What is it about growing up and wanting a pony so bad during your childhood? They seem to be just the cutest stable animal without the full commitment of a horse (which is obviously not the case) So instead of purchasing this type of animal as a pet (go for it if you want!) here,s a great substitution – knit your very own! This amigurumi doll is just the cutest take on what a Pony doll could like like and seems like the type of stuffed animal that you could grow up with. For many kids, I think this doll would suffice.
If you follow knotbadami.com, Vincent and another crafter talk about the difference of a crochet and knitted amigurumi doll on a BluPrint series. Most of the time, when you think of amugurumi, you think crochet. However, Hello.Dolly.Knitting is changing our minds here on Yarn Punk. Add this to the points for knitting! Lets hand it over to Emily!
I’m Emily. I’m a wife to a wonderful husband, home school mum to two beautiful little girls and the owner of a Great Dane puppy named Clancy. I enjoy my life with my little family on the beautiful south coast of Australia. Autumn and Winter are my favorite seasons, where I can snuggle up with my knitting and a cup of coffee.
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Blossom the Brave
I am so excited to be able to share this super cute pony pattern here on Yarn Punk! The name of this pony has a little story that goes with it. I originally knitted this pony design for a friend of my youngest daughter, who had just had surgery. My daughter’s friend ask if it had a name. At this stage I hadn’t come up with anything yet and I told her she could name it. Well my heart absolutely melted when her Mum told me she had named her Blossom the Brave, and that she would take her horsie everywhere to help her always feel brave! So here is the Blossom the Brave knitting pattern and I really hope this little horsie is able to help other children feel brave too!
The finished toy is approximately 23 cm/ 9 inches tall, in sitting position.
1 x 65g ball of Cleckheaton Superfine Merino 8ply / DK yarn in MC for the body (Colour Cameo).
Small amount of Cleckheaton Superfine Merino 8ply / DK yarn in CC for the hands, feet and muzzle (Colour Cream).
Small amount of Cleckheaton Superfine Merino 8ply / DK yarn in C1 for the hands, mane and tail (Colour Pale Prim).
Set of five 3.25 mm double pointed knitting needles or needles to give correct tension
This toy has been designed at a tension of 6.5 sts to 2.5 cm/ 1 inch. Stuffed toys are generally knitted with needles smaller than the recommended needle size for your yarn, for a tighter knit. This is to prevent seeing any filling through the toy.
- 3 mm Crochet hook for picking up stitches
- Stitch markers
- 12 mm safety eyes
- Toy filling
- Wool needle for weaving in ends and adding duplicate stitch
- Sewing needle and black embroidery thread for sewing nostrils and mouth
- Alt alternate
- cont continue
- dpn(s) double pointed needle(s
- foll following
- inc increase
- k2tog knit 2 together
- k knit
- PM place marker
- rem remaining
- rnd(s) round(s)
- st(s) stitch(es)
- yo yarn over
- Make one left (M1L): Insert your left hand needle from front to back underneath the horizontal bar or running thread, between the stitch you just knitted and the next stitch on your left hand needle. Then knit into the back leg of the new stitch to create a M1L.
- Make one right (MLR): Insert your left hand needle from back to front underneath the horizontal bar or running thread, between the stitch you just knitted and the next stitch on your left hand needle. Then knit into the front leg of the new stitch to create a M1R.
- This pattern is designed to be seamless, with the body and limbs picked up and knitted. You will need a crochet hook to easily pick up the stitches. You can visit www.hellodollyknitting.com/pattern-support for tutorials relevant to my knitting patterns, including how to knit in the round, how to avoid ladders, and many more.
- The toy is stuffed as you knit. The overall finish of the toy will depend on how well you stuff and shape it, so be careful not to overstuff. To avoid having a lumpy toy, when adding new stuffing to larger areas, gently push the existing stuffing to the edges and add the new stuffing into the middle.
- If not secured properly, the tail ends may start to unravel, especially after being washed. For this reason, I weave the tail ends on the inside of the work as I knit. When closing the loops at the ends, you will need to fasten the tail ends before burying them on the inside of the toy.
Safety eyes contain small parts, NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3 YEARS.
Using MC yarn for the body, and 3.25 mm dpns, cast on 8 sts using a circular cast on method. You can read my tutorial on how to circular cast on https://www.hellodollyknitting.com/how-to-circular-cast-on-for-knitting/. Knit into the back leg of the first yo st, then knit to the end. Divide the sts roughly equally over 3 dpns. Join in the rnd and knit as follows:
Round2: Pm for beg of rnd, kfb to end (16 sts).
Round3: Knit (and every foll alt rnd).
Round4: (K1, kfb) to end (24 sts).
Round6: (K2, kfb) to end (32 sts).
Round8: (K3, kfb) to end (40 sts).
Round10: (K4, kfb) to end (48 sts).
Round12: (K5, kfb) to end (56 sts).
Rounds13 – 27: Knit 15 rnds.
Round28: Pm for eye, k11, pm for eye, knit to end.
Rounds29 – 37: Knit 9 rnds.
Before shaping the neck, remove the markers and position the safety eyes. If placed correctly there will be 9 sts in between the eyes. This is important when adding the muzzle, refer to the graph on page 4. Once the eyes are in the correct position fasten them in place. You’ll need to stuff and shape the toy as you knit. See pattern notes for tips on stuffing.
Shape the Neck
Round36: (K5, k2tog) to end (48 sts).
Round37: Knit to end.
Round38: (K4, k2tog) to end (40 sts).
Round39: Knit to end.
Round40: (K3, k2tog) to end (32 sts).
Round41: K1, Pm for the body, knit to end.
Round42: (K2, k2tog) to end (24 sts).
Round43: Knit to end.
Round44: (K1, k2tog) to end (16 sts).
Round45: Knit to end.
Round46: (K2tog) to end (8 sts).
Break yarn and thread tail through rem 8 sts. Pull tail firmly to close the loop.
Using a yarn needle and yarn in CC, follow the chart below and stitch the muzzle to the pony’s face using duplicate stitch. You can follow my duplicate stitch video tutorial at https://www.hellodollyknitting.com/duplicate-stitch-knitting/.
Once finished stitching the muzzle, use a sewing needle and black embroidery thread to stitch the pony’s mouth and nostrils. Refer to the opening image as a guide.
The body of the doll is picked up and knitted directly from the head and is then knitted in the round. Holding the head up side down, starting at the marker placed for the body, use a 3 mm crochet hook and yarn for the doll’s body, to pick up 32 sts in a clockwise direction along the entire round. Be careful to only pick up the stitches from the same round.
Tip: When picking up the stitches, insert you crochet hook under both legs of the stitch as though you are looking at an upside down ‘V’ as this will make the join appear to be seamless. I’ve designed the doll in this way to give the neck extra support.
Place the sts over dpns as you go. (8 sts on each of four 3.25 mm needles). You can read my tutorial on how to pick up stitches for toy limbs at https://www.hellodollyknitting.com/how-to-pick-up-stitches-for-seamless-toy-limbs/. Join in the round and knit as follows:
Rounds1 – 3: Knit 3 rnds.
Round4: (M1R, k8, M1L, k8) twice (36 sts).
Round5: Knit (and every foll alt rnd).
Round6: (M1R, k10, M1L, k8) twice (40 sts).
Round8: (M1R, k12, M1L, k8) twice (44 sts).
Round10: (M1R, k14, M1L, k8) twice (48 sts).
Rounds11 – 35: Knit 25 rnds.
Round36: (K4, k2tog) to end (40 sts).
Round37: Knit (and every foll alt rnd).
Round38: (K3, k2tog) to end (32 sts).
Round40: (K2, k2tog) to end (24 sts).
Round42: (K1, k2tog) to end (16 sts).
Round44: (K2tog) to end (8 sts).
Finish stuffing the body. Break yarn and thread tail through rem 8 sts. Pull tail firmly to close the loop.
ARMS (Repeat on each side)
The arms of the doll are picked up and knitted directly from the side of the body, below the neck, and are then knitted in the round. The stitches for the arms are picked up in the shape of a square. Refer to diagram below on where to start the round, as this will affect the orientation of the hands. With the side of the doll facing upright, working in a clockwise direction, use a 3 mm crochet hook & MC yarn, to pick up 16 sts in a square (4 sts on each of four 3.25 mm needles). Join work in the round and knit as follows:
Rounds1 – 25: Knit 25 rnds.
Change to CC and knit as follows:
Rounds26 – 30: Knit 5 rounds.
Round31: (K2tog, k4, k2tog) twice (12 sts).
Round32: (K2tog, k2, k2tog) twice (8 sts).
Finish stuffing the arm. Once you are happy with how the arm is stuffed, divide rem 8 sts equally over 2 dpns (4 sts on each needle), so the needles are parallel with the front and back of the hands. Next, graft the rem 8 sts together.
LEGS (Repeat on each side)
In the same way as before with the arms, working in a clockwise direction, use a 3 mm crochet hook & MC yarn, to pick up 20 sts in the shape of a square (5 sts on each of four 3.25 mm needles). This time though, it won’t matter where you start the round, so long as you work in a clockwise direction you can start the round where you prefer. The legs are placed at the front of the body and should sit just above the decreases for the bottom. I’ve spaced my pony’s legs about 3 sts apart. Join work in the round and knit as follows:
Rounds1 – 25: Knit 25 rnds.
Change to CC and knit as follows:
Rounds26 – 30: Knit 5 rounds.
Round31: (K2, k2tog) to end (15 sts).
Round32: Knit to end.
Round33: (K1, k2tog) to end (10 sts).
Round34: (K2tog) to end (5 sts).
Finish stuffing the leg. Break yarn and thread tail through rem 5 sts. Pull tail firmly to close the loop.
Using 3.25 mm dpns and MC, cast on 18 sts leaving a tail end roughly 30 cm/ 11.8 inches long. Divide stitches roughly equally over three 3.25 mm dpns. Join the work in the round and knit as follows:
Rounds1 – 8: Knit 8 rnds.
Round9: (K2tog, k5, k2tog) twice (14 sts).
Round10: Knit to end.
Round11: (K2tog, k3, k2tog) twice (10 sts).
Round12: Knit to end.
Round13: (K2tog, k1, k2tog) twice (6 sts).
Do not stuff the ears. Divide rem 6 sts equally over 2 dpns (3 sts on each needle), so the needles are parallel with the front and back of the ears. Next, graft the rem 6 sts together.
TO MAKE UP
Fasten, then bury all ends inside the pony. Using a 3 mm crochet hook & yarn for the mane, crochet the mane using loop stitch, (See page 2). Crochet the mane down the back of the head, then cont the loop stitch in a clockwise direction, back up to the start again, so you have two rows of loop stitch for a healthy looking mane. Join with a slip stitch into the first stitch to close the mane. Next, cut the loops of the mane and trim.
Using the tail ends of the ears, stitch the ears to the top of the head, either side of the pony’s mane, with the ears slightly folded as pictured. Secure and bury the tail ends inside the toy.
This is optional, but you might like to stitch the arms to the side of the body to stop them from sticking out too much. Secure and bury the tail ends inside the body.
Finally, add the tail by cutting at least 15 lengths of yarn, double the length you want the tail to be, plus extra for knotting and trimming. With a crochet hook, pull all the strands through the bottom of the pony so the strands double over. Tie off the strands at the base of the tail and trim.
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