Kids love these stripey friends. They’re easy to make with inexpensive yarn and mismatched buttons, and they’re fun to play with.
- E-wrap cast-on and knit stitch on a round loom
- Sock-knitting techniques on a round loom (short row heels, shaped toes, flat-closed bind-off). If you don’t know how to do these things, there are links included to resources that can help you learn.
- Sewing a button
Tools and Materials
- 1/2 skein worsted weight wool in stripe color A
- 1/2 skein worsted weight wool in stripe color B
- 1/4 skein worsted weight wool in nose color
- 2 matching smaller buttons for eyes
- 1 big focal button for the nose
- Small amount of embroidery floss or thread
- Small handful of pillow stuffing
- 24-peg knitting loom
- Loom hook
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery needle
A Note About Knitting Looms
These instructions were originally written for the Blue Knifty Knitter loom, which has since been discontinued. You may still be able to find a used one online, but if you can’t, try looking for a loom that is meant for bulky yarn, and has between 22 and 26 pegs. Just be aware that your finished puppet size may vary, if you use a substitute loom.
A Note About Resources
This pattern was written some time ago, and as such, the resources section contains broken links. Here are some updated resources for you.
- Learn to Knit on Circle Looms has a sock project within it that teaches all three techniques (short-row heels, shaped toes, flat-close bind-off): Here’s an updated Amazon link for the book.
- Help with Heels: This YouTube video demonstrates how to loom knit a heel
- Knifty Knitter looms: Also discontinued. Here’s an Amazon.com search for 24-peg knitting looms
- A button for the nose: If you don’t have a big button, you can buy one of the ones I make