Check out this little cutie:
This is Sherman the Square Dancing Stegosaurus, knit from a Rebecca Danger pattern.
I knit Sherman from Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in the “Hullabalo” colorway, using a U.S. size 2 (2.75mm) needle to achieve a nice firm fabric.
Sherman measures 14″ from the tip of his nose the the end of his tail and took around two-thirds of the skein of yarn.
I did make a few mods — rather than knit the spines and legs separately and sew them on. I picked up stitches from the body and knit them directly onto the body. To aid in this, I marked the placement of the appendages along his body with locking stitch markers:
I knit Sherman entirely on two circular needles. I used Judy’s Magic Cast-on to cast-on the few stitches needed to start his nose, As you knit the body, you stuff as you go, so that by the time you have bound off the last stitches at the tip of his tail, you have a fully stuffed critter.
Picking up stitches and knitting the spikes and legs from a stuffed body was a bit awkward but I discovered a trick that helped — I divided the stitches over my two circular needles (all the appendages are knit in the round) but instead of using the end of the same needle to knit the stitches, I knit each set off onto another circular needle. It’s a lot easier to do this when you are knitting the stitches right up next to the stuffed body. When I got an inch or so away from the body, I was able to go back to knitting on the two circulars normally.
My favorite thing about Sherman?
His little feet!
Lucy is enjoying her Sunday brunch.