FAIRY LIGHTS

Simply Knitting - - Alan Dart Toy -

Make Ba­sic Elf, us­ing Pump­kin as suit shade and Grass as Col­lar shade.

LIGHTS

(MAKE 1 PIECE IN EACH COLOUR) Cast on 10 sts us­ing Emer­ald for top edge of lamp holder and work in st st for 4 rows. K 2 rows for base edge. Change to Sig­nal Red, Sun­flower, Royal, bright green or or­ange and work in st st for 2 rows, beg with a K row. Inc row K1, inc 1 8 times, K1. [18 sts] Work in st st for 5 rows. Dec row 1 (K1, k2­tog) to end. [12 sts] P 1 row. Dec row 2 K1, k2­tog 5 times, K1. [7 sts] P 1 row. Break yarn, leav­ing a long end. Thread through sts on nee­dle, draw up tightly and fas­ten off.

PLUG

(MAKE 1 PIECE) Cast on 7 sts with Choco­late for top edge and K 2 rows. Inc row 1 K1, inc 1 5 times, K1. [12 sts] P 1 row. Inc row 2 (Inc 1, K1) to end. [18 sts] Work in st st for 3 rows. Inc row 3 (K1, inc 1, K1) to end. [24 sts] P 1 row. K 5 rows for col­lar and base fold line. Dec row 1 (P2­tog, P1) to end. [16 sts] K 1 row. Dec row 2 P1, p2­tog 7 times, P1. [9 sts] Break yarn, leav­ing a long end. Thread through sts on nee­dle, draw up tightly and fas­ten off.

TO MAKE UP

Start­ing at gath­ered edge of each Light, join seam, stop­ping at base of lamp holder. Use tweez­ers to stuff Light firmly, then join re­main­der of seam. Use tweez­ers to stuff holder firmly, then work a gath­er­ing thread through ev­ery stitch along cast- on edge, draw up tightly and

fas­ten off.

Start­ing at gath­ered edge, join Plug seam, stop­ping af­ter sec­ond garter stitch ridge row. Use com­passes to draw a 4cm cir­cle on to card and cut this out. Use a large pointed nee­dle or a hole punch to make two holes in the card cir­cle, large enough for drink­ing straw to fit through eas­ily, spac­ing 2cm apart. Glue this cir­cle to wrong side of knit­ting, match­ing edge of card with first garter stitch row. Be­fore glue sets com­pletely, use a nee­dle to pull back knit­ting round the two holes to re­veal them. Con­tinue to join seam, stop­ping 12mm away from cast- on edge.

Use tweez­ers to stuff Plug firmly, then join re­main­der of seam. Cut two 4cm lengths of drink­ing straw for plug pins and use White Gold Metal­lic yarn to cover 2cm at one end of each by bind­ing closely and hold­ing in place with a lit­tle glue. Neaten by us­ing tweez­ers to push yarn tail into end of straw and seal this with a spot of glue. Us­ing a large knit­ting nee­dle, insert into one of the holes at base of Plug and turn round to make a space in stuff­ing. Spread glue over un­cov­ered end of pin, care­fully re­move knit­ting nee­dle, and insert into hole. Re­peat with re­main­ing pin and hole.

To make elec­tric flex, first cut a 2m length of Emer­ald yarn and fold in half. Hold­ing cut ends in left hand, insert right in­dex fin­ger into folded end and twist yarn tightly, keep­ing taut. Bring ends to­gether and al­low yarn to twist into a cord, then tie a knot 38cm in from neat end and trim away ex­cess. Use tweez­ers to push knot­ted end of flex into top of Plug, work a gath­er­ing thread through ev­ery knit­ted stitch along cast- on edge, then draw up tightly and fas­ten off.

Hold­ing in place with pins, first wrap Plug end of flex over left Foot and Leg then round back of neck, from right to left. Now wrap once round left Arm and take neat end of cord across Body to right hand. Ad­just if nec­es­sary, then draw out a sin­gle strand from a length of Emer­ald yarn and use this to sew flex in place with a few stitches at right hand, back of neck and left Foot, be­fore re­mov­ing pins. Ar­range Lights along flex and hold in po­si­tion with pins be­fore sewing se­curely in place.

Coat en­tire fig­ure with hair­spray, ar­range in po­si­tion and leave to set.

PIXIE PAIR

Make Ba­sic Elf, us­ing Denim as suit shade and Pump­kin as Col­lar shade, but do not at­tach hang­ing loop.

FAIRY

Fol­low in­struc­tions as given for Ba­sic Elf

to make Head and Ears, to­gether with Feet, us­ing Ici­cle in place of Classic Red. Also make Wand Star as given for Star Sticker in Christ­mas Cracker in­struc­tions.

LEGS AND BODY (MAKE 1 PIECE) RIGHT LEG

* Cast on 7 sts us­ing Flesh Tone for an­kle edge and work in st st for 6 rows. Inc row 1 K3, inc 1, K3. [8 sts] Work in st st for 5 rows. Inc row 2 K3, inc 1, K4. [9 sts] Work in st st for 5 rows. Change to Ici­cle and K 2 rows.** Break yarn and slip sts on to stitch holder.

LEFT LEG

Work as given for Right Leg from * to **.

JOIN LEGS FOR BODY

Next row In­sert­ing marker threads at beg and end of row, K7, skpo from Left Leg sts, then k2­tog, K7 from held right leg sts. [16 sts] Work in st st for 11 rows. K 2 rows for top edge of bodice. Change to Flesh Tone and work in st st for 4 rows, beg with a K row.

SHAPE SIDES

Dec row (K3, sl 1, k2­tog, psso, K1) twice, K2. [12 sts] P 1 row. Cast off for shoul­der edge.

ARMS

(MAKE 2 PIECES) Cast on 6 sts us­ing Flesh Tone for top edge and work in st st for 14 rows. Inc row K2, inc 1, K3. [7 sts] Work in st st for 6 rows. Break yarn, leav­ing a long end. Thread through sts on nee­dle, draw up tightly and fas­ten off.

SKIRT

(MAKE 1 PIECE) Cast on 56 sts us­ing Ici­cle for base edge. Rib row 1 (K3, P3) to last 2 sts, K2. Rib row 2 P2, (K3, P3) to end. Re­peat the last 2 rows once more. Rib row 5 (K1, k2­tog, P3) to last 2 sts, K2. [47 sts] Rib row 6 P2, (K3, P2) to end. Rib row 7 K2, (P3, K2) to end. Rib row 8 P2, (K1, k2­tog, P2) to end. [38 sts] Rib row 9 K2, (P2, K2) to end. Rib row 10 P2, (K2, P2) to end. Dec row K1, (skpo, k2­tog) to last st, K1. [20 sts] Cast off for waist edge.

CHIGNON

(MAKE 1 PIECE) Cast on 12 sts us­ing prim­rose yel­low for base edge and work in st st for 3 rows. Break yarn, leav­ing a long end. Thread through sts on nee­dle, draw up tightly and fas­ten off.

CORONET

(MAKE 1 PIECE) Fol­low in­struc­tions as given for Christ­mas Cracker Star Sticker, but re­peat from * to ** 4 more times in­stead of 3. Next row Cast off 2 sts, sl st on right­hand nee­dle on to left- hand nee­dle. [12 sts] Cast off for base edge.

UP­PER WINGS

(MAKE 2 PIECES) * Cast on 6 sts us­ing White Gold Metal­lic yarn for base edge and work in st st for 4 rows. Inc row (Inc 1, inc 1, K1) twice. [10 sts]** Work in st st for 11 rows. *** Dec row (K2­tog, K1, skpo) twice. [6 sts] P 1 row. Cast off.****

LOWER WINGS

(MAKE 2 PIECES) Work as given for Up­per Wings from * to **. Work in st st for 5 rows. Work as given for Up­per Wings from *** to ****.

TO MAKE UP

As­sem­ble Body, Arms, Head and Ears as given for Ba­sic Elf, and em­broi­der fea­tures. Also as­sem­ble Feet as given for Ba­sic Elf, but place Foot be­hind Leg so Foot points down­ward to form a bal­let shoe, with cast- on edge of Leg in line with first de­crease row at front of Foot, then sew base of Leg to top of Foot where it touches. Us­ing a length of Ici­cle, fas­ten to one side of bal­let shoe, cross over front of Leg and wind round an­kle once, be­fore re­turn­ing to op­po­site side of shoe to form a cross, and fas­ten off. Cross right Leg over left and hold in po­si­tion with a few stitches. Join Skirt seam, then fit on Body, with seam run­ning down cen­tre back. Po­si­tion­ing 7 knit­ted rows down from top edge of bodice, sew Skirt in place by work­ing back­stitch over ev­ery stitch along cast- off waist edge. Us­ing a length of Ici­cle, em­broi­der 2 straight stitches over shoul­ders, from top edge of bodice at front to back, for shoul­der straps. To make hair, first em­broi­der a line of 26 chain stitches round Head with prim­rose yel­low yarn for hair­line, then cut 26 20cm lengths of prim­rose yel­low yarn. Thread a nee­dle with a strand of yarn and sew this through one chain, then re­move nee­dle and ad­just so cut ends of yarn are even.

Re­peat in this man­ner un­til all hair strands have been used, then straighten out any kinks in the yarn by hold­ing over a steam­ing ket­tle. Gather yarn strands to­gether at top of Head and use match­ing yarn to bind and tie tightly, then trim ends 6mm away from ty­ing yarn. Seal cut ends of yarn with a lit­tle glue to se­cure. Start­ing at gath­ered edge, over­sew side edges of Chignon to­gether then fit over sealed bunch of yarn. Work a gath­er­ing thread through ev­ery stitch along cast- on edge, draw up tightly and fas­ten off. Coat Coronet with hair­spray, then pin out on to card and leave to set. Once stiff­ened, re­move pins and wrap Coronet round Chignon, then join ends to­gether at back.

Fold each Wing piece in half and over­sew across cast- off edge, then over­sew side edges to­gether. Coat each Wing with hair­spray, pat, then leave on a flat sur­face to set. Once stiff­ened, po­si­tion and sew Wings to back of bodice, spac­ing 2 knit­ted sts apart.

To make Wand, first pick off the pad­ding from each end of cotton bud, then cover by bind­ing closely with White Gold Metal­lic yarn, hold­ing in place with a lit­tle glue. As­sem­ble and stiffen Star as given for Christ­mas Cracker, then glue Star to end of Wand. To stiffen Star fur­ther you can spread glue over wrong side of knit­ting and leave to harden. Po­si­tion and glue Wand to Fairy’s right hand, then wrap hand round han­dle and hold in place with a few stitches.

Link Fairy and Elf’s Arms and hold se­curely by sewing to­gether where Arms touch, also sewing Fairy’s hand to bodice and Elf’s hand to waist.

Coat both fig­ures with hair­spray, ar­range in po­si­tion and leave to set. At­tach hang­ing loop to top of Fairy’s left Arm in same man­ner as given for Ba­sic Elf, us­ing a 30cm length of thread and knot­ting to form a 9cm loop.

At­tach the tin­sel to the top and bot­tom of the elf us­ing a spot of glue on the ends.

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