his hobby horse is modeled after one I made asa schoolgirl in 1969 as a lesson in sock knitting.The version I made back then was knitted with cot-ton yarn, and the textured patterns were covered withduplicate stitch. Happily, the stitches in this feltedversion are too obscured for duplicate stitch—theyare simply worked in accent colors. Simply knit a largesock out of wool yarn, felt it in the washing machine,add a few details, stuff it with fiberfill, and you’ve gota gift to keep your lil’ cowpoke happy for hours.
About 16"(42 cm) ace circumerence, 14"(35.5 cm) ace length, and 14"(35.5 cm) long rom top o headto base o neck, ater elting andstung; sock measures about13½" (34.5 cm) oot circumerence,15" (38 cm) leg length rom cu tobottom o oot, and 14½" (37 cm) ootlength rom back o heel to tip o toe,beore elting.
Brown Sheep Lamb’s PrideWorsted (85% wool; 15% mohair;190 yd [173 m]/4 oz): #M51 winterblue (MC), 2 skeins; #M115 oatmeal(tan) and #M175 bronze patina(brown), 1 skein each.
Size U.S. 8 (5 mm): set o 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). Exactgauge isn’t important.
Marker (m); tapestryneedle; about 1 yd (1 m) smoothcotton yarn; 3 tennis balls to acilitateelting; size H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook;our ¾" (2 cm) metal D-rings; two 1"(2.5 cm) buttons or eyes; polyesterber stung.
20 stitches and 28 rows= 4" (10 cm) in stockinette stitch,worked in rounds, beore elting.