Large Woolley Knitted Donkey Stands 9" high
MATERIALS - Makes 2 donkeys
Two ounces of any 50 gram ball of double knitting in grey, brown or cream and small balls in yellow, black & white, and a few inches in red; No. 10 - 31/4 mm knitting needles; a short length of black 2 ply fingering for the features. Riling.
Note: This pattern is British. Work garter stitch throughout unless otherwise stated. Feel free to knit donkeys in any wool you have available, any colour or texture, as they all have individual personalities, just like their larger real donkey relatives here at the Sanctuary.
MAIN PART (For ease in following, mark one side of work with a marker or piece of scrap yarn as RS)
Cast on 8 sts
Rows 1 RS ( place marker or scrap yarn) knit
Row 2 knit
Row 3 (RS) Inc. 1 st. at the beginning of the next row (9sts)
Rows 4 - 6 Knit, ending with a WS row
Repeat these last 4 rows 4 times (13 sts.)
Break off wool and push the sts to the end of the needle.
Back Leg: On to the same needle, cast on 8 sts.
Rows 1 - 2 Knit
Row 3 Inc. 1 st. at beginning of next row, then k. 2 rows. ending w a S row
Row 6 Inc. 1 st. at end of next row, then knit 2 rows.
Row 9 Inc. 1 st. at each end of the next row (12 sts) then k. 3 rows.
Row 13 K. 2 tog., k. until 1 st. remains, inc K. 3 rows
Row 17 Repeat row 13, then k. 2 rows
Row 20 Inc. 1 st. at each end of the next row (14 sts.), then k. 2 rows.
Row 23: K 14, turn and cast on 10, turn and k. the 13 sts. from the front leg. (37 sts.) Ending with a S row
Row 1 : Knit all stitches.
Row 2 : Inc., k. to end.
Rows 3 - 4 Knit
Row 5 : Inc., k. to end. (39 sts.)
Rows 6 - 11 Knit, ending with a S row
Row 12 K.2 tog., k. to end.
13th Row: Inc (head end), k to end.
K 5 rows.
Repeat the 13th row and then the 12th row.
K. 2 rows.
Repeat the 13fh row and then the 12th row. (39 sts.)
K. 1 row.
Cast off 25 sts. at the beginning (tail end) of the next row. (14 sts.).
Neck - Inc. 1 st. at beginning of next row, then k. 5 rows.
Head - Cast on 4 sts. at the beginning of the next row and 3 sts. at the beginning of the following alternate row. (22 sts.)
K. 1 row, then inc. 1 st. at the end of next row.
K. 8 rows.
14th and 15th Rows: K. until 10 remain, turn and k. back.
16th and 17th Rows: K. until 9 remain, turn and k. back.
18th and 19th Rows: K. until 8 remain, turn and k. back.
20th and 21a Rows: K. until 7 remain, turn and k. back.
22nd and 23rd Rows: K. 2 tog., k. until 6 remain, turn and k. back until 2 remain, k 2 tog.
24th and 25th Rows: K. 2 tog., k. until 5 remain, turn and k. back until 2 remain, k. 2 tog.
26th and 27th Rows: K. 2 tog, k. until 4 remain, turn and k. back until 2 remain, k 2 tog. (17 sts.)
K. 1 row, then cast off.
Make another piece in the same way.
Work as for the main part until the 5th row of the body has been worked (39 sts.)
K. 2 rows then cast off
Make another piece in the same way. Sew the cast-off edges of the underbody together, leaving an opening
in the centre for stuffing.
Sew along top of head & back of main parts to the top of back legs, then from top of front legs to the
beginning of head, leaving front of head open. Sew the underbody to the main part, leaving the leg ends
open. Turn to right side and stuff. Sew up the opening in the underbody.
Large Woolley Knitted Donkey - Women's Weekly 1954