM
The sweater is awesome.  I need to make a Flyers sweater.  My sister would be thrilled and it would annoy my brother-in-law to no end!!!!!!! HA
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: baby fruit hats on: January 18, 2009 11:08:38 PM
sweet.  I like to give hats as gifts for showers etc. I was making pumpkin hats but to tell the truth I am tired of making them.  Another fruit or veg would be a nice change of pace.  Your hat is great!  I would just say, "Yes" to whatever the recipient things it is. 
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Little handspun bunny. on: January 18, 2009 11:03:25 PM
Love that the bunny has a big, fluffy tail!!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: NO NEED TO FEAR ZIPPERS: An Alternative Method to Making the Zippered Pouch on: January 18, 2009 10:51:02 PM
Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!  Your tutorial makes it look so easy.  I can do a zipper but it never quite turns out the way it should.  I can not wait to use your tutorial.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bag Bazaar - Envelope Style Clutch on: January 18, 2009 10:42:23 PM
Thanks for offering the pattern.  It looks like it would not be too hard to make!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cute As A Button Bag on: January 18, 2009 10:38:39 PM
Your bag is beautiful.  I would be hesitant to actually use it.  I would want to just display it and look at it all day!!!
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What can I do with old Christmas Cards? on: January 18, 2009 10:27:42 PM
My grandmother always recycled hers into gift tags.  She cut out a picture with pinking shears and then layered the picture of top of progressively bigger rectangles.  The plain rectangles were cut from the back of the card.  They looked great and you knew who the gift was from right away!
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