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Friday, 3 August 2012

Handmade finger puppets


Finger puppets take just a tiny bit of yarn – don’t stick to my color suggestions, use what you have laying around! Prefer a lioness? Leave off the mane!

US G, 4mm hook
Body/snout: yellow or other worsted weight yarn, small amount
Mane: medium brown or other worsted weight yarn, small amount
Details: dark brown worsted weight yarn, small amount
Tapestry needle, scissors
Optional: small plastic eyes or buttons
Body (yellow)
Row 1: Starting with magic circle, 6sc into the circle. Join with sl st and ch1.
Row 2: Work 2sc into each st. (12 sc) Join with sl st and ch1. Stop here for a moment and weave in the starting end while you can.
Row 3 – 10: Work even around (12sc). Join with sl st and ch1.
Row 11: Work even around. Break yarn and use seamless join to finish off, weave in end.

Snout (yellow and dark brown)
Row 1: With yellow, starting with magic circle, 6sc into the circle. Join with sl st and ch1.
Row 2: Sc evenly around. Break yarn and use seamless join to finish off. Leave long tail to sew to body.
With dark brown yarn and tapestry needle, embroider the nose and snout line. Leave a long tail. Stuff the starting end into the snout. Attach the snout to the body, using the dark brown yarn to center, and the yellow yarn to sew around the edges. With the dark brown tail, create french knot eyes, or sew on plastic eyes/buttons. Weave in ends.

Ears (yellow) – Make 2
Ch2.In the second ch from the hook, work 3sc. Finish off and sew to head.

Mane (medium brown)
Ch5, sl st in the fourth ch from the hook. *Ch4, sl st in the fourth ch from the hook. Repeat from * until 12 loops are made. Finish off and sew to body, working behind the ears, with the ends meeting under the snout.

ROAR! Tee hee! Finger puppets are fun for all ages. 
US G, 4mm hook
White worsted weight yarn, small amount
Black worsted weight yarn, small amount
Optional: small plastic eyes or buttons
Body:
Row 1: Starting with white yarn and magic circle, 6sc into the circle. Join with sl st and ch1.
Row 2: Work 2sc into each st. (12 sc) Join with sl st and ch1. Stop here for a moment and weave in the starting end while you can.
Row 3: With black yarn, work evenly around (12sc). Join with sl st and ch1.
Row 4: With white yarn, work evenly around (12sc). Join with sl st and ch1.
Row 5 – 10: Repeat Row 3 – 4 3x.
Row 11: With black yarn, work even around. Break yarn and use seamless join to finish off, weave in end.

Nose and Eyes:
Row 1: Starting with black yarn and magic circle, 6sc into the circle. Join with sl st. 
Row 2: With white yarn, ch1 and work evenly around (6sc). Join with sl st.
Row 3: With black yarn,ch1 and sc in first st, 2sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, and then 2sc in next st, sc in last st (8sc). Join with sl st.
Row 4: With white yarn, ch1 and sc in first st, 2sc in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, and then 2sc in next st (10sc). Join with sl st.
Row 5: With black yarn, (do NOT ch), sl st somewhat loosely across next 6 sts.
Row 6: With white yarn, ch1 and turn. Working in FLO, dc in first sl st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in last sl st (8dc).

Break yarn and finish off, leaving about 12″ of tail to sew nose to body. Add eyes, either plastic doll eyes or french knots of black yarn, to dc row as shown in picture. Stuff the end of the nose with a little bit of scrap yarn and sew to the body, with the center of Row 6 nearly at the top of the body.

Ears: (make 2)
With black yarn, ch 4. Sl st in the second ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in last ch, and ch 1. Break yarn and finish off, leaving a few inches of tail of yarn. Sew the ears to the top of head on either side of body Row 1, with each curved side facing forward.

Mane: 
With black yarn, ch 15, break yarn and finish off, leaving a few inches at each end for sewing it on (but not yet!). Cut 6″ pieces of yarn for hair - 8 black and 7 white. Using tapestry or yarn needle, thread each piece onto a chain and knot at the base, holding both ends together. Start at one end with a black piece and alternate black and white with each chain, ending with the last black piece. Sew the mane to the body, with one end coming up between the ears. Stand all the “hairs” up straight from the body and trim them to desired length (about 1 inch).


For buttons go to 
http://uk.ebid.net/perl/main.cgi?words=buttons&category2=687&view_format=gallery&categoryid=687&categoryonly=on&mo=search&type=keyword
for wool go to
http://uk.ebid.net/perl/main.cgi?type1=a&type2=a&words=wool&category2=4120&view_format=gallery&categoryid=4120&categoryonly=on&mo=search&type=keyword

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