Rosco The Old English Sheepdog Cushion / pillow / toy

Size Cushion is 10 inches x 10 inches finished toy measures 14 inches from tail to front paws. You Will Need; 1 Pair needles size 5½mm 1 Pair needles size 4mm Optional crochet hook any size. I Used; 5 x 50 gram balls of bobble yarn white (Wilkinson) 2 x 50gram balls of fancy yarn-fur grey (Wilkinson) ½ ball white Peter Pan Cupcake An oddment of black Double Knitting any brand Washable Polyester toy filling Substitutions Any fun fur yarn in the required colours can replace the fancy yarn-fur and the bobble yarn I used. I only used the bobble for the extra softness it gives. Peter Pan Cupcake can be replaced by any slubby yarn such as Sidar Snowflake Tension / gauge Not terribly important as it is a cushion Abreviations .K or k = knit P or p = purl Sts = stitches Cast off = bind off inc1 = work into front and back of next stitch K2tog = knit 2 together as one stitch. PSSO = Pass slip stitch over as if casting off Sl1 = Slip one stitch across without knitting it.

See Tips at the end before beginning this project

Body (front and back – one piece) With 5½mm needles and white bobble yarn cast on 40 stitches Continue in Stocking Stitch until work measures 10 inches Change to grey fur yarn Stocking stitch for 5 inches Change back to white bobble yarn for 5 inches. Tail (make one) With grey fur and 5½mm needles cast on 24 sts. This is base edge. Stocking stitch 10 rows (K2tog) to end – (you will now have 12sts) Break yarn, leave a long end. Thread through sts on needle, draw up tightly. Join side edges of tail from the tip to the base edge. Stuff firmly and oversew base edge. Front Legs (Make Two) With 5½mm needles and white bobble, cast on 16 stitches Stocking Stitch 20 rows. *Change to white cupcake, stocking stitch 2 rows. Row 23: K4, Inc1, K6, inc1, K4 - (18 sts) Row 24: P1row Row 25: K4, inc1, K8, inc1, K4 - (20 sts) starting with a purl row, stocking stitch 3 rows. Row 29: K4, K2tog, K8, K2tog, K4 - (18sts) Row 30: P4, P2tog, P6, P2tog, K4 - (16 sts) Row 31: (K2tog) 8 times - (8sts) Cast off 8sts.* Back Legs (make two) With 5½mm needles and grey fur yarn cast on 16 sts Stocking Stitch 15 rows Change to white bobble yarn Stocking stitch 5 rows Make as for front legs from * to * Head and snout (make one) 5½mm needles and white bobble yarn cast on 30sts. Stocking stitch 2 rows Row 3: (K1, inc1, K1) to end – (40sts) Row 4: K8, inc1 K1, inc1, K17, inc1, K1, inc1, K9 – (44sts) Row 5: P 1 row Row 6: K9, inc1, K1, inc1, K19, inc1, K1, inc1, K10 - (48sts) Stocking stitch 7 rows Row 14: K9, (sl1, K2tog, PSSO)twice, K18, (sl1, K2tog, PSSO)twice, K9 – (40sts) Row 15: P1row Row 16: K8, K2tog, Sl1, K1, PSSO, K16, K2tog, sl1, K1 PSSO, K8. – 36sts) Stocking stitch 3 rows. Change to white cupcake yarn, P1 row. Row 17: K9, K2tog, sl1, K1, PSSO, K10, sl1, K1, PSSO, K2tog, K9 – (32sts)

P1 row Row 19: K8, K2tog, K12, k2tog, K8 – (30sts) P1 row. Row 21: (k1, inc1, K1) to end – (40sts) P 1row Row 23: K8, inc1, K1, inc1, K17, inc1, k1, inc1, K9 – (44sts) P 1row Row 25: K9, inc1, K1, inc1, K19, inc1, K1, inc1, K10 – (48sts) Stocking stitch 3 rows Row 29: K9, (sl1, K2tog, PSSO)twice, K18, (sl1, K2tog, PSSO)twice, K9 – 40sts) P1row Row 31: K8, K2tog, Sl1, K1, PSSO, K16, K2tog, sl1, K1, PSSO, K8 – (36sts) Stocking stitch 3 rows. Row 35: (K1, K2tog) to end – (24sts) P1row Row 37: (K2tog) to end – (12sts) P1 row cast off. Nose (make one) with 4mm needles and black DK cast on 4 sts. Inc into every stitch – (8sts) Inc into every stitch – (16sts) (K1, inc1) to end – (24sts) 2 rows stocking stitch Cast off. Sew up side seam leaving the cast off edge open for later. Ears (make two) With grey fur and 5½mm needles cast on 13 sts. Stocking stitch 10 rows. Dec1 at each end of next row Dec1 st at each end of 3 following 4th rows. – (5sts left) P1 row Cast off. Making Up Fold the body in half lengthways and mattress stitch around the edge. If you have better eyes than me you can single crochet top and bottom together working 3 singles to turn the corners. Leave small opening to stuff. Stuff lightly then close seam. Sew tail’s base edge to the grey end of the cushion as shown in photo.

With matching yarn, stitch the seam on each leg. This seam will run down the centre of the underside; giving you nice fat, rounded paws. I’ve drawn a blue line on the photo to show where the seam should be. Stuff lightly and with the seam running down the centre, Oversew the ends flat

Position the four paws at the corners of the cushion, with their seams underneath and sew in place. I sewed a few of stitches along the side of the back legs too, to make them point slightly forwards Now it looks freaky!

Ahhh! Now for the cute bit. You will see all that increasing and decreasing was worth it to give him a “Snoopy” shaped face. With matching yarn, Sew up the head seam from the cast off edge to the cast on edge. With the seam in the centre, (as with the paws) fold nose seam (cast off edge) flat and sew closed. Stuff quite firmly through the opening in the back of the head. Run a gathering stitch through all the stitches in the opening (30sts), pull tight and fasten off (There will still be a hole so don’t worry). Hold this hole closed horizontally (sideways across the back of the head) and sew shut. Position ears at sides of head, quite high up (see photo)

Eyes were embroidered with a length of black DK. Mine are a circle of 5 chain sts. Stuff the nose piece (see tips). With the seam underneath, sew the nose to the head in an oval shape. (as in the picture). Sit head on top of cushion at the front and oversew in place. I sewed it around a few times for security.

TIPS • When using a fun fur type yarn, you may find bits of the floss coming off as you knit. If this happens, put your yarn in the fridge for ½ hour and it should stop shedding. • If sewing up with the bobble yarn. separate the two threads that make it up first and sew only with the fun fur thread not the bobble thread. (this will just catch on every stitch and will pull your work) • When sewing up, the furry floss can become caught in the seam; making your seams look really noticeable. You can “pick out” your seams by gently running a crochet hook upside down along the seam after sewing and this should catch and pull out the fibres without catching your stitches. You can also use a baby brush to do this. • Stuff the black nose with lengths of black yarn; otherwise the white polyester-filling will show through your knitting. • I made a bandana for mine from a piece of blue felt 22cmx30cm long; folded in half on the diagonal and two pieces of Velcro added to the corners. I then embroidered his name on in four strands of yellow thread in chain stitch. I made it removable as I’m not too sure of washing dark colours with this mainly white character. “Picking out” illustration Separating bobble yarn illustration

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