I so love knitting toys- they are just really satisfying to put together, and so perfect for destashing odds and ends!
Pattern: Rainy Day Turtle
Yarn: Rowan Handknit Cotton in ‘Pesto’ and ‘Celery’, and Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering in ‘Buttercup’
Needles: 4.5 mm (US 7)
I had previously posted on participating in this mystery KAL here, and absolutely loved the whole process. The preliminary information stated that the designer used two shades of green and then an ‘accessory’ colour, and clues were revealed slowly, starting with the accessories (hat and rain boots). I knit the hat and boots in some leftover ‘Buttercup’ Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label I had kicking around. I deliberately went out and bought the Rowan handknit cotton for this project, because it’s one of my favourite yarns for knitting toys with- it machine washes well, and the smaller skeins work well for knitted toy sizes.
The shell was tricky for me, but it was my own fault- there were options to knit it either flat or in the round, but I accidentally skipped around and amalgamated the directions together into one, so there are some slight flaws in the decreases for my turtle’s shell, but it all worked out and is actually quite difficult to see. That’s what I get for trying to do knitting and decreases while also wrangling a toddler! It’s cleverly constructed, and I like the front panel- I added some yellow into my stripes for a little more flair, and I think it goes nicely with the star buttons that are on his shell straps.
Speaking of the toddler- Lila, like so many toddlers, really enjoys taking the hat, boots, and shell off the turtle right away, and then asks me to put them back on, so she can take them off again, and so on. We repeat that little performance for quite some time, although I’m trying to get her to learn about putting his shell back on herself.
I do think that’s a key detail that makes a knitted toy that much more awesome- accessories. Having great articles of clothing that can be taking on or off helps children interact with the toys in a much more meaningful way. That’s something I think Barbara (the designer) does really well- she has lots of clothing bundles for her toys, and the patterns always come with an article of clothing or two.
If you haven’t knit a toy before, I recommend it- but be aware that they all have finishing tot hem, so if you would sooner die than seam anything, they might not be right for you. but if you love destashing and knitting for kids, then these are absolutely perfect.