Tiny Red Panda!

It’s the long awaited for (mostly by me) tiny red panda! The knitting project I alluded to back in early may finally came to fruition.

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The most exciting part about this project is that I came up with the pattern entirely on my own. However, I can’t take all the credit, the idea came from two different places. Firstly was the adorable Mozilla red panda cubs webcam, that is unfortunately no longer on the air. Watching them play, cuddle and plank (see picture below) made every day just that bit better.

My other inspiration is from Anna Hrachovec over at mochimochiland whose variety of adorable small cute knits gave me the ability to even conceive of such a small pattern. I also learned (and used here) several techniques from making tiny penguins.

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Tiny Red Panda Pattern
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Using size 1 DPNs, a tapestry needle, stuffing and 3 colours of lightweight yarn: white (W), medium red/brown (M), dark brown (D). Number of stitches at the end of each row is indicated in brackets.

Body:

Starting with the nose, in W

CO 2 stitches

1: kfb x 2 (i-cord style) (4)

Switch to M

2: k, kfb x 2, k (6)

3: k, kfb, k, kfb, k2 (8)

4: k

5: k, kfb, k, kfb, k, kfb, k2 (11)

6,7: k

8: k, {k2tog, k} x 3, k (8)

(beginning of main body, using M & D)

For main body, after each row, flip (sew later). Switch colours as indicated. For long stretches of M, you can wrap the D to keep it tight. (Technique from Anna Hrachovec’s tiny penguin)

9: D: kfb; M: k, kfb, k, kfb, k; D: kfb, k (12)

10: D: p3; M: p7; D: p2

11: D: k2; M: k, kfb, k3, kfb, k; D: k2, kfb (15)

12: D: p4; M: p9; D: p2

13: D: k2; M: k9; D: k4

14: D: p4; M: p9; D: p2

15: D: k2; M: k, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k; D: k2, k2tog (12)

16: D: p3; M: p7; D: p2

17: D: k2; M: k7; D: k3

18: D: p3; M: p7; D: p2

19: D: k2tog; M: k, k2tog, k, k2tog, k; D: k2tog, k (8)

20: D: p1; M: p5; D: p2

(beginning of tail)

21: M: k, k2tog, k, k2tog, k2 (6)

continue in the round

22,24,26,28: D: k6

21,23,25,27: M: k6

29: D: k6

30: D: k2tog x 3 (3)

Bind off by threading yarn through remaining stitches and pulling tight.

Through hole, stuff body, head and tail (can use tapestry needle to poke the stuffing into the tail). Then sew up hole using mattress stitch. Instructions available in many formats, but one I found by googling is here.

Legs:

CO 4 stitches in D

Knit i-cord style until length is approximately 4 cm

Bind off by threading yarn through remaining stitches and pulling tight.

Make 2 – use tapestry needly to pull through body for front and back sets of legs

Ears:

Holding with head facing towards you

Pick up 3 stitches on top-left of head, to the left

1: p3

turn over

2: k, kfb, k (4)

turn over

3: p2tog x 2 (2)

Bind off by threading yarn through remaining stitches and pulling tight.

Repeat on right side of head

Face:

With W, embroider 2 st each for cheeks and 1 for each eyebrow

Use D for 1 st for nose and eyes

© 2012 Sarah Allan

It is not perfect, there are little things I would like to change about it, but I’m pretty proud for my very first pattern! Feel free to try it and if you do, let me know how it works out!

Happy knitting!

UPDATE: For Ravelry users out there, you can find tiny red panda here!

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3 thoughts on “Tiny Red Panda!

  1. […] Designed and posted first pattern on Ravelry (tiny red panda!) […]

  2. […] has certainly been awhile since I designed a pattern. I would like to say that this pattern is a brand new creation, but in fact I designed it many, […]

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