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Poochie Pup Sock Critter
Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®
Pattern Number: 90465AD This sock-inspired stuffed toy is cuddly and adorable!

SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)
SIZE: One Size
About 9 1/2 in. (24 cm) tall

CORRECTIONS: (applied Feb 11, 2010)
Shape Face Rnd 1: On needle #1, k3, ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog; on needle #2, k5, ssk, k2tog, k4 5 on needle #3, ssk, k to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3 - 38 sts at the end of this rnd.The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)

MATERIALS

620-098 Wool-Ease Yarn: Natural Heather

Heathered cream


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Lion Brand Double-Pointed Needles - Size 5
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Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers
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Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
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Additional Materials
Small amount of contrast yarn Fiberfill stuffing Small piece of black or brown felt Sewing needle and thread
GAUGE:
18 sts + 26 rnds = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd). When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles. Making a Gauge Swatch
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.

STITCH EXPLANATION:
kfb (knit in front and back) Knit next st without removing it from left needle, then k through back of same st - 1 st increased.


ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog - 1 st decreased.


ssp (slip, slip, purl) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; pass them back to left needle; purl them tog through back loops - 1 st decreased.

NOTES:
Pattern is written for a Critter with felt eyes.

Do NOT use button eyes if Critter is for a child.


INSTRUCTIONS



DOG
LEG (make 2)
Leaving a long tail, cast on 8 sts.

Divide sts evenly onto 4 double pointed needles.

Join, being careful not to twist sts.

Place marker for beg of rnd.


Rnd 1: Kfb in each st around - 16 sts at the end of this rnd.

Work in St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd) until piece measures about 3 in.

(7.5 cm).

Cut yarn.

Thread contrast yarn through Leg sts and set Leg aside.

Make a second Leg in same way, but keep sts on needle and do not cut yarn.


Both Legs: Thread beg tail (at cast on) into blunt needle and weave through cast-on rnd.

Pull tog tightly and fasten off.

Stuff legs lightly.



Body
Notes:
1. First rnd of body is knit by working over sts of legs and casting on sts between the legs.


2. On Rnd 1, remove contrast yarn from Leg sts as you knit them.


Beg with working yarn attached to second leg.


Body Rnd 1: Beg by working over sts of second leg, k6, k2tog (rem sts of second leg will be worked later in this rnd), cast on 3 sts; working over sts of first leg, k2tog, k12, k2tog, cast on 3 sts, working over rem sts of second leg, k2tog, k6; working over beg sts again, k8, place marker for beg of rnd (center back) - 34 sts at the end of this rnd.


Rnds 2-22: Knit.


Rnd 23: K2tog, (p1, k1) to last 2 sts, ssp - 32 sts at the end of this rnd.

Arrange sts on 3 needles as follows: 8 sts on needle #1, 16 sts on needle #2, and 8 sts on needle #3.


Rnds 24-30: *K1, p1; rep from * around
Shape Head
Note: Back and top of head are worked in rows across sts on needles #1 and #3 only (as when working a sock heel).

The sts on needle #2 will be worked later, when shaping face.


Before beginning head, check to be sure that sts on needles are correctly positioned in relation to legs.


Back of Head
Row 1: K8 from needle #1, turn.


Row 2: P8 from needle #1, then p8 from needle #3, turn.


Rows 3-12: Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) over these 16 sts.


Shape Top of Head
Note: Beg short row shaping for top of head as follows:
Row 1: Sl 1, k8, k2tog, k1, turn.


Row 2: Sl 1, p3, p2tog, p1, turn.


Row 3: Sl 1, k4, k2tog, k1, turn.


Row 4: Sl 1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn.


Row 5: Sl 1, k6, k2tog, k1, turn.


Row 6: Sl 1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn - 10 head sts rem.


Shape Face
Note: Work now proceeds in the rnd.

Sts are worked all the way around the edges of the top and back of head, and over the held sts on needle #2 to complete the first rnd.


Set-Up Rnd: On needle #1, k across 10 sts, pick up and knit 10 sts along side of back of head; on needle #2, k6, ssk, k2tog, k6; on needle #3, pick up and knit 10 sts along other side of back of head; k5 from needle #1 - 44 sts at the end of this rnd.

Place marker for beg of rnd.


Rnd 1: On needle #1, k3, ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog; on needle #2, k5, ssk, k2tog, k5; on needle #3, ssk, k to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3 - 38 sts at the end of this rnd.


Rnd 2: Knit.


Rnd 3: On needle #1, k3, ssk, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog; on needle #2, knit across; on needle #3, ssk, knit to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3 - 34 sts at the end of this rnd.


Rnds 4-9: Rep last 2 rnds 3 more times - 22 sts when all decs complete.


Rnds 10-12: Knit.


At the end of Rnd 12, beg stuffing head, and continue to stuff head as work progresses.


Rnd 13: K2, k2tog, k5, ssk, k2tog, k5, ssk, k2 - 18 sts at the end of this rnd.


Rnd 14: Knit.


Rnd 15: K1, k2tog, k4, ssk, k2tog, k4, ssk, k1 - 14 sts at the end of this rnd.


Rnd 16: K2tog, k3, ssk, k2tog, k3, ssk - 10 sts at the end of this rnd.

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail.

Thread tail into blunt needle and weave through rem sts.

Finish stuffing head, then pull sts tog tightly and fasten off.



ARM (make 2)
Leaving a long tail, cast on 8 sts.

Divide sts evenly onto 4 double pointed needles.

Join, being careful not to twist sts.

Place marker for beg of Rnd.


Rnd 1: Kfb in each st around - 16 sts at the end of this rnd.

Work in St st in the rnd until piece measures about 3 in.

(7.5 cm).

Bind off.

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Thread beg tail (at cast on) into blunt needle and weave through sts of cast-on rnd.

Pull tog tightly and fasten off.

Stuff Arms lightly.



EAR (make 2)
Make Ear same as for Arm until Ear measures 2 1/2 in.

(6.5 cm).

Bind off.

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Do not stuff Ears.



TAIL
Make Tail same as for Arm until Tail measures 1 1/2 in.

(4 cm).

Bind off.

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Do not stuff Tail.



FINISHING
Stuff Body through opening between legs, then sew opening closed.

Sew top of Arms closed, then sew Arms to Body.

Flatten Ears and sew across open end.

Turn side edges to center, forming a slight pleat.

Sew Ears to sides of Head.

Flatten Tail and sew to back of Body.

From felt, cut 3 small circles for eyes and nose.

With sewing needle and thread, sew felt circles to face.

To allow Critter to sit: With matching yarn, sew a straight line across lower edge of body just above top of Legs, sewing through all layers and pushing stuffing slightly to either side of stitching.

Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
beg = begin(s)(ning)
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side
beg = begin(s)(ning)
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl
p2tog = purl 2 together
rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side
sl = slip
St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
WS = wrong side


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