I’m getting anxious for the baby to arrive. As you may have read, my daughter is expecting her 1st child on July 2nd. We had a Shower for her a couple weeks ago. I also posted the Park Day Play Set I sewed for her.
Today I want to share some toys I knitted up and gave to her at the Baby Shower. Meet George the Giraffe, by Liz Mottram and Jacobus the Monkey, by Annita Wilschut. Both patterns can be found on Ravelry.
I dyed the yarn myself. I had a specific color in mind and knew it would be easier just to make my own. I used acid dyes because the yarn is superwash wool. These cute little guys should hold the color well, even in the washing machine. Everyone came out exactly as I wanted them.
Both the giraffe and the larger monkey are done with worsted weight yarn and the little blue monkey was knit up in a sport weight.
I learned a new technique while knitting the monkeys. The face is done by slipping the 2 colors of yarn at appropriate times and then purling. It’s a form of intarsia in the round. I must say it was an interesting and effective way to do it.
This is a pattern that requires you to trust in the way it is written. It looks nothing like a monkey until you have nearly finished it. I was having a hard time picturing it at first!
The giraffe is created by first knitting the head and then picking up stitches and knitting the body directly onto it. And likewise, the legs.
The spots are added afterwards using a duplicate stitch. You can add as many or as few as you like.
I absolutely love them all! And I think the new baby will too!
I’m picturing some fun play days in my future…