Lion Brand Heartland Homespun Animal Talk Throw

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by Amy Bahrt, Lion Brand

Lion Brand Heartland Homespun Animal Talk Throw

Children will love the animals on this super soft throw!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:6 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Use a gauge of about 18 sts + 21 rows (about 4 inch) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) to make a throw that measures 29 inch x 38 inch. Save time, check your gauge. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 inch square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
    Download template for abbreviations not explained elsewhere and the Charts.
    Special stitch:
    kfb (knit in front and back) = Knit next st without removing it from left needle, then k through back of same st – 1 st increased.
    Notes:
    A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of sts. Work back and forth on circular needle as if working on straight needles.
    Throw is worked in intarsia and stranded colorwork, following Charts.
    When working from Chart, work in St st (k on RS, p on WS), reading RS rows from right to left and WS rows from left to right.
    When working in intarsia colorwork, do not carry unused color(s) across WS of work. Use a separate ball of yarn for each color section. Wind yarns into separate balls as needed. Twist yarns on WS to prevent holes.
    When working in stranded colorwork, carry color not in use across WS of work.
    End with a WS row means that the last row you work should be a WS row, and the next row that you are ready to work will be a RS row.
    Borders are worked in one piece with the Throw.
  • 2
    With circular needle and Everglades, cast on 130 sts.
    Work in Garter st (k every row) for 8 rows.
    *Begin Checkerboard Chart 1
    Next Row (RS): With Everglades, k5 for Garter st border, working in St st (k on RS, p on WS) and stranded colorwork, work Row 1 of Checkerboard Chart 1 across to last 5 sts, with Everglades, k5 for Garter st border.
    Keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st with Everglades and rem sts in Chart and St st, work until Row 4 of Checkerboard Chart 1 has been completed.
    **
  • 3
    Begin Cow Chart:
    Next Row (RS): With Everglades, k5, with Glacier Bay, k53, working in St st and intarsia colorwork, work Row 1 of Cow Chart across next 51 sts, with Glacier Bay, k16, with Everglades, k5.
    Keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st with Everglades, keeping in Chart, and rem sts in St st with Glacier Bay, work until Row 16 of Cow Chart has been completed.
  • 4
    Begin Moo Chart:
    Next Row (RS): With Everglades, k5, with Glacier Bay, k20, working in St st and stranded colorwork, work Row 1 of Moo Chart across next 17 sts, With Glacier Bay, k16, work Row 17 of Cow Chart over next 51 sts, with Glacier Bay, k16, with Everglades, k5.
    Keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st with Everglades, keeping in charts, and rem sts in St st with Glacier Bay, work as established until all Row 9 of Moo Chart has been completed; then continue as established until Row 42 of Cow Chart has been completed.
    Keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st with Everglades and rem sts in St st with Glacier Bay, work 4 rows.
  • 5
    Begin Checkerboard Chart 2:
    *Next Row (RS): With Everglades, k5, working in St st and stranded colorwork, work Row 1 of Checkerboard Chart 2 across to last 5 sts, with Everglades, k5.
    Keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st with Everglades and rem sts in Chart and St st, work until Row 4 of Checkerboard Chart 2 has been completed.
  • 6
    ** Begin Duck Chart:
    Next Row (RS): With Everglades, k5 for Garter st border, k53, working in St st and intarsia colorwork, work Row 1 of Duck Chart across next 51 sts, with Everglades, k16, k5 for Garter st border.
    Keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st with Everglades, keeping in Chart and rem sts in St st with Everglades, work until Row 16 of Duck Chart has been completed.
  • 7
    Begin Quack Chart:
    Next Row (RS): With Everglades, k5 for Garter st border, k14, working in St st and stranded colorwork, work Row 1 of Quack Chart across next 29 sts, with Everglades, k10, work Row 17 of Duck Chart over next 51 sts, with Everglades, k16, k5 for Garter st border.
    Keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st with Everglades, keeping in Charts and rem sts in St st with Everglades, work until Row 10 of Quack Chart has been completed, then continue as established until Row 42 of Duck Chart has been completed.
    With Everglades and keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st and rem sts in St st, work 4 rows.
  • 8
    Begin Checkerboard Chart 1:
    Rep from * to ** of Checkerboard Chart 1.
  • 9
    Begin Sheep Chart Next Row (RS):
    With Everglades, k5, with Glacier Bay, k53, working in St st and intarsia colorwork, work Row 1 of Sheep Chart across next 51 sts, with Glacier Bay, k16, with Everglades, k5.
    Keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st with Everglades, keeping in Chart and rem sts in St st with Glacier Bay, work until Row 16 of Sheep Chart has been completed.
  • 10
    Begin Baa Chart:
    Next Row (RS): With Everglades, k5, with Glacier Bay, k20, working in St st and stranded colorwork, work Row 1 of Baa Chart across next 17 sts, with Glacier Bay, k16, work Row 17 of Sheep Chart over next 51 sts, with Glacier Bay, k16, with Everglades, k5.
    Keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st with Everglades, keeping in charts and rem sts in St st with Glacier Bay, work until Row 17 of Baa Chart has been completed, then continue as established until Row 42 of Sheep Chart has been completed.
    Keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st with Everglades and rem sts in St st with Glacier Bay, work 4 rows.
  • 11
    Begin Checkerboard Chart 2:
    Rep from * to ** of Checkerboard Chart 2.
  • 12
    Begin Pig Chart:
    Next Row (RS): With Everglades, k5, for Garter st border, k53, working St st and stranded colorwork, work Row 1 of Pig Chart across next 51 sts, with Everglades, k16, k5 for Garter st border.
    Keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st with Everglades, keeping in chart and rem sts in St st with Everglades, work until Row 16 of Pig Chart has been completed.
  • 13
    Begin Oink Chart:
    Next Row (RS): With Everglades, k5, for Garter st border, k19, working in St st and stranded colorwork work Row 1 of Oink Chart across next 19 sts, with Everglades, k15, work Row 17 of Pig Chart over 51 sts, with Everglades, k16, k5 for Garter st border.
    Keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st with Everglades, keeping in charts and rem sts in St st with Everglades, work until Row 9 of Oink Chart has been completed, then continue as established until Row 42 of Pig Chart has been completed.
    With Everglades only, keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st and rem sts in St st, work 4 rows.
  • 14
    Begin Last Checkerboard:
    Note: Substitute Everglades for Glacier Bay on Chart 1.
    Next Row (RS): With Everglades, k5, for Garter st border, working in St st and stranded colorwork, work Row 1 of Checkerboard Chart 1 across to last 5 sts, with Everglades, k5 for Garter st border.
    Keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st with Everglades and rem sts in St st, work until Row 4 of Checkerboard Chart 1 has been completed.
    With Everglades only, work in Garter st for 8 rows.
    Bind off.
  • 15
    Finishing:
    Note:
    Ears, wing and tails are small objects that can present a choking hazard. These embellishments can be omitted if you prefer. If you do add them, sew ears and tail to completed Throw very securely, knotting yarn ends carefully to prevent baby from pulling them from Throw. Embroidered French knot animal eyes can also present a choking hazard if not properly secured. If you do choose to add them, be sure to knot all yarn ends very securely.
  • 16
    Cow:
    Tail:
    With Acadia and crochet hook, make a chain about 3 inch long. Fasten off. Knot one end. Sew opposite end to Cow.
    Ear:
    With Acadia, cast on 3 sts.
    Knit one row, purl one row.
    Inc Row (RS): Kfb, k1, kfb – 5 sts.
    Purl 1 row.
    Inc Row: Kfb, k3, kfb – 7 sts.
    Purl 1 row, knit 1 row.
    Dec Row (WS): P2tog, p3, p2tog – 5 sts rem.
    Knit 1 row.
    Dec Row: P2tog, p1, p2tog – 3 sts rem.
    Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. With tail, sew ear to Cow.
    With Glacier Bay, embroider a French knot for eye.
  • 17
    Duck:
    Wing:
    With Yellowstone, cast on 15 sts.
    Beg with a RS (knit) row, work in St st for 4 rows.
    Dec Row (RS): K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog – 13 sts rem.
    Purl 1 row.
    Rep last 2 rows twice more – 9 sts rem.
    Dec Row (RS): K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog – 7 sts rem.
    Bind off.
    With RS facing and crochet hook, join Yosemite at one corner of wing. Work slip st around edge of wing, leaving cast-on edge of Wing unworked.
    Fasten off.
    Sew wing to Duck.
    With Everglades, embroider a French knot for eye.
  • 18
    Sheep:
    Ear:
    With Sequoia, work as for Cow ear. Sew ear to Sheep.
    With Glacier Bay, embroider a French knot for eye.
  • 19
    Pig:
    Ear:
    With Denali, cast on 5 sts.
    Beg with a RS (knit) row, work in St st for 4 rows.
    Dec Row (RS): K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog – 3 sts rem.
    Purl 1 row.
    Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Thread tail through rem 3 sts and pull to gather. Knot securely, then use yarn tail to sew ear to Pig.
    Tail:
    With Denali and crochet hook, make a chain about 3 inch long. Fasten off. Coil chain into a tight spiral and sew to Pig.
    With Everglades, embroider a French knot for eye.
    Weave in ends.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:6 hours

Project Supplies

  • Lion Brand Heartland Yarn Everglades 104769661 (3)
  • Lion Brand Heartland Yarn Glacier Bay 104769663 (2)
  • Lion Brand Heartland Yarn Arcadia 104769641
  • Lion Brand Heartland Yarn Yosemite 104769669
  • Lion Brand Heartland Yarn Sequoia 104774124
  • Lion Brand Heartland Yarn Denali
  • Lion Brand Heartland Yarn Yellowstone 104769667
  • Lion Brand Homespun Yarn Deco 104210593
  • Lion Brand Crochet Hook Size G-6/4.00 mm 104239367
  • Circular Knitting Needles 36 inch US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Lion Brand Blunt End Needles Large Eye 6 pc. 104755288
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