Have you knit this little guy? I have. A bajillion and a half times. Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating, but this is my go-to pattern for knitting baby gifts. Blankets are time-consuming, plus everyone always seems to knit blankets or give blankets. A handknit toy seems cute and practical. I also don’t knit them just for babies (but that is a whole additional post about choosing knitted gifts that are appropriate for the intended recipient).
Elijah (the elephant) is one of Ysolda Teague‘s most popular patterns in our store. I’ve made him out of several different yarns – the one for our shop sample is in Louisa Harding’s Kashmir Baby. If I want one that wee baby hands can grasp, I head for Debbie Bliss Rialto 4-ply. If I’m aiming for larger kiddoes, I knit him in Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran. I usually choose a yarn that is superwash, even if he can’t be really be tossed in the washer (the eyes!) because I like the additional safety net that he won’t felt while being swished around in a basin for handwashing.
If you haven’t knit this little guy (or any other toy), and even if you have knit a toy or two, I highly recommend our upcoming Monster Shaping Class with Ysolda. She is covering invisible cast-ons, different increases and decreases, picking up stitches from stuffed pieces (applicable to Elijah!), short row shaping and stuffing and embroidering features.
And if you want to knit Elijah (or Ysolda’s other toys: Otto the bear and Sophie the rabbit), we have plenty of patterns in stock.
Ysolda’s class will be Thursday Oct. 20, 1:30 – 4:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn just down the road. She will also be teaching classes on making perfectly fitted sweaters.