DIY Christmas: How to knit a toy partridge

Kick off your list of Christmas projects with this easy-to-make toy partridge. This fun knitting pattern makes an adorable gift for kids or a pleasant ornament to decorate your Christmas tree.

By Fiona Goble

DIY Christmas: How to knit a toy partridge
He's the first gift to be offered and the least extravagant, but the partridge is the most famous character in the entire song "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

The partridge is a regular on cards that celebrate the festive season. No doubt the original partridge was destined for the cooking pot. This one won't taste as good -- but he promises to look as cute as pie and to stick around for ages.

You need:
• A pair of size 2/3 (3 mm) knitting needles
• A size D-3 (3.25 mm) crochet hook
• A needle to sew your work together
• An embroidery needle
• 1/8 oz./4 g (12 yd./11 m) flecked gray DK yarn
• Small amounts of orange and dark brown DK yarns
• Very small amounts of cream and black DK yarns
• 1/8 – 1/4 oz./5 g polyester toy filling

Take a larger look at the finished toy partridge.

How to knit the body of your toy partridge
Side 1
Make 1
Cast on 6 sts in flecked gray.
1st row: K.
Next and every WS row unless stated: P.
Next RS row: K1, (inc1) 4 times, K1. [10 sts]
Next RS row: K1, (inc1) twice, K4, (inc1) twice, K1. [14 sts]
Next RS row: K1, (inc1) twice, K8, (inc1) twice, K1. [18 sts]
Next RS row: K.
Next row: Cast on 4 sts, P to end. [22 sts]
Next row: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, K1. [21 sts]
Next row: P.
Rep last 2 rows twice. [19 sts]
Next row: K1, ssk, K to last 3 sts, k2tog, K1. [17 sts]
Next RS row: K1, (ssk) twice, K7, (k2tog) twice, K1. [13 sts]
Next RS row: K1, (ssk) twice, K3, (k2tog) twice, K1. [9 sts]
Next row: p2tog, P5, p2tog. [7 sts]
Next row: K1, ssk, K1, k2tog, K1. [5 sts]
Bind off pwise.

Side 2
Make 1
Cast on 6 sts in flecked gray.
1st row: K.
Next and every WS row unless stated: P.
Next RS row: K1, (inc1) 4 times, K1. [10 sts]
Next RS row: K1, (inc1) twice, K4, (inc1) twice, K1. [14 sts]
Next RS row: K1, (inc1) twice, K8, (inc1) twice, K1. [18 sts]
Next RS row: Cast on 4 sts, K to end. [22 sts]
Next RS row: K1, ssk, K to end. [21 sts]
Next row: P.
Rep last 2 rows twice. [19 sts]
Next row: K1, ssk, K to last 3 sts, k2tog, K1. [17 sts]
Next RS row: K1, (ssk) twice, K7, (k2tog) twice, K1. [13 sts]
Next RS row: K1, (ssk) twice, K3, (k2tog) twice, K1. [9 sts]
Next row: p2tog, P5, p2tog. [7 sts]
Next row: K1, ssk, K1, k2tog, K1. [5 sts]
Bind off pwise.


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