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Knitting Toys with Continental Knitting (1) - Simple Doll and Bunny

teacher avatar Monica T., Loves knitting toys.

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Lessons in This Class

20 Lessons (1h 32m)
    • 1. Introduction to the Course

      2:23
    • 2. What You Need for this Course

      8:04
    • 3. Overview of Project 1 - Red Headed Doll

      2:24
    • 4. Project 1 - Doll - Casting On

      2:32
    • 5. Project 1 - Doll - Knitting the Fringe

      4:32
    • 6. Quick Tip - How to Keep Track of Your Rows

      3:12
    • 7. Project 1 - Doll - Finishing the Body

      3:19
    • 8. Project 1 - Doll - Making the Arms and Legs

      5:13
    • 9. Project 1 - Doll - Making the Face

      2:57
    • 10. Project 1 - Doll - Sewing and Stuffing

      7:30
    • 11. Project 1 - Doll - Adding the Hair

      5:02
    • 12. Overview of Project 2 - Bunny

      1:16
    • 13. Project 2 - Bunny - Knitting the Body

      8:02
    • 14. Project 2 - Bunny - Making Up the Face

      4:35
    • 15. Project 2 - Bunny - Ears Part 1

      3:20
    • 16. Simple Increase - Knit Front and Back

      10:26
    • 17. Simple Decrease - Knit Two Together

      3:12
    • 18. Project 2 - Bunny - Ears Part 2

      5:18
    • 19. Project 2 - Bunny - Adding the Skirt

      6:37
    • 20. Thank You!

      1:41
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About This Class

This course builds on my previous course - Continental Knitting for Beginners - teaching you how to use basic knitting skills like casting on, knitting and purling to create simple yet cute knitted toys: a little doll and a simple bunny. 

If you are completely new to knitting, you may want to check the Continental Knitting for Beginners to acquire the basic skills of knitting. If you are beginner knitter and know how to knit and purl, this course should be fine for you. 

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Monica T.

Loves knitting toys.

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Hello, I'm Monica. I am passionate about continental knitting and love teaching people how to knit. What I've been knitting recently the most is toys and small one-skein projects. My courses are directed at complete beginners as well as intermediate knitters who want to master continental knitting or would like to learn to make cute knitted toys. I hope you enjoy my classes.

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1. Introduction to the Course: Hi, I'm Monica. Thank you for checking out my calls on knitting toys for beginners. This course builds on the previous course, I may for skill share, which is continental lifting for beginners. That course basically took you from absolute 0 through continental knitting method and gave you all the basic skills to make very simple knitting projects. This course builds on the skills that were covered in the previous course. But in this course we're going to do something more exciting in terms of projects. We're going to start knitting toys. So in this course we're gonna do two projects, too. Little toys. One little red headed dog, and the other one, a little bunny. Now these are very simple but kinda cute little toys that you can use as a desk made or carry in your pencil case or ADD, make, key chain out and bam, or even put some captive inside and give your cat to shred. But it's the first kind of step into the world of knitting toys, which I personally find very rewarding. So as I've mentioned, I am a continental litter. So all the knitting that you will see will be done continental style if you want to learn how to do it and refer you to my previous course. However, if you knit English style or portuguese style or anywhere, anyway, unit that works for you, that's absolutely fine. You will still benefit from the course. So it's open to everyone and I hope you will enjoy it. And it will be a nice entry into the world of toy entertain for you. So let's start. 2. What You Need for this Course: Okay, so what do we need to make this little dull? So obviously, the first thing that we will need is yarn. So any yarn will be good. I have picked this kind of really cheap and colorful yarn that i bought on Amazon. It's man-made. It's quite elastic, which is good, but any yarn will be good. So we've got red, sorry, orange for the hair, white for the face and hands. And then we're gonna go for this header, kind of violet for the body and legs. Like I said, any yarn and his scrap yarn will do pretty much as long as the colors are right. You don't have to worry about weight of the yarn or the thickness of the yarn. Because if the yarn is just bulkier, you'll just make a big atoi. Although smaller and slightly more elastic threads will probably work better, meaningful for making toys, I wouldn't go higher than may be doubled knit for toys. And apart from the yarn, obviously you will need knitting needles. So these are knit prose 25 centimeters long. You could use the standard lens knitting needles. I use the shorter ones because It's much easier to sort of maneuver things when you're making something that's small, you don't need a huge knitting needle. These are size three millimeters. And now one thing to remember, when you're knitting a toy that will be staffed with polyester stuffing, it's good to go one lower on the needle. So if you've got yarn that you normally would knit on, say size for knitting needles. And if you are knitting a toy, it would make sense to go down maybe a size to three. The reason for it is you really want a really tight, dense Nate because you're going to be filling it with stuffing and if it's a looseness e probably it's not gonna look particularly nice. You're gonna see the stuffing in between the stitches. So always go for a smaller size. So your regular sort of straight knitting needles, that will be basically what we are going to be using most of the time. But we are going to be doing I chord for four legs and four arms. And for that you will need double pointed needles, preferably in the same size. So there's double pointed needles. And too, so it altogether, you will need a knitting sewing needle, preferably a tapestry needle, or sometimes referred to as the yarn needle. It's got like this big holes to thread the needle through its bent tip, which makes it easier to sew and also blunt. So you're not going to injure yourself. Obviously. You will need some polyester stuffing, which I don't have a 100 to a moment. But basically, you just look for toys staffing on Ebay or Amazon and you can get a big bag really cheaply. So basically just to stuff the toy. And for this particular toy, I embroidered eyes and nose and mouth using regular sewing thread. But for the other point I'm going to be making later I'm gonna be using a sort of knitting, yarn to basically embroider, basically up to you. But if you're going to go the same way, then obviously you will need a sewing thread and sewing needle in the appropriate size. And then bits and bobs that he kind of also will need. Obviously, yarn shears also very useful. Obviously you don't have to have them. Regular cities will do. And then it's always good to have a crochet hook out hand whenever you drop a stage. And it's good to have a crochet hook in the same size as your knitting needles. But if not, I mean, I've got this little kind of fearing thing with three sizes of crochet hooks. The smallest one is for psi four millimeters is pretty much okay. I mean, it'd be better if that was the three millimeter crochet hook. But like I said, this is a nice thing to actually get a, you can get on eBay or everywhere across here so you don't have selection of crochet hooks. This is a handy little thing to have when you drop a stage. And then finally a row count. Again, you don't have to have it counting rows. You could do it in your head or you could do it on a piece of paper. But it's a nice little sort of gadget is very cheap. Again, you can Geneva, you can get an any yarn store. And basically you put it on your finger and then starts off at 0 and you can see it. But basically you click this button every time you do a row. So basically you can't your rows and it's very easy and you get into the habit of doing it very easily if you click that little button to go back to 0. So yeah, that's basically all you need to start this class. So in terms of polyester staffing are usually get mine on Amazon and this is an example of such product. So as you can see, you normally would get it in sort of one kilo bags. And it actually one kilos, quite a big bag. But if you look at smaller packages, you end up paying over the odds. So it actually makes sense too big a bag. If you are serious about letting toys and because you think you'll never go through it, but in fact, it goes quite quickly. So yeah, it's around sort of six pounds. This one. There's another one. Oh, this one I bought a little earlier. This was actually a little smoother than that one, but actually they are very, very, very comparable. Now, the benefit of purchasing a polyester stuffing that is basically made for the job as opposed to using something like cotton wool, for example. Is that on the one hand, you get good experience. You were working with a staffing toys kinda look nice. But also and I actually haven't tested it, but that's what the manufacturers claim. So I guess I can believe them. With this kind of staffing, it will be OK to put those toys in the washing machine on a delegate cycle. And nothing should happen to the staffing or the toy. Which is really important because if you're making toys for children, you will need to keep them clean. So it's probably better to get the right set of tools for the job. You can obviously get polyester stuffing elsewhere. You know, you can get on eBay. I'm sure you can get it in hobby stores. I tend to get an Amazon, but wherever you get it from, it shouldn't be particularly expensive. And it's good investment if you would like to continue knitting toys. And also obviously you could use it for other purposes and when you can stop cushions with it. So there's another use for it. 3. Overview of Project 1 - Red Headed Doll: Welcome back. So I've chosen this little doll as the first sort of project to teach beginner knitters. A few are a beginner knitter or EP, you are not entirely sure how to do certain things or recommend that you have a look at my previous course, which is continental knitting for beginners. I will be referring to that course throughout this class. But basically during that course I told you so that the basic stuff of how to cast on, how to cast off, how to knit, how to Paul and a couple of other things. So today we're going to be using these skills and then a couple of new skills to create this very, very simple little cute doll. So as you can see, it's a pretty straightforward design. So you start off, you basically, would you knitting is a long stripe, sort of long kind of piece of knitting that you just going to fold in half. Stitch here. And then you add the arms, you add the legs, you, you make up the face. And then you do the little pigtails here. So a very, very simple project. So the way we were going to do it, we start off casting on 14 stitches, which I'm going to do in a minute. Then we knit in this kind of orange fringe for four rows. Then we do from row four or five to 16, we doing the face, and then we do the body. And then at the back, we do again orange back of her head stitched up here, and the legs and the arms. So very, very simple. So we are, we are ready to start. 4. Project 1 - Doll - Casting On: Okay, so we're starting off with casting on. I'm using a long tail cast on. This long tail cast on has been covered. In the previous class, I did continental lighting for beginners. So if you don't know how to do it, I refer you to that class. Or if you want a refresher again. But in simplest terms, a long cast on, basically you need to leave a tail because when you cast on the yarn gets taken from the workings of yarn side and the tail side. To measure the amount of tale that you need to leave, you kind of need 14 stitches. So you wrap the yarn around the knitting needle, say 14 times. So that's 234567891011121314, right? This is our tail. So we hold the yarn like this, and we pick this yarn, picked up strand, that strand and pull it through this little loop. And then you've got this thing, unity needle docked in displays. So you again pick this strand, pick that strand, pull it through the loop. The first time you do it, it renders two stitches. The second time, one stitch. So you've got three stitches. So we need what additional 11? So 4567891011121314, right? So we have a bit of tail here left. Okay, so we've got 14 stitches. Dom. So now we can start our knitting. 5. Project 1 - Doll - Knitting the Fringe: Okay, we are ready to start knitting our fringe. So our patent calls for four rows of this orange thing that will, this orange yarn that will create the fringe. And obviously, if you know how to knit, knit, if you will see that I knit continental style, you might see that the way I need is a little bit different from the way you were taught. I need continental style. I refer you to my previous continental letting calls on skill share. If you want to explore that further. And if you want to learn continental knitting, I mean, any knitting, in any way a unit is fine. This is just going to be a stocking stage. So as we stocking stage, we start off with a row of knits and followed when you turn around with a row of parallels. So let's do, let's hit my broke counter, that's row one. So let's do the first row, so that's knitting. Okay, that's our first round done. And for it to be a stocking stitch Row to for it to be a stuffing stage the second row, so all the even numbered rows will be piling. Again. If you would like to learn the continental way of knitting or you find the way I pearl worth learning than I refer you to the continental knitting calls. Or you could just follow me here. In the continental letting cause I go in great depth basically and do shows slow motion demonstrations of how I Nate and how I Pearl continental style. But again, any time any way Unit in Perl, you should be fine. Okay, that's split my R. So that's two rows down. Here we go, row three. And the final row of the ginger fringe, row four again, we're paddling. Okay, so that is our French done. So now we're going to change color. Continue in white. 6. Quick Tip - How to Keep Track of Your Rows: Okay, so now we have knitted up to 16 stitches. So we've got four stitches of the orange fringe and then 12 stitches for the face. And now we are going to again change colors. So we're going to get this kind of violet color and tie this on for the for the body of the dole. So again, I'm just tying it on, tightening it and then snipping the white off. And the pattern calls for us to knit 24 stitches, so from 16 to 40. And then we're going to change again to this orange for the back of the head. And then we're going to cast of, and just a quick, sort of a quick note here. There's one more thing I wanted to draw your attention to. So as you have seen, as I was knitting hours using the row counter whenever I remembered. But yes, we are on 16 stitches or the half you can see it. But there's another way if you get lost or if you don't count stitches as you go, there's an easy way to count stitches. So essentially, I don't know if you can see it. And when you look at the stock in, at stage, you have a row. So all those rows. And they have those little movies like so, so the yard shapes, a little v here, and that one v is one row, so you could actually just go in and count those rows. So here for example, we've got 1234 and that corresponds to the four rows that we knitted in stocking stitch in orange. And if we count these and we will count 1212, One will be here. So it's a nice kind of way to sort of catch yourself if you've forgotten to count as the rows as you go. So now we are adding this purple color and we will continue to knit until row 40. 7. Project 1 - Doll - Finishing the Body: Now we are about to start the last row, so row 56 and that row we're going to bind off as well. So again, if you need training on how to do a simple bind off, I refer you to the continental knitting for Beginners course. But otherwise, while the bind off is pretty straightforward, you knit the row normal. So unit those 2 first stitches and you just loop the first stage over the second. So you basically have two stitches and then you pass the first over, the second, like that. So while a very, very simple bind off. And for the last stage we stretch it into a loop. And I will just sort of pass this whole yarn ball through so we can then later decide how long yarn we need. But essentially this is the main body of the doll. So obviously this is a stocking stage, so it rolls up quite severely. But the thing is because it is going to be folded and stitched up. We don't really need to worry about these. I mean, I just normally would type another not secure it. And just trim nose. Leave a little bit so we can type it in again and tie it again securely. And then tremor yet. So this is the body. We will fold it and stitch it up. So it all lines up. If you have a sewing pins, you may want to secure them with sewing pins. So it kind of plays, plays quite flat. Or sometimes with, I think I'm going to do is if you could still plastic stitch markers, either open and close, you could actually use them to do that as well. So this is basically the main body of the dole. Now the next thing we're gonna do is we're going to do arms and legs. And for that we're going to need double pointed needles. 8. Project 1 - Doll - Making the Arms and Legs: So for arms and legs, we are going to do and I chord. And so essentially we need double pointed needles, like I said. And what we do is we count stone six stitches using long-tail cast on. So two stitches, 3456. Well six is quite a lot in vaccine I chords. Four stitches I think is a standard. But essentially you have cost on these four switches. And then you just knit. The first row. Like you would 2345, split the yarn six. And now that's where the double pointed needles come in. You basically slide it to the other end. And then this yarn kind of goes here. And you needed again united again. Six. So that's two rows. Actually, I should go back to counting my rose to 0, that back to 0 as that we want to Rows. And you're gonna do the arms and legs are going to be the same length. So they're all going to be 17 rows. So again, you slide to the end. And using this, you knit. This yarn, splits like hell. Okay? Write 34, six times row three, row four. That's why you need double pointed needles because you just don't turn, you just slide. So that's row four, again, six stitches, 12346. And you beginning to see that the I chord is forming. Okay, so now I have knitted and 17 rows. So this is the last row that we're going to, well, 16 rows that this is going to be the 17th row, three, 456. And rather than finding it off, what I normally do is I snip the yarn off, threaded into a needle. And then basically you just folder the knitting needle out and thread that yarn at the very end through all of the stitches like that. And then I just pull. And that gives us a nice kind of ending for the number one, my yarn snippets. So that is number one and we've got this little piece of thread to attach it to the body. So all we need to do is to make another white arm and two purple legs. 9. Project 1 - Doll - Making the Face: Now we can see that I've knitted the arms and the legs. So using the AI code, we've got two arms and two legs. And they've got a piece of yarn each to fascinate to the doll. But before we actually go ahead and so the dole up, we need to think about what we want to do for that. Now there are many different things that you could do. There are plastic, eyes and noses that you can get, you know, you can get the safety ones which you just push through the fabric and there's like a little washer at the back, so make sure that they don't come off. I've seen some people just taking, you know, like a waterproof mark and, you know, and drawing the face on. And some people embroider the phase. Some i, for this particular dole, I just, I'm going to embroider very simple, kind of a very simple schematic phase. And I'm going to use regular black threads to do so. I am not going to pretend that I'm an expert in that because actually sewing is something an embroidery is not something I'm good at. I mean, if you are a talented cell and you're able to embroider something really pretty on the face, it will obviously enhance the overall appearance of the adult. But for this example, I'm going to have to do my best. Okay? So now we have WE face. So we're about ready to start sewing it all together. 10. Project 1 - Doll - Sewing and Stuffing: So we folded like that. And you can sum it up however you want to. If you prefer, you can fold it sort of wrong side up and then just kind of solid around like lots of people do. I prefer to do mattress stitch because then you won't see that color of the thread so much. So essentially just thread your needle, the tapestry needle this time, so no danger involved. You've got your thread, you line things up. So you just quickly connect these two sides. And then this is not gonna be perfect mattress stage. But basically what you want is you kind of grabbed the strands between the stitches. So here, for example, between those two leaves when you strand and you grab that and you saw it, you basically you are up this thing and you stretch it. And then in between you've got these that all others and you basically grabbing those. As you know, you've noticed I'm not tightening it. I am doing it very loose. And the reason for that is you tighten it and right, so you tighten it novel. And it should give you a relatively nice stage. This is a bit bunching here, but that's fine because that's, we're going to be putting the That's what going to be putting that pigtail in. Tight ticket, cola and decay. Okay. So this side is stitched. What I'm gonna do, I'm just cannot pull the yarn through and start stitching this side. So now we have the dolly pretty much sewn up. So we just need to close this bit and this is the time to stuff. Also remember that if you're making a toy that's going to be used by a very young child. It's kinda cipher to embroider things on it. And if you do want to put some eyes, noses and stuff, plastic ones, then always go for the safety ones. So nothing becomes detached and the child doesn't swallow anything obviously be also very, very careful with things like buttons. Because that kind of is also potentially a problem. I bought some little plastic button, sort of colorful little buttons for toys. And some of them are absolutely lethal. I had a look at them. Some of them are star-shaped but tying buttons star-shaped. I thought, oh my god, if a child swallowed, that could be fairly series. So yeah, this kind of last bit, I am just going to stitch up in around catching those stitches and trying to make it neat. And then all we need to do is to add the legs, the arms, and give our dole somehow, which is not going to be difficult. Ok, so now we're gonna do the arms. Now you'll notice that they kind of bend a little, so it's basically good to stitch them so that they kind of bend forward. Select the Dole is embracing someone rather than other way around. And yeah, you basically just grab your tapestry needle and using, you know, any stitch that you want, just a simple kind of you kind of attached them just just as the color changes. The doll is almost finished. She's got her legs, she's got her arms, she's got her face. Now what we need is those pigtails. 11. Project 1 - Doll - Adding the Hair: We take orangey arm and we get a really, really nice long piece. And you can even try leaving it on the ball and just pulling it directly from the ball, but it's a little bit messy. So you take the yarn, you drag it. And then you yes. So so you thread it through the very corner and then you just make those loops. So you're going through. But when you when you try to tighten it, you just put the loop on your finger. Sorry. It's difficult to stay in focus when you doing this dealing with very long yarn. So yeah, you just take that loop and you put it on your outstretched fingers. And you do that until you've got enough enough hair. Maybe a little bit more. Another loop. And another loop. And another loop. And that beta as well. And only needs to do now is take a little bit of orange spread. And you tied in the bunch. New tidy fascinate securely. And now you've got all these threads and those loops and what you do, you just trim them. We've got pigtail and either the same thing with this side. And here we've got two little dolls with little bunches sisters. So this is like, I would imagine that this would be after you've done a basic knitting calls and you know how to knit and you know how to Paul and need help the bind off and basic seeming scales like mattress stitch. That should be, you should be quite proud of yourself if he could do this kind of simple but kinda cute, little dull. Now, build up to build upon these skills. Our next project will be very similar. We're going to make a similar type of toys. So using the severity very similar pattern. But we're gonna make a little little bunny rabbit. 12. Overview of Project 2 - Bunny: To make the bunny rabbit, we will use slightly different yarn. So we were using this kind of, I think it's nylon yarn, sort of, kind of smooth and rather elastic, very bright colors. For the bunny, I thought it would look nicer, such as basic acrylic. So the beanie will be this brown color and then his outfit will be, the body will be in turquoise. The skills that you have used to use dole will basically be reused again, making the bunny. So a lot of the stuff will be very, very similar or the same. The only two differences will be, we are going to use masstige for the body, so it gets a little bit more texture in it. And then we're going to have to knit their ears. So let's move on and start knitting the bunny. 13. Project 2 - Bunny - Knitting the Body: So as previously, we start off with casting on 14 stitches in 2468911121314, right? Right, right. 24681014. Right. And we start off as we did with basically stocking stage, netting 16 rows in this color, that would be the bunny space. So now we have knitted 17, Rose, somewhat 16-17. And in that kind of brownish yarn, which will account for the bunnies face the front of it. And now we're going to attach the turquoise yarn for his body. We're going to do it on the parallel side, unlike with the doll. So we're just going to tie yarn. It's very easy, like last time, we don't really have to worry what happens on the inside, on the wrong side of our knitting. Because it's all going to be on the inside when we started. So that's one more or less. Okay, so now we've got this turquoise yarn and we're going to do one row of pow, the parallel one row for 18. And then we're going to start most stitch or seed stage. Basically it's known by two names. On the right side of the bunny. Go parallel across. And now we're on what? See stitch from sewn on a row 19. And instead of just going flat stock NAP like we did on the DL, We're gonna go masstige. So that means that you knit one and then you Perl one. Sorry. So you need one, you per L one. And then you knit one again. So basically you alternate between knit and parallel stitches. Oh, it, and Perl. And with an alternative set of Nitzan piles, you'd be excused for thinking that this might be a setup for REM Stage one, one-to-one Rep Stage. But now what we're going to do is we are going to do most stage. And so if see, when you look at this stage, you can see that it's subnet because you've got this kind of v. And when you look at this stage, you can see there is this bomb. So you know it's a pearl. Now, if I went on and did knit stitch where the knit stitch is, so continue in it stage and parallel stitches where the pulse bump is. So I'll continue this row in parallels. Then we would get a very tight rib stage. What war? But we're not gonna do that. We're gonna do masstige, which means that we alternate. So whenever we see a knit stitch, we're going to call it. So we parallel the knit stitch and we knit the pilot stage. So you've caught, and here you've got the parallel stage, so we're gonna emit it. Here's a knit stitch. We got a pilot stage trigonometric. And so yeah. 14. Project 2 - Bunny - Making Up the Face: Now I have completed the body of the bunny. So I have knitted the front of the face, the back of the face, the back of the head, and the body. And just before we stitch it up together like we did with Tommy. I just wanted to show you. So will you do for the face is entirely up to you. You can like we did with the tall. We can just embroider face on it. But what I'm gonna do is I'm going to put those plastic eyes in so you can get loads of different effects, different eyes, different noses for, for toys. So you can get like proper eyes, glass eyes. You can get something like this in the different sizes. These are the smallest. And these are, you would get them women, Amazon. You get them on Amazon, you get them on eBay. They're not expensive. You usually get a big box. And so these are safety eyes. So you probably would want to use those, especially if you want to give the toy to a small child. So what happens is you, you you put the i in putting it through one eye and I'm trying to do it. You probably should do it properly and measure it out. But for the sake of demonstration, the other I hear. So they are kind of the same height, right? And what you do, so you have to do it before you, you stuffed bunny because on the other hand, the other side of the work, you've got these kind of plastic washers and what you do, you basically just secure them with those washers. I mean, they look like screws. But I've noticed that actually screwing them on doesn't always work. You just kind of have to use the brute force and Yeah. Stick them in, right? Like that. And that kinda makes them pretty secure. So once you finish the bunny, again, takes a bit of pushing, okay? Right? So once you finish the bunny, those eyes will not come out because they are secure at the back and for the nose. Since, as you know, I am not really good at sewing and embroidery and things like that. I am just going to do a little cross. Right? Would help. Right? So work. Little creature with a little cross for an hour cuz like I said, if you are more talented when it comes to sewing, then absolutely you can do whatever you want. But when it comes to me, I am more of a neater than a sour. So the next thing I'm gonna do, I'm just going to sew the sides up. I am going to stuffed bunny and I'm going to add the arms and legs because they are going to be made exactly like we did for the, for the doll. So basically and I called for the arms in Brown and I called for the legs in turquoise and come back to you when that is done to knit the ears. 15. Project 2 - Bunny - Ears Part 1: Our bunny is almost ready. I, as you can see, I have added a little ear. And now we're going to do the second year. The size of the ear is entirely up to you. I decided to go for those kinda little ones because it's a kind of a little toy. And it's, it's very kind of schematic, schematic little nose. And so I didn't go for and authentic looking bunny ears. But it's entirely up to you, how you structure your ears. Which brings me to how we do the ears. So as you can see, this is a different stitch from what we've used before. And if you have watched my introduction to continent, continental knitting and basically went through the whole process of learning how to knit. Even recognize this as the Goddess stage. God. The stage is incredibly simple and it basically means that you need on one side, turnaround and unit again, so you don't parallel at all, you just need. So that's incredibly simple. But they're a little bit challenging things, something that might be new to you if you're just kind of starting to knit tonight, is how to make that shape. And you make shapes in knitting by increasing the number of stitches and decreasing the number of stitches. So essentially you start with, in this case, you cast on only three stitches and then you make it bigger, bigger, bigger, bigger. Then you need for little bit strike, and then you make it smaller, smaller, smaller to point. And there are many, many different ways of adding stitches and taking stitches away from your, from your work. Increasing and decreasing stitches. Different methods produce different results. As you continue learning about knitting, you will learn some, some decreases and increases. They lean left or deadly rights you can, some are decorative. You can do really, really a lot of exciting stuff using various different types of increasing and decreasing. But this is a very, very simple project. And if you're a beginner, I will know overwhelm you with a lot of very, very new and sometimes tricky ways to increase and decrease. I am just going to show you two most simple. One would be to increase and that is knit front and back. And the other one would be to decrease and that is knit two together. So I'll be back with biggest set of needles so you can see exactly what I'm doing. And we can take it from there. 16. Simple Increase - Knit Front and Back: Okay, so let's have a look at the basic increase of knit front and back. As you can see, I've switched over to larger needle size six and I switched over to chunky yarn so you're able to see things hopefully more clearly. And I've done sort of a basic setup. I cost on a cost on ten stitches. And then I did one row knit and one row of L. So you have a very, very simple, basic beginning of stocking stitch. And the increase is called net front and back, which means that you always do it on the near side. And obviously when we do the ears, it doesn't really matter because the site is on both sides, it being a goddess stage, but I thought, I'll just give you an example of a stocking stage because talking stitch is by far the most commonly used stitch for everything. So it's good to bring that point at that. Yeah, it's always on the side. So what we're gonna do, I'm going to need three stitches. And then I am going to increase into this stitch. And then I'm going to knit. And then two and then increase again in this stage and let the remaining three. So it's kind of so we, we need the first one, the second one, the third one, and then we need front and back. So we, again, this is continental knitting style. If unit English style, it will be slightly differently. I tends to use continental always. So you might have to look it up on YouTube, knit front and back, English style. But continental style. You go into this stitch like you would to net. You pick up the yarn and pull it through like you would terminate. But then you don't release this stage, but go into the back. So maybe when you look at these this stage, there is a front and back to it, right? So I'm trying so this is the front bit and this is the back page, right? So when it flips loops over the knitting needle. So first what you do is you go through the front loop as if to net, you pick up the yarn, you pull it through like witnessing. But instead of just releasing it like a normal knit stage, you go then into the like this. Into the back of that stage. Pick the yarn up and pull it through the back loop and release it. So suddenly you've got two stitches instead of one. Now I'm going to do that again. I hope stretched it terribly because he do stretch the sludge with new different than back. I do hope you'll be able to see it. Because so you go as if to knit. Like I said, we're talking about this stage being, having the front of the loop and the back of the loop. So the back of the loop is here. So you go through the front of the loop, you pick up at the yarn like go internet. And if you release that digit would be a regular net. But you want to go through the back loop. So you go through that, you pick up, you go through that stage again, but you pick up the back loop. And then you pick the yarn up and you pull it through the back loop. And then you release it and that makes two stitches out of one. So let's knit two and then increase in this one. So again, you've got this stage and it's a, it's a loop, right? That basically lives on your knitting needle. So you've got the front loop, so the front bit. And then you've got the back page of that loop, sorry, the front pit and the backpage. Alright. So you go through, go cultural, noting the go through the stage like you normally would terminate. You pick up the yarmulke normally would tonight, but you don't release it. You don't release it. You then go again into that back loop. You pick that back loop, and then you grab the yarn, and then you pull it through. And you've got two stitches. Right? And as you can see, you've got these two kind of horizontal bumps. This is where the new stitches were created. So we had ten stitches and now we've got 24681012 stitch, 12 stitches. So what we're gonna do is I'm going to arrow back and then I'm going to increase again. So let's plow. It can be a little bit difficult to get your head around. And obviously if you are a very tight-knit or that might be a little bit tricky. But it, once you get the hang of it, it's a really very simple way of increasing. And that will see you through your basic increasing needs. Like I said, there are loads of different ways of increasing. Some more complicated than others. These needs front and back is relatively simple. Increase you just going to have to practice it a little. So again, we are on the knit side so we can do knit front and back. So again, what we're gonna do, we're gonna knit three and then we're going to increase on the fourth one. So net 123. And again, you've got this stitch. Again, like with every stage you, it's, it's basically a loop. And that loop has a front and a back pit. So it's the back bit that is a bit challenging. So again, you go through the front part of the loop normally to knit. You pick up the yarn, you pull it over it, pull it through. So you've got your knit stitch. And instead of just releasing it, you get your knitting needle through the back loop. And then you pick the yarn up and you can hold it with your finger if you want. And then you pull it through the back loop and release it. And again, you've got two stitches. So I will get another poll. And okay, so and the fourth from the back. Let's do that again. So there's the loop. The loop has a front part and the back part. So again, you go in, pick up the yarn like normal knit. And then it can you see this, that, that's the back loop. That's the back loop. So you go over here. So from, from here into the back loop, like this, pick up the yarn, can hold it if you want with your finger and pull it through. And you've got your net front and back again. And you've just increased again and see what happens through your work, right? So we started off with that much and it's going out. So imagine if it's a very, very big year, right? So it goes out and out and out. And then we're going to knit quite straight. And then we're going to start decreasing to go back into a narrow point. So that's knit front and back. Hopefully that was clear. I suggest you do a little bit, you know, you just get a piece of, you know, a little bundle of yarn and, and just try it out before you actually start knitting that the ES. So just try casting on ten stitches and then doing increasing, increasing, increasing and just get the hang of it. Because honestly, once you really learn what, once you've got the hang of it, it really is a very simple increase. So now I'm going to need a little bit more and then I'm going to start showing you decrease. Now a decrease is really simple, so I guess you're not going to have too much trouble with that. So see you in a bit. 17. Simple Decrease - Knit Two Together: Okay, so now we have knitted a little bit more, two more rows of poles and nets. And now we're going to start decreasing. So making the work smaller, narrower. And we're gonna do it very simply. We're gonna do it by knitting two together. So much simpler than net front and back. So again, as the name suggests, you do it on the nib side, again with the bunny ears, it doesn't matter, it's going to be knit on both sides, giving it the goddess stage. But normally you would use stocking stage for most stuff or stocky net. So just remember that it's always on the mid-side if it's knit two together or knit front and back, the name suggests it's always on the midside. Okay, so let's do, let's just say I'll knit three normally and then I want to decrease these two stitches. So my DC stitches one. So normally you go into the stitch like that. The yarn up Nate. For e2, you just go through two of them. So you stick your knitting needle through both of those switches it as one. Normally in the same way as you would do with one state, you just pick up two stitches. You pull the yarn as you would pull it through it, we go. So two more. Here we go. So you had two stitches, Now you've got one. So let's try again. Instead of knitting it like that, normally, you pick of those stitches, you put the needle in just as to net-like estimate. You pick the yarn up, you pose for, you had two stitches, Now you've got one. So really easy and I'm going to do that on the last, which I haven't done. I haven't spaced it out evenly, so it's gonna look wonky, but that's not the point I just wanted to show you. So yeah, two stitches yarn through dm. So look, we had ten stitches. Then we increased and then we decrease. So you've got you can see that these two stitches ended up as one. These two stitches ended up as one. And these two stitches ended up as one. And the work gets narrower. So it went out and then it gets narrower as you decrease the stitches. So yeah, that is the simplest decrease you could do. And these two stitches will be enough for you to shape the year of the bunny. So let us go back to the beanie and do the, do the second year. 18. Project 2 - Bunny - Ears Part 2: Okay, so now we're ready to start knitting the ear. So for the year we start off with a tiny little amount of stitches. So we go we cost on three stitches. So the first one we focused on the long tail customer, the first one renters to there we go. We've got three. All right. And if we start increasing in the first row straightaway, so we turn around, we do row 14, row one. We basically go knit front and back. The first one, the second one, and written it front and back. The third one which will render five stages, net front. And then you knit back. And here we've got two stitches. Then we need to middle one. And we knit from ten back the last ones, so in it front. And then when it, here we go. And we've got five stitches to turnaround for row two and row two, although this is all Garter stage, so both sides will be just nothing but row two, we just knit or so. 123, it 45. As you will see, it's much easier navigating 43 stitches. So with small amount of stitches that can get a bit fiddly. Ok, so we've done row two. Now we're gonna go and do row three. Again. It's got a stitch that's all going to be knitting. But we're going to increase again so we can then knit front and back into the first one. And we're going to knit front and back into the last one. And then we're going to knit the middle ones. So the first one, we go Net Front and it back to the stitches. And then we've got net, net, net. And now we're to the last stage. We knit front, knit back. And now we've got seven stitches. And that's the width of the ear. So from now on, we got seven stitches and we basically just knit both sides within God stage. We are on row three. So we're going to be knitting straight up until we reach row 18. And then we're going to start decreasing. So I will see you there. So now we have knitted quite a bit. So we are just about to start row 18. And row 18 is where we start decreasing to make that kind of pointy end to the ear. So with the decreasing, again, we start with the edge switches. So the first two, we're going to decrease into one. And that we're gonna do that by, by knitting two together. So we go into those two stitches as if to knit. And we need them together. It's very, very simple. So we knit until we got a last stitches. Again, two stitches. We go into them as if to knit and we need them to together. Now we row 19 and we want to decrease again. So we've got two edge such as we go into them, knit them two together. And we knit the middle stage and the remaining gas, two stitches Again, we meet him. All right. And here we are left with three stitches, which is essentially what we started from. And what I would normally do just as we did with I called, I just snip this yarn threaded on, on a tapestry needle and just thread through those three stitches, that it ends with a kind of a nice point. And that's it. And we're ready to attach the ear. 19. Project 2 - Bunny - Adding the Skirt: Okay, so now I have attached the second dia. So we've got a little bunny with two ears. And the next thing I want to try is give the bunny, because I think this is a girl bunny because I've already done smaller bunny because I've run out of yarn, so it's a bit smaller, but just like this. So I thought with this one, I'm gonna make my girlfriend. So I'm thinking of giving her a little kind of freely. Scott. So you basically cuts bits of yarns of equal length because you can trim it anyway. And you basically go all around with little crochet hook. And what you do, you just go into. So you've got those horizontal kind of stitches. So you go into that stage like here. Sorry, you have to be careful with crochet hooks. Right? So you go into that stage and then you pick up those two strands of yarn that you cut, pull it through. She called this little loop here, right? And then you just thread it. You've got it all sort of hanging bits of yarn attached. So we pick another two. They don't have to be even it we're all gonna, we're gonna trim it in the end. Again. We go say through the, I'm going to insert a, space them out a little. If you want them to be plows than you probably would just go right next to the next stage. I am going to just kind of space them out a little bit. So you go into basically you pick up two stitches or something to hold on to. You, hook the yarn, you be careful. Pull it through. This. A bit tricky, sometimes illegal. You've got a loop, even it out a little. And you tighten it. Request second tassel. And you go all around until you have a little kind of Scott. Now, you may know, you may decide you don't want this kind of tousled finish. You just might want to have a bunny like that. But the reason I'm showing you this is this is exactly how you would go about adding hair to adult. So the dough that we made, we, you know, she had two little sort of. Bunches, which was like the simplest thing to do, and I think it looks pretty cute. But you may not want to do that. You may want to give her a, you know, a full head of hair. And this is how you would do it. You get a crochet hook and basically you would go into the stitches, polyfit of yarn, lipid through, tighten it, and then you'd have a big head of unruly hair. You know, the more you do it, the thicker the hes going to be. And then he just take shifts and then you give her a haircut. So you may want to have a little bulb instead of punches. So and that goes E4. Any dolls, I mean, you know, if in the future if you graduate to making more complicated knitting needles, this is essentially the easiest way to add had to an adult. So I am going to continue with the little Scott and I'll get back to you when it is finished. Okay, so here we've got the two finished, Bonnie. So this is the bunny I made before. He is smaller than his mate because I run out of yarn also, that means that his arms are a bit lower. Because again, I had to work with yarn constraints. And his girlfriend is a little bit bigger, which I think looks much better. And she's got a little ballerina skirt to show that she's a girl. And the one thing that I forgot to mention, but I think it's worth pointing out, if you remember when I showed you when I used mattress stitch to stitch up the dolly. It was quite he can see it. It was quite neat. Obviously, it's not perfect, but it is kind of quite neat. You've got like 22 rows of stitches kinda aligned. And that's what they well-executed mattress stitch will do. Now, just to demonstrate, I used a regular kind of around stitch like money people use. So instead of doing mattress stitch on this bunny, just to show you the difference, I basically turned the knitting on the wrong side and just kind of stitched around. And essentially what happens, it's not too bad, but you could see, you could see the different colored yarn here with mattress stitch. You wouldn't see that, that we use different colored yard. It probably would be sort of more aligned. Whereas if you stitch it like that, it kind of does show now in, I did it on purpose. And just to show you and also with this particular toy doesn't matter because she's got the ballerina skirts to cover it. But in general, mattress stitch is preferred when stitching pieces of network together. So yeah, you've got to dolls and you've got two bunnies. 20. Thank You!: Hi. So this is the end of the course and hope you enjoyed it. I hope you find it useful, and I hope that you have managed to create your own toys in your own colors, maybe even modify them a little. And if you, if you liked the course, please review if you can. And if you have done your own projects, do share them because I would love to see what your toys look like. And this is the first sort of in a series of courses that I'm gonna be doing. Basically taking you through different toys that you can make a building on the scales from the very basic level and growing in your knowledge as a Nitter. So if you enjoyed the course and you think that knitting toys is something you would like to pursue them. Please do follow me on, on skill share because I will be uploading new courses. I've already planned the next one, which is going to build on the skills that you've learned so far. And we will be knitting this really, I think, cute cat. So it's going, we're going into round shapes. So it's going to be a new thing for you. 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