FO Friday: Little Beaver

Pattern: Wee Wonderland Wuzzies by Barbara Prime

Yarn: Cascade 220 in Cafe for the body, Jill Draper Makes Stuff Windham for the nose, Araucania Ranco Solid in 113 for the scarf

Needles: US7 (4.5mm) for the animal, US3 (3.25mm) for the scarf

Ravelry Link: here

Started: November 22, 2019

Completed: November 23, 2019

a knitted beaver in a blue scarf faces the camera

When the hostess of my knitting group announced she was pregnant, the rest of us immediately began thinking of what we would knit for her. One woman suggested we each make a small stuff animal to put together into a mobile and we all loved the idea. We picked out the Wee Wonderland Wuzzies pattern because it had so many animal options and we knew that our pregnant friend had chosen a woodland animals theme for her nursery. Strangely, the animal I knit is called an otter in the pattern, but I decided to add some details to make it obviously a beaver.

Close up on the head of a knitted beaver toy in a blue scarf

I chose to do all the detail work on my beaver in embroidery thread. I do not like to use safety eyes, so instead I sewed on eyes and a nose with black embroidery thread. My proudest part is that I used white embroidery thread in a woven picot stitch to make two extending beaver teeth. I love how they look. I also ended up knitting a tiny scarf for my animal because all the other animals on the mobile had one and I didn’t want my beaver to the the only cold one.

a hand holding a mobile of knitted animal toys and leaves against a white wall

Another woman in the knitting group put the mobile together and it came out great. I got this picture of the mobile the one time I was able to visit my friend and her new baby before COVID changed our lives. They both looked so happy and healthy it warmed my heart. I’m sad I can’t hold that sweet baby more, or knit in person with mom, but I am so glad we were able to provide this sweet gift to show our love.

Have you ever worked on a group baby gift? How did it turn out? Let me know in the comments below!

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