Knits Gifts 2018: Liam the Llama

Brenda K. B. Anderson’s knitted animal designs shine throughout this issue, but Liam the Llama is my absolute favorite! He’s made from Sugar Bush Yarns Rapture (50% LlamaSoft and 50% superfine merino), so he’s extra cuddly and fluffy . . . and yes, he is made with llama yarn! (Almost as though the editors planned it!)

I’m always on the hunt for great projects to knit or crochet as holiday gifts. The adorable knitted animals in this issue are perfect for children and adults. The animals are cute enough for kids to cuddle and play with, while stylish enough to place on a holiday couch for some added festive décor. I don’t know a person who wouldn’t accept these little animals with joy!

Liam the Llama is my favorite. I can’t get over his cute, sleepy eyelids; his adorable holiday hat; and the fact he is made from llama fiber The secret to his adorable construction is the use of a smaller-than-usual needle for this worsted weight yarn. This ensures that none of his stuffing will be visible through his knitted stitches and that he’ll keep his structure. I love Liam so much that we might need a crocheted version of the adorable animal. Crocheters, stay tuned! We have an exciting creature coming!

Liam the Llama is first on my list of creatures I can’t wait to make. Knits Gifts 2018 is filled with adorableness, so it will be tough deciding what to make next!

Liam the Llama

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Brenda K. B. Anderson

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE LLAMA 18½” head circumference and 17½” tall.

FINISHED SIZE HAT 17″ circumference and 5½” tall (excluding earflaps).

YARN LLAMA Sugar Bush Yarns Rapture (50% LlamaSoft, 50% superfine merino wool; 211 yd
[193 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #1001 boho beige (MC) and #1002 serenity sand (CC), 1 ball each. HAT Sugar Bush Yarns Itty Bitty (65% fine superwash merino, 25% nylon,
10% cashmere; 153 yd [140 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #5008 indigo (A), #5009 sunglow (B), and #5004 crimson (C), 1 ball each.

NEEDLES LLAMA Size 4 (3.5 mm): 16″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
 HAT Size 3 (3.25 mm): 16″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS LLAMA Markers (m); removable m; stitch holders; tapestry needle; polyester fiberfill; one 9″ × 12″ sheet of black (or brown)-thick craft foam; two white 1 ” buttons and two black ” buttons (Note: Buttons should be flat, with no shank, and have the same number of holes so that they can be stitched together when stacked); sewing needle and black thread; small amount of beige felt and matching thread for eyelids; small amount of instant glue to keep lower lids in place (optional); 1 skein of dark brown embroidery floss and embroidery needle for nose/mouth; wire slicker brush (see Notes). HAT Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook.

GAUGE LLAMA 24 sts and 31 rnds = 4″ in St st. HAT 23 sts and 34 rnds = 4″ in St st.

Cast on for cuteness . . .

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