Victor and Vera knitted vikings

victor and vera knitted viking toys

A pattern published in one of the knitting magazines I subscribe to turned out to be the perfect project for this gift.

The lovely Viking “toys” suit him down to a T and I just know they’ll have a special place in his study.

The first step was to gather all the materials. I spent several hours on the internet, going from one shop to the next to buy all the different colours.  I realised I didn’t want to be knitting these on really long needles, so I popped down to the local craft store for some needles and the toy stuffing.

Finally, it was time to start. But oh!  I can’t be sitting knitting this whilst my boyfriend is present – so bang went my evening knitting in front of the TV!

I’ve resorted to crocheting a blanket in the evenings so he has no idea what I’m up to, and I’ve taken the yarn into the office so I can knit whilst away from him and keep this a surprise.

Fortunately, he doesn’t read my blog either.

So I’ve just started Victor now and I’ll show you progress over the next couple of weeks.

Victor legsHere, we have Victor’s legs, from the ankle, finished and getting ready to combine to start the body.

I used cable cast on as is asked for in every piece in the pattern, to give the firm finish that is required.

Increasing as you progress up the legs, is done by knitting through the front and back of the same stitch, a method I quite like as it’s hard to tell where the increase is and fits in nicely.

This week I’ve started the body but won’t be able to get back to it for at least another week as we’re off on holiday tomorrow.

Watch this space for the updates.

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