With baby fever sweeping the nation after the safe arrival of little Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, there has been no better time to create that handmade gift for the special small person in your life. The satisfaction you get from creating characters and bringing them to life stitch-by-stitch makes every second, minute and hour spent knitting them worthwhile.
Laura Long, author and knitting guru, has created a wonderful collection of knitted toy patterns, so you can create a gift fit for a prince! If you are new to knitting or perhaps have been put off because some toy patterns look too complicated, there is no need to be scared of Laura’s. The beauty of her knitting patterns is that they are suitable for all abilities, from the complete beginner to the advanced knitter.
Take, for example, the Three Hungry Bears. Teddy bears love having tea parties, and the more bears you knit, the bigger the party will be! Don’t forget to make plenty of porridge just in case Goldilocks comes to visit too.
Knit these bears in the softest alpaca yarn you can find. Whether you’re making the bears for small or big children, the luxurious feel of the yarn will offer warmth and comfort with every cuddle. You can use their favourite colours too – be creative with your choice of yarn!
The Three Hungry Bears pattern is available to download so you can get started with your knitting straight away. Or if you fancy making these gorgeous teddies but don’t have any of the equipment, why not purchase the complete Three Hungry Bears kit?
Laura Long graduated with a knitted textiles degree from Central St Martins College of Art and Design and has been working out of her London studio ever since. She sells her knitted creations to boutiques and galleries all over the world, and as a freelance designer her clients include John Rocha, Rowan yarns, and the best knitting magazines. Laura also loves teaching the magic of both machine and hand knitting to people of all ages.
For more knitted toy patterns, check out Laura’s knitted character books. Knitted Toy Travels features adorable animals from around the world, plus a cute explorer doll with a choice of travelling outfits. Or pick up a copy of the gorgeous Knitted Toy Tales, where you can find the Three Hungry Bears, Eddie the Elephant and all of their friends!
What will you create today?