Saturday, September 24, 2011

Toy Ant Knitting Pattern

These ants aren't invading your picnic... they're invading your knitting cupboard!

  • Knitting Needles: 4 dpn Size 1 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Black KnitPicks Palette yarn
  • Gauge: Not important for the completed project
  • Misc: yarn needle, polly fill stuffing, crochet hook
  • Finished Size: ~3 inches long

Instructions for the Ant Body

Cast on 6 stitches. Join to knit in the round.
1. KFB across (12 sts)
2. K across
3. Kfb across (24 sts)
Rows 4-6. K across the row. 3 rounds total
7. *K2, K2tog* across the row (18 sts)
8. K across
9. K2tog across the row (9 sts)
10. K across the row
11. Kfb across (18 sts)
Rows 12-19. K across the row. 8 rounds total
20. K2tog across the row (9 sts)
21. K across
22. Kfb across (18 sts)
23. K across
24. *K2, Kfb* across the row (24 sts)
Rows 25-34. K across the row. 10 rounds total
35. *K2, K2tog* across the row (18 sts)
36. K across
37. *K1, K2tog* across the row (12 sts)
38. K across
39. K2tog across the row (6 sts)
Stuff the body. Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches. Weave in loose ends.

Construction of the Antenna and Legs
  • Cut a piece of yarn and thread through the head of the ant

  • Using a crochet hook, crochet a single chain (starting with a stitch on the side of the head) until the desired length has been reached. Cut the yarn just above the knot. (see below)

    One antenna has been cut.

  • Thread three pieces of yarn through the middle section of ant body.

  • As with the antenna, crochet single chain for each leg until desired length has been reached. Cut the yarn just above the knot so it will not unravel.

Enjoy your stuffed ant toy!

Abbreviations Used in this pattern:
Kfb - increase by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch.
M1 (Make 1)- increase stitch by picking up yarn between two stitches, twisting and knitting.
K - knit
P - purl
S1 - slip one stitch
SSK - decrease by slipping two stitches then knitting them together. Alternatively, you could slip one stitch, knit one stitch and pass slipped stitch over.
K2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together.

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