I’m done with the penguin!! He looks a little more puffin-like because of the fat beak but I think he looks pretty good for my first attempt at making a stuffed animal!
I filled him up with stuffing and sewed up the bottom. The stuffing shows through in a few places but overall, the stitches are close enough together.
Here he is!
Well, classes have started up and I have a lot of reading to do. I decided to take Microbiology, Greek Mythology, and Great Philosophers which are all very reading intensive (I’ll have 150-300 pages to read every week). I’m really excited for these classes but I have to get used to the reading since I’m finally not taking all intro classes. Because of this, I probably won’t be posting every day, but I’ll do my best to get at least 2-3 posts out a week.
Anyways, back to knitting ( this is a knitting blog after all). Today I finished up the penguin’s feet! First I knit 4 triangles and then sewed two together for each foot.
Then, using a blanket stitch, I made toes! The pattern called for a blanket stitch but I think a normal whipstitch would be easier.
Finally, I whipstitched the feet to the bottom of the penguin. One is a little closer to the center than I intended but it works.
I’m done with all of the knitting! All I have to do is fill him up with stuffing. I’m planning a Michaels run this weekend to get some.
All in all, I quite enjoyed this pattern. It’s pretty quick and not too difficult if you can do basic increases and decreases (knit2tog and ssk). Even if you aren’t too confident on these techniques, google is a great place to learn. KnittingHelp.com is a pretty good resource (I think they actually have an iPhone app) as is youtube.
So tonight I knit the wings for the penguin and sewed them onto his body with a whipstitch. I had to google “whipstitch” but I found out that its pretty much the easiest sewing stitch ever. Also, since I dont have any buttons, I embroidered on his eyes (that didn’t turn out quite as well as I’d liked but I think he’s still pretty cute.) All I have left is knitting his feet and filling him up with stuffing!
In other news, I’ve been playing around on Ravelry a bit. It’s so cool that I can keep an inventory of my yarns, needles, and patterns. Very useful! My username is econdiff if y’all would like to find me. I’ve uploaded the sweater and penguin patterns so you can find them there as well.
I just wanted to give you guys a quick update on my penguin. He’s looking good! And this pattern is surprisingly easy! I had a few issues sewing the front and back together since that was pretty new to me but i think I pretty much figured it out.
The pattern, again, is from knitty.com. You can find the link in my previous post or by googling “pasha penguin knitting”
Here he is!
A couple of things:
Don’t start a knitting project 30 minutes before you are planning to start getting ready to sleep. You will inevitably find yourself still awake 2 hours later.
Also, make sure you completely read through the pattern before you start. Otherwise you will do stupid things… I ended up ripping out the belly piece for the penguin as I was increasing every 2 stitches instead of only twice per row. Oh well
I’m going to sleep now. More knitting (while awake this time) tomorrow
Here’s how the penguin is looking so far:
So I got back to St Louis today for the start of spring semester. After a vacation in lovely Savannah, GA where the high today was 78, I’m listening to it rain as the temp drops to 28 and the roads freeze. Good thing I don’t have to drive anywhere and I have knitting to keep me busy!
So after my sweater post yesterday, I decided that I was going to take a break for a fun project. I found this adorable penguin pattern at knitty.com which is another great website that I’d highly recommend to you fellow knitters. It’s an online knitting magazine with frequent technique articles and free patterns (which as I’m sure you all understand are pretty much the best thing ever- after free yarn I guess but that doesn’t really exist…).
Here’s what the penguin should look like when I’m done.
Today since I’m just starting this project, I thought I’d talk a little about casting on. I learned casting on from my grandma and this style is the only one I know. I did try to learn a provisional cast on for the beard in the beard hat but it was a disaster so I gave up. I generally “cast on” the first stitch by making a slip knot. Here’s how I do the rest
First, I hold the yarn loosly in my left hand so it goes over my index finger
Then, I slip my thumb under and pull it back until I make kind of a deformed triangle shape with the yarn around my hand
Then I bring the needle under the bottom piece of yarn making sure the point gos through the middle
Finally, I pull the loop of yarn off of my fingers and tighten it around the needle and pull it tight
Well, that’s how I learned to cast on. I just ordered The Principles of Knitting so I’m hoping to expand my repertoire. How do you guys cast on? Do you know more than one technique? And where did you learn it?
1/24/13 edit: Hey everyone! The penguin is now completed! Check out the rest of the process from casting on to completion by going to the home page of my blog.