Monday, June 10, 2013

Knitted Star Whale Pattern

After loving the Star Whale in Doctor Who "The Beast Below"... I decided I needed one.  And there was no knitting pattern.  So I made one.  I'm rather pleased with myself really.

So this is it.  One knitted Star Whale Pattern.  Free.  He is clearly in Mark 1 status, and I will probably rework the pattern soon, but he is cute... I call him Raulf.


Size:

Finished whale is approx 40cm long
Gauge:
Stitches should be knitted tightly so the filling can't peak out.

Materials Needed:

1 ball of purple dk yarn. 50g should suffice.
Size 4mm needles.
1 pair safety eyes.
1 pipe cleaner
1 needle
Stuffing

Notes:

If making for a small child (under 3) do not use pipe cleaner.

Directions:

There are a number of components to sew.

Lower tail fins:

Small
Cast on 3 stitches
1: Knit row
2: Purl row
3: k1, k1 inc k1b, k1(making the row 4 stitches)
4: purl
5: k2, k1 inc k1b, k1(making the row 5 stitches)
6: purl
Stocking stitch the next 14 rows. Slide to the end of the needle and begin next fin

Large
Cast on 6 stitches
1: Knit row
2: Purl row
3: k1, k1 inc k1b, k3, k1 inc k1b, k1(making the row 8 stitches)
4: purl
5: k2, k1 inc k1b, k5, k1 inc k1b, k1 (making the row 10 stitches)
6: purl
Stocking stitch the next 14 rows. Slide to the end of the needle and begin next fin

Knit 1 small, 1 large, 2 small, 1 large and 1 small in this order, leaving them all on the same needle. Slide all together and knit as one piece as the body.

Body
Stst 6 rows
K10, inc 1, k10, inc 1, k10, inc 1, k10
Stst 3 more rows
K21 inc 1, k to end
Stst 3 more rows
K10, inc 1, k12, inc 1, k13, inc 1, k10
Stst 3 more rows
K24 inc 1, knit to end
Stst 3 more rows
K10, inc 1, k14, inc 1, k14, inc 1, k10
Stst 3 more rows
K2, k2together across the whole row
Purl whole row
K3, inc 1 across whole row
Purl whole row
K10, inc 1, k16, inc 1, k16, inc 1, k10
Purl row
K10, inc 1, k35, inc 1, k10
Stst 3 rows
K10, inc 1, k37, inc 1, k10
Stst 3 rows
K10, inc 1, k20, inc 1, k19, inc 1, k10
Stst 3 rows
K1, k2 together to end of row
Purl whole row
K2, inc 1 to end of row
Purl whole row
K32, inc 1, k31
Stst 3 rows
K32, inc 1, k32
Stst 3 rows
K33, inc 1, k32
Stst 3 rows
K2, k2 together to end of row
Stst 3 rows
K2, k2 together to end of row
Stst 7 rows
K2, k2 together over whole row
Stst 3 rows
K3, inc 1 over the whole row
Stst 3 rows
K1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, knit until the last 8 stitches, p1, k1, to end
(Maintain rib pattern over the next row)
K1, p1, k1, p1, k2 together, k1, p1, knit 2 together, (k2, k2 together) repeat () until last 8 stitches. P1, k2 together, k1, p1, k2 together, p1
K1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p to last 7 stitches, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1
K1, p1, k1, p1, k2 together, k1, p1, knit 2 together, (k2, k2 together) repeat () until last 8 stitches. P1, k2 together, k1, p1, k2 together, p1
K1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p to last 6 stitches, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1
K1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, (k2 together k2) repeat () to last 6 stitches, K1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
K1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, purl to last 6 stitches, K1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
K2 together the whole row.
Thread all stitches onto cut off yarn. Pull.


Large fins - make 2

Cast on 6 stitches
1: knit row
2: purl row
3: k3, inc 2, k3
4: purl
5: s1, k1, psso, k2, inc 2, k2, k2 together
6: purl
7: k4, inc 2, k4
8: purl
9: k5, inc 2, k5
10: purl
11: knit
12: purl
13: k6, inc 2, k6
14: purl
15: knit
16: purl
17: knit
18: purl
Cast off

Medium fins- make 2
Cast on 4
1: knit
2: purl
3: k2, inc 2, k2
4: purl
5: knit
6: purl
7: k3, inc 2, k3
8: purl
9: knit
10: purl
11: k4, inc 2, k4
12: purl
13: knit
14: purl
15: cast off

Short medium fins- make 1
Cast on 4
1: knit
2: purl
3: k2, inc 2, k2
4: purl
5: knit
6: purl
7: k3, inc 2, k3
8: purl
9: knit
10: purl
11: cast off

Short, fatty fins - make 4

Cast on 4
1: knit
2: purl
3: k2, inc 2, k2
4: purl
5: k3, inc 2, k3
6: purl
7: k4, inc 2, k4
8: purl
9: knit
10: purl
11: cast off

Head stalk
Cast on 6 stitches
Stst 14 rows, slipping the last stitch of every row.
Knit in the front and back of each stitch (thus increasing to 12 stitches in this row)
Stst 5 rows
K2 together over the whole row
Slip all stitches onto the cut off yarn and pull to tighten

Facey danglers - make 3

Take one length of yarn, approx 20cm in length. Twist with the twist if th yearn, causing it to start to twist upon itself. Holding both ends of the now twisted wool, and the centre of the yarn in the same fingers, smooth the twisted section into 2 tightly twisted coils. Tie at the end in your hand with the original ends and the centre to secure.

Assembly

Attach head stalk first. Stuff the knobby end and fold a pipe cleaner in half. Sew to top of head. Use safety eyes and attach to face. Sew up just the head section.

In the lower fins, sew the sides of the wider fins together. Stuff. Sew around the edges of the smaller fins, to create a total of 4 fins at the bottom. Sew up the back of the, stopping at the neck area. Stuff, then sew up gap.

Fold all fins in half and sew up the open side. Attach to the body.
 
Part way up the body

All the components knitted


Attaching the facial danglers

Securing the pipe cleaner on the headstalk

From the front