Erich is mighty proud of his stylish goatee and elegantly curved horns. You might call him a little vain, but on the other hand, if there is a possibility to tackle any mountains, trees or interesting climbing frames on children‘s playgrounds, he doesn‘t care at all if he gets himself dirty or his goatee ruffled!
Choose any yarn you like or have left over – Erich will be bigger or smaller depending on the yarn. Sock yarn will be fine, but I prefer the softer merino yarn. If you knit Erich for a child, make sure the yarn is robust, washable and doesn’t pill too much. With the gauge 27 stitches x 38 rows = 10 x 10 cm = 4 x 4 inches Erich measures approximateley 42 cm = 17 inches from horns to hoofs.
As the pattern is around in German language for quite a while, I realized that even beginners tried themselves on Erich and succeeded knitting him, but truth be told, you have more fun with Erich if you are used to knit in the round with double pointed needles.
Have fun knitting your own Erich, yours Steffi
- Clear and elaborated step-by-step instruction with loads of pictures and innovative charts for the crucial steps
- Appendix with all techniques needed, for example short rows German style. However, you should know how to cast on, bind of, knit and purl. All other techniques are explained in detail.
- Lots of knitting fun
Materials you need at home:
- Original yarn from German factory Lana Grossa, Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Superfein (100 % Merino, 175 yards (160 m) per 1.76 ounces (50 g) ) in off-white, bright blue, orange, turquoise, reddish brown and greyisch brown. Substitute with any yarn in Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi).
- Embroidery thread in dusky pink
- Embroidery thread or twine in black
- 2 black beads, approx 8 to 10 mm diameter
- Strong felt, approx 2 or 3 mm thickness,, approx 6 x 12 inches (= 15 x 30 cm )
- Set of size 2 US (2,5 mm, 12 UK) or size 3 US (3 mm, 12 UK) double pointed needles, depending an how tight you knit
- Crocheting needle for knotting the beard
- Embroidery needle, sewing needle, darning needle
- 4 safety pins or stitch holders, polyester stuffing, scissors
I love knitting! (There will be a longer version of my introduction soon, but for the time being, this sentence says it all, doesn't it?)