|Lethargic Leonardo Le Looper|
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Leo is a wee little looper who measures approximately 16 inches long when lying around. He is sure to bring a smile to whoever sees him. He is a wonderful cuddly size and will make a perfect gift for any child or grown up "kid at heart." He is knit in the round and is completely seamless. Some people might refer to him as an "inch worm," but he prefers to be called a "Looper." :)
Skill Level: Intermediate:
*Stitches used are knit, purl, Cast on, and inc
K2tog= knit 2 stitches together
Inc= increase=knit into front and back of same stitch
CC= change color
W & T= wrap and turn
*To w&t on the knit side, bring the yarn to the front of the work, slide the next stitch from the left needle to the right needle, bring the yarn around the front of the slipped stitch and then to the back of the work. Your making a loop around that stitch. Return the wrapped stitch to the left needle and turn the work.
For a w&t on the purl side, place the yarn at the back of the work, slip the next stitch from left needle to right, draw the yarn around the slipped stitch, back to the front and return the stitch back to the left needle before turning the work. The loop prevents a gap from forming. Then when knitting or purling the wrapped stitches just pick up wrap and knit them with the wrapped stitch.
Materials needed: worsted weight yarn, approx 2 oz or less of different scraps of yarn. I used 7 different colors .
set of size 4 3.5mm dp needles
polyester fiber filling
safety eyes 10mm or whatever size you prefer
small amount of denim or heavy material for backing the eyes
Making Leo is pretty straight forward. We will start at the tail and end up at the head! This pattern will be a good exercise in short rowing. If you want to practice knitting off the wraps, good. If you don't want to bother, then ignore the wraps and just knit around.
Also my method of making a jogless stripe, is when you have completed the first round of the stripe or new color and you come around to the first stitch of the new color simply slide it knit wise, then continue knitting.
Also you will be adding your stuffing as your go, don't overstuff.
Lets get started:
We will be starting at the tail:
With your 1st color CO 6 stitches, distribute 2 stitches onto each of 3 needles and prepare to work in rounds. Don't forget to mark 3rd needle with stitch marker.
Row 1 & 2: knit
Row 3: knit 1, inc in next st(front & back) repeat around= 9 stitches
Row 4 & 5: knit
Row 6: inc 1, knit 1, inc 1,repeat around= 15 stitches
Row 7 thru 9: knit
Row 10: knit 1, inc 1, knit 1, inc 1, knit 1, repeat aroundx3= 21 stitches
Row 11: knit
Row 12: Change Color 2nd color knit
Row 13: knit
Row 14: knit 1, inc 1, knit 1, inc 1, knit 1, inc 1, knit 1,repeat aroundx3= 30 stitches
Row 15 thru 17: knit
Row 18: This is all one row, so put something on your pattern so you can keep track of where you are. Also when purling pay attention to your tension, its real easy to knit to loose when purling in the round. Here we go. Knit 14, W & T, Purl 13, W & T, Knit 12, W & T, Purl 11, W & T, Knit 10, W & T, Purl 9, W & T, Knit 8, W & T, Purl 7, W & T, Knit 6, W & T, Purl 5, W & T, knit to end of row. (knitting off wraps if you so desire, or not?)
Row 19 thru 24: knit
Row 25: Change Color 3rd color knit
Row 26 thru 30: knit
Row 31: Knit 29, W & T, Purl 14, W & T, Knit 13, W & T, Purl 12, W & T, Knit 11, W & T, Purl 10, W & T, Knit 9, W & T, Purl 8, W & T, Knit 7, W & T, Purl 6, W & T, knit to end of row. (11 sts)
Row 32 thru 37: knit
Row 38: Change Color 4th color knit
Row 39 thru 43: knit even around
Row 44: Knit 14, W & T, Purl 13, W & T, Knit 12, W & T, Purl 11, W & T, Knit 10, W & T, Purl 9, W & T, Knit 8, W & T, Purl 7, W & T, Knit 6, W & T, Purl 5, W & T, knit to end of row.
Row 45 thru 50: knit
Row 51: Change Color 5th color knit even around
Row 52 thru 56: knit even around
Row 57: Knit 29, W & T, Purl 14, W & T, Knit 13, W & T, Purl 12, W & T, Knit 11, W & T, Purl 10, W & T, Knit 9, W & T, Purl 8, W & T, Knit 7, W & T, Purl 6, W & T, knit to end of row. (11 sts)
Row 58 thru 62: knit
Row 63: Change Color 6th color knit even around
Row 64 thru 69: knit even around
Row 70: Knit 14, W & T, Purl 13, W & T, Knit 12, W & T, Purl 11, W & T, Knit 10, W & T, Purl 9, W & T, Knit 8, W & T, Purl 7, W & T, Knit 6, W & T, Purl 5, W & T, knit to end of row.
Row 71 thru 75: knit
Row 76: Change Color 7th color knit even around
Row 77 thru 82: knit even around
Row 83: Knit 29, W & T, Purl 14, W & T, Knit 13, W & T, Purl 12, W & T, Knit 11, W & T, Purl 10, W & T, Knit 9, W & T, Purl 8, W & T, Knit 7, W & T, Purl 6, W & T, knit to end of row. (11 sts)
Row 84 thru 88: knit even around
Row 89: Knit 3, K2tog, repeat around x8 =24sts
Row 90 & 91: Knit even around Note: We will stop here and attach the eyes. Place the eyes where you want, just try to make them even. Or you can embroider the eyes.
I cut a square of denim material a little larger than the eye, cut a small slit in the middle of the fabric to slide on to the shaft of the safety eye. Once you have the eyes positioned where you want, slide the denim square onto the shaft of the eye, then insert the plastic back. The denim material will be sandwiched between the safety eye and the plastic back. This really makes it practically impossible to pull the eye out of the knitting.
Row 92: K2tog around = 12 sts
Row 93 & 94: knit even around, top off your stuffing here
Cut yarn leave approx. 7 inch tail. Thread yarn through tapestry needle and draw yarn through the remaining stitches and pull closed. Make a couple of passes to close the center securely. I took the remaining tail and pulled it up and knotted it and gave him a bangs. It's hard to see in the picture. I just took the needle and split the yarn and un "RAVEL" it! Have fun with it. You could even give him a mouth if you want! Well what do you think? Isn't he sweet?
If you have any problems or questions about this pattern, don't hesitate to contact me. bj