Try these three projects for starters. The first craft is for children ages 5 to 8; no knitting experience is required.
Project #1: Pencil Toppers (courtesy of the Craft Yarn Council of America*)These tassel animals can also be used to decorate backpacks and gifts.What You'll Need: For Frog
1 skein green acrylic yarn 2 1" green pom-poms 2 15-mm wiggle eyes Contrasting yarn for necktie 1 red chenille stem Glue Scissors Tape measure Pencil
- Make the body following the general instructions given below. Glue two green pom-poms near the top of head; glue a wiggle eye to each pom-pom; cut a 2" piece of red chenille stem, curve it, and glue to frog's face so it has a big smile. Finish according to general instructions.
What You'll Need:
1 skein brown acrylic yarn
2 8-mm wiggle eyes
1 1/2" beige pom-pom
1 1/4" black pom-pom
1 4"-square dark brown felt
Scrap of red felt
Contrasting yarn for necktie
Make the body following the general instructions given below. Cut out the dog ears (3/4" by 1 3/4") and tongue (1/4" by 1/4") from the felt (see pattern illustration). Glue the 1/2" pom-pom to head for muzzle. Glue the black pom-pom to center of muzzle. Glue the wiggle eyes to head just above muzzle. Glue the tongue about 1/4" below nose. Glue straight ends of ears to top of head, and finish according to general instructions.
General Instructions for head and body (see illustration)
Cut a 6" square from firm cardboard. Pull yarn free from the center of skein, and wrap 50 times around cardboard in one direction. Cut off. Slide yarn off the cardboard square carefully. Gather bundle and tie together close to one end. Cut through fold at opposite end. Now flip the fringed end of the yarn so that it covers the tied ends. Tie about 1" to 2" from top of yarn, hiding tied ends and forming head. Don't tie too tight as the pencil will need to be pushed up through the neck. Cut pattern pieces from appropriate colors.
*For more fun ideas, free projects, and tips, visit the Craft Yarn Council of America's Web sites: www.learntoknit.com and www.learntocrochet.com.