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Knit a Toy Fido Will Love

If your dog loves to play catch or tug-of-war, you don't have to settle for a store-bought toy with this knitted favorite.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Measurements: Length = approx 10 inches. Circumference at widest part = approx 6 1/2 inches.

Yarns

Lion Brand Cotton (Art. 760)
100% cotton; 5 oz. (142 g); 236 yds. (215 m); worsted weight

  • 1 ball #186 Maize (A)
  • 1 ball #153 Black (B)
  • 1 ball #112 Poppy Red (C)

NOTE: You'll need only a few yards each of colors B and C for the stripes. Omit B and C if you want to make a solid-color toy.

Needles and Extras

  • Size 4 double-pointed needles (dpns)
  • Stitch marker
  • Washable batting
  • Blunt-end yarn needle

Gauge

21 sts and 27 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in St st (knit all rounds).

TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

NOTE: Using small needles with worsted weight yarn keeps the batting from showing through.

With A, cast on 30 sts. Divide evenly on 3 needles.

Rnd 1: Knit. Place marker at end of rnd. Rep Rnd 1 for 12 rnds. Drop A.

Next 2 rnds: With B, knit. Drop B.

Next 4 rnds: With A, knit. Drop A.

Next 2 rnds: With C, knit. Drop C.

Next 10 rnds: With A, cont knitting in St st for 10 rnds or until piece measures desired length of wide end.

Dec rnd: With A, *k1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd -- 20 sts. Cont knitting in St st until middle section measures 3 inches or desired length of middle section.

Inc rnd: *K2, M1 (see Make 1 directions, page 66); rep from * to end of rnd -- 30 sts.

Continue knitting in St st for 10 rnds or to match length from the second stripe to the center. Drop A.

Next 2 rnds: With C, knit. Drop C.

Next 4 rnds: With A, knit. Drop A.

Next 2 rnds: With B, knit. Drop B.

Next 13 rnds: With A, continue knitting in St st for 13 rnds or until section matches the length of the first wide end. Remove marker.

Bind off.

Finishing

Sew one end tog. Cut and fold batting into a roll to fit inside the knitted tube. Add additional batting inside the wide ends. Sew the other end tog.

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