Meet Joris. Joris is…let’s see…a dragon. At least I think he is one. Joris is an Annita Wilschut pattern available here. Wilschut says that “Joris is a weird creature. He’s got 6 points or maybe horns on his head. So, he looks like a dragon, but he does not dare to say so. He’s afraid people may get scared.” So, a dragon. A dragon with keen sensibilities about what we people are able to tolerate in our knitted critters.
Joris’s toes and fingers are a bit fiddly to knit. But the pattern directions are spot on and very clearly laid out. If you want a Joris, as long as you’re proficient with double-pointed needles (that’s what I use) or magic loop technique, go for it!
I knit this Joris in Limbo Mexiko Color, by Schoeller + Stahl. It’s a DK weight. I just let the colors fall where they happened to fall. I must say that the muzzle and face colors worked out remarkably well!
Here’s a closer look at his spikey horns.
A seriously excellent dragon. I’ve knit him once before and blogged about Joris #1 here.
This is going to be an all-Wilschut blogpost. I am such a big fan of her work! This is the first time I’ve knit what I call my blue pup and what Wilschut calls Victoria.
I am super-pleased with how Victoria turned out. (Do be sure to pick up the errata on the pattern page, though: On page 5 of the pattern, the directions should be “close the round and knit 5 stitches” (not just “close the round.”)
Victoria is one of Wilschut’s early releases. It’s a tad less clear in some places than I’d have hoped. Unfortunately I knitted a back leg backwards at one point. My pup is wearing a collar because his neck turned out to be quite messy. I couldn’t get the pick-up of stitches to be as neat as it should have been. I think her collar is cute though. And her head being cocked to one side is so endearing. The perfect gesture for this pup.
I’m not much of an embroiderer, as I’ve often confessed. For Victoria I took the easy way out and used both safety eyes AND a safety nose. I had one size nose in my stash and it fit Victoria perfectly.
I knit my blue pup version in Schachenmyr’s Extrafine Merino. It’s a DK weight, which is very close to the sport weight that the pattern calls for.
Next up is Nellie Hippo and Elephant Floor. Again I used Schachenmyr’s Extrafine Merino DK. The pattern can be knit in any weight yarn, of course. Well as long as you don’t run out. One pattern provides the directions for both critters.
Mine are definitely a pair, knit in reverse-colored sundresses.
Ok. Everyone at once: “What’s with the ears?” I know. A tad odd. No two ways about it. I’ve made my peace with Floor’s ears and suggest that you can too. She’s a fun knit.
Same for Nellie. Fun. And knit all in one piece–just like all the Wilschut patterns. When the knitting’s done you aren’t left with a pile of pieces to sew together. Knit. Stuff. Enjoy.
Here’s the pair snuggled together thinking about what matters most in their world. I heard them discuss that it doesn’t matter if you have warts on your muzzle or stupid ears. You don’t pick your friends by how they look. They decided being a friend and having one is what it’s all about.