CHRIST­MAS CRACKER

Simply Knitting - - Alan Dart Toy -

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

CRACKER

(MAKE 1 PIECE) Cast on 26 sts with Sun­flower and work in st st for 6 rows. * Work zigzag pat­tern: Use a ball of yarn for each colour and strand yarn not in use loosely across purl side of work. Row 1 K1 Sun­flower, K1 Sig­nal Red, (K3 Sun­flower, K1 Sig­nal Red) to end.

Row 2 P2 Sig­nal Red, (P1 Sun­flower, P3 Sig­nal Red) to end. Con­tinue in Sig­nal Red and work in st st for 3 rows. P 3 rows for fold line.

Dec row 1 K1, (k2­tog, K1) 8 times, K1. [18 sts] P 1 row. Dec row 2 K1, k2­tog 8 times, K1. [10 sts] P 1 row. Inc row 1 K1, inc 1 8 times, K1. [18 sts] P 1 row. Inc row 2 K1, (inc 1, K1) 8 times, K1. [26 sts] Work in st st for 2 rows. P 3 rows for fold line. Work in st st for 2 rows, beg with a K row. Work zigzag pat­tern:

Row 1 K1 Sig­nal Red, K1 Sun­flower, (K3 Sig­nal Red, K1 Sun­flower) to end.

Row 2 P2 Sun­flower, (P1 Sig­nal Red, P3 Sun­flower) to end.** Con­tinue in Sun­flower and work in st st for 14 rows. Work from * to ** once more. Con­tinue in Sun­flower and work in st st for 7 rows.

Cast off knit­wise. STAR STICKER (MAKE 1 PIECE) Cast on 4 sts us­ing White Gold Metal­lic. * Next row Cast off 2 sts, sl st on right- hand nee­dle onto left- hand nee­dle, then cast on 4 sts.** Re­peat from * to ** 3 more times.

Next row Cast off 2 sts, sl st on right­hand nee­dle onto left- hand nee­dle. [10 sts] Break yarn, leav­ing a long end. Thread through sts on nee­dle, draw up tightly and fas­ten off.

TO MAKE UP

Start­ing at cast- on edge, join Cracker seam, stop­ping af­ter sec­ond zigzag pat­tern row. Start­ing at cast- off edge, join seam from other end, again stop­ping af­ter sec­ond zigzag pat­tern row, which will leave a space open in cen­tre of Cracker. Us­ing a length of Sig­nal Red yarn, work a gath­er­ing thread through ev­ery knit­ted stitch along the row between the 2nd de­crease row and the 1st in­crease row in the cen­tre of each Sig­nal Red sec­tion. Draw up tightly and fas­ten off. Stuff cen­tre of Cracker, then join re­main­der of seam. Catch side edges of Star piece to­gether with a cou­ple of stitches, then coat with hair­spray and pin out into shape on a scrap of card and leave to set. Once stiff­ened, re­move pins and sew Star to cen­tre of Cracker. Coat Cracker with hair­spray, form into shape, leave to set. Po­si­tion Cracker di­ag­o­nally across front of Elf and sew to Body with a few

stitches, then sew hands to each side of Cracker. Coat en­tire fig­ure with hair­spray, ar­range in po­si­tion and leave to set.

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