White Christmas: robin

Robin:

Materials; Cygnet Superwash pure merino DK in brown, red and green, plus an oddment of black *

Polyester toy stuffing

Gold elastic cord (25cm) for tie **

Tension; 26sts x 32rows over 10cm in stocking stitch

Needles; 3.75mm

Finished size; approx. 10cm high x 6.5cm wide, excluding scarf

Body;

Cast on 5sts in brown.

r1: inc in all sts (10)

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)

r13: k15 brown, k6 red, k15 brown

r14: p14 brown, p8 red, p14 brown

r15: k13 brown, k10 red, k13 brown

r16: p13 b, p10 r, p13 b

r17: k12 b, k12 r, k12 b

r18: p12 b, p12 r, p12 b

r19: k12 b, k 12 r, k12 b

r20: p13b, p10r, p13b

Head:

r21: k2, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k2, change to red, k3, k2tog, k5, change to brown, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k4 (31)

r22: p12b, p7r, p12b

r23: k2, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k2, change to red, k2, k2tog, k3, change to brown, k1, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k4 (26)

r24: p11b, p4r, p11b

r25: (all brown) k2, k2tog, *k3, k2tog* x4, k2 (21)

7 rows st-st

r33: k2, k2tog, *k2, k2tog* x4, k1 (16)

r34: p

r35: k2, k2tog, *k1, k2tog* x4 (11)

r36: p

r37: k2tog x4, k3tog

cut yarn and thread through 5 sts to tie off.

Making up:

Add french knots for the eyes in black yarn. Place these 4sts apart, between the shaping for the neck and top of the head.

Stitch up at centre back leaving a small gap, stuff, finish stitching

Scarf:

Cast on 100sts in green

(Be sure to leave at least 15cm at each end of the scarf each time you cut and change colour to make the tassels.)

r1: k all in red

r2: k all in green

r3: k all in red

r4: cast off in green

Tie knots at each end to secure the tassels and trim to a uniform length.

*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).

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