This is Knit’s latest addition to the Knit Family Menagerie, there’s only one problem though – he doesn’t have a name yet 😯
I knitted him up using pattern 9019 from King Cole Yarns, however the wool Luxe Fur, is impossible to purchase because it’s completely sold out EVERYWHERE 😦 Undeterred, I decided to try knitting the design up using Tivoli Husk as a substitute instead and I think you’ll agree he’s turned out great?
He’s the baby bear and there’s also a mummy and a daddy bear (medium and large) on the pattern. He was fairly simple to knit up and the trick is not to stuff him to firmly with toy filling, otherwise he won’t be so cuddly.
The pretty knitted garment hanging behind our friend the bear is called The Pheasant Shawl by Julie Ferguson which I’d spotted in issue 73 of The Knitter in June and instantly fell in love with. A naughty purchase of yarn for said garment happened on a trip to York during the summer and I managed to find some time in amongst knitting all the other projects to get it made up. The yarn used is a double knit from West Yorkshire Spinners from the New Country Birds Collection and is 100% Blue Faced Leicester.
Unfortunately, I ran out of the multicoloured yarn several rows before I’d completed the main part of the shawl, which means the shawl is slightly smaller than the size specified on the pattern.
The colours are beautifully autumnal, unlike most of the clothes I own