To celebrate the brand new series of Clangers on CBeebies, the BBC have produced a brand new free pattern so start knitting Clangers right now and make your very own Tiny Clanger
We couldn’t help ourselves! The Woman’s Weekly Team made our very own Tiny Clanger following the free BBC pattern. And while we were knitting and putting ours together, we made notes so that we could help you with yours.
Tiny Clanger’s body is cast on at the nose and knitted downwards towards the legs, finishing at the bottom.
To shape the snout you will need to use two fiddly techniques.
1. The first is the ‘m1’ or ‘make one’ (here at WW we call this an ‘up1’) increase.
To do this, pick up the loop between stitches and place it on the left-hand needle before working into the back of it to create a twist. If you don’t create a twist you will form unwanted holes in your work so be careful. We show you how it’s done in our knitting Clangers video below:
2. The short-row shaping technique, which is always a tough one if you’ve not tried it before.
Simply work the number of stitches stated in the BBC pattern (this will not be a whole row). Take the yarn to the front of the work between needles. Slip the next stitch from the left-hand to right-hand needle before slipping the stitch back to the right-hand needle.
Then turn your work over and follow the instructions for the next row. Don’t over-think it, just follow it exactly as it’s written. Trust us, it works!
When you work across a stitch you ‘wrapped’ on the previous row, make sure to pick up the wrap and work it together with the stitch. Have a look at the below video to see what we mean:
3. It’s difficult to see where you are with short-row shaping just by looking at your knitting, so use a Post-it to keep your place in your knitting pattern – just move it down after each row worked.
4. When knitting the Clanger neck gusset, the legs and the fingers, you are instructed to cast on stitches at the beginning of rows.
We like the knit cast-on method for this – it’s easier to sew into later, it’s neat and unlike other cast-on methods, it doesn’t interfere with any of your previously knitted stitches.
5. You should sew as many pieces together using mattress stitch as your can, except the ear pieces.
6. For the ear pieces, you’ll need to use a whip-stitch or oversewing technique to work through all three layers of the ear – the edging I-cord, the knitted ear piece and the felt ear lining.
7. When stitching the fabric pieces to knitting, pick a good thread colour match and use a very fine needle to keep your work looking neat. If you aren’t sure about thread colours, it’s better to go a shade darker than lighter for less visible stitching.
8. You will need to use the I-cord technique with double-pointed needles to knit the ear edgings and the hair pieces. It’s really easy! Just follow our video, below.
9. After knitting the I-cord for the ear edging and measuring it up against the ear felt and knitted pieces (it should fit around the row ends and cast-off edge when lightly stretched), don’t cast off, instead leave the live stitches on a safety pin or stitch holder so you can adjust the length as needed. We needed to make ours longer after stitching most of it down.
10. Stuff the body firmly to give your Clanger a better shape. For more thorough information about stuffing toys, watch this how-to video.
11. When inserting the safety eyes, use a bigger knitting needle to gently loosen a hole your knitting to allow space for the back point to push through (it’s impossible otherwise!).
12. Pin both ends of each hair piece to make sure you like how they are arranged. They do have a habit of moving around when you come to stitch them down and the pins will hold the in place.
13. When embroidering the clothes use a sharp-ended darning needle (or chenille needle) to puncture the felt. Use the same needle to sew the brown yarn through the clothes pieces later on.
14. Make sure you hide the cast-on and cast-off edges when you join the arms to the hands.
15. Don’t use your craft or fabric scissors for cutting out the paper templates as it can cause them to go blunt. Keep scissors that you use for cutting out fabric separately and try not to mix them up.