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Loom-Knit Bird Toy

"Chirp! Chirp!" This stuffed toy — a bird — is made using a knit and weave loom kit. We used a soft, lustrous, silky yarn that is machine washable and ideal for baby clothes, lightweight sweaters, and handmade toys such as this one.

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Size

About 5 inches (12.5 centimeters)

 

Notes

  1. Follow loom manual instructions for "Single Knitting" for how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off.
  2. For Body, Feet, Beak and Wings, the loom is configured into a rectangle for stability. All work will be done on one long side only.
  3. Loom can be configured into a variety of shapes to suit your preference. If desired, use additional loom pieces to configure loom into any shape, then knit back and forth in rows on just one side of loom.

 

Loom Configuration

Use the following pieces:
Two (2) 36-hole pieces
Two (2) U-shaped pieces

Connect the pieces as follows:
36-hole piece > U-shaped piece > 36-hole piece > U-shaped piece

 

Stitch Explanations

Knit 2 stitches together
(Note: The following explanation only applies when knitting 2 stitches together at the end of a row.) Move yarn loop from the last working peg to the next to last working peg above existing loop (2 loops on peg). Knit both loops together to decrease 1 stitch.

materials

  • 2 skeins worsted weight yarn in 2 colors (Pictured: Martha Stewart Crafts TM/MC Lion Brand® Yarn Extra Soft Wool Blend [Art.# 5400]: #507 Winter Sky (A); #557 Lemon Chiffon (B)

  • Fiberfill stuffing

  • 2 black safety eyes, 9 millimeters

steps

  1. BODY (make 2)
    Setup

    Insert 28 small pegs into center 28 holes on 36-hole piece (28 working pegs placed). Insert contrast color pegs into connecting holes to hold loom together.
    With A, cast on to all working pegs.
    Knit 21 rows.
    Next Row: Knit to last 2 stitches; knit 2 stitches together.
    Repeat last row until 16 stitches remain.
    Bind off.

  2. FEET (make 2)
    Setup

    Insert 12 small pegs into center 12 holes on 36-hole piece (12 working pegs placed).
    With B, cast onto all working pegs.
    Knit 2 rows.
    Next Row: Knit to last 2 stitches; knit 2 stitches together.
    Repeat last row once more.
    Bind off as follows: Cut working yarn, leaving an 8-inch (20.5-centimeter) yarn tail. Thread tail into yarn needle provided with loom. Slide needle through yarn loop on peg from bottom to top of loop. Repeat along loom until all loops are threaded. Gently remove knitting from loom. Pull end of yarn to gather stitches, add a small amount of stuffing, then use remainder of tail to sew seam.

  3. BEAK (make 2)
    Setup

    Insert 8 small pegs into center 8 holes of 36-hole piece – 8 working pegs placed. With B, cast onto all working pegs.
    Knit to last 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches together.
    Repeat last row once more.
    Bind off.

  4. WINGS (make 2)
    Setup

    Insert 8 small pegs into center 8 holes of 36-hole piece (8 working pegs placed). With A, cast onto all working pegs.
    Purl 1 row.
    Knit 1 row.
    Repeat last 2 rows until 9 rows have been completed, ending with a purl row.
    Next Row: Knit to last 2 stitches; knit 2 stitches together.
    Repeat last row once more.
    Bind off.

  5. FINISHING
    With bound-off edge at top, follow package instructions to attach safety eyes to front of one Body piece. Seam Body pieces together, stuffing as you go. Sew Feet to bottom of Body. Sew sides of Beak together, stuffing as you go. Sew Wings and Beak to Body. Thread yarn ends into yarn needle provided with loom and weave in ends.

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