Birdie Sanders Knit Intarsia Pattern

Ok, ok, I’m feeling the Bern 🙂 I really like all the art that’s come up around the campaign, especially the bird-inspired stuff! The folks at the SandersforPresident subreddit are really cool. 
Anyway, I saw this post and got inspired to make some intarsia. So, I did!
Anyway – you can find a spreadsheet of the pattern here:
I like saving it as an excel doc, since it’s easy for you to tweak the cells to match you gauge. The design is 64 stitches over 40 rows.  But I can always export it as a PDF if people want. Just leave a comment.
Also, if you’d like it in a different gauge, just let me know and I’ll whip one up for you 🙂
If you make something, please let me know! 🙂

Free Pattern: Knit Puppycat

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I’m so excited to put another pattern out there! I’ve been obsessed with Bee and Puppycat for almost a year. There are patterns for crocheted puppycat on Rav, but nothing for a knit one, so I made this guy!

This pattern isn’t tested. That means that I can’t promise that there isn’t errata – but if you have any problems, please contact me through this blog or through email and I’ll be happy to help.

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 PUPPYCAT

Your very own knit magical cat

Notes:

This pattern involves knitting in the round, colorwork, seaming, increasing and decreasing, embroidery, and short rows and is recommended for people that already understand these techniques. I would consider this pattern moderate difficulty.

Materials:

Size 5 dpn
Size 5 circular needles
Yarn: White, Yellow, Brown, and Pink worsted weight yarn. (I used Cascade 220 Superwash) Black yarn to embroider the eyes, nose, and mouth (I used Caron Simply Soft).
Yarn Needle
Stuffing

Directions

Arms (Make 2)
Using Brown yarn, use Judy’s Magic Cast On (See tutorial here) and cast on 8 sts.
Round 1: *K1, m1, K2, m1, K1* Repeat * to *. You should have 12 stitches. Place a marker to mark the beginning of the round and a marker to mark the halfway point.
Round 2 & 3: K
Round 4: *K1, m1, K to last st before marker, m1, K1* Repeat * to *.
Repeat rounds 2, 3, and 4 6 times total. You should have 32 sts.
K 15 rounds.
Cut the yarn, leaving a 10 inch tail. Run this through the live sts, and pull them off the needle to save them.
Body
Using white, CO 4 sts.
Round 1: Kfb all sts. You should have 8 sts.
Round 2 and all even rounds: K
Round 3: Kfb all sts. You should have 16 sts.
Round 5: *Kfb, K1* Repeat * to * around. You should have 24 sts.
Round 7: *Kfb, K2* Repeat * to * around. You should have 32 sts.
Round 9: *Kfb, K3* Repeat * to * around. You should have 40 sts.
Continue to increase in this pattern (8 sts every other round) until you have 144 sts. K 20 rounds. Take your arms and add the arms to either side of the body as follows.
Add marker for beginning of the round. K across one set of arm sts. Place marker. K 72 sts. Place marker. K across the other set of arm sts. K 72 sts.                             
Begin arm decreases.
Round 1: [slm, K2tog, K to last 2 sts before arm marker, SSK, slm] *K16, K2tog* Repeat * to * until you reach the next marker. Repeat [ ]. Then repeat * to *.
Round 2: K
Repeat Decrease Round 1 and 2 until you have 24 sts. Stuff head. K2tog all around. Cut yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail. Weave end through live sts, and pull tight to finish.
Head
Using white, CO 4 sts.
Increase Round 1: Kfb all sts. You should have 8 sts.
Increase Round 2 and all even rounds: K
Increase Round 3: Kfb all sts. You should have 16 sts.
Increase Round 5: *Kfb, K1* Repeat * to * around. You should have 24 sts.
Increase Round 7: *Kfb, K2* Repeat * to * around. You should have 32 sts.
Increase Round 9: *Kfb, K3* Repeat * to * around. You should have 40 sts.
Continue to increase in this pattern (8 sts every other round) until you have 122 sts. K 15 rounds.
Decrease Round 1: *K14, K2tog* Repeat * to * around.
Decrease Round 2 (And all other even rounds): K
Decrease Round 3: *K13, K2tog* Repeat * to * around.
Decrease Round 5: *K12, K2tog* Repeat * to * around.
Continue to decrease in this pattern (8 sts every other round) until you have 48 sts. Bind off. Stuff and sew head to body.
Collar
With pink yarn, pick up and knit 56 stitches 2-3 rows above the seam where the head meets the body. Start at the front center of the head. The collar is knit back and forth with garter stitch, so you can go either clockwise or counter clockwise.
Increase row 1:* K1, Kfb, K6* Repeat * to * 7 times. 63 sts total
Increase row 2 and all even rows.
Increase row 3: *K1, KFB, K6* Repeat * to * 7 times. 70 sts total.
Continue to increase in this fashion (7 sts every other row) until you have 98 sts.
Decrease Row 1: K
Decrease Row 2: K1, K2tog, K to last 3 sts. SSK, K1.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 three times total.
Final row: K1, K2tog, BO to last 3 sts. SSK, BO, K1, BO.
Sew the collar to the body.
Bell
With yellow, CO 8 sts. K1 round.
Increase round 1: *k1 m1* Repeat * to * around. 16 sts. K1 round.
Increase round 3: *K1 m1 K2 m1 K1* Repeat * to * 4 times total. 24 sts. K1 round.
Increase round 5: *K1 m1 K4 m1 K1* Repeat * to * 4 times total. 32 sts. K1 round.
Increase round 7: *k1 m1 K6 m1 K1* Repeat * to * 4 times total. 40 sts.
K 8 rounds.
Decrease Round 1: *SSK, K6, K2tog* Repeat * to * 4 times total. 32 sts. K1 round.
Decrease Round 3: *SSK, K4, K2tog* Repeat * to * 4 times total. 24 sts. K1 round.
Decrease Round 5: *SSK, K2, K2tog* Repeat * to * 4 times total. 16 sts. K1 round.
Decrease Round 7: *SSK, K2tog* Repeat * to * 4 times total. 8 sts total.
Stuff the bell. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail. Pull tail thru the live sts and pull tight to close. Sew bell to neck.
Legs (Make 2)
With brown, CO 18 sts using Judy’s Magic CO. Divide between 4 sts.
Round 1: *K1 m1 K7 m1 K1.* Repeat * to *. 24 sts. K2 rounds.
Round 4: *K1 m1 K11 m1 K1* Repeat * to * 30 sts. K2 rounds.
Continue in this fashion (4 sts increased every 3 rounds) until you have 42 sts. Switch to white. K 20 rounds. BO.
Sew both legs to the bottom of the body.
Tail
CO 15 sts with white yarn. Join to knit in the round. K 12 rounds
Round 13: K10, W&T (For help working short rows, see this tutorial)
Round 14: P5, W&T
Round 15: K4, W&T
Round 16: P3, W&T
Round 17: K9, knitting the wraps with the wrapped stitched. You’re now at the new start of the round.
Switch to brown yarn and K14 rounds.
To finish: K1, then K2tog 7 times. You should have 8 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a small tail. Run this yarn through the live stitches, and pull them tight.
Stuff the tail and sew it to the body.
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Ears: Make 2
Front of Ear: Knit in Brown and Pink
With Brown, CO 14
Row 1: K3 Brown, K8 Pink, K3 Brown
Row 2: K3 Brown, P8 Pink, K3 Brown
Row 3: K2 Brown, SSK with Brown, K6 Pink, K2tog Brown, K2 Brown. (12 sts)
Row 4: K3 Brown, P6 Pink, K3 Brown
Row 5: K3 Brown, K6 Pink, K3 Brown
Row 6: K3 Brown, P6 Pink, K3 Brown
Row 7: K2 Brown, SSK with Brown, K4 Pink, K2tog Brown, K2 Brown (10 sts)
Row 8: K3 Brown, P4 Pink, K3 Brown
Row 9: K3 Brown, K4 Pink, K3 Brown
Row 10: K3 Brown, P4 Pink, K3 Brown
Row 11: K2 Brown, SSK with Brown, K2 Pink, K2tog with Brown, K2 Brown (8 sts)
Row 12: K3 Brown, P2 Pink, K3 Brown. Cut the Pink yarn, and knit the rest with Brown.
Row 13: K1 K2tog K2 K2tog K1 (6 sts)
Row 14: K
Row 15: K1 K2tog, K2tog, K1 (4 sts)
Bind off.
Back of Ear: With Brown, CO 22
Work 2 rows garter stitch
Row 3: K1, *K2tog, K3* Rep * to * 4 times total, K1 (18 sts)
Work 3 rows garter stitch
Row 7: K1, K2tog, K2* Repeat * to * 4 times, K1 (14 sts)
Work 3 rows garter stitch
Row 11: K1 *K2tog K1* Repeat * to * 4 times total, K1 (12 sts)
Row 12: K
Row 13: K1, K2tog 4 times total, K1 (6 sts)
Row 14: K
Row 15: K1 K2tog twice, K1 (4 sts)
BO
Sew the front and back sides together, making a cone. Stuff and attach to head using the photo as a guide.
Eyebrows (make 2)
CO 5 sts in brown
K 1 row
K1 m1 K3 m1 K1 (7 sts)
Work 12 rows in garter stitch
K1 K2tog K1 K2tog K1 (5 sts)
K1 row
BO
Finishing
Sew eyebrows to face. Attempt to make a grumpy face. Embroider eyes, nose, and mouth using a small amount of black yarn.
You now have your own magical companion. Side effects include: adventures and inter-dimensional travel. Please do not be alarmed if your Puppycat attempts to subjugate other pets.
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Meet Moby

Let’s not talk about socks today.  Let’s talk about this post I put up a while ago.  Remember this thingy?
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I finished him!
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I wanted to make a stuffed animal, because I haven’t made one in a long time.  I used the leftover’s from Dan’s hat that I made last year (which is also an original pattern that I never wrote up…)  I’m calling him Moby the Whale.
Here’s a picture of Moby playing in the leaves.
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My plan is to publish this pattern, but I’d really like some test knitters.  If you’re interested, leave a comment or email me (my address is on the sidebar) and I’ll send you the rough draft of the pattern! I would like to have at least 6 testers.
Please spread the word if you know anyone that likes to knit toys.  The pattern uses size 5 dpns or circular needles and calls for worsted weight yarn such as Cascade 220, Caron Simply soft, or red heart. Skill needed include: knitting in the round, sewing seams, and picking up stitches.
Thanks in advance!
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Free Pattern – Sunflower

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Originally, this pattern was supposed to be a whole scarf – tons of tiny sunflowers sewn together to make a stole.  But, I gave up on that – other projects got in the way.  I still want to make that stole, some day, maybe… eventually…
Anyway, these flowers would make a cute summer garland, or maybe a headband, or just knit up individually as coasters, brooches… whatever! The uses for knit flowers are seriously limitless.  I know.  I’ve made around a dozen of these puppies.  For amazing results, pair one with two knit leaves!
Anyway! Hope you enjoy this little pattern – it’s more a set of notes than an actual ‘pattern’ – and if you make something totally inspired, let me know and I’ll feature you! 🙂
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Knit Sunflowers

You’ll need:
  • Around 30 yards of MC (brown) and around 15 yards of CC (yellow) – Sample was knit with Cascade 220, but since this is not wearable (or even stuffed) gauge is less important.
  • Size 5 dpns
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Techniques : This pattern assumes a basic knowledge of knitting in the round with dpns, knitting, purling, working with more than one color.  If you don’t know any of these techniques – try them! 🙂

Abbreviations:
  • CO: Cast on
  • K: Knit
  • K2tog: Knit two stitched together – 1 st decrease
  • Kfb: Knit in the front and back of a stitch – 1 st increase.
  • P: Purl
  • Rnd: Round. 
  • St: Stitch
  • YO: Yarn over
Directions:
CO 4 stitches with MC (Brown). For the first row, Kfb all sts.  You now have 8 sts. Join these sts to knit in the round.
Rnd 1 and all odd rnds in MC: P all sts
Rnd 2: Kfb all sts (16 sts)
Rnd 4: *Kfb, K1* Repeat * to * (24 sts)
Rnd 6: *Kfb, K2* Repeat * to * (32 sts)
Rnd 8: *Kfb, K3* Repeat * to * (40 sts)
(Note: If desired, this circle can be made larger by increasing regularly in this pattern – just increase evenly by 8 stitches until the circle is one inch less than the desired diameter of your flower.)
K 1 round with MC before changing to CC.
Change to CC (Yellow).  K 3 rounds. 
Petal round: *K2tog YO* Repeat * to *
K 3 more rounds. 
Change to MC.  K 1 round with MC, then begin decreasing.
Rnd 1 and all other rnds in MC: Purl all sts (n/40 sts)
Rnd 2: *K2tog, K 3* Repeat * to * (32 sts)
Rnd 4: *K2tog, K 2* Repeat * to * (24 sts)
Rnd 6: *K2tog, K1* Repeat * to * (16 sts)
Rnd 8: K2tog all sts (8 sts)
Finishing: Cut yarn, leaving about 6 inches of tail.  Using a yarn needle, thread tail through live sts and pull tight to cinch shut; weave in ends.

Free Pattern – The Pinwheel Square

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I’m in a group on Ravelry called KAL weekly square, and I’m the designer for the second square!  Whoo hoo! After some trial and error, I made this baby! I’m pretty proud of it 🙂  The goal of the group is to have a finished blanket by the end of the summer by making a different square each week.  Designers can make an original square, or squares can be nominated that are already around.  Anyway, this square can also be used as a dishcloth, potholder, plant coaster, etc.  It’s very fun and calming to make, and it’s reversible – a must for my blanket!
It measures 10”x10”, and full instructions are after the jump.

Tools:
Needles: US 8
Yarn: Worsted Weight – I used about 1/2 a skein of Caron Simply Soft.
Tips:
To make sure you don’t get an ugly ladder when switching from knit to purl stitches, pull the yarn tight when switching.  If that doesn’t work, try checking out this Ravelry article for a good tutorial on preventing ladders. 
CO 4 stitches
Row 1: K2, PM, P2
Row 2: Sl 1, M1K, K1, Sl M, P1, M1P, P1
Row 3: K to marker, Sl M, P to end
Row 4: K1, M1K, K to marker, Sl M, P to last st, M1P, P.
Repeat Row 3 and 4 until you have 54 stitches – Work will measure 10 inches on either side of the triangle.
Decreasing:
Row 1: Sl 1, P to marker, Sl M, K to end.
Row 2: Sl 1, P2tog, P to marker, Sl M, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have 4 stitches left.  BO.
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New Free Pattern: Blueberry Chocolate Wrist Warmers

This weekend, I just felt like making something easy! So, I took a few minutes and whipped up this.
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I used some leftover yarn from different projects, and I only ended up using about 75 yards total – and that’s a conservative estimate.  They’re very snug fitting, and can be easily modified by adding stitches two at a time!
I’m going to try to find someone to wear them, because my curse set in with this – the cuff is too tight, and the whole thing stretches just enough to irritate my perfectionism.  Who has wrists smaller than me?
Anyway, I think I may be on a roll again! 11 Designs in 2011? I might be able to do that.
As always, this is a free download from Ravelry, but please don’t pass of my work as your own, and don’t sell my work as if it’s your own!

Just click the link below to download it!

Glee-Inspired Knitting: Carousel Sweater

I’m going to admit something to you.  I love Glee.  I don’t know if it’s the music, the endearing characters… no, I do know.  It’s the snark.  I love the witty comebacks and snide comments that just aren’t in a lot of TV shows.  
Anyway, W and I make it a point to watch Glee on Hulu every week.  Alone.  In a locked room.  Where we know people won’t judge us.

And during this week’s episode, “Comeback,” I laughed so much at the clothing drama.  I’ve always teased Rachel Berry, and seeing all of the girls in those carousel sweaters just made me laugh!

“I mean, my carousel horse sweater should make me look like an institutionalized toddler but no – I look hot and smart. I feel like Michelle Obama.”
So, I spent five minutes in Excel and made this.  It’s a carousel sweater intarsia chart.  Feel free to either laugh at me, wonder why I’m not doing the mountain of homework I need to start, or thank me. 
For best results, plop it front and center in the middle of simple top-down raglan pullover.  If you hurry, maybe you can finish it before the joke is lost on anyone. 
The pattern is available as a free Ravelry Download, if you don’t have a Ravelry account, click here to download the chart: download now

Free Pattern: Slouchy Ridges Hat

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It is finished! It, being me. I’m finished compiling data from my awesome testers, sifting through photos of my sorry mug, tweaking pixels on the PDF… and now, I present my first pattern of 2011.
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Pattern Name: Slouchy Ridges Hat
Difficulty: Easy
Yardage: 200 yards
Techniques: Knitting in the round, Working stripes (if you want a multicolored hat), and another technique explained in the pattern.
My goal this year is to publish 11 patterns. The ones I self-publish will be free all year long, and on January first of 2012 they’ll go up for sale, so download this one while you can!
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What I like about this hat is that it’s stockinette stitch in the round, making it a good zone-out project, but every so often there’s the pick-up round, where you have to pay attention.  It’s hard to find knitting projects that have that duality.
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Anyway, I hope you like it, too! You can download your own free copy here: download now

Free Pattern: Tiling Tiger Print

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This isn’t exactly a pattern, per se… but it’s a useful download nonetheless! This chart is a tiger print pattern, which you can apply to any knitting pattern – just work the colors off the chart whenever your pattern calls for stockinette stitch.
I can see tons of awesome uses for this! Tiger print hats, tiger print dishcloths, tiger print bath mats, felted tiger print bags, tiger print laptop cases, tiger print scarves, cowls, mittens…
While I was uploading the pdf to ravelry, W told me that it could be zebra print… just change the colors!
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Another plus to this pattern is that it tiles! Which means that you can repeat the pattern over and over, with not a lot of troubles.
Anyway, click the link here to download a copy of the chart: download now
If you’re on Ravelry, check out the pattern page here!

Free Pattern: Wooper

This pattern is dedicated to my sweetie, by the nickname of “Wooper.”  I wanted to be nerdy, and there are so many Pokemon… he’s why I chose this one! I hope you enjoy, and expect to see some more knit Pokemon in the future! Gotta Knit ‘Em All!
Here’s the pattern! If come across any problems, please feel free to let me know! This little guy has not been test knit, so if you come across something odd… it’s probably me, not you! Send me an e-mail at lynough (at)gmail(dot)com!

 

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Needles: Size 5 Double Pointed and size 5 straight.

Yarn:  Blue and Pink Red Heart Yarn XD From forever ago, when I still used Red Heart! Blue is the main color, Pink is color A
Finished Measurements: Antenna to antenna: 11 in. (28 cm) Top of head to end of Body: 8 in. (a little over 20 cm.)  Tail: 3.5 inches (9 cm)
Gauge: 9 stitches/14 rows = 2 inches in stst.
HEAD
(Make two.)
           
CO 16 sts to your straight needles.
           
Row 1: K1 M1 K to last stitch, M1, K1
Row 2: P across
Repeat rows 1 and  2 until you have 28 stitches, then work the following:

Row 1: K across

Row 2: P across
Row 3: K1, M1, K to last stitch, M1, K1.
Work  7 rows stst
Decrease for the neck as follows:
Row 1: K1, K2 tog, K to last 3 sts, K2 tog, K1.
Row 2: P1, P2tog, P to last 3 sts, P2tog, P1
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have 10 sts.
Save these stitches on a DPN and hold for later.

After your second head:  Start the body! Join the two halves of the head by knitting around.  Work 3 rounds stst to form the neck. 

* K1, M1, K4 * Repeat around.
K 5 rounds stst.
*K1 M1 K5 * Repeat around.
K 4 rounds stst
*K1 M1 K6 * Repeat Around
K3 rounds stst
*K1 M1 K7* Repeat around
K2 rounds
*K2 tog, K7* around.
K 1 to the last stitch. Slip the first stitch of the round onto the needle and knit the first and the last stitch together.  This stitch is not the last stitch of the round.
* K2, K2tog * repeat * to * until the last 2 stitches, K2
K around until the last 2 stitches, K2tog.
* K1, K2tog * repeat * to * until last 2 stitches, K2
K around.
K2tog around.
Cut the yarn and weave it through the remaining needles.  Pull tight and sew in to secure.

HEAD (cont.):
Stuff the body and the head.

Sew up the sides and top of the head, leaving space around those 7 rows of stst.  This space is where your cute little… head things… will come out.
CUTE LITTLE HEAD THINGIES:
(Make two)
This is worked with Color B (Pink in my case)
Pick up and knit 16 stitches, 6 from either side of the head and two from both the top and bottom.
Set up:  K6, K2 tog twice, K3, K2tog twice,   *K4, K2tog.*  Repeat * to *
You should now have 10 stitches.  Your next stitch will be the first stitch of the round.
Knit  5 rounds stst.
Increase round 1:  *K1, M1, K3, M1, K1*  Repeat * to *
Increase round 2:  Knit around.
Increase round 3: *K2, M1, K3, M1, K2*  Repeat * to *
Increase round 4: K
Increase round 5: *K3, M1, K3, M1, K3* Repeat * to *
Increase round 6: K
K3 stitches. Slip these three and the last three stitches from the round onto some waste yarn or a cable needle, safety pin… whatever floats your boat.  K5, slip the next 6 sts onto some waste yarn.  K the next 5.  Join to make a new round of ten stitches.
K 4 rounds.
 *K2tog, K1, K2tog.*  Repeat * to *
K 3 rounds.  Cut the yarn and weave through the live stitches.  Pull tight and weave in the end.
Take the stitches that you have saved and repeat the following sequence for each set of 6 sts:
BRANCHES:
Pick up and knit the 6 saved stitches.  Join in the round and knit 3 rounds. St St.
Decrease: *K2tog* Repeat * to * around (3 sts.)
Cut end and weave through these 3 sts.  Pull tight and weave in.
FEET:
Make two. 
Figure 8 Cast on 10 sts (5 on each needle)  Keep the stitches on two needles for just one more row.
 Increase: *K1, M1 until the least stitch on the needle.  K this stitch. * Repeat * to * on the second needle.  You should have 18 stitches.
K 6 rows stst
Decrease: *K1, K2tog* around.
Graft the remaining stitches together. Sew the two feet to the bottom of the body.
TAIL:
Pick up 12 stitches near where you think the tail should go (I did it right before the decreases in the body began. 

K 4 rounds stst.

Increase round: K1, m1, K 4, m1, K2, m1, K 4, m1, K1. 
K 3 rounds stst.
Increase round: K1, m1, K 6, m1, K2, m1, K6, m1, K1
K 6 rounds stst.
Increase round: K1, m1, K 8, m1, K2 m1, K6, m1, K1
K 5 rounds stst
Decrease round: K1, K2tog, K6, SSK, K2, K2tog, K6, SSK, K1
K 1 round .
Decrease round: K1, K2tog, K4, SSK, K2, K2tog, K4, SSK, K1
You should have 16 stitches  Graft them together to finish the tail!
Add eyes and a mouth, and Little arrows in Duplicate stitch. My duplicate stitch is not so good, but I did my darndest! Here is it:
Now, let’s see a picture of yours! 😛
A bit of PR: All I ask of you, if you should choose to use one of my patterns, is that you please tell me after you post it up somewhere (blog, forum, anything), and please send me a picture if you make one! I can be reached on ravelry as Alyoops or via email at lynough@gmail.com. This pattern is copyright 2010 Alyssa Lynough. Please do not re-publish or market without permission from the author. Pokemon, Wooper, “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” and other franchise-related material that may be in this blog post is copyright their respective owners.  I do not claim ownership of any intellectual property that is not my own.