Nobody can deny Poldi’s charme, frequently used to scrounge kisses that his distant cousin, the Frog King, was actually entiteled to, but be warned: In spite of his funny and amiable nature he is quite a hopeless know-it-all, who will irritate you with unwanted advice and opinions ranging from unique to straightforward weird on any, really any given subject. Once you decide to knit Poldi, be aware that you will create a loudmouth croaking from morning to evening. Anyway, you will still love him. Everybody does.
More information: Choose any yarn you like or have left over – Poldi will be bigger or smaller depending on the yarn. Sock yarn will be fine, but I prefer the softer merino yarn. If you knit Poldi 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 Poldi measures approximateley 50 cm = 20 inches from the top of the hat to toe. Knitting Poldi is not as complicated as he looks like at first glance, but you have more fun if you are used to knit in the round with double pointed needles. For the feet you definitely need some patience.
Knit! Play! Croax! Yours Steffi
- Clear and elaborated step-by-step instruction with pictures and innovative charts for the crucial steps
- Appendix with all techniques needed. However, you should know how to cast on, bind of, knit and purl and are familiar with working in the round with double pointed needles
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 light green, blue, red and white. Optional you can use a little darker green for the top of the head. Substitute with any yarn in Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi).
- 2 black half-beads or safety eyes, approx 10 mm diameter
- Strong felt, approx 2 or 3 mm thickness, approx 20 x 30 cm
- Thin felt in white, sewing thread the same colour
- Set of size 2 US (2,5 mm) or size 3 US (3 mm) double pointed needles, depending an how tight you knit
- Embroidery needle, sewing needle, darning needle
- 4 safety pins, polyester stuffing or similar, scissors, glue
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?)