Friday, November 10, 2006

Captain Underpants - Free Pattern


Materials:
1 ball Hayfield Bonus Toytime DK Yarn Flesh tone (963)
1 ball white sport weight yarn (I used Red Heart)
1 ball red sport weight yarn (again, Red Heart)
Black embroidery yarn for detailing.
Washable stuffing

Needles:
Size 2 DPN’s or 40” circular size 2 (magic loop).

Gage:
6 sts per inch, 8 rows per inch. (but really, don’t sweat this. I like to knit toys tightly so when you stuff it, the stuffing is not really visible)

Abbreviations:

CO = Cast on
loop CO = Backward-Loop Cast-On
kfb = Knit Front & Back: Knit a stitch, leaving stitch on left needle; knit into the back loop of this stitch
ssk - Slip, slip, knit: Slip one stitch as if to knit, slip the next stitch as if to purl, knit the two together through the back loops.
k2tog = Knit two together: Knit two stitches together as if they were a single stitch.
(if you don't know what these are, always go to Knitting Help.com)

Body:

In white, CO 6 stitches. Distribute among 3 needles (spaces) and join, being careful not to twist. Place marker.

Rnd 1: Kfb around. 12 sts.
Rnd 2: K all sts.
Rnd 3: Kfb, kfb, kfb, kfb, kfb, kfb, k6. 18 sts.
Rnd 4: K all sts.
Rnd5: Kfb, kl, kfb, kl, kfb, k2, kfb, k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k6. 24 sts.
Rnd 6: K all sts.
Rnd 7: Kfb, k2, kfb, k2, kfb, k4, kfb, k2, kfb, k2, kfb, k6. 30 sts.
Rnd 8: K all sts.
Rnd 9: Kfb, k3, kfb, k3, kfb, k6, kfb, k3, kfb, k3, kfb, k6. 36 sts.
Rnd 10: K all sts.
Rnd 11: Kfb, k4, kfb, k4, kfb, k8, kfb, k4, kfb, k4, kfb, k6. 42 sts.
Rnd 12: K all sts.
Rnd 13: Kfb, k5, kfb, k5, kfb, k10, kfb, k5, kfb, k5, kfb, k6. 48 sts.
Rnd 14: K all sts.
Rnd 15: Kfb, k6, kfb, k6, kfb, k12, kfb, k6, kfb, k6, kfb, k6. 54 sts.
Rnd 16: K all sts.
Rnd 17: Kfb, k7, kfb, k7, kfb, k14, kfb, k7, kfb, k7, kfb, k6. 60 sts.
Rnd 18: K all sts.
Rnd 19: Kfb, k8, kfb, k8, kfb, k16, kfb, k8, kfb, k8, kfb, k6. 66 sts.
Rnd 20: K all sts.
Rnd 21: Kfb, k9, kfb, k9, kfb, k18, kfb, k9, kfb, k9, kfb, k6. 72 sts.
Rnd 22:.K all sts.
Rnd 23: Kfb, k10, kfb, k10, kfb, k20, kfb, k10, kfb, k10, kfb, k6. 78 sts.
Rnd 24: P all sts
Rnd 25-28: K all sts.
Rnd 29: P all sts

Change to flesh colored yarn.

Rnd 30: Ssk, k10, ssk, k10, ssk, k20, k2tog, k10, k2tog, k10, k2tog, k6. 72 sts.
Rnd 31: K all sts.
Rnd 32: Ssk, k9, ssk, k9, ssk, k18, k2tog, k9, k2tog, k9, k2tog, k6. 66 sts.
Rnd 33: K all sts:
Rnd 34: Ssk, k8, ssk, k8, ssk, k16, k2tog, k8, k2tog, k8, k2tog, k6. 60 sts.
Rnd 35: K all sts.
Rnd 36: Ssk, k7, ssk, k7, ssk, k14, k2tog, k7, k2tog, k7, k2tog, k6. 54 sts.
Rnd 37: K all sts.
Rnd 38: Ssk, k6, ssk, k6, ssk, k12, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k6. 48 sts.
Rnd 39: K all sts.
Rnd 40: Ssk, k5, ssk, k5, ssk, k10, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k6. 42 sts.
Rnd 41: K all sts.
Rnd 42: *k2, k2tog* repeat from * to the last st, k1, 32 sts.
Rnd 43 – 59: K all sts.

Embroider the black band between the purl stitches on the “underwear”. Embroider the chest. Embroider the face by looking at the following photo.


After you’re done with embroidering, stuff the body with washable stuffing.

Rnd 60: *k2, k2tog*, 24 sts.
Rnd 61: K all sts.
Rnd 62: *k1, k2tog*, 16 sts.
Rnd 63: K all sts.
Rnd 64: *k2tog*, 8 sts.

Break off the yarn leaving an 18-inch tail. Using yarn needle, thread through remaining sts starting with first k2tog stitch you made (st to the left of the st). Take this opportunity to make sure the very top of the head is stuffed to your liking. Pull tail tightly to close, tie small knot into fabric very close to the opening and hide yarn end inside the toy.

Arms (make two)

CO 8 stitches in flesh colored yarn. Distribute among 3 needles (spaces) and join, being careful not to twist. Place marker.

All rounds: K all sts

Knit until arm measures 2¼” long.

Break yarn, leaving a 12-inch tail. Using yarn needle, thread through sts starting with the st to the left of the last st. Pull yarn tail firmly to close the opening. Push needle through opening, and turn arm inside out. Make small knot inside, and break yarn. Turn back to right side.

Legs (make two)

CO 12 stitches in flesh colored yarn. Distribute among 3 needles (spaces) and join, being careful not to twist. Place marker.
All rounds: K all sts.

Knit until leg measures 2½” long.

Last round: *k2tog* around. 6 sts.

Break yarn, leaving a 12-inch tail. Using yarn needle, thread through sts starting with first k2tog stitch you made (st to the left of the st). Pull yarn tail firmly to close the opening. Push needle through opening, and turn leg inside out. Make small knot inside, and break yarn. Turn back to right side.

Cape:

The cape is knit flat

CO 60 sts in red yarn.

Knit in stockinette for 1½” (knit first row, purl second, etc. . .)

*k2, k2tog*, 45 sts.

Knit in stockinette for 1”

*k2, k2tog* to the last st, k1, 34 sts.

Knit in stockinette for ¾”

*k2, k2tog* to the last 2 sts, k2tog, 25 sts.

Knit in stockinette for 1¼”

Next Row: K 25, Loop CO 18 sts, 43 sts.
Next Row: Purl 43, loop CO 18 sts, 60 sts.
Next Row: K60
Next Row: P60
Next Row: K60
Next Row: P60
Bind off.

Finishing

Stuff the arms and legs.

Sew pieces to body using photo as reference.


Alternative (if you want to sit it on a computer):

Knit the body as shown above. Before you stuff it, slip a bean bag into the bottom of the body. Stuff as per pattern. Sew the feet towards the front so you can sit him.

Please email a URL of a photo once you're done with him.

I may make a shirt, pants and toupee to make him into a Mr. Krupp.


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7 comments:

Ravuya said...

That's really cool! Have you considered submitting it to Craft?

Anonymous said...

OMG -- this is the greatest thing I have EVER seen!! Thank you soo much for posting the free pattern. My kids are C.U. freaks -- can't wait to knit them each one. (Although, I must say, the thought of my daughter cuddling her middle-aged balding man-doll in his underpants is somewhat disturbing, no??)

Red Rocket said...

My son is just delighted. Thank you for all the hard work posting the pattern. It's just great!

Anonymous said...

My Mum's effort is on my blog - www.thecompletefabrication.blogspot.com

What a great pattern. Thanks for publishing it!

Marnie said...

Cute pattern! I'm going to give th is a whirl. Where did you find the Hayfield Bonus Toytime yarn? Thanks!

Beedorcas said...

I love your pattern. I made it with Peaches n' Cream cotton, which turned out pretty well. There is a picture of it in my blog.

allison l said...

Thank you so much for the pattern! My son loves it - and now my other son wants super diaper baby. I will e-mail you a photo so you can post it (i don't have a website or blog).