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Knitted Reindeer

How to Knit a Little Reindeer

What you will need...

Total time - 1 Hour 45 Minutes Each

Complete Size 5.5 cm Width, 8 cm height

3.25mm knitting needles (UK 10, US 3)

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

Sewing up needle

Scissors

Optional Pin/Plain Hairband - to Sew to the Back to form a Badge/Decorative hairband

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Knitted Reindeer

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.

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

Sew up and add stitching in the suggested order to allow a neater finish when fastening off loose ends.

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How to Make it...

Made from one knitted head piece, two knitted ear pieces, and four small finger knitted pieces that make up the two antlers. All pieces are sewn together with added stitching for the facial features. Optional pin badge, hairband or finger-knitted loop to be sewn on your finished piece, to allow it to be used an accessory or tree decoration.

Main Piece

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Make 1

Time - 25 Minutes

Piece Size 4 cm x 8 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Light Brown

Cast on 5 sts

P 1 Row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (7 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (10sts)

P 1 row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 6, Inc Kwise, K 1 (12 sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 5 rows

K 1, K2tog, K 6, K2tog, K 1 (10 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K 1, K2tog, K1 (7 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K 1 (5 sts)

P 1 row *

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (7 sts)

P 1 Row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (10 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 6, Inc Kwise, K 1 (12 sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 5 rows

K 1, K2tog, K 6, K2tog, K 1 (10 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K 1, K2tog, K1 (7 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K 1 (5 sts)

P 1 row

Cast off K wise

Ear Pieces

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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

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Make 2 Pieces for Each Antler

Time - 20 Minutes Per Antler

Total Size 4 cm x 4cm

No needles

Yarn Beige

Using a single length of yarn, finger-knit a length of approximately 4cm.

A total of four pieces (all 4cm long) are needed to make up the two antlers.

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Make up each antler as above, crossing one finger-knitted piece centrally over another and sewing into place. Loose ends may be left at the base at the antler to fasten off when sewing onto the head, but all others must be fastened off.

Piece it Together...

Stitching of Facial Features- Total of 15 Minutes

Sewing-up time - Total of 15 Minutes

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Sewing Up

Sewing Up

Head Piece - With wrong side of st-st on the outside, sew across row ends, leaving cast on/cast off edge open. Turn right-side-out and stuff lightly.

Ear Pieces - 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, lining up the edge with seam. Oversew the ear cast on/cast off edges onto the headpiece. This sewing position allows a neater look from the front view.

Antlers - Sew the completed antlers onto place at the top of the completed head, between the ears.

Either fasten off all loose ends, or leave a length centrally at the back of the reindeer to be able to sew on the hairband or pin badge if desired.

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Completed Ear
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Sewing on Ears

Facial Features

Mark the centre point of your reindeer face with a pin, and using red yarn, sew on a nose. Working around this as a centre point, and using dark brown yarn, stitch two eyes and a smiley mouth.

Starting with the nose allows your facial features to be better centred, or alternatively place pins in the desired place for the eyes, nose and mouth to allow more accurate positioning.

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Making a Hairband

Sew the hairband so it lies horizontally across the back of the reindeer. This will allow the reindeer to rest in the upright position in the hair.

Oversew several times to give it strength and longevity.

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Make it Different...

Makes a lovely little hair accessory, but also great as a tree decoration. You may also choose to make a 2D reindeer (with completed features) on to the front of a stocking or cushion to make all sorts of things a little more festive! To make the pattern a little shorter, cast off at *as given for the reindeer main piece.

If choosing to make a reindeer as a single piece as above, you may wish to use larger needles to make him a bit bigger without adding any extra time.

Experiment with some different facial features! Choose your colour scheme too, varying the main background colour and antlers.

Complete the collection by adding in a santaangel or snowman!

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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!