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Ok ok, I know this is a little bit twisted, but I just think this is super cute. It kind of reminds me of the bunny suicides cartoons. Anyway here is my newly knitted pincushion. Bunny had a boo-boo.
Step 1: Using 3.00mm needles, cast on 3 stitches.
Step 2: Knit 4 rows.
Step 3: Break off yarn leaving tail 10cms long, push piece to end of needle.
Step 4: Repeat for second leg casting stitches onto needle holding first leg. You will now have two legs on one needle!
Step 5: Next row, knit 3 stitches of 2nd leg, swap left and right hand needles, cast on 6 stitches to left needle, swap left and right hand needles, then knit 3 stitches of the first leg. 12 stitches.
Step 6: Knit 20 rows.
Step 7: Next row, knit 2 together, knit to last 2 stitches, knit 2 together. 10 stitches.
Step 8: Knit 1 row.
Step 9: Repeat step 7 twice. 6 stitches.
Step 10: Cast off remaining stitches.
Step 11: Repeat steps 1-10 for second body piece, leaving a tail about 40 cms long (used to stitch the body pieces together).
Step 12: Place body pieces back to back (with good sides facing outward).
Step 13: Using overcasting stitch, join the edges of the two body pieces together, leaving a small opening at the end for stuffing.
Step 14: Stuff the body with polyester wadding and stitch closed. Do not stuff the legs.
Step 15: Massage the stuffing to make it even.
Step 16: Using 3.00mm needles, cast on 3 stitches.
Step 17: Knit 12 rows.
Step 18: Cast off, leaving a tail 20cm long for stitching.
Step 19: Sew cast on edge to side of body, two thirds of the way down.
Step 20: Fold arm in half underneath and sew edges together.
Step 21: Repeat steps 16-20 for second arm.
Step 22: Using 3.00mm needles, cast on 4 stitches, leaving a tail 20cms long for stitching.
Step 23: Knit 12 rows.
Step 24: Next row, knit together twice. 2 stitches.
Step 25: Cast off.
Step 26: Repeat steps 22-25 for second ear.
Step 27: Stitch the bottom of each ear closed and attach to the top of the body.
There you go! It’s fairly easy to make and you could probably throw together about 3 of these in an afternoon. The original knitted bunny pattern comes from a book by Jake Henzler called ‘Little & Friends’. Enjoy!
The Japanese make such kookie and interesting characters – and this ofcourse applies to their crafting. Moonstitches found a pattern for these ‘Kawaii’ owls from a Japanese Craft book. I’d buy it too if I could read it!
At any rate, Moonstitches has lovingly taken the pattern and re-created these charming owl softies with their own linen and felt twist. This is how you make them…
STEP 1: Cut out Fabric
Cut pattern pieces (as per the image) including cardboard for the base of the owl, add seam allowances when cutting the fabric. Height of pattern pieces for this tutorial: 7cm and 10 cm
STEP 2: Sew the Belly to Back
Place belly piece on the body piece (side “a” of belly on edge “a” of body). Start at bottom and sew together, stopping before the tip of the belly part, leaving 0.5cm seam allowance for side “b”. Repeat with seam “b”.
STEP 3: Close Middle Seam
Sew middle seam, starting where seam “a” and “b” meet.
STEP 4: Trimming
Trim the seams where curved. Clip tip close to stitching. Turn inside out.
STEP 5: Prep for Sewing Up
Hand stitch along the bottom edge of the owl’s body in order to prepare for sewing it up later.
If you’re combining a rather thick fabric like wool with a thinner one like cotton or linen make sure to turn the seam allowances in direction of the thinner fabric.
STEP 6: The Beak
Begin sewing the beak from inside the owl’s body, secure the thread with a knot. Fold the tip down a bit, insert the needle and stitch what will become the owl’s face into place. Secure thread inside of the body.
STEP 7: Stuffing
Fill your owl to desired firmness, use small amounts of filling at a time. Sew up the body.
STEP 8: The Bases
Place the round cardboard base on top of the round fabric from step 1. Press fabric seam allowance around the edges of the cardboard to the center of the circle. Attach the base to body and secure the end of the thread under the bottom.
STEP 9: The Eyes
Sewing on a pair of buttons will make your owl see.
STEP 10: Finished!
You’re all done! Now all you need to do is make your new Kawaii Owl some friends.
Thanks to Moonstitches for the tutorial!