Learn how to knit a stuffed animal with this step-by-step guide. With clear instructions and photos, you’ll be able to make your very own stuffed animal in no time!
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Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced knitter, making a stuffed animal is a project that’s both fun and rewarding. In this guide, we’ll show you how to knit a stuffed animal step by step, from choosing the right yarn and needles to stuffing and seaming your finished piece.
What You’ll Need
In order to knit a stuffed animal, you will need the following materials:
-Yarn in the color of your choice
-A pair of knitting needles
-A crochet hook (optional)
-A tapestry needle
Knitting the Body
To knit the body of your stuffed animal, you will need:
-1 skein of worsted weight yarn in the main color of your animal
-1 set of double pointed needles in size US 7 (4.5 mm)
-A stitch marker
-A tapestry needle
Using the long tail cast on method, cast on 24 stitches onto one of your double pointed needles. Place a stitch marker onto this needle, and then divide the stitches evenly between the other three needles. You will now have eight stitches on each needle.
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches. Work in knit stitch (K) for six rounds.
Knitting the Head
Start by knitting a flat circle using basic knit stitches. The number of stitches you use will depend on the size of your stuffed animal. For a small stuffed animal, use about 20 stitches, and for a large stuffed animal, use about 40 stitches. If you are using a pattern, it will give you the specific number of stitches to use.
Once you have finished knitting the circle, do not bind off your work. Instead, thread a tapestry needle with the same color yarn you used to knit the head and use it to sew the circle closed. You can do this by simply running the needle through the back loop of each stitch around the edge of the circle. Do not pull the yarn too tight or else your stuffed animal’s head will be too small.
Finishing the Head
Now that you’ve finished the body of your stuffed animal, it’s time to move on to the head. If you’re using a pattern, follow the instructions for attaching the head to the body. If you’re making up your own design, simply stitch the head onto the body.
Once the head is attached, you can start filling it with stuffing. Again, if you’re using a pattern, follow the recommended amount of stuffing. If you’re making your own design, stuff the head until it’s firm but not overly full.
Once the head is stuffed, it’s time to close up the opening. If you’re using a pattern, follow the instructions for doing this. If you’re making your own design, simply stitch the opening closed.
And that’s it! You’ve now finished knitting your very own stuffed animal!
Knitting the Arms
Once you have the body of your stuffed animal complete, it’s time to move on to the arms. Knitting the arms is very similar to knitting the body, with a few key differences. First, you will need to knit two separate arms instead of one continuous piece. Second, you will need to stuff each arm before you attach it to the body. Here are step-by-step instructions for knitting and attaching arms to your stuffed animal.
1. Using your chosen yarn and needles, cast on 4 stitches for each arm. If you are using double-pointed needles, divide the stitches evenly between two needles.
2. knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) until the arm measures 3 inches long.
3. To shape the top of the arm, knit 2 stitches together at the beginning of the next 2 rows. You should now have 2 stitches remaining on your needle.
4. Cut a 12-inch tail of yarn and thread it through the remaining 2 stitches. Pull tight and secure with a knot. Weave in any loose ends.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the other arm.
6. Once both arms are complete, stuff them with fiberfill or another stuffing material of your choice. Use a stuffing tool or your fingers to push the stuffing into all areas of the arms, taking care not to overstuff them so they retains their shape.
7: To attach the arms to the body, thread a tapestry needle with a length of yarn and sew through all four loops at each arm (two on each side), matching up the edges of the arms with those of the body..
Knitting the Legs
Before you start to knit the legs, you’ll need to gather a few supplies. You’ll need a pair of circular knitting needles, some yarn, a tapestry needle, and a stuffing tool.
To start knitting the legs, you’ll need to cast on 4 stitches using one of the circular needles. Once you have those 4 stitches on the needle, you’ll knit in a spiral until you have a long tube that is about 3 inches long. To make sure that your tube is the same width all the way along, use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each row.
Once you have a 3-inch-long tube, you’ll need to stuff it with toy stuffing. To do this, first thread the tapestry needle with a long tail of yarn. Then poke the needle through one end of the tube and pull it out through the other end. Next, poke the needle back into the tube about an inch from where it first came out. Then stuff the leg with toy stuffing until it is firm but still flexible. Finally, poke the needle through the end of the leg again and pull it out through the other end. Repeat this process for the other leg.
Joining the Body Parts
Once you have all of your body parts knit, it’s time to join them together. You will need to use a tapestry needle and some yarn in a contrasting color to stitch the parts together. Start by knotting the end of the yarn around the tapestry needle.
To start joining the parts, insert the needle through two pieces that you want to join together. Make sure that the needle goes through both loops of both stitches (as shown in the photo below). Then, pull the yarn through until there is a small loop on the needle.
Next, insert the needle into this small loop and pull the yarn through again. You have now made one stitch that joins two pieces together. Continue making stitches in this way until all of the pieces are joined together.
Adding the Final Touches
Once you have finished the body and legs of your stuffed animal, it is time to add the final touches. These include the head, arms, and tail. You will also need to stuff the animal with cotton or another stuffing material.
To knit the head, start by casting on 26 stitches using the long-tail method. Knit in garter stitch for 5 rows.
Next, Row 1: knit 2 stitches, increase in next stitch, knit 9 stitches, increase in next stitch, knit 2 stitches (28 stitches)
Row 2 and all even-numbered rows: knit all stitches
Row 3: knit 2 stitches, increase in next stitch, knit 11 stitches, increase in next stitch, knit 2 stitches (30 stitches)
Row 5: knit 2 stitches, increase in next stitch, knit 13 stitches, increase in next stitch, knitting 2 stitches (32 stitches)
Row 7: knit 14 stitches, put a marker on the needle (this will mark the center of the head), increase in next stitch, knit 14 stitches (34 stitches)
Row 8: purl all 34 sts
You’ve now reached the conclusion of our guide on how to knit a stuffed animal. We hope you’ve found it informative and helpful. Remember, there are many different ways to knit a stuffed animal, so feel free to experiment until you find the method that works best for you.