Sunday, July 4, 2010

Panda love

You may recognise these colourful fellows as being related to the little panda I made up for my most recent blog giveaway. These two ended up being more colourful as I've run myself out of white yarn and had to find an alternative in a hurry.

As these were to be part of a present for my little niece who is going to be having a baby sister soon I thought it would be a nice idea to make up a mummy and a baby panda. I adjusted the original Lion Brand pattern to come up with a smaller version and I thought that you all may be interested in knowing what my pattern for the mini panda was.

Baby Panda

Work as a continuous spiral without joining rounds. Keep the gauge tight so that the stuffing doesn't show through.

Body

Using white (or a paler shade if you also want a colourful panda)

Row 1: ch 2 and work 6 sc into first ch
Row 2: work 2 sc in each st (12 sc)
Row 3: *work 2 sc in first sc, sc* rep 5 times (18 sc)
Row 4: *work 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 stitches* rep 5 times (24 sc)
Row 5: *work 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 stitches* rep 5 times (30 sc)
Row 6-14: sc around

Change colour to black (or a darker shade if you also want a colourful panda)

Row 15 - 17: sc around
Finish off leaving a long end

Eyes (make 2)

Row 1: ch 2 and work 4 sc into first ch
Row 2: work 2 sc in each st (8 sc)
Row 3: *work 2 sc in first sc, sc* rep 5 times (12 sc)
Finish off leaving a long end

Legs (make 4)

Row 1: ch 2 and work 4 sc into first ch
Row 2: work 2 sc in each st (8 sc)
Row 3-5: sc around
Finish off leaving a long end

Ears (make 2)


Row 1: ch 2 and work 4 sc into first ch
Row 2: work 2 sc in each st (8 sc)
Row 3-4: sc around
Finish off leaving a long end

Putting him together

Sew the eyes onto the body using the photo as a guide and then insert safety eyes through crochet eyes and secure at back. Embroider nose details on face. Stuff body firmly and sew close using long end. Sew ears to head without putting in any stuffing Lastly stuff and sew on arms and legs. Ta da - your baby panda should now be all done!

6 comments:

annemarie said...

This is the cutest ever - must make my little panda a buddy. Thank you for your pattern.

Melissa said...

I will have to try that. He's so adorable!!

Amy said...

Thank you for the pattern, I shall be starting soon.

Vanessa Moger said...

Hello this is a lovely pattern but I am a little confused on how many sc you need to do on row 6 to 14 ???

Vanessa Moger said...

Hello great pattern just am confused on row 6 how many sc around??? Many thanks

Jessica said...

Glad you like it Vanessa - it's been a long while since I made this but from memory the stitch count for each of the rows (6-14)should be the same as the previous row which was 30 single crochet.

Hope that helps!