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Stuffed Animal Sweater Knitting Pattern

Carole Barenys

Stuffed Animal Sweater Knitting Pattern

This stuffed animal sweater is knit in the round and you can vary the size to fit 11 to 16 inch stuffed bunnies or teddy bears.

Gauge and finished measurement will vary, as you will customize the size.

Materials:
To fit smaller animals, heavy sport weight/light worsted weight yarn
Size 4 US (3.5 mm) double points
Size 6 US (4.25 mm) double points
To fit larger animals, worsted weight yarn
Size 6 US (4.25 mm) double points
Size 8 US (5.00 mm) double points

Instructions
Collar

CO 48 sts with smaller needles. Join.
Work in K1, P1 or K2, P2 ribbing for 5 rounds.
P 1 round for decorative ridge and, at the same time, place markers: after 16 sts (back), 8 sts (sleeve), 16 sts (front), 8 sts (second sleeve)

Body
Change to larger needles.
Increase round: *K to within 2 sts of marker, inc in next st, K 1, pass marker, inc in next st; rep from * 3 more times. (8 sts added)
K 1 round even.
Repeat these two rows until there are 32 sts on front and on back, and 24 sts on each sleeve.

Divide body from sleeves
K 32 (back), K 24 (sleeve), place these 24 on holder, K 32 (front), K 24 (second sleeve), place 24 on holder.
K 32, CO 4 sts at armhole, K 32, CO 4 at second armhole - 72 sts
Work even until about ½" short of desired length. (Note: If your critter is one of those skinny under stuffed types, you may do some paired decreases at each side of the 4 underarm stitches. Be sure to leave an amount of sts divisible by 4 if you are using K2 P2 ribbing.)
Work 1 round of purl for decorative ridge, and work bottom cuff to match collar, binding off loosely to allow for stretchiness.

Sleeve
Work 24 sts from holder, pick up 4 sts aloong the cast on underarm - 28 sts.
Work even (see note above about customizing) until about ½" short of desired length.
Work 1 round of P.
Work sleeve cuff to match collar.
Repeat for second sleeve.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.