Queen’s Guard Toy Knitting Pattern | Stitch London

This week the British Monarchy released official portraits of Prince George on the steps on Kensington Palace sporting an adorable knitted tank top with instarsia Queen’s Guards marching across it. To celebrate the cuteness of the prince and his toy soldiers enjoy this free Queen’s Guard toy knitting pattern.

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The Guards also get to wear bearskin hats. I suggest you leave the bears out of this and make your hat with fuzzy yarn.

GUBBINS
Needles
Set of four 3.5mm (US size 4) double-pointed needles or circular needle for magic loop
2.25mm (US B1) crochet hook

Yarn
10g (1/3oz) skin colour DK (worsted) for head and hands
10g (1/3oz) red DK (worsted) for tunic
Small amount of black fuzzy (eyelash) yarn for bearskin hat
Small amount of black DK (worsted) for collar and trousers
Small amount of white DK (worsted) for belt
Small amount of yellow/gold DK (worsted) for chin strap

Other bits
Stuffing
Beads for eyes
Felt for feet (optional)
Cardboard for base (optional)

Difficulty rating: Black Cab Driver
Size: Approx. 9cm (3½in) high
Gauge: Not important

Queen’s Guard Toy Knitting Pattern

Head and Body
Cast on 3 sts on one DPN in skin colour yarn.
Push sts to other end of needle.
Row 1 Inc1 3 times as I-cord (6 sts).
Row 2 Join and knit around, arranging
2 sts on each of three DPNs.
Round 3 Inc1, inc1 each needle (12 sts).
Round 4 K.
Round 5 K3, inc1 each needle (15 sts).
Round 6 K.
Round 7 K.
Round 8 K4, inc1 each needle (18 sts).
Round 9 K.
Round 10 K4, k2tog each needle (15 sts).
Round 11 K.
Round 12 K3, k2tog each needle (12 sts).
Round 13 K.
Stuff the head.
Round 14 K2, k2tog each needle (9 sts).
Round 15 K.
Round 16 K1, k2tog each needle (6 sts).
Change to black yarn.
Round 17 K.
Round 18 Inc1, inc1 each needle (12 sts).
Change to red yarn.
Round 19 K.
Round 20 K3, inc1 each needle (15 sts).
Round 21 K.
Round 22 K4, inc1 each needle (18 sts).
Rounds 23–27 K.
Change to black yarn.
Rounds 28–32 K.
Round 33 Inc1 each st (36 sts).
Round 34 K.
Stuff the body.
Cut yarn with 10cm (4in) tail, thread yarn through all stitches, pull tight and knot. To flatten the base, you can insert a circle of cardboard about 2.5cm (1in) across before you tighten the stitches (optional).

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 08.54.34Arms
Cast on 3 sts on one DPN in red yarn.
Push sts to other end of needle.
Knit 10 rows as I-cord.
Change to skin colour yarn.
Knit 3 rows as I-cord.
Pull yarn through sts and knot.
Rep for second arm.

Belt
Using 2.25mm (US B1) crochet hook chain 20 sts in white yarn.
Cut 10cm (4in) tail, thread yarn through st.

Bearskin Cap
Fuzzy part of cap:
Cast on 15 sts using fuzzy black yarn.
Knit 18 rows.
Cut 10cm (4in) yarn, pass yarn through sts and pull tight.
Use yarn to sew up long edges to form cap.
Chin strap of cap:
Crochet chain of 15 sts in yellow/gold yarn.
Cut 10cm (4in) tail, thread yarn through st.

FINISHING
Sew arms either side of body. Use yellow/gold yarn to embroider buttons on the red tunic and black collar. Sew belt around waist of Guard and sew on chin strap and hat. Embroider buckle of belt in yellow/gold yarn. Sew on beads for eyes. Cut two rounded black felt rectangles for feet (optional). Make enough guards so that you can ceremoniously change them at intervals.

The Queen’s Guard’s gun is made with the magic of a cotton bud, the end of a cable tie, black permanent marker and some glue. Just don’t tell him that.

Queen's Guard Toy Knitting Pattern

 

stitch-london-289x300Queen’s Guard Toy Knitting Pattern is excepted from Stitch London, 20 Kooky Ways to Knit the City and More by Lauren O’Farrell.

 

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