Finished Object: Will Your Knitted Animal Be Best in Show?
Patrick the Platypus, found in Knit and Crochet Toys 2017, has been more fun to make than I expected. Knitting this toy put a smile on my face and the face of everyone around me. My new platypus, Eoghan (pronounced “Owen”), is the new office favorite. I’ve had to track him down a few times now, as he seems to get up and find himself at someone else’s cubicle. This platypus is sure to win Best in Show! I expect to see a few more playtpuses (platypi?) around the office in the next few weeks.
After writing my WIP article, I quickly finished the body and knit the feet. All that was left was attaching the 4 feet to the body. In order to make these 4 feet level, I chose focal points on the front and the back of the body, then counted stitches out to the points where I wanted to place the feet. This way, each foot was sewn on at the same level as the others.
In order to secure the feet, I attached them with 2 rows of sewing. To start, I strung the yarn through a stitch on the body, then through a stitch on the foot, then through the stitch next to the previous body stitch. I continued this across the stitches until the entire foot had been sewn to the body.
Once the first row of sewing was complete, I turned the body around and started sewing back the way I came. I inserted the needle into the stitches I just seamed together and passed my needle through the loop made by the thread to create a knot. I continued making these knots all the way to the beginning of the seam. Then I wove the tail into the body of the toy, leaving a long tail in case I have to do any platypus surgery in the future.
I highly suggest knitting a toy. The enjoyment of making something so silly and whimsical will not only make you smile, but it will make the people who see you working on it smile. The Encore Chunky yarn that Plymouth Yarn Company sent me for this project has been a dream to use, and the brown hue is perfect for Eoghan’s body. I expect Eoghan to hold up well for years to come.
Check out Knit and Crochet Toys 2017 to find your next creation. I know Eoghan will be a perfect work companion, though my coworkers might feel uneasy when I start talking to him.
Yours in yarn,
– Gus C. Baxter
Knit and Crochet Toys for the Win!