Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Not your average Mister Manatee

 Made available May 17th, 2016

Mister Manatee is not your typical manatee. He has no snout like a regular sea cow, and you might say that he’s a manatee-fish-whale hybrid. Yet, Mister Manatee is incredibly cute and is a perfect addition to your amigurumi collection, for children, for babies, and for kids at heart.

Best of all, he’s an easy knit, ideal for a first timer trying out knitting stuffed animals. He doesn’t take more than two hours to complete and uses a minimal amount of a single color and common weight of yarn (worsted/aran).

  • Yarn used: Cascade 220 Superwash [100% Wool]; color: 874; 1 skein
  • Needle: US size 4 (3.5mm) DPNs, set of four
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • Split stitch marker (to keep track of where you are in a row
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Two 9mm sized black craft eyes

5 sts/8 rows= 1 inch of stockinette stitch

M1L: Make one left (type of increase) K2tog: knit two together (type of decrease) SSK: slip, slip knit (type of decrease)


CO 6 sts, separate and knit in round 

1. k all sts
2. k1, M1L around (12)
3. k all sts

4. k2, M1L around (18) 
5-7. k all sts
8. k3, M1L around (24) 

9. k all sts
10. k4, M1L around (30) 
11-16. k all sts
17. k5, M1L around (36) 

18-31. k all sts
32. k2tog, k4 around (30) 
33. k all sts
34. k2tog, k3 around (24) 

35. k all sts
36. k2tog, k2 around (18)
*stuff, Mister Manatee is lightly stuffed. Do not stuff the “tail” which is knitted after this row.
37-41. k all sts
42. k3, M1L around (24)
43-45. k all sts
46. k6, k2tog, ssk, k4, k2tog, ssk, k6 (20)
47. k2tog twice in each of the three needles, so you end up with 14 sts.

After this, cut the yarn, thread through all sts very tightly so you end up with a rounded shape at the end for the tail.

Picture of manatee’s tail, top view

FLIPPERS (make 2):
Cast on 12 sts, knit in round 

1-5. k all sts
6. ssk, k8, k2tog (10)
7. k all sts

8. ssk, k6, k2tog (8)
9-11. k all sts

cut yarn, thread through all sts.

Picture of manatee completed and sewed up, bottom view

***Please do not reproduce this pattern for personal profit of the pattern or finished piece. Thank you.***

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