Monday, July 1, 2013

"Where the Wild Things Are" inspired Max Toy

The Max beanie was super popular with the nephew, so I've made a Max doll as well. He is softer and less aggressive than in the book, simply because I wanted him to be plush. He is made with a chenille yarn.



You will need
Size 5 needles
Size 4 needles
White chenille or fluffy dk yarn
Flesh dk yarn
Fluffy brown dk yarn
Gold dk yarn
2 eyes
Thread
Stuffing


Body

Legs:



On size 5mm needles, cast on 20 stitches.
Stst 20 rows. Keep on the needle. Repeat with a second leg.

Slide both legs together. Knit as one unit.

Torso:
Stst all 40 stitches for 20 rows.

Head:
K1, k1 front and back- repeat over whole row.
Stst 17 rows
K1, k2 tog over whole row.
Purl
K2 tog over whole row
Purl
K2 tog over whole row
Purl
K2 tog over whole row, cut yarn, thread all remaining stitches onto the yarn, pull to tighten.

Face:
On 4mm needles, cast on 20 stitches in flesh.
Stst 2 rows.
K1, k1 front and back- repeat over whole row.
Stst 19 rows
K1, k2 tog over whole row.
Purl
K2 tog over whole row
Purl
cut yarn, thread all remaining stitches onto the yarn, pull to tighten.

Arms - make 2
On 5mm needles, cast on 16 in white.
Stst 14 rows
Change to flesh and 4mm needles.
K1, k1 front and back, over the whole row, resulting in 24 stitches.
Stst 5 rows
K2 tog over whole row.
P2 tog over whole row.
Cut yarn and thread remaining stitches onto yarn

Ears - make 2
Cast on 7 in white on 4mm needles
Stst 6 rows
K2 tog, k3, k2 tog
Purl
K2 tog, k1, k2 tog
S1, p2 tog, psso



Tail
Cast on 8 stitches in brown on 4mm needles
Knit 20 rows
K2 tog over whole row.
Cut yarn, slip remaining stitches onto yarn and pull tight.

Crown:
Cast on 70 stitches in gold on 4mm needles.
Stst 4 rows
Treat each 10 stitches as separate as they are different points.
S1, k1, psso, k8
S1, p1, psso, p7
S1, k1, psso, k6
S1, p1, psso, p5
S1, k1, psso, k4
S1, p1, psso, p3
S1, k1, psso, k2
S1, p2 tog, psso.
Cut yarn, thread through the remaining stitch, pull to tighten.
Make 7 points. Darn in tails. Stitch the ends together.



Assembly:
Sew up the inside of each leg.
Stitch the top 2 cm of the head using the thread at the top.



Stuff the legs
Stuff head and body.
Place the face in the head gap.
Sew up the front.
Tie a length of yarn around the neck, tighten and knot. Use the tails to adjust the head and face to suit. Sew around the edges so the face doesn't fall off, and the stuffing doesn't come out.



Sew up the sides of the arms, stuff and attach.
Sew on ears to head.



Stitch up the side of the tail, and attach to the back of the toy.



Stitch on crown, or leave it as a removable piece.



Face
Gather a clump of the middle of the face, and with a flesh coloured thread, stitch a nose.


Attach eyes. I used goggle eyes - not suitable for small children. Embroider or use safety eyes for small children. With safety eyes you will need to attach them to the face section before sewing it on.



Embroider a smile, eyebrows, whiskers and buttons on the final unit.



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