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Mario the Hedgehog

A knitting pattern by Rachel Borello Carroll

Mario the Hedgehog is knitted in worsted weight wool on double pointed needles in the round, starting
at the tip of the nose. I used Cascade 220 and Lion Wool, but you can substitute pretty much anything.
You knit increases to shape his face, and then stop working on the round and use loop stitch for his
quill section, and stockinette stitch in MC for his belly section. He is then stuffed and seamed up on
his underside. I have included both knitting and crochet instructions for his ears and feet. I prefer to
crochet them on because it is less sewing, but in the chance you are a knitter and cannot crochet (or just
dont want to) I wrote out how to knit the ears and feet and sew them on, as well. Your knitting gauge is
unimportant for Mario, so long as it is tight enough that stuffing will not show through the holes in the
fabric.
Finished measurements:
Approximately 5.5 inches from nose to rump.
Materials:
1 set of 4 US size 3 double pointed knitting needles
Yarn needle
Scissors
Polyester fiberfill
1 pair of 6mm black plastic safety eyes
Worsted weight wool yarn in MC for face and feet
Worsted weight wool yarn in CC for body
Small amount of black wool yarn to embroider on nose
Size US G crochet hook (optional)

Abbreviations:
CO: cast on
K: knit
Kfb: knit through the front and the back of one stitch, thereby increasing by one
M1: make one stitch by picking up a stitch under the bar between the current stitch and the next one
K2tog: knit two stitches together, thereby decreasing by one
LS: loop stitch
Sl: slip stitch
Psso: Pass slipped stitch over
Special instructions:
LS: Loop stitch: To make a loop stitch, insert needle into next st as if to knit. Wind yarn over needle, and
then wind yarn over both your index finger and the needle; draw both loops through the st and place them
back on the left needle; knit through both the loops together through the back.
Instructions:
CO 3 in MC.
Rd 1: Kfb all stitches, distributing evenly over 3 needles and begin working in the round. (6 st total)
Rd 2: Knit
Rd 3: [K1, kfb] 3 times around. (9 st)
Rd 4: Knit
Rd 5: K2, kfb, k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k2 (12 st)
Rd 6: Knit
Rd 7: K3, kfb, k2, m1, k2, kfb, k3 (15 st)
Rd 8: Knit
Rd 9: K4, kfb, k2, kfb, k2, kfb, k4 (18 st)
Rd 10: Knit
Rd 11: K5, kfb, k3, m1, k3, kfb, k5 (21 st)
Rd 12: Knit
Rd 13: K6, kfb, k3, kfb, k3, kfb, k6 (24 st)
Rd 14: K7, kfb, k4, m1, k4, kfb, k7 (27 st)
Rd 15: K8, kfb, k4, kfb, k4, kfb, k8 (30 st)
You have now completed the head. Stitches 1-10 are the side of the face, stitches 11-20 are the forehead/
top of the snout, and stitches 21-30 are the other side of the face. The end of your round should be at the
throat area. Knit 4 stitches into the next round. Place those stitches and the 4 stitches before them onto a
stitch holder or piece of scrap yarn to be worked later. These stitches should be the bottom of the face and
will later form the neck/belly section.
You should have 22 stitches still on your needles. These will be worked back and forth, not in the round,
but you should leave them on 2 or 3 double pointed needles because the curvature of the face will not
allow you to stretch them all onto one needle yet. Join CC yarn at the side of the face, and with right side
facing, [k2, kfb] 7 times, k 1. You should have 29 stitches. Turn work.
Row 2 (WS): [K1, LS1] 14 times, k1
Row 3 (RS): Knit
Row 4 (WS): [LS1, K1] 14 times, LS1
Row 5 (RS) : Knit
Repeat rows 2-5 two more times, then do rows 2-4.

Row 14: [K2, k2tog] 7 times, k1.


Row 15: [K1, LS1] 11 times
Row 16: Knit
Row 17: [LS1, k1] 11 times
Row 18: Knit
Row 19: [K1, LS1] 11 times
Row 20: [K1, k2tog] 7 times, k1
Row 21: [LS1, k1] 7 times, LS1
Row 22: [K2tog] 7 times, k1
Row 23: [K1, LS1] 4 times
Row 24: [K2tog] 4 times
Bind off all stitches.
Remove the 8 stitches at the the throat of the hedgehog from your stitch holder and place them onto
a single needle. Attach MC yarn and work these 8 stitches in stockinette stitch (knitting the right side
and purling the wrong side) for 26 rows, ending with a right side row. Distribute these 8 stitches over 3
double pointed needles as follows: 3 stitches on the first needle, 2 stitches on the second needle, 3 stitches
on the last needle. You are now going to join in the round, knit side out, to knit the tail.
Tail, rd 1: Knit all 8 stitches
Rd 2: K2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog
Rd 3: Knit all 5 stitches
Rd 4: K2tog, k1, k2tog
Cut yarn and pull through all three stitches, pull tight to close the hole and tie off, pulling yarn tail inside
of body to finish.
Attach eyes to face and embroider on nose. Starting at the lower left side of the face, seam together
the edges of the MC belly to the edges of the CC quill/back portion. Make sure the CO edge of the quill
portion lines up with the tip of the tail. When you are about 3/4 of the way done seaming, stuff your
hedgie and then finish sewing up. Pull any loose ends into the body.

Ears and feet, crochet method:

Using MC yarn, attach yarn where you want to put the first ear. Chain 2. Hdc (half double crochet) 3
times in the same spot where you attached the yarn. Cut yarn and tie off, pull ends into body to finish off.
Repeat the same steps for the other ear, and then make the feet in the exact same way.
Ears and feet, knitting method:
Make 6 (2 for ears, 4 for feet).
CO 5.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: K1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: Knit
Bind off all 3 stitches. Sew to body at sides of head and under body at desired location.

Pattern created and documented by Rachel Borello of www.yarnigans.com. Pattern is intended for personal home use and products
made from it are not to be produced commercially or offered for sale. Pattern is not to be reproduced or redistributed without
permission from the author.
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