Body and head

Mark each end of next row with a coloured thread. With right side of work facing and using colour required. K across the 20 sts on knitting needle, then across the 20 sts on the spare needle — 40 sts. St-st 11 rows.

Continuing with same colour throughout, work as given for Puss in Boots from to ***. [see Body and head, page 14].

To make up

Join row ends from top of head as far as the coloured threads, leaving a gap in seam at head section.

Join row ends of each leg from coloured threads to cast on edges. Gather round the cast on leg sts. pull up tightly and fasten off.

Turn right side out. Stuff legs, body and head. Do not close gap in head seam.

To shape neck, use a double strand of yarn to match the toy and gather round body, two knitted rows below the head inc row. Pull up gathers very tightly and knot ends of yarn. Sew yarn ends into neck.

/Arms [make two alike]

Using colour required, begin at top of arm and cast on 16 sts loosely. St-st 14 rows.

Next row: (K2tog) to end — 8 sts. B & T tightly.

Join row ends, turn right side out and stuff. Sew open cast on edges of arms to sides of body, just below neck. When the toy is completed make a 32cm [12!4in] double twisted cord in a bright colour. Tie in a bow round the neck. Sew bow to the neck.

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