Hand puppets knitting patterns

Kangaroo and Joey puppets

Hand puppetsYarn used

Rowan Pure Wool DK 1 ball in tan SH054

About the yarn

DK; 130m per 50g ball; 100% superwash wool

Tension

Measured over St st

24 sts x 34 rows = 10cm x 10cm

Needles used

4mm DPNs

Other supplies

stuffing

yarn needle

safety eyes

Sizing

35cm long, 19cm around the body

Special abbreviations

M1l: make 1 left

M1r: make 1 right

Baby's ears (make 2)

Cast on 3 sts. Work flat.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: Kfb, knit to last st, kfb. 5 sts

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7: Knit

Cast off, leaving a long tail for sewing on later.

Baby body

Cast on 16 sts and join for working in the round.

Rnd 1: Knit.

Rnd 2: Purl.

Rnds 3-14: Knit.

Row 15: K11, w&t. Work will now be flat in rows.

Row 16: P14, w&t.

Row 17: K13, w&t.

Row 18: P12, w&t.

Row 19: K11, w&t.

Row 20: P10, w&t.

Row 21: K8, kfb, turn. 17 sts

Row 22: Sl1, p7, pfb, turn. 18 sts

Row 23: Sl1, k7, kfb, turn. 19 sts

Row 24: Sl1, p7, pfb, turn. 20 sts

Rnd 25: Sl1, k19.

Rnd 26: Knit.

Rnd 27: K2tog, k16, ssk. 18 sts

Rnd 28: Knit.

Rnd 29: K6, ssk, k8, k2tog. 16 sts

Rnd 30: Ssk, k2, k2tog, [ssk, k1, k2tog] twice. 10 sts

Rnd 31: Ssk, k2tog, sssk, k3tog. 4 sts

Cut yarn and draw through stitches to close. Weave in all ends.

Mummy's ears (make 2)

Cast on 3 sts. Work flat.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: Kfb, knit to last st, kfb. 5 sts

Row 4: Purl.

Rows 5-8: Rep rows 3-4 twice. 9 sts

Row 9: Knit.

Row 10: Purl.

Rows 11-14: Rep rows 9-10 twice.

Cast off, leave a long tail for sewing on later.

Tail

Cast on 10 sts using a toe-up sock cast on. Join to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1: [K5, pm] twice.

Rnd 2: [M1r, k to m, m1l, sm] twice. 14 sts

Rnds 3-4: Knit.

Rnd 5: [M1r, k to m, m1l, sm] twice. 18 sts

Rnds 6-7: Knit.

Rnd 8: [M1r, k to m, m1l, sm] twice. 22 sts

Rnds 9-11: Knit.

Rnd 12: [M1r, k to m, m1l, sm] twice. 26 sts

Rnds 13-15: Knit.

Rnd 16: [M1r, k to m, m1l, sm] twice. 30 sts

Rnd 17-41: Knit.

Cut yarn. Slip stitches onto a pair of holders (15 on each) for use in the body later.

Body

Cast on 42 sts and join for knitting in the round.

Rnds 1-6: *P1, k1; rep to end.

Rnd 7: Purl.

Rnd 8: K24, k15 together with the held tail stitches, k3.

Rnds 9-27: Knit.

Rnd 28: [K1, m1r, pm, k19, pm, m1l, k1] twice. 46 sts

Rnd 29: Knit.

Rnd 30: [K to m, m1r, sm, k19, sm, m1l] twice, knit to end. 50 sts

Rnds 31-44: Repeat the last 2 rnds 7 more times. 78 sts

Rnd 45: K to m, sm, [k to m, sm, slip 20 sts between markers to a holder, cast on 4, sm] twice. 46 sts

Rnd 37: Knit.

Rnd 38: [K1, ssk, k to 3 before m, k2tog, k1, sm, k4, sm] twice. 42 sts

Rnd 39-43: Knit.

Rnd 44: [K1, ssk, k to 3 before m, k2tog, k1, sm, k4, sm] twice. 38 sts

Rnd 45-47: Knit.

Rnd 48: [K1, ssk, k to 3 before m, k2tog, k1, sm, k4, sm] twice. 34 sts

Rnd 49: Knit.

Rnd 50: [K1, ssk, k to 3 before m, k2tog, k1, sm, k4, sm] twice. 30 sts

Rnd 51: Knit.

Rnd 52: [K1, ssk, k to 3 before m, k2tog, k1, sm, k4, sm] twice. 26 sts

Rnd 53: Knit.

Rnd 54: [K1, ssk, k to 3 before m, k2tog, k1, sm, k4, sm] twice. 22 sts

Rnd 55: K2, p3, k to end.

Rnd 56: K1, p1, k3, p1, k to end.

Rnds 57-58: P1, k5, p1, k to end.

Rnd 59: K7, p1, k13, p1.

Rnds 60-61: K8, p1, k11, p1, k1.

Rnd 62: [K1, m1r, k to 1 before m, m1l, k1, sm, k4, sm] twice. 26 sts

Rnd 63: K to m, sm, k1, p1, k2, sm, k to m, sm, k2, p1, k1.

Rnd 64: [K1, m1r, k to 1 before m, m1l, k1, sm, k4, sm] twice. 30 sts

Rnd 65: K to m, sm, k1, p1, k2, sm, k to m, sm, k2, p1, k1.

Rnd 66: K to m, sm, k1, p1, k2, sm, k to m, sm, k2, p1, k1.

Rnd 67: [K1, m1r, k to 1 before m, m1l, k1, sm, k4, sm] twice. 34 sts

Rnd 68: K to m, sm, k1, p1, k2, sm, k to m, sm, k2, p1, k1.

Rnd 69: K to m, sm, ssp, k2tog, sm, k to m, sm, ssk, p2tog. 30 sts

Rnd 70: K2tog, k to 2 before m, ssk, rm, k2, rm, ssk, k to 2 before m, k2tog, rm, k2. 26 sts

Rnd 71: Knit

Rnd 72: Knit, arranging the sts onto two DPNs, 13 sts on each.

Rnd 73: Knit front and back together. 13 sts

Rnd 74: Pick up 25 sts evenly around the line created by the purl bumps. 38 sts

Rnd 75-80: Knit.

Rnd 81: Pm, k13, pm, ssk, k to 2 before m, k2tog. 36 sts

Rnd 82: Knit.

Rnd 83: K13, sm, ssk, k to 2 before m, k2tog. 34 sts

Rnd 84: Knit.

Rnd 85: [Ssk, k to 2 before m, k2tog, sm] twice. 30 sts

Rnd 86-89: Rep the last 2 rnds twice more. 22 sts

Rnd 90-92: Knit.

Rnd 93: [Ssk, k to 2 before m, k2tog, sm] twice. 18 sts

Rnd 93: Ssk, k1, k2tog, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog. 12 sts

Rnd 94: S2kp, ssk, k2tog, k1, ssk, k2tog. 6 sts

Finish stuffing. Add safety eyes, cut yarn and draw through stitches.

Arms

Rnd 1: Pu 2 sts from middle of 4 cast-on after arm stitches were slipped, k10, pm, pu 2 from cast-on edge, pm. 24 sts

Rnds 2-9: Knit.

Rnd 10: [Ssk, k to 2 before m, k2tog, sm] twice. 20 sts

Rnd 11: Knit.

Rnds 12-17: Rep the last 2 rnds 3 more times. 8 sts

Graft the tip of paw shut and darn in end.

Pocket

Cast on 16 sts. Work flat.

Rows 1-2: Knit.

Rows 3-14: Work in St st for 12 rows.

Row 15: K1, k2tog, k to 3 before end, ssk, k1. 14 sts

Row 16: Purl.

Rows 17-20: Rep the last 2 rnds twice more. 10 sts

Cast off, leaving a long tail for sewing on later.

Making up: Embroider a black nose on the mummy and a nose and eyes on the baby kangaroo. Sew ears on. The cast-off edge should be sewn in a circle to the kangaroo's head with the smooth side on the outside. Sew the pocket to the front of the mummy kangaroo. The pocket needs to have enough space for the baby kangaroo to fit inside. I sewed the edges of the pocket onto the tummy, 3 sts in from the edges where the arms start. The bottom of the pocket is 9 sts up from the purl row at the bottom of the kangaroo. I tacked the ribbed edge down on the inside of the puppet to keep it looking tidy.

Hints and Tips

I managed to make this from a single ball of yarn but I was sewing it up with tiny fragments. If you only have one ball of yarn, you could make the tail last and sew it on. That way, if you run out of yarn, the tail can be a little shorter than the pattern states

I passed a length of yarn through the head where the eyes are to form subtle eye sockets. This makes toys look more realistic

This yarn is quite a light DK and the puppet is close fitting. When worked in a heavier DK, it was slightly looser fitting

Design by Browneyedbabs

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