These finger puppies (left) and human finger puppets (right) are super cute and super easy to make. They make excellent little gifts for little kids (and big kids, i.e., adults), for hospitalized children in children’s hospitals, for your friends who love dogs, and anyone who needs a smile. Plus, you get to use any scrap or leftover yarn you already have stashed away.
The first picture is of puppies and the 2nd is of U.S.A presidential candidates McCain and Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. Both knitting patterns are from Chris Knits in Niagara (chrisknitsinniagara.blogspot.com). Chris designed the finger puppet pattern for her charitable work for her local children’s hospital and am sure the gifts are a welcomed sight for sick kids.
I’ve written both knitting patterns below – verbatim. If you wish to read another language, enter your desired language in the Google Translate App located to the left.
Knitting Pattern for Finger Puppies (source= chrisknitsinniagra.blogspot.com)
to separate muzzle into 2 halves (see photo). Securely fasten the ends of the embroidery on the inside of the dog. Now you can stitch up the back opening, and sew in all the ends of yarns
SIZE: One size: 2.5 inches tall.
MATERIALS: Worsted weight scraps, acrylics best for washability, but any yarn is fine, self-striping colors for clothes, your choice of color for face, browns and other “hair colors” for hair.
Fingering, sock yarn, or embroidery cotton for face details, rosy-beiges for the smile, and brown, blue, green for eyes.
One pair of 4.5 mm needles, small double points are convenient, but full size will work too.
Darning needle to embroider the face, crochet hook to attach long hair.
GAUGE: Not important, but is approximately 20 sts and 26 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch
PATTERN: With 4.5 mm needles and clothing color, cast on 10 sts. Work in garter stitch (knit each row) for 4 rows.
Work stocking stitch (knit right side, purl wrong side) for 4 rows.
Break off clothes yarn, leaving 6 inches (to close seam later).
Using face yarn work 5 rows in stocking stitch (end with wrong side facing).
Break face yarn, and leave 6-inch tail.
Using hair yarn, PURL first row.
Next row Purl again (on the right side)
Next row [K1, K2 together] repeat 2 more times, K1 (7 stitches left)
Last row, P1, [P2 together] repeat to end (4 stitches left)
Using darning needle gather remaining stitches on 8-inch tail, and secure but don’t close seam yet.
While the back is open, embroider face using sock yarn or similar fine yarn. Tie the ends securely inside the puppet (see photos) and trim close to knots. Sew the back seam with the coordination color tail of yarn and secure all loose ends in the seam. For ponytail, cut 6 strands about 8 inches long. Using 3 strands, fold in half and use a crochet hook to pull through near bottom of hairline in the back right side, and either braid or knot to hold in place. Repeat on back left front.
Here are my human finger puppets -> presidential hopefuls, McCain (left) and Obama (right) knitted during the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. Cute, aren’t they?
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Both patterns are retyped verbatim from http://chrisknitsinniagara.blogspot.com/2008/04/puppy-puppets.html. Visit Chris Knits In Niagara to see what knitting projects are on her needles.