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Step-by-Step Guide: Knitting a Cute Puppy Toy with a Free Pattern

Updated: May 16

Knit puppy toy

I just finished knitting this adorable puppy toy inspired by our pet, Monco, a lovable cockapoo. I created this little doggie as a special gift for my husband after our beloved pet passed away recently. If you enjoy knitting different projects, I highly recommend trying it.


To craft this puppy toy, you'll require double-pointed needles for knitting and proficiency in circular knitting techniques.



Skill Level

Intermediate


Finished Size

13 cm / 5 in


Needles

set of 4 double-pointed needles 6” (15 cm) 


Needle Size

US 1 (2.5 mm)


Yarn

(Sport) 100% Wool (50 g/ 235 m/ 256 yds)

(Lace) 75% Mohair, 25% Silk (25 g/ 210 m/ 230 yds)

* This bear is knitted with two strands of yarn. However, you can knit with one strand of yarn. Adjust yarn or needle size to obtain the correct gauge if necessary.


Yarn Amounts

Wool: approx. 12g

Mohair: approx. 5g


Gauge

27 sts and 32 rnds = 4 x 4 in / 10 x 10 cm



Instructions

This puppy is mostly knitted in the round, except for the ears. Begin by knitting from the nose, continue to the neck and the body, finishing with a gather bind-off. After that, knit the arms, legs, and tail, sewn onto the body. The ear is knitted flat and then folded before sewn onto the head. Lastly, complete the embroidery for the face.


German Short Row (Double stitch):

The 'German short rows' technique is used here to shape the arms and legs. This is a common method for crafting sock heels or shaping needs. Here, the process involves knitting the angle of the arms and legs.



Abbreviations

CO      cast on

rnd(s)  round(s)

st(s)     stitch(es)

RS       right side

WS     wrong side

k         knit

p         purl

M1L    make 1 stitch left

M1R    make 1 stitch right

k2tog  knit 2 stitches together

p2tog purl 2 stitches together

ssk slip, slip, knit

ssp  slip, slip, purl

kfb      knit front and back (increase 1 stitch)

DS      double stitch


Body

Circular cast on 6 sts on 3 needles (always use a working needle to knit)

Rnd 1: knit 1 rnd

Rnd 2: kfb, repeat (12 sts)

Rnd 3-4: knit 2 rnds

Rnd 5: k2, M1L (18 sts)

Rnd 6-10: knit 5 rnds

Rnd 11: k2, M1L, k1, M1L, k12, M1R, k1, M1R, k2 (22 sts)

Rnd 12: knit 1 rnd

Rnd 13: k3, M1L, k2, M1L, k12, M1R, k2, M1R, k3 (26 sts)

Rnd 14: knit 1 rnd

Rnd 15: k2, M1L, k22, M1R, k2 (28 sts)

Rnd 16-20: knit 5 rnds

Rnd 21: k2, ssk, k20, k2tog, k2 (26 sts)

Rnd 22: knit 1 rnd

Rnd 23: k2, ssk, k1, ssk, k4, M1R, k4, M1L, k4, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2 (24 sts)

Rnd 24: Knit 1 rnd



Rnd 25: k2, ssk, k1, ssk, k1, M1R, k2, M1R, k4, M1L, k2, M1L, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2 (24 sts)

Rnd 26: Knit 1 rnd

Rnd 27: k7, M1R, k3, M1R, k4, M1L, k3, M1L, k7 (28 sts)

Rnd 28: Knit 1 rnd

Rnd 29: k8, M1R, k4, M1R, k4, M1L, k4, M1L, k8 (32 sts)

Rnd 30: Knit 1 rnd

Rnd 31: k9, M1R, k5, M1R, k4, M1L, k5, M1L, k9 (36 sts)

Rnd 30-39: Knit 10 rnds

Rnd 40: k10, k2tog, k12, ssk, k10 (34 sts)

Rnd 41-43: knit 3 rnds

Rnd 44: k10, k2tog, k10, ssk, k10 (32 sts)



Rnd 45-47: knit 3 rnds

Rnd 48: k10, k2tog, k8, ssk, k10 (30 sts)

Rnd 49-53: knit 5 rnds

Rnd 54: k2, ssk, k3, ssk, k2, ssk, k4, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k2 (24 sts)

Rnd 55: knit 1 rnd

Stuff the body.

Rnd 56: k2, ssk, k2, ssk, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2 (18 sts)

Rnd 57: knit 1 rnd

Rnd 58: k1, ssk, k1, ssk, k1, ssk, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1 (12 sts)

Rnd 59: knit 1 rnd

Add more stuffing, and then do the gather bind-off.



Ears

CO 16 sts

Row 1 (WS): purl

Row 2 (RS): k1, M1R, k14, M1L, k1 (18 sts)

Row 3: purl

Row 4: k1, M1R, k6, ssk, k2tog, k6, M1L, k1 (18 sts)

Row 5: purl

Row 6: knit

Row 7: purl

Row 8: ssk, k14, k2tog (16 sts)

Row 9: purl

Row 10: ssk, k5, M1R, k2, M1L, k5, k2tog (16 sts)



Row 11: purl

Row 12: ssk, k12, k2tog (14 sts)

Row 13: purl

Row 14: ssk, k3, ssk, k2tog, k3, k2tog (10 sts)

Row 15: p3, p2tog, ssp, p3 (8 sts)

Row 16: k1, M1R, k1, ssk, k2tog, k1, M1L, k1 (8 sts)

Row 17: p2, p2tog, ssp, p2 (6 sts)



Fold it in half, then cut the yarn leaving a tail of about 15 cm. Proceed to bind off the stitches using the "Kitchener stitch" method. Afterward, continue sewing the edges together. Repeat this process to create another ear.



Front Arms

Cast on 6 sts

Row 1 (WS): purl

Row 2 (RS): k1, M1R, k4, M1L, k1 (8 sts)

Row 3: purl

Row 4: k1, M1R, k6, M1L, k1 (10 sts)

Row 5: purl

Row 6: knit, M8 (18 sts)


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Row 6.

Rnd 7-10: join in a round. knit 4 rnds.

Rnd 11: k10, ssk, k4, k2tog (16 sts)

Rnd 12: k 1 rnd

Rnd 13: k10, ssk, k2, k2tog (14 sts)

Rnd 14-16: knit 3 rnds / For the right leg: knit 2 rnds, k9



Short row 1 (WS): DS, p12, flip

Short row 2 (RS): DS, k10, flip

Short row 3: DS, p8, flip

Short row 4: DS, k6, flip

Short row 5: DS, p4, flip

Short row 6: DS

Knit 5 rnds

k3, k2tog, k4, ssk, k3 (12 sts) / For the right leg: k3, ssk, k4, k2tog, k3 (12 sts)

knit 3 rnds

bind-off.



Back Legs

Cast on 8 sts

Row 1 (WS): purl

Row 2 (RS): k1, M1R, k6, M1L, k1 (10 sts)

Row 3: purl

Row 4: k1, M1R, k8, M1L, k1 (12 sts)

Row 5: purl

Row 6: knit, M10 (22 sts)

Rnd 7-10: join in a round. knit 4 rnds. / For the right leg: knit 3 rnds, k12

Rnd 11: k2, ssk, k14, k2tog, k2 (20 sts)

Rnd 12: knit 1 rnd

Rnd 13: k2, ssk, k12, k2tog, k2 (18 sts)

Rnd 14: knit 1 rnd

Rnd 15: k2, ssk, k10, k2tog, k2 (16 sts)

Rnd 16: knit 1 rnd



Rnd 17: k2, ssk, k8, k2tog, k2 (14 sts)

Rnd 18: knit 1 rnd

Rnd 19: k2, ssk, k6, k2tog, k2 (12 sts)

Short row 1 (WS): DS, p10, flip

Short row 2 (RS): DS, k8, flip

Short row 3: DS, p6, flip

Short row 4: DS, k4, flip

Short row 5: DS, p2, flip

Short row 6: DS

Knit 2 rnds

k4, ssk, k2tog, k4 (10 sts)

knit 3 rnds

bind-off.



Tail

CO 9 sts, join in a round.

knit 4 rnds

k1, k2tog (6 sts)

k 1 rnd

Gather bind-off.


Finishing



Sew the ears onto the head.




TIP:

Achieve the curved shape of the ears using the "blocking" method. First, saturate the ears with soapy water, ensuring thorough wetness. Then, carefully pin them into the desired shape. Allow them to air dry completely.



Stuff the arms and legs lightly to allow movement. Pin them on the position first before sewing to ensure a symmetric shape.



Don't forget the tail.



Additional Tips:

  1. Extend the "blocking" method to the entire puppy once you've completed it. This technique allows you to manipulate the puppy into various poses as desired.

  2. For a larger puppy, consider using a larger needle size and thicker yarn. This adjustment can scale up the size of your creation effectively.



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