Materials; Cygnet Superwash pure merino DK in brown and red, plus an oddment of black*
Polyester toy stuffing
One small bell
Gold elastic cord (25cm) for tie **
Tension; 26sts x 32rows over 10cm in stocking stitch
Finished size; approx. 10cm high x 6.5cm wide, excluding scarf
Cast on 5sts in white.
r1: inc in all sts (10sts)
r2, and all even rows: p
r3: inc in all sts (20)
r5: k2, inc, *k4, inc* x3, k2 (24)
r7: k2, inc, *k5, inc* x3, k3 (28)
r9: k2, inc, *k6, inc* x3, k4 (32)
r11: k2, inc, *k7, inc* x3, k5 (36)
9 rows st-st
r21: k2, k2tog, *k5, k2tog* x4, k4 (31)
r23: k2, k2tog, *k4, k2tog* x4, k3 (26)
r25: k2, k2tog, *k3, k2tog* x4, k2 (21)
7 rows st-st
r33: k2, k2tog, *k2, k2tog* x4, k1 (16)
r35: k2, k2tog, *k1, k2tog* x4 (11)
r37: k2tog x4, k3tog
cut yarn and thread through remaining 5 sts to tie off.
Cast on 25sts.
4 rows st-st.
Stitch together at the back to make a band. Sew on the bell slightly to the left of centre.
Cast on 26sts
4 rows st-st
Stitch cast on to cast off edge and stitch up ends leaving a small gap, stuff and stitch closed
Add french knots for the eyes in black yarn. Place these 4sts apart, half way between shaping for neck and top of head.
Stitch up at centre back leaving a small gap, stuff, finish stitching.
Slide collar on before stitching antlers to back of head.
*available at John Lewis, Oxford Street, London. Please note that any DK yarn would be suitable.
** sample uses cord from Kleins in London’s Soho (www.kleins.co.uk).