12.11.2013

12 Days Of DIY: Knitted Panda Brooch

Yay two DIY's in a row! Today I will be showing you guys how you can create an adorable stocking stuffer using knitting and crochet! This pattern was actually inspired by this lady. I found this pattern early this year on Ravelry but the pattern wasn't available on the blog at the time (now it's back up again) so I decided to recreate it. My pattern is different from her's and it also uses crochet but of course you can knit the ears if it's easier for you. Keep in mind I'm not the best knitter so if you have been knitting for years your panda brooch will probably most likely come out better then mine.

You will need:
- Size 10 US needles
- White and black worsted weight yarn
- Scissors
- Brooch pin
- Felt
- Size G (4.45mm) hook
- Glue

Panda's face:
- Cast on 12 sts
- Knit 12 sts. Total = 12 sts
- Purl inc 1, purl 10. purl inc 1. Total = 14 sts
- Knit 6, (color change to black) knit 2, (change back to white) knit 6. Total = 14 sts
- Purl 2, (color change to black) purl 1, (back to white) purl 3, (cc to black) purl 2, (back to white) purl 3, (cc to black) purl 1, (back to white) purl 2. Total - 14 sts
- Knit 2, (cc to black) knit 3, (back to white) knit 4, (cc to black) knit 3, (back to white) knit 2. Total = 14 sts
- Purl 2, (cc to black) purl 1, (back to white) purl 1, (cc to black) purl 1, (back to white) purl 4, (cc to black) purl 1, (back to white) purl 1, (cc to black) purl 1, (back to white) purl 2. Total = 14 sts
- Knit 3, (cc to black) knit 2, (back to white) knit 4, (cc to black) knit 2, (back to white) knit 3. Total = 14 sts
- Purl 14 sts. Total = 14 sts
- Knit dec 2, knit 10, knit dec 2. Total = 10 sts
- Purl dec 2, purl 6, purl dec 2. Total =  6 sts
Cut off and weave in ends

Panda's ears:
Insert hook where you would like the ears to be
- Sc 4 sts. Total = 4 sts
- Dec 2. Total = 2 sts
-Cut off and weave in ends
Repeat on other side

Assembly:
With some felt cut out a circle that will fit on the back side of your panda's head. Glue the felt to the back of your panda and then glue the brooch on top of the felt piece.

Done! You know have an adorable gift to give someone for the holidays! And if you see anything wonky with the knitting part of the pattern please let me know! This was my first time ever writing down a knitting pattern so I'm not familiar with all the knitting slang.

Happy holidays!
X♥X♥
-Michelle

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