Learn how to knit a cute cow

Find out how to knit this cute cow from the book, Spud and Chloe at the Farm (Thomas Allen and Son, 2011).

How to knit the cow's body
Photo from Spud & Chloe at the Farm, photography by Liz Banfield
Every farm needs a big brown cow! This big but babyish cow makes the perfect companion for Spud’s adventure. If you’re a novice as far as knitting toys goes, this straightforward project is the perfect place to begin.

See a larger image of the finished craft here.

Finished measurements
8 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches wide, 5 inches long from the front to the back of the body

Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 1 hank each in Ice Cream #7500, Root Beer #7503, and Watermelon #7512

U.S. size 6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles (set of four) or size needed to obtain gauge
U.S. size 6 (4 mm) 16-inch circular needle (optional)

• Stitch markers
• Ruler or tape measure
• Yarn needle
• Scissors
• Plastic pellets (optional—do not use for young children or babies, as they pose a choking hazard)
• Polyester fiberfill

5-1/2 sts per inch in stockinette stitch

Underside of Body
Starting at the underside of the body, cast on 5 sts with Ice Cream. Use two dpns to work back and forth.
Row 1: K1, m1, knit to the last st, m1, k1.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 19 sts. Work in stockinette stitch until the underside measures 3 inches from the cast-on edge, ending with a purl row.

Decrease Rows
Row 1: K1, ssk, knit to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: Purl. Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 5 sts rem, ending with a row 2.
Next row: K1, ssk, k2tog – 3 sts rem.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K1, k2tog, pass the first st over the second st and off the needle – 1 st rem.

Top of Body
Switch to Root Beer, and continue picking up stitches around the edge of the underside of the body. On Needle 1 (same needle that is holding the 1 st), pick up 20 sts. On Needle 2, pick up 20 sts. On Needle 3, pick up 19 sts, and transfer the first st in Ice Cream from Needle 1 to Needle 3 – 60 sts total. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch on the first needle. Continue working in the round.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: K1, (k3, m1) six times, k1; repeat on each needle – 26 sts per needle, 78 sts total.
Place a stitch marker on Round 2 and leave it there. At this point, you can work onto a 16-inch circular needle or continue on the dpns. Knit every round until the body measures 3 inches above the marker.

Knit a cute barn cat to keep your brown cow company.

Page 1 of 3 - Find out how to decrease your rows on page 2

Excerpted from Spud & Chloe at the Farm, copyright 2011 by Susan B. Anderson, $16.95. Used by permission of Thomas Allen & Son.

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