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Project

Knitwits

Introduction

These charming animals are made using mismatched socks.

Resources: Martha used socks from Little Miss Matched. All other supplies are available at sewing or crafts stores. For more information on Knitwits, visit witalator.com.

Materials

  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • One adult sock
  • Four children's socks (mismatched)
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Old T-shirt
  • Quilt batting
  • Chopstick
  • Fabric pens or embroidery supplies for eyes

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Turn an adult sock inside out and pin the heel flat. Sew the heel shut and cut the excess from the sock. Turn the sock right side out and stuff with polyester stuffing until you have reached the desired length for the body. Cut off excess and set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Prepare two children's socks the same way as you did for the body.

  3. Step 3

    Remove the heel from one children's sock as you did for the body. Keep the sock inside out for now. Cut the upper band of the sock off and save it to use for the mouth later.

  4. Step 4

    Sew two lines of stretch stitches down the center of the sock lengthwise, about 1/2 inch apart.

  5. Step 5

    Cut down the middle of the sock, between the two stitched lines, to create two individual arm pieces.

  6. Step 6

    Cut two 2-inch-wide strips of quilt batting that are twice as long as the arm pieces. 

  7. Step 7

    Push the "toe" of each piece in a little to create a pocket. Fold a quilt batting strip in half, and push it into the pocket you made in the arm piece with a chopstick, while turning the arm piece right side out. Stuff the other arm piece in the same way.

  8. Step 8

    Use the same process as for the arms to create two antennae.

  9. Step 9

    Round a ball of stuffing and cover it with an approximately 4-by-4-inch square cut from an old T-shirt.

  10. Step 10

    Wrap the shirt tight around the ball to create a small "ghost" and stitch around the "neck," wrapping the thread all the way around every so often, to cinch it tight.

  11. Step 11

    Holding the "tail" of the ghost, draw irises on the eyes with a fabric pen or embroider them with a needle and embroidery floss.

  12. Step 12

    Cut off the tail close to the ball, being careful to not cut into the stitching. Repeat to make a second eyeball. Tip: Eyes of different sizes and colors give your Knitwit more personality!

  13. Step 13

    Whip-stitch the cut edge of the upper band of a sock.

  14. Step 14

    Whip-stitch the legs, arms, antennae, eyes, and mouth to the stuffed body piece. Close the opening in the sock used for the body piece with a whip stitch.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2008

Reviews (13)

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  • 4 Jun, 2009

    John, I have your book and A LOVE IT!

  • 4 Jun, 2009

    Look cute. To John who wrote a book called Stupid Sock Creatures ...
    ooops ... NOT FAIR TO JOHN, MARTHA!
    Stupid Sock creatures, couldn't get to your site!
    P.S

  • 13 Nov, 2008

    I tried making two of these... one done and have yet to finish the second. The first was SO time consuming... sewing all the pieces on the main body takes a long time. As a stay at home mom, I just don't have that kind of time. Turned out cute, but I have no gumption to finish the second... too much work!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    Hmm. I'm John, the owner of Stupid Creatures. I have a book called Stupid Sock Creatures, which has been out for 3 years. the MARTHA show called me back in 05 to be on their show making sock monsters, but asked me if I could make one without having to sew it. I said, sure, if you don't mind me just filling a sock with stuffing. Looks like they've changed their tune. Check out www.stupidcreatures.com and see if you can find any similarities between my work and these KnitWits.

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    has anyone made one? They look easy to make but are they? It would be a great craft for girl scouts or other youth groups.

  • 25 Aug, 2008

    maybe melissahirsch shouldn't be listening to a group called "DEATH cab for cutie" if she's a stay at home mom. i mean if you're going to be so concerned what other people TYPE as a comment, shouldn't you look in your own backyard first?

  • 4 Jul, 2008

    I knit with 7 other gals at each others homes every Wed. a.m. We have dubbed ourselves the Knitwhitts, meaning we knit and we are whitty. I also knit in the winter with 5

  • 30 Jun, 2008

    Melissa...seeing as she ( Del)is a grandmother perhaps you should not be so presumptuous as to tell her what she should or should not say. She has lived long enough to make that decision for herself.

  • 22 May, 2008

    You go Grandma! You can use anyword you want... you;ve earned the right. I think these little guys are the bomb too!

  • 29 Apr, 2008

    These cuties are the bomb. I just ordered one for my granddaughter, and I am going to try my hand at making one, too. Best and most original soft toy idea since the sock monkey.
    Adele in California

  • 29 Apr, 2008

    These toys are FABULOUS and I want one!!