Australian Homespun

SLOUCHING SLOTHS

MATERIALS

• Cascade Yarns Highland Duo 100g: two skeins of Ginger (2308) Colour 1 (C1)

• Cascade Yarns Eco Highland Duo 100g: one skein of Café Au Lait (2203) Colour 2 (C2)

OR

• Laja Alpaca-Merino 50g: two balls of Brown (1450) Colour 1 (C1) and one ball of Taupe (1449) Colour 2 (C2)

• 4.00mm [US 6 / UK 8] circular knitting needles: one 40cm (16in) long and one 60cm (24in) long

• 4.00mm [US 6 / UK 8] double-pointed knitting needles (preferably a set of five needles 15cm (6in) long

• 2.75mm [US 2 / UK 12] double-pointed knitting needles – two sets (for working the claws)

• Yarn needle and stitch-markers (as desired)

• Five large safety pins

• One set of 12mm ( 1/2in) safety eyes

• One 15mm ( 5/8in) safety nose

• Small piece of black or brown felt for eye patches

• Short length of black or dark brown yarn for mouth embroidery

• Black or brown sewing thread and sewing needle

• Craft filling

FINISHED SIZE

Length approx (head, body and legs): 50cm (19 3/4in) including claws

Chest circumference approx: 40cm (15 3/4in)

Note: This toy sloth requires intermediate knitting skills. It is knitted in one piece (except for the claws), working in a combination of rows and rounds. It is recommended to knit some of the sections in rows on a circular knitting needle for ease of working, as you are creating a curved piece. For these sections, use the longer 4mm circular knitting needle. For the body sections worked in the round, you may work on a set of double-pointed needles or a shorter circular knitting needle. The arms and legs are worked on double-pointed needles as they have a small circumference. A set of 15cm-long double-pointed needles with sharp points may make it easier to knit. The 2.75mm double-pointed needles create a firm fabric for the claws.

TECHNIQUES USED

Knitting in the round Make 1 stitch – left and right

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