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Christmas Reindeer Knitting Pattern

Melissa Fox

Christmas Reindeer Knitting Pattern Gauge:
Not vital

Materials:
DK weight yarn in brown, black and red
Size 5 US (4 mm) needles
cotton swab
cotton balls

Instructions
Body
With brown, CO 40 sts. Work St st 20 rows.
Shape shoulders
K4, k2tog 6 times, k8, k2tog 6 times, k4 - 28 sts
P4, p2tog 3 times, p8, p2tog 3 times, p4 - 22 sts
Work St st 2 rows. BO.

Head
With red, CO 18 sts. Work St st 5 rows.
Cut red. With brown, work St st 10 rows beginning with a purl row.
Row 1: p18
Row 2: sl 1, k15, sl 2
Row 3: sl 3, p12, sl 3
Row 4: sl 4, k9, sl 5
Row 5: sl 6, p6, sl 6
Row 6: sl 5, k9, sl 4
Row 7: sl 3, p12, sl 3
Row 8: sl 2, k 15, sl 1
Row 9: p18
Rep the last 9 rows 5 more times.
Work St st 10 rows.
Cut brown. With red, work St st 10 rows.
BO.

Base
With brown, CO 18 sts. Work St st 12 rows. BO.

Arms (Make 2)
With brown, CO 12 sts. Work St st 15 rows.
Cut brown. With black, work St st 4 rows.
Cont in St st, dec 1 st at each end every row until one st remains. Fasten off.

Legs (Make 2)
With brown, CO 12 sts. Work St st 18 rows.
Cut brown. With black, work St st 4 rows.
Cont in St st, dec 1 st at each end every row until one st remains. Fasten off.

Antlers (Make 2)
With brown, CO 3 sts. Work St st 15 rows. BO.
Remove the cotton from a cotton swab and wrap the brown knitted piece around it. Sew the knitted piece in place.

Finishing
Sew body together and stuff with cotton balls.
Sew head together. Sew on to body. Add two eyes and a mouth.
Sew antlers on head and bend.
Seam arms then sew to shoulders of body.
Seam legs then sew to body.
Sew base to bottom.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.