Editor’s Choice: Knit ahead for Christmas – Toys!
Time is marching swiftly towards the festive season – it’s time to get your needles speeding further into that gift-knitting list! This week, Merion’s found some toy patterns that will delight children from 0-100!
Knitted toys are gifts full of love, and often become heirlooms that are treasured well into adulthood. My grandma knitted me outfits for a dolly when I was six or seven that I still have, and they were worn not only by my dolly but by my daughter’s teddies – and currently they adorn a rather stylish rabbit. The love and care that goes into knitting a toy is well rewarded. The other fabulous outcome of knitting toys (and their little miniature outfits), is that it provide a fabulous opportunity to try a new technique on a small scale, whether it is shaping a foot or a head, working an intarsia motif on a jumper, or knitting tiny sleeves with double pointed needles.
There’s something very “Elves and the Shoemaker” about it, and it does get rather addictive! A couple of years ago I announced to my daughter that her toy rabbit Bunty could do with a Christmas jumper, and she just laid a hand on my arm and said “Mummy, Bunty has enough clothes!” If I’m honest, I will always want to knit Bunty new jumpers and dresses!
So, there are lots of options for toy knitting. It might be a little dressable dolly, teddy or rabbit – or a sweet cuddly guinea pig, or a fabulous dinosaur! There’s still time to knit these darlings before Christmas, so get your needles ready. I’ve selected a few little darlings for you, but there are thousands to explore here…
I love Knitables designs – a sweet selection of teddies, pandas, rabbits, dogs and cats with sweet outfits to match. These are knitted in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, which comes in 59 shades, making it perfect to knit contrasting dresses, jumpers and hats.
Or, if you are a super fast knitter, Knitables Noah’s Ark set (pictured above) is a wonderful play set, and the animals will introduce you to some fabulous knit techniques.
These little chaps are wonderful stocking fillers! Amanda Berry’s creations are famous for their cuteness and ingenuity, and the patterns are comprehensive and easy to follow. Bobble and Bubble are worked flat on single point needles, in Hayfield Bonus DK yarn.
Julie Williams is famous in the knitting world for her beautiful knitted animals and outfits. I love this fox, but I love the elephant, the cat, the mouse and the monkey too – click here to see them all! Each pattern includes the animal and their outfit – and the patterns are comprehensively packed, and super easy to follow. (Bunty has many of these “seasonal sweaters” !!)
A perfect gift for all budding paleontologists. Dippy the Dinosaur is probably the sweetest dinosaur you’ll ever see, designed by the brilliant Amanda Berry. Knit him in different colours and make a little herd of prehistoric chaps!
Knit a toy for someone you love – it’s great fun and it’ll be loved forever!
Last updated: December 7th, 2016.