Elegant Knitted Swans

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How to Knit a Swan

What you will need…

Total time – 2 Hours 20minutes (as shown)

Complete Size cm Width, cm height

3.25mm knitting needles (UK 10, US 3)

Double knitting yarn – Colours according to the breed of swan

Mute swan – White, black, orange, grey.

Black necked swan – White, black, red, grey, pink.

Whooper – White, yellow, black.

Coscoroba swan – White, red, dark pink.

Black swan – Black, red, white.

Sewing up needle

Scissors

Toy filling/stuffing

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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.

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 – Using sewing up needle, thread yarn through all remaining stitches

TOP TIP

Get children to help you come up with some designs – great inspiration for them, and gets into the comic relief spirit with some weird and wacky ideas.

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How to Make it…

Made from one knitted body piece, one neck piece, one head and beak piece, two leg pieces and four small knitted pieces to make up the two feet. Optional two pieces to form the sides of the face colouration, and one piece if needed for the basal knob (mute and black-necked swans only.) All pieces are sewn together and stuffed, with added stitching for the eye features. Depending on your breed of swan, an extra knitted lump for the top of the beak (basal knob), may also be sewn into place.

Body Piece

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Make 1

Time – 50 Minutes Each Piece

Piece Size cm x 4 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Colour as per swan breed (use picture for guidance)

Cast on 4 sts

Neck Piece

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Make 1

Time – 1 hour Each Piece

Piece Size cm x 4 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Colour as per swan breed (use picture for guidance)

Cast on sts

Head & Beak Piece

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Make 1

Time – 1 hour Each Piece

Piece Size cm x 4 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn White

Cast on 4sts

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)

P 1 row

Next row K2 (Inc Kwise, K2) 10 times (42sts)

Beginning with a P row, st-st 9 rows

Next row K2, (K2tog, K2) 10 times (32sts)

P 1 row

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

P 1 row

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

P 1 row

Next row K2tog to the end (8sts)

B&t tightly

Facial Side Pieces

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Make 1 (if required for swan breed)

Time – … Minutes Each

Piece Size 1.5 cm x 1.5 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Colour as per swan breed (use picture for guidance)

Basal Knob

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Make 1 (if required as part of swan breed)

Time – Minutes Each

Piece Size 1.5 cm x 1.5 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Colour as per swan breed (use picture for guidance)

Legs

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Make 2

Time – 5 Minutes Each

Piece Size 1.5 cm x 1.5 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Colour as per swan breed (use picture for guidance)

Cast on….

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Feet

Make 4

Time – 5 Minutes Each

Piece Size 1.5 cm x 1.5 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Colour as per swan breed (use picture for guidance)

Cast on 2 sts

Inc Kwise into both sts (4sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 3 rows

K2tog twice (2sts)

P2tog and fasten off

Piece it Together…

Sewing-up time – 30 Minutes as shown

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Sewing Up

Red Nose Head Piece – With wrong side of stocking-stitch on the outside, oversew row ends, leaving a small gap in the seam.

Stuff lightly with toy filling, turn right-side-out, then close gap in the seam. Fasten off all loose ends.

Facial Features – Backstitch pupils onto the eye pieces using black yarn; counting the numbers of knitted stitches for each pupil to keep your design symmetrical. Pin and sew these completed eye pieces into place on the main nose head piece, and add any other detailing required as per your design.

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Limbs – Finger-knitted lengths of yarn, four in total. Two longer ones and two slightly shorter ones to your desired length, for the legs and arms respectively. 20 minutes to complete all pieces. Sew these into place onto the main nose head piece.

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Making a Hairband

Sew the hairband so that it lies horizontally across the back of the nose, in line with the seam, and about one third down from the top of the nose. This will allow the face to rest in the upright position in the hair, and also allow it to rest naturally and not fall over being top heavy.

Oversew the band several times to give it strength and longevity.

Make it Different…

As well as coming up with your own designs, it may be helpful to have a look at the knitted monsters from last year. Use parts of these patterns to make little additions to your red nose.

Add a hairband to the back of your knitted red nose to wear your red noses proudly on display. Alternatively, sew to a shirt or top to get into the spirit of things, or dangle their little legs over the edge of your monitor or desk!

As well as being a traditional knitted red nose to celebrate Red Nose Day for Comic Relief 2019, this pattern can be used to make other little faces so that they can be played with or worn all year round.

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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. See the Update info….

Red Nose Man

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! My next pattern!