Pansy Panda

This little Panda was inspired by the pandas my son and I saw at an overnight at the Atlanta Zoo this past weekend. I made this panda and halfway through the design it just struck me what I should name it. Meet Pansy! She is a friendly, cuddly panda who loves her big pink bow!

Materials:

Peaches and Creme Cotton yarn in White, Black and Pink

http://www.elmore-pisgah.com/colors.htm

4 US size 5 double-pointed knitting needles.



Tapestry needle for weaving


Measuring tape

Measurements:

11″ tall and 6″ wide

Abbreviations:

K-knit

P-Purl

KFB- Knit in the front and back of a single stitch

K2(3)tog- knit two (three) stitches together.

Beginning at the bottom of the body:

In White: CAST-ON 9 stitches and spread those 9 stitches evenly over three needles. There should be three stitches on each needle. Place a stitch marker at your slip knot. This will be the beginning of each round.

REMEMBER- stuff with poly-fill as you go along.

Round 1- K

Round 2- KFB in all stitches to the end of the row.

Round 3- K

Round 4- K1, KFB to the end of the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Round 5- k

Round 6- K2, KFB in each stitch to the end of the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Rounds 7-14- K

Decreasing rounds:

Round 15- K14, K2tog to the end of the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Round 16- Knit 8 rounds

Next round- K13, K2tog to the end of the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- Knit 8 rounds

Next Round-

Change to Black:

Next round- K12, K2tog to the end of the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- Knit 8 rounds.

Begin stuffing the body

Next round- K to the last 4 stitches on the needle, K2tog to the end of needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- K

Change back to white

Next round- K2, K2tog, K to the end of the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- Knit 3 rounds.

Next round- K6, KFB in the remaining stitches on the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- K

Next round- K8 KFB in the remaining stitches on the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- Knit 4 rounds

Next round- K10, KFB in the remaining stitches on the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- Knit 3 rounds.

Next round- K12, KFB in the remaining stitches on the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- Knit two rounds.

Next round- K10, K2tog to the end of the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- K

Next round- Knit 9, K2tog to the end of the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next Round- K

Next Round- K8, K3tog to the end of the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- K

Next Round- K5, K2tog to the end of the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- K3, K2tog to the end of the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- K2, K3tog to the end of the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Cut a strand and weave the strand onto a tapestry needle. Weave through the remaining stitches and pull the stitches closed. Weave the ends into the body.

Snout:

Cast-on 9 stitches in white. Spread the stitches evenly over three needles. There should three stitches on each needle. Join them in the round. Place a stitch marker at the slip-knot. This will be the beginning of each row.

Round 1- K

Round 2- KFB in all stitches to the end of the round.

Round 3- k

Round 4- K2, KFB in 2 stitches, K2. Repeat on remaining two needles.

Round 5- K

Round 6- K3, KFB in 2 stitches, K3. Repeat for remaining two needles.

Round 7- K

BO

attach snout to face, embroider nose and mouth onto the snout. Refer to photos for embroidery pattern.

Eyes:

Cast on 1 stitch.

Round 1-

(K1, P1, K1) in the same stitch turn

Round 2- P turn

Round 3- KFB in all stitches turn

Round 4- P turn

Round 5- K

B/o

Sew onto the front of the face. Refer to photos for help. Using white, embroider the center of the eyes.

Ears-

Refer to photo for ear placement

Pick up 5 stitches at an angle on the top of the head. Pick up 5 stitches on another needle directly behind the first needle. Place a stitch marker on the right side of the back needle. Begin on the back needle.

Round 1- K

Round 2- K2, KFB in 1 st, K2. Repeat on second needle.

Round 3- K

Round 4- K1, KFB in one stitch, K2, KFB in 1 stitch, K1. Repeat on second needle.

Round 5- K

Round 6- K1, KFB in 1 st, K4, KFB in 1 st, K1. Repeat on second needle.

Round 7- K1, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K1

Round 8- Close with the kitchener stitch (I will be uploading an instruction video for this soon).

Bow-

Cast on 6 stitches in Pink.

Round 1- K, turn

Round 2- P, turn

Round 3- K, turn

Round 4- P, turn

Round 5- K1, K2tog twice, K1, turn

Round 6- P, turn

round 7- K2tog twice

Begin working in i-cord (there is a video on my blog for this)

Work in I-cord until the i-cord section measures 2″

Turn

Next round- KFB in each stitch, turn

Next round- P, turn

Next Round- K1, KFB in two stitches, K1, turn

Next round- P, turn

Next round- K

BO

Attach bow to right ear and secure with the yarn tails. Weave ends into the ear.

Arms:

Pick up 4 stitches each on three needles in a triangular pattern. Refer to photo for placement and starting point. Place a stitch marker at the beginning.

K 4 rounds

Next round- KFB in first stitch, K2, KFB in last stitch on needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Knit until the arm measures 2″.

Next round- P

Next round- K4, K2tog. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Begin stuffing the arm

Next round- K3, K2tog. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- K2tog to the end of the round.

Cut yarn tail, weave the yarn tail onto a needle and weave through remaining stitches. Pull stitches closed. Weave the end into the body.

Legs:

Cast on 5 stitches each on three needles in a triangular shape. Refer to the pictures for placement and starting point. Put a stitch marker at the beginning on your round.

K 4 rounds

Next round- KFB in first stitch, K3, KFB in last stitch.

Knit until leg measures 2 1/2″

Next round- P

Begin stuffing leg

Next round- K5, K2tog to the end of the needle. Repeat for remaining two needles.

Next round- K4, K2tog to the end of the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- K3, K2tog to the end of the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.

Next round- K2tog to the end of the round.

Cut yarn tail. Weave the yarn tail onto a needle and weave through remaining stitches. Pull stitches closed. Weave end into the body.

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7 Comments

  1. March 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Please subscribe to my blog for more helpful tips!

  2. ohangelina said,

    March 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    darling ! and a great idea – pandas are such a rare beauty. lucky to see one !x

  3. Cathy said,

    April 29, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Next round- K6, KFB in the remaining stitches on the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.
    Next round- K8 KFB in the remaining stitches on the needle. Repeat for the remaining two needles.
    * this pattern instructions as written will make far too many stitches in fact if you keep going it gets to 64 stitches per needle for the head-is this right?

    • April 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

      Oh, goodness, I am so sorry! I was writing the pattern as I was making her. Let me look at my notes and correct it. I’m sorry!

    • April 30, 2012 at 8:09 am

      After knitting it up again, I found some errors and made corrections in the post. I’m sorry about that! I hope my corrections have helped!

  4. April 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

    At that point there should only be 2 st to KFB into, increasing by 6 sts (or 2 st per needle) each round. According to my written instructions. I will knit her up again, following my instructions and I can better help with the pattern instruction and possible errors. I’m sorry for the confusion!


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