Lions and Elephants and Birdies? Oh, My!

There are so many fun things about knitting for children. One of my favorite things, though, is knitting items that feature animals.Kids seem to love them, and they're so much fun to knit. Here are three patterns that will have the little ones in your life roaring!

    Isn't this darling? Lion, Oh! by Stacey Gerbman uses several techniques.

First you knit a simple, colorful sweater with a handy shoulder closure. Then you crochet a circle for the lion's head. Embroidery makes up the rest of the lion design.

It's such a sweet sweater and so fun and fast to make.

It's a a great project to help use up those small bits of yarn in your stash, too.

Charla McKiel's Baby Elephant Vest is really special.

The elephants are created by using a yarn-over-based lace pattern. The rows of baby elephants are offset and separated by rows of garter stitch.

This is a unisex vest that any child (and parent!) will love. Make it in the child's favorite color, or even better, let the child choose the color!

The Chirpy Birds Vest by Lucinda Guy is sure to become a favorite. The vest is knit in a fun colorblock pattern and the bird is knit using the intarsia method.

As if the vest weren't cute enough, the bird's little wing is knit separately and sewed on, making it "flappable."

Lucinda provides a variation in the pattern, too, showing the vest knit with birds all along the hemline.

Above is a closeup of the little bird pattern.

Try one of these patterns or one of the other precious knitting patterns in the Knitting Daily Shop. You'll have a ball knitting for the little one in your life, and he or she will love wearing your creation!


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