Baby Koala

Baby Koala

Baby Koala

Materials
· Set of 3.25mm needles (UK size 10, US size 3)
· Yarn needle
· Toy Stuffing
· Scissors
· 5mm *Toy safety eyes*.

Yarn colours
· Grey
· White
· Scraps of black yarn/thread if embroidering the eyes and nose.

Yarn weight: Double knitting (DK)

Gauge: not important but make it tight so stuffing doesn’t show through

Finished measurements: approx 4” tall and 3.5” wide.

Body:

Cast on 6sts
Row 1: Purl
Row 2:  *Kfb* along(12sts)
Row 3:  Purl
Row 4:  *kfb, k1* along (18sts)
Row 5:  Purl
Row 6:  *Kfb* along (36sts)
Rows 7-21:  (Begin with Purl) st-st for 15 rows
Row 22:  *k2tog * along (18sts)
Row 23:  Cast Off remaining stitches leaving a long tail.

Use tail to mattress stitch the body closed stopping halfway to fill with stuffing. Continue to mattress stitch until you reach the cast on stitches. Draw the yarn through the cast off stitches, pull tightly and secure. Weave in any leftover yarn ends.

Head:

Cast on 6sts.

Row 1:  Purl
Row 2:  kfb every sts (12sts)
Row 3:  Purl
Row 4:  * kfb, k1* along (18sts)
Row 5:  Purl
Row 6:  *kfb, k2* along (24sts)
Row 7:  Purl
Row 8:  *kfb, k3* along (30sts)
Rows 9-15:  (Begin with purl) st-st 7 rows
Row 16:  *K2tog, k3* along (24sts)
Row 17:  Purl
Row 18: *K2tog, k2* along (18sts)
Row 19:  Purl
Row 20:  *K2tog, k1* along (12sts)
Row 21:  Purl
Row 22:  *K2tog * along (6sts)

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Draw tail through remaining stitches and pull tightly and secure.

At this stage you may want to add the safety eyes and embroider a nose.

Use tail to mattress stitch row ends closed stopping halfway to fill with stuffing.

Close remaining opening leaving a long tail to sew onto body.

Ears (make 2 alike):

Cast on 2 in white.

Row 1: Purl
Row 2:  kfb,k1 (3sts)
Row 3: Purl
Row 4:  *kfb* along (6sts)
Change to grey
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: *kfb* along (12sts)
Row 7:  Purl
Row 8:  Cast Off.

Leave a long yarn tail to sew the ears to the head.

Arms (make 2 alike):

Cast On 4
Row 1: Purl
Row 2:  *kfb* along (8st)
Row 3: purl
Row 4:  *kfb, k1* along (12st)
Rows 5-9:  (Begin with purl) st-st 5 rows
Row 10: Cast Off.

Leave a long yarn tail to mattress stitch the row end together. Stop halfway and fill with stuffing. Continue up to the cast on stitches, then draw through all the cast on stitches to give a drawstring effect, pull tightly and secure and weave in any loose ends.

Legs (make 2 alike):

Cast On 4
Row 1: Purl
Row 2:  *kfb* along (8st)
Row 3: Purl
Row 4:  *kfb* along (16st)
Rows 5-9:  (Begin with Purl) st-st 5 rows
Row 10:  Cast Off.

Leave a long yarn tail to mattress stitch the row end together. Stop halfway and fill with stuffing. Continue up to the cast on stitches, then draw through all the cast on stitches to give a drawstring effect, pull tightly and secure and weave in any loose ends.

Finishing:

Attach ears to each side of the head by whip stitching the row ends as cast on stitches of the ears along the head length-wise.

Sew the head onto the Cast Off neck edge of the body.

Attach arms and legs with the Cast Off stitches against the body.
* REMEMBER* Never give toys with safety eyes to small children under 3 years old or to pets as they are a choking hazard. If your toys are intended for either of these groups I advise you to embroider them on with thread or scrap yarn.

Remember to add your pictures of your finished Koala’s  you know I love seeing you finished toys.

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