Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Knit a Kermit the Frog Costume for Baby like Walters

Following the new Muppets film, I wanted to knit a baby’s hooded cardigan that looked like Kermit, a bit like Walter the newest Muppet wore.

 I already had a bought pattern for a hooded cardigan (size 18inch chest) which I knitted in a vibrant Kermit the Frog green, but then I needed to knit a yellow collar with triangles and the boggy eyes. Here is how I knitted them...

Kermits Eyes (knit 2)
Using size 10 (UK size) 3.25mm needles, cast on 12 stitches in white double knitting wool.

1 row: Knit
2 row: Purl to last 3 stitches and turn.
3 row: sl1, knit to last 3 stitches and turn.
4row: sl1, purl to end.

Repeat these 4 rows 5 more times.
Knit a row and cast off.

To make the eyes up
The eyes will want to curl themselves into half doughnut shapes, let them and stitch the centre closed so that it forms a complete dome. Stitch the eyes to either side of the hood and lightly stuff just so that the stand.

Then take black wool and blanket stitch a circle in the eye. You can use the turning points in the knitting as a guide to create the perfect circle. The on the left and right of the pupil, blanket stitch two smaller semicircles, to create that line that goes through the pupil.

Kermit’s Collar
Using size 8 (UK size) 4.0mm needles, cast on 54 stitches in lemon double knitting wool.

Knit 2 rows.

Knit a triangle...
1 row: Knit 9 stitches and turn, you will only be knitting on these 9 stitches to form the triangle.

2 row: K2, purl to last 2 stitches, K2
3 row: Knit
4 row: K2, purl to last 2 stitches, K2
5 row: K2, K2 tog, K1, K2 tog, K2
6 row: K2, purl to last 2 stitches, K2
7 row: Knit
8 row: K2, purl to last 2 stitches, K2
9 row: K2, K3 tog, K2
10 row: K2, purl to last 2 stitches, K2
11 row: Knit
12 row: K2, purl to last 2 stitches, K2
13 row: K1, K3 tog, K1
14 row: Knit
15 Row: K3 tog, finish off.

Rejoin the wool to the remaining stitches and work on the next 9 stitches in the same way.

Continue working in this way until 6 triangles have been worked.

Sew in all the wool ends and then loosely pin and sew the collar around the neck of the cardigan.