7 Materials Needed:

One Skein of Stitch Studio by Nicole Whimsical Wonders in Marshmallow White, Six Skeins of Stitch Studio by Nicole Whimsical Wonders in Bayou Blue, U.S. Size 11 (8 mm) Knitting Needles, Tapestry Needle, Stitch Markers, Fairfield Processing Poly-fil, Black DMC Embroidery Floss

About this Project

Try your paws at this un-bear-ably, snuggle-able knitted playmat for your littlest ones.

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Use a gauge of 2 sts x 15 rows (4") in Garter st to knit a playmat that is approximately 35" long by 30" wide. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

  • 1
    Playmat:
    Front Paws: (make 2):
    With A, cast on 7 sts.
    Row 1: Knit.
    Row 2 (RS): K1, kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1 -- 2 sts inc'd.
    Row 3: Knit.
    Rep last two rows 2 more times -- 13 sts.
    Knit 10 rows.
    Slide sts onto waste yarn or stitch holder.
    Body:
    With RS facing, slide sts of first paw back on needle, join yarn and knit 13 sts of first paw, cast on 20 sts, knit 13 sts of second paw -- 46 sts.
    Row 1 (WS):Knit one row.
    Row 2 (RS): K1, kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1.
    Rep last two rows 4 more times -- 56 st.
    Continue working in garter st (knit every row) until piece measures 24" from tip of paws, ending with WS row.
    Dec Row (RS): K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
    Next Row: Knit.
    Rep last two rows 4 more times -- 46 sts.
    Shape Back Paws and Tail:
    1st Paw:
    Row 1: K13, place rem sts on holder or waste yarn. Working on 13 paw sts, shape as follows:
    Rows 1-9: Knit.
    Dec Row (RS): K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 -- 2 sts dec'd.
    Next Row: Knit.
    Rep last two rows twice more -- 7 sts.
    Bind off.
    Tail: Place next 12 sts on needle and re-join yarn.
    Row 1 (RS): Bind off 8 sts, k4 -- 4 sts.
    Rows 2-7: Knit.
    Next Row: [K2tog] twice.
    Next Row: K2tog.
    Fasten off.
    2nd Paw:
    Place remaining sts from holder onto needle and re-join yarn.
    Row 1 (RS): Bind off 8 sts, knit to end.
    Rows 2-10: Knit.
    Dec Row: K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 -- 2 sts dec'd.
    Next Row: Knit.
    Rep last two rows twice more -- 7 sts.
    Bind off.
  • 2
    Head: (make 2):
    With A, cast on 7 sts.
    Row 1: Knit.
    Inc Row (RS): K1, kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1 -- 2 sts inc'd.
    Rep last two rows 4 more times -- 17 sts.
    Knit 9 rows.
    Dec Row (RS): K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 -- 2 sts dec'd.
    Knit.
    Rep last two rows 4 more times -- 7 sts. Bind off.
  • 3
    Muzzle:
    With B, cast on 3 sts.
    Row 1: Knit.
    Inc Row: K1, kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1 -- 2 sts inc'd.
    Rep last two rows 2 more times -- 9 sts.
    Dec Row: K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 -- 2 sts dec'd.
    Next Row: Knit.
    Rep last two rows 2 more times -- 3 sts. Bind off.
  • 4
    Ears: (make 2 in A and 2 in B)
    Cast on 3 sts.
    Row 1: Knit.
    Row 2 (Inc Row): Kfb, k1, kfb -- 5 sts.
    Rows 3-6: Knit 4 rows.
    Bind off.
  • 5
    Finishing:
    With wrong sides together, sew white ear (front) to blue ear (back). Rep for 2nd ear. Sew Head pieces together leaving an opening for stuffing. Stuff lightly. Sew closed. Sew ears to head. Sew Muzzle to Head, using photo as a guide, leaving small opening for stuffing. Stuff lightly. Sew closed. To create eyes, thread a strand of B through tapestry needle and stitch eyes using long satin stitches. Sew pupils with black yarn using satin stitches. Rep for nose using strand of A. Securely sew head to Body between front paws. Weave in ends.
  • 6
    Abbreviations:
    A = Bayou Blue
    B = Marshmallow White
    Dec('d) = Decrease(d)
    Inc('d) = Increase(d)
    K = Knit
    Kfb = Knit into the front and back of the next st (1 st inc'd)
    K2tog = Knit 2 sts together (1 st dec'd)
    Rem = Remain(ing)
    RS = Right side
    St(s) = Stitch(es)
    WS = Wrong side