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Knitted Toys: The Making of a Hedgehog

August 18th, 2013

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Writer and avid knitter Selma Moss-Ward joins us for a series of blog posts about becoming a first-time grandmother and knitting toys. Click here to read her previous blog post. 

Beatrix Potters' Mrs. Tiddlywinks, Knitted Toys: The Making of a Hedgehog | Lion Brand NotebookHedgehogs are wild creatures, native to Europe; those on this continent are raised as pets…or knitted from Lion Brand’s William the Hedgehog pattern!  I’ve always loved hedgies, as they’re affectionately known, because Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle was a childhood favorite.  So when I saw William in  the Lion Brand pattern library, I was a goner.

If you’ve never knitted a toy before, William is an excellent first project.  He’s done on size 11 needles with thick yarn—two subtly-colored strands of Fun Fur and one of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, knitted simultaneously.  The results are swift, because William is only one piece—and very exciting as he develops!  It’s like starting with a real pelt [insert photo of pelt on needles] that animates as you work your way from nose to rump, then seam and stuff.  (A bit of advice—knit slowly, because it’s easy to drop a partial stitch when you’re working with three strands, and you may not notice until you’re a few rows beyond.)

Though he’s only 32 rows long, William’s a huggable 10” long and 14” around.  I’m pretty sure there’s enough yarn left over to knit him a twin.  Until then, his best friend here is Leo, another adorable toy from the Lion Brand pattern menagerie.  More about him next time!

Selma Moss-Ward is a freelance writer who combines her love of writing and of knitting in her columns, stories, and blog posts. Selma is also an active classical musician and the caretaker of five wonderful pets. She lives with them and her husband in Rhode Island. Read a monthly fiction story by Selma in our Pattern Journal newsletter.

  • missysgirl

    so cute!

    • mary782

      my Aunty Clara got an almost
      new green Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon only from working part time off a
      home computer… pop over here w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m

  • missysgirl

    so cute

  • Sadaajit

    I can’t wait to make one. I saw a real hedgehog when I was on a trip to Germany and have been a fan ever since. Just so you’ll know the photos don’t work with Safari. I could only get a black screen.

  • diane

    Darling and I would love to make one for my gr grandson, BUT where are the directions. No directions are showing on the page

  • Peggy

    I would like to have the pattern for Leo the Lion pictured with William the Hedgehog.

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Here’s a link: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L10527.html
      Don’t forget that you can also use the search box on LionBrand.com to locate patterns–I typed “knit lion toy” into the box to pull this pattern up. Enjoy!