Materials

  • Yarn A – Orange Aran yarn (fisherman, medium) for body
  • Yarn B – Black Aran yarn (fisherman, medium) for arms and legs
  • Yarn C – Green 4 ply yarn (fingering) for skirt
  • Yarn D – Light blue 4 ply yarn (fingering) for skirt stripes
  • Scraps of black 4 ply yarn for eyes and mouth
  • A pair each of 3.75mm and 3mm straight knitting needles
  • A pair of 3.75mm double pointed knitting needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Toy stuffing

Finished Size

Approx. 8″/20cm tall

Gauge

The gauge is not really that important with this pattern, aslong as the finished fabric is tight enough not to allow the stuffing to poke through.

Abbreviations

K = knit
P = purl
sts(s) = stitch(es)
Stocking Stitch = 1 row knit, 1 row purl
Kfb = knit through front and back loops
K2tog = knit two stitches together

 

Pattern

I have used the Double (Long Tail) cast on method in this pattern.

Carrot Body

Using Yarn A and 3.75mm needles cast on 10 sts.
1st row (wrong side): Purl
Next row: Kfb to last st, K1   (19 sts)
Next row: Purl
Next row: (K1, Kfb) to last st, K1   (28 sts)
Next row: Purl
Next row: (K2, Kfb) to last st, K1   (37 sts)
Next row: Purl
Next row: (K3, Kfb) to last st, K1   (46 sts)
Next row: Knit
Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 12 rows.
Next row: (K3, K2tog) to last st, K1   (37 sts)
Starting with a purl row, stocking stitch 9 rows.
Next row: (K2, K2tog) to last st, K1   (28 sts)
Starting with a purl row, stocking stitch 7 rows.
Next row: (K1, K2tog) to last st, K1   (19 sts)
Starting with a purl row, stocking stitch 5 rows.
Next row: K2tog to last st, K1   (10 sts)
Starting with a purl row, stocking stitch 3 rows.

Next row: K2tog to end   (5 sts)

Transfer these 5 sts onto a double pointed needle and using the i-cord method, work 3 rows.

Next row: K2tog, K1, K2tog   (3 sts)

Work 10 more rows of the i-cord.

Cut yarn leaving a long tail, thread end through remaining stitches and draw up.

Arm (make 2)

Arms are worked as an i-cord.
Using Yarn B and double pointed needles cast on 6 sts.
Work 2 rows.
Next row: K2tog to end   (3 sts)
Work 10 rows.
Cut yarn leaving a long tail, thread end through remaining stitches and draw up.

Leg (make 2)

Make as arm but work 15 rows instead of 10 rows.

Skirt

Using Yarn C and 3mm needles cast on 84 sts.
1st row (wrong side): Knit
Next row: Knit
Starting with a purl row, stocking stitch 2 rows.
Change to Yarn D.
Next row: Purl
Change to Yarn C.
Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 2 rows.
Change to Yarn D.
Next row: Knit
Change to Yarn C.
Starting with a purl row, stocking stitch 7 rows.
Next row: (K1, K2tog) to end   (56 sts)
Next row: Purl
Cast off

To Make up

Block pieces.
Weave in any unused threads as you go. Bury any other ends into body of carrot once stuffed.
Embroider eyes and mouth in place.
Thread the yarn tail through the centre of the i-cord at the top of the carrot body and use to sew up back seam, stuffing carrot as you go. Run yarn through cast on edge pulling up tightly and secure.
Sew back seam of skirt together.
Sew “cast off” edge of skirt to bottom of carrot.
Stitch arms and legs in place, thread “cast on” tails through centres of arms and legs, hiding them in the carrot body.