Instructions on How to Knit Stuffed Animals

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Instructions on How to Knit Stuffed Animals
Knitting a stuffed animal can be rewarding small project for the novice knitter. (knitting basket image by Inger Anne Hulbækdal from

Stuffed animals are a good choice as a small knitting project for a beginner or for something you need to take on the go. Requiring basic stitches and smaller patterns, knit animals are not a difficult knitting project to complete, and even a novice knitter can enjoy the cute results. Gifting a knit animal can be a great idea for a new baby as there are no parts to worry about and they can be made to be washable. Choose a pattern and get your needles moving to create a whole menagerie of knitted creatures.

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Things you need

  • Pattern
  • Knitting needles
  • Yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Stuffing
  • Embellishments if required

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  1. 1

    Choose a pattern for an animal that is within your skill range and that you would like to make. A large variety of patterns are available free online, or can be purchased at most knitting and craft stores. A simple pattern of a basic stitch in a simple animal shape is good for a beginner. Choose a more detailed project with multiple colours and yarn hair or other additions if you are more advanced.

  2. 2

    Knit the large pattern pieces according to the instructions using the colours and needles recommended. Take your time and knit carefully, making sure you follow the number of stitches and rows to match the pattern.

  3. 3

    Sew the pieces together with the yarn needle and thread, following the instructions and diagram with the pattern. Leave an open area to add the stuffing.

  4. 4

    Fill the knit animal shape with stuffing such as fiberfill or cotton batting. Take care not to overfill the animal, but be sure there is enough stuffing to fill it out. The stuffing may settle some with time. Sew the area left open for the stuffing with the needle and thread to finish off the stuffed animal.

  5. 5

    Add any embellishments to the animal such as sewing simple eyes with coloured thread or a tail if it is part of the pattern. More advanced embellishments such as buttons or additional items can be added as desired and according to the pattern.

  6. 6

    Trim off any excess yarn tails from the knitting or thread from sewing the pattern together.

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