With just one square, you can make a whole menagerie of animals! Nicky Epstein’s latest book features dozens of cute cuddly creatures; in this class you will learn to make a bullfrog or a sheep, and maybe even a few more. You won’t believe the possibilities from such a simple beginning.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease
For a bullfrog, use green yarn and knit up a square as follows:
Cast on 45 sts. Work in in garter st (k every row) for 70 rows. Piece should measure 10"/25.5cm square. Bind off.
For a sheep, use white yarn (A) and black yarn (B) and knit up a square as follows. Use separate lengths of yarn for each block of color. When changing colors, twist yarns on WS to prevent holes in work.
With B, cast on 47 sts. Beg with a knit row, work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) for 10 rows.
Row 11 (RS): With B, k8; with A, k31, with B, k8.
Row 12: With B, p8, with A, k1, *LS, k1; rep from * to last 8 sts; with B, p8.
Row 13: Rep row 1.
Row 14: With B, p8; with A, k2, *LS, k1; rep from * to last A st, k1; with B, p8.
Rep rows 11–14 once more. Break yarns.
Join A and work rows 11–14 as before, but with A only, 8 times, then work rows 11 and 12 once more. Break yarn.
With B, beg with a k row, work 10 rows in St st. Bind off.
LS (Loop Stitch): Worked on wrong side. Insert RH needle into st as if to knit it. Wind yarn over RH needle and around index finger of left hand 3 times, then over RH needle point once more. Draw all loops through st on LH needle, then slip loops to LH needle. Insert RH needle through back of these loops and original st and knit them together through back loops.
Supplies for Class:
Your finished square, additional yarn, and appropriate size needles. Tapestry needles, pins, scissors, and small amount of contrasting colors for the eyes and mouth.