Yarn: Bernat Solids. I know it’s acrylic craft yarn, but it’s perfect for machine washable children’s toys.
Needles: 4mm / US 6
Mods: I made the ears much smaller, by really just using three stitches (squirrels have really small ears!). I also used the idea of the tail construction from the Brooklyn General Store Squirrel Pattern, but had to sew the seam of the tail (which is constructed like a pom pom) since I didn’t quite understand how to crochet a tail seam. For the cardigan, I made a small hole in the back of the cardigan so that Maple’s tail could be pulled through for maximum tail glory!
I named her Maple because she’s the colour of maple sugar and is, of course, Canadian! Although for those unfamiliar with Canada, please note: we do not have real maple sugar squirrels here.
She’s already in transit to New York to begin her squirrely adventures. Brooklyn General, I know you’ll take good care of her while she’s there!
And hey- if you are wanting to get your squirrels in, the deadline is May 15th– there’s still time! Toys knit up so quickly, and there is always express shipping if you need to get it there overnight.