Puppet St. Francis of Assisi, knitting pattern

If you are as impressed by the life of St. Francis as I am, you may like to tell children about this story with a hand puppet. The kids will be thrilled to hear of him preaching to the birds and more wonderful stories. Additionally, there is an inlay for his body which enables him to sit upright to watch over his protégés after playing.

The pattern will lead you step-by-step through the making process, including loads of detail photos. Additionally, you’ll find instructions for the more elaborate techniques used. His size fits a ladies hand. Of course the pattern for the birds is included!


  • Clear and elaborated step-by-step instruction for MONK and BIRDS with pictures for the crucial steps.
  • Appendix with all techniques needed. (You should know how to cast on, bind of, knit and purl. All other techniques are explained in detail.)

Materials you need at home:

  • HEAD, ARMS, LEGS and BIRDS: Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Superfein (100 % Merino, 175 yards (160 m) per 1.76 ounces (50 g) ) 1 skein in SAND, small amounts of BROWN, LIGHT BROWN, YELLOW, BLUE and VIOLET. Substitute with any yarn in Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi).
  • CLOAK: Schachenmayr „Trachtenwolle“ (63 % pure wool, 37 % acrylic, 202 yards (185 m) per 3.52 ounces (100 g), 1 skein in DARK BROWN. Substitute with wool with approximately the same yardage. To fake the rough material of the monk‘s cloaks, go for not-too-soft qualities.
  • 2 black halfbeads ø 6 mm, small black beads for the bird‘s eyes, black twine
  • Felt in white, matching sewing thread
  • Strong felt, approx 2 or 3 mm thickness, approx 5 x 2 inches (12 x 4 cm)

  • Set of size 3 US (3 mm, 12 UK) and size 6 US (4 mm, 8 UK) double pointed needles

  • Crochet hook size G US (4 mm, 8 UK)

  • 1 stitchholder

  • Embroidery needle, sewing needle, darning needle

  • Polyester stuffing or similar, scissors, glue

  • Thread in silver and small cross

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