Rodney Senior

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How to Knit a Reindeer

What you will need...

Total time - 6 Hour 30 Minutes Each

Complete Size 5cm Width, 11cm length, 10cm height

3.25mm knitting needles (UK 10, US 3)

Double knitting yarn - Light brown, dark brown, beige and red.

Sewing up needle

Scissors

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Before You Start...

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

St-st = stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

K2tog = Decrease by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

ssk = 'slip, slip, knit'. Decrease by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

Inc = Increase - by knitting into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

Cast On - I use the thumb method

Cast off - K wise or P wise according to pattern. US - bind off

B&t tightly - Break off yarn and thread yarn through the remaining stitches on needle, pull up tightly and fasten off

TOP TIP

The antlers are rather delicate and easy to squish so this is better suited to a shelf rather than being a regular playmate - unless you don't mind the odd repair job!

The legs are small to stuff but a little finger works a treat to squish it down to the end.

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Reindeer Inspiration

How to Make it...

Made from one knitted body piece, one knitted head piece, four knitted leg pieces, and two knitted ear pieces. Eight small lengths of finger-knitting are needed in total, to make up the two antlers, with another small finger-knitted piece for the tail. All pieces are sewn together with added stitching for the facial features.

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Body Piece

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Make 1

Time - 80 Minutes

Piece Size 15 cm x 10 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Light brown

Cast on 4sts

P 1 row

Inc Kwise into every St (8sts)

P 1 row

Inc Kwise into every St (16sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K1, Inc Kwise) to the end (24sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K2, Inc Kwise) to the end (32 sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 9 rows

Next row (K2, K2tog) to the end (24 sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 5 rows

Next row (K2, Inc Kwise) to the end (32 sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 9 rows

Next row (K2, K2tog) to the end (24 sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K1, K2tog) to the end (16 sts)

P 1 row

Next row K2tog to the end (8sts)

B&t tightly

Legs

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Make 4

Time - 15 Minutes Each

Piece Size 5 cm x 6 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Light brown and beige

Begin at top of leg and using light brown yarn, cast on 10 sts

Beginning with a P row st-st 15 Rows

Break of yarn and join on beige

K4, inc Kwise twice, K4 (12sts)

P 1 row

Next row K2tog to end (6sts)

B&t tightly

Head Piece

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Make 1

Time - 60 Minutes

Piece Size 7.5 cm x 14 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Light brown

Cast on 4sts

P 1 row

Inc Kwise into every St (8sts)

P 1 row

Inc Kwise into every St (16sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K1, Inc Kwise) to the end (24sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K2, Inc Kwise) to the end (32sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 5 rows

K 11, ssk, K 6, K2tog, K 11 (30sts)

P 1 row

K 11, ssk, K4, K2tog, K 11 (28sts)

P 1 row

K 11, ssk, K 2, K2tog, K 11 (26sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 5 rows

K 2, (K2tog, K 2) to end (20sts)

P 1 row

Next row K2 (K2tog, K 1) to end (14sts)

P 1 row

Next row K2tog to end (7 sts)

B&t tightly

Ear Piece

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Make 2

Time - 5 Minutes Each

Piece Size 3 cm x 1.5 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Light brown

Cast on 8 sts

Beginning with a P row st-st 3 rows

K2tog, K 1, K2tog, K 1, K2tog (5sts)

B&t tightly

Antlers / Tail

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Make 4 Separate Pieces for Each Antler

Make 1 piece for tail

Time - 20 Minutes Per Antler

5 minutes for tail

No needles

Yarn Beige

Using a single length of yarn, finger-knit one length of approximately 6cm, one length of approximately 3cm, and two lengths of approximately 2cm.

Yarn Light brown

Using a single length of yarn, finger-knit one length of approximately 2cm, to form the tail.

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Reindeer Antler

Piece it Together...

Sewing-up time - Total of 1 Hour

Stitching of facial features - Total of 15 Minutes

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Sewing Body

Sewing Up

Body Piece - With wrong side of st-st on the outside, beginning at cast on edge, gather up cast on stitches and continue to sew across row ends up to the B&t end. Turn right side out, stuff firmly and then pull up tightly and fasten off.

Place tail in position and sew into place.

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Reindeer Tail
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Reindeer Leg

Legs - With wrong side of st-st on the outside, beginning at foot, pull up tightly and continue to sew across row ends up to the cast on edge, leave this cast on edge open. Turn right side out, stuff firmly and then leave open.

Place legs onto body into position and sew into place. Fasten off all other loose ends.

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Sewing Legs
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Reindeer Head Side View

Head - With wrong side of st-st on the outside, beginning at cast on edge, gather up cast on stitches and continue to sew across row ends up to the B&t nose end. Turn right side out, stuff firmly and then pull up tightly and fasten off.

Ears - With right side of st-st on the outside, fold the ear piece in half, across the cast on edge. Oversew across row ends, down towards the cast on edge. Pin the ear pieces either side of the head, lying them flat against the head, pointing forwards. Oversew the ear cast on/cast off edges onto the headpiece. This sewing position allows a neater look from the front view.

Place head into position at the front of the completed body piece and sew strongly into place. Fasten off all loose ends.

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Reindeer Ear
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Sewing Body

Facial Features

Using red yarn, stitch a nose on centrally to the front of the face.

Using dark brown yarn, stitch on eyes and mouth as shown in the picture.

Fasten off all loose ends.

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Reindeer in Forest

Make it Different...

Instead of a red nose, you may wish to sew on a small button or use a different colour. Instead of a Rudolf reindeer, it can then be made to be a stag.

You may wish to use larger needles to make him a bit bigger without adding any extra time.

Experiment with some different facial features to give him your own bit of character.

This basic pattern may also be used to make other similar-looking animals. Instead of making the antlers, use other colours to make a horse or make up a little horn shape to help make a unicorn!

For a smaller project but keeping things Christmassy - add the santasnowman, angel or little reindeer to your collection!

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Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and encouragement.

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All done?

Feel free to share your successes or any other tips or suggestions by contacting me. If it's all gone swimmingly and you're ready for your next challenge, have a look at what to try next!