What I have been making – Ralph the Dog

07/07/2017 · 3 comments

in Craft,Knitting,Patterns,Toys

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I have often said that since I learnt to crochet, it is rare for me to knit a toy. Let’s face it, the crochet in the round technique ‘amigurumi’ means there are fewer of those pesky seams to sew. The toys also seem to be less floppy and more durable. Then, a pattern comes along which means you are full of contradictions…this time it was Ralph the Dog.

I spotted Ralph behind the counter at Black Sheep Wools. A little bit of love at first sight. In the last few weeks we have taken a mini-break holiday and it is nice for me to make a pattern which I haven’t designed myself. There is something about following a pattern which enables the making to feel more like my original hobby. The original design I think uses Sirdar Harrap Tweed DK in Brace. I actually used some wool in my stash.

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I was really worried that I might run out of yarn before I finished the project. But you forget that knitting uses up much less yarn than crochet. Isn’t his tail really rather sweet? The neckerchief I made is slightly different. I just had a moment of whimsy and wanted to practice my fairisle technique again. I have no idea who might be the proud owner of this little dog. Until I can find someone who will properly love him he has pride of place on my mantelpiece.

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If you would like to make your own Ralph you can buy the pattern from Black Sheep Wools here. Don’t forget to also visit the facebook page Sue Jobson and her designs: Sardines for Tea, where you will find lots of other fabulous animal designs. so sweet and so cuddly. I must I think for dare I say it, festive gifts. Have a lovely weekend making.

 

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