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Knit a Cute Cuddly Toy Zebra

Rainbow Zebra Nora is looking for a new home. Just follow our knitting instructions and soon the knitted animal can move in with you.

The abbreviations at a glance:

  • Right: Right
  • Left: Left
  • Round: round
  • str .: knit
  • MS: pattern set
  • M .: mesh
  • Nd: needle
  • first: increase
  • U .: envelope
  • bind off: bind off
  • LL .: run length
  • continued: continuous
  • R .: row
  • first: increase
  • Rdm .: edge stitch
  • abn .: lose weight
  • over / under: cover
  • Connection: stop
  • knl .: ball
  • N .: Needle
  • U: envelope
  • Lm .: air mesh

 

You need this: 

  • Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Superfine (100% virgin wool, LL 160 m / 50 g) in natural white and dove blue, remains in bright blue, pink, purple, red, yellow and orange
  • 2 black beads, Ø 12 mmf needles size 2.5-3 mm (or other gauge according to mesh)
  • Crochet hook 2.5-3 mm
  • Stuffing or padding needle
  • white filling cotton
  • scissors
  • adhesive

 

Knitting pattern for a cute zebra

Tip: Nora becomes a normal zebra when knitted in black and white. But even a donkey is possible, then knit it with a gray body, white snout and dark gray or black hooves.

Strip sequence: Knit 3 turns each in any color and 2 turns in natural white alternately. The rainbow will be especially beautiful if you pay attention to a harmonious sequence. If you are knitting a black and white zebra, replace the colorful ringlets with black ones.

9 M in natural white, spread to 3 Nd (= 3 sts each nd) and stockinette st in sts. It is worked from the rump towards the neck, first in natural white.

1st round: All sts.

2nd round: Out of every M 2 st (= 18 sts).

4th round: Out every 2 sts (= 27 sts).

Round 6: Out every 3 sts M 2 sts (= 36 sts).

Round 8: Out every 4 sts (= 45 sts).

Round 10: Out every 5 sts M 2 sts (= 54 sts).

Round 13: Out every 6th M 2 sts (= 63 sts).

15th round: Start with the strip sequence and continue until the end weiterstr.

17th round: Out of every 7th M 2 sts out (= 72 sts).

18.-47. round: All the sts in stripe str. Distribute the M evenly to 4 Nd (= 18 M per Nd).

Round 48: * 6 sts, 2 sts, 2 sts, 2 sts, 6 sts; from * still 3 times (= 64 M).

Round 54 (It’s the 2nd natural white round after the 8th colored streak): Here and in a few rounds following, shortened rows are worked in to form the neck. A detailed description of the technique of the shortened series can be found in the chapter “Techniques”. Work 1 round, then work (Aw).

The shortened rows over the 1st and 2nd nd in natural white str.

Back row: WM, 31 M li to R-end, Aw

Outline: World Cup, 24 M re, Aw. Back row: World Cup, 17 M li, Aw.

Outline: WM, 24 m to R-end. Continue with a colored ring in Rd.

55th round (color): All ref.

56th round (color): * 5 sts, 2 sts in stocking st, 2 sts, 2 sts in stocking st, 5 sts; from * still 3 times (= 56 M).

57th round (color): All ref.

58th lap (natural white): All turns.

59th round (natural white): 1 full Rdstr, then turn the work (Aw). Shortened R over the 1st and 2nd nd in natural white as follows:

Back row: WM, 27 M li to R-end, Aw.

Outline: WM 21 M re, Aw.

Back row: World Cup, 14 M li, Aw.

Row: World Cup, 21 minutes to the end. Continue with a colored ring in Rd.

60th round (color): All sts.

Round 61 (color): * 4 sts, 2 sts in stocking st, 2 sts, 2 sts in stocking st, 4 sts in stock; from * still 3 times (= 48 M).

62nd round (color): All sts.

63rd lap (natural white): All m reg.

Round 64 (natural white): Work 1 round, then work (Aw). Shortened R over the 1st and 2nd nd in natural white str as follows:

Reverse row: WM, 23 M li to R-end, Aw.

Outline: WM 18 M re, Aw.


Back row: World Cup, 13 M li, Aw.

Outline: WM, 18 m to R-end. Continue with a colored ring in Rd.

65th round (color): All sts.

Round 66 (color): * 3 sts, 2 sts in stocking st, 2 sts, 2 sts in stocking st, 3 sts; from * still 3 times (= 40 M).

67th round (color): All sts. 68th round (natural white): All m sts.

69th round (natural white): 1 full round str, then turn the work (Aw). Shortened R over the 1st and 2nd nd in natural white str as follows:

Back row: World Cup, 19 M li to R-end, Aw.

Outline: WM 15 M re, Aw.

Back row: World Cup, 11 M li, Aw.

Outline: WM, 15 m to R-end.

Continue with a colored ring in Rd.

70th round (color): All ref.

71st round (color): * 2 sts, 2 sts, 2 sts, 2 sts, 2 sts; from * still 3 times (= 32 M).

72nd round (color): All ref.

73rd round (natural white): All m reg.

Round 74 (natural white): Work 1 round, then work (Aw). Shortened R over the 1st and 2nd nd in natural white str as follows:

Back row: WM, 15 M li to R-end, Aw.

Outline: WM 12 M re, Aw.

Back row: World Cup, 7 M li, Aw.

Outline: WM, 12 m to R-end.

Continue with a colored ring in Rd.

75th-77th Round (color): All M re str.

78th and 79th rounds (natural white): All m reg.

80th round: All M abk. Sew thread ends, stuff the body, leave the neck opening open!

For the tail, pull 3 threads of yarn approximately 30 cm long in bright blue in the middle of the back at the back through the knit and braid into a braid. Fix with a knot – done!

Hind legs:

Add 27 sts in natural white, spread to 3 rounds (9 sts each) and stockinette sts.

1.-34. Round: 5 Rd in natural white, 3 Rd in any color, 2 Rd in natural white, 3 Rd in color, 2 Rd in natural white, 3 Rd in color, 2 Rd in natural white, 3 Rd in color, 2 Rd in natural white, 3 Rd in color, 6 Rd in natural white str. Then continue to the end in pigeon blue weiterstr.

35th-43rd Round: All M re in pigeon blue str.

44th Round: Only this round left.

45th round: All m reg.

Round 46: 9 times every 2nd and 3rd round (= 18 sts).

47th round: All m sts. Round 48: 9 times every 1st and 2nd round (= 9 sts).

49th round: All m sts.

Finish the knit after the 49th round (see General Techniques). Make both hind legs the same and then stuff them out, cramming the hoof tightly and getting very loose at the top. Put the legs with the loosely stuffed side flat under the body or staple and sew around in the mattress stitch, closing the opening.

Forelimbs:

Stir 8 sts in natural white, divide to 4 nds (= 2 sts each nd) and stockinette sts in sts.

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th round: 
 1st and 3rd Needle: Each time out of the 1st M 2 sts.
 2nd and 4th needle: out of the last M 2 sts out (= 28 sts).

6.-33. Round: 3 Rd in color, 2 Rd in natural white, 3 Rd in color, 2 Rd in natural white, 3 Rd in color, 2 Rd in natural white, 3 Rd in color, 2 Rd in natural white, 3 Rd in color, 5 Rd in Natural white str.

34th round (natural white): Add 2 sts at any point (= 27 sts). Distribute the M evenly to 3 Nd (= 9 sts per nd). The hoof in pigeon blue as hard as the hind leg (35th-49th round). Plug out the foreleg before starting to take off, stuffing very loosely at the top. Finish the knit after the 49th round (see General Techniques). Both front legs are the same size, with the loosely stuffed side laterally flat or stuck to the body and sewed all around in the mattress stitch.

Head:

Add 6 sts in natural white, spread evenly to 3 nds (= 2 sts each nd) and stockinette sts in sts.

1st Round: Out of every M 2 sts (= 12 sts).

2nd round: Out every 2 sts (= 18 sts).

4th round: Out every 3 sts M 2 sts (= 24 sts). Starting from this round in the basic pattern 3 Rd Bunt and 2 Rdnatural white alternating st.

Round 6: Out every 4 sts (= 30 sts).

8th round: Out of every 5th st 2 sts (= 36 sts).

Round 10: Extract from every 6 sts 2 sts (= 42 sts).

12th round: Out every 7th st 2 sts out (= 48 sts).

15th round: Out every 8th st from 2 sts (= 54 sts).

Round 18: Pull out 2 sts each time for 9 sts (= 60 sts).

19th-24th Round: All sts.

Round 25: 6 sts, 7 sts off, 6 sts, 2nd and 3rd round all sts.

Round 26: 6 sts, 7 sts up or garter, 6 sts, 2nd and 3rd round all sts.

27.-32. Round: All sts. Cut off all threads. Instead of 3 Nd, the M will now be distributed to 4 Nd. To do this, move the first 10 sts from the 1st nd to a free nd (= 4.dd from now on). Now rearrange the M as follows: Move the first 5 sts from the 2nd nd to the 1st nd; Move the last 5 sts from the 3rd nd to the 4th nd (= 15 sts per nd). The transition from the 4th Nd to the 1st Nd (= beginning of the round) lies in the middle of the neck hole. Here, the color change takes place from now on.

Round 33: * 5 sts, 2 sts, 1 st, 2 sts, 5 sts; from * still 3 times (= 52 M).

Round 36: * 4 sts, 2 sts, 1 st, 2 sts, 4 sts; from * still 3 times (= 44 M).

Round 39: * 3 sts, 2 sts, 1 st, 2 sts, 3 sts; from * still 3 times (= 36 M).

Round 43: * 2 sts, 2 sts, 1 st, 2 sts, 2 sts; from * 3 more times (= 28 M).

51.-54th Round (bang blue): All M re str. From the 51rd Rd to the end in bright blue weiterstr. 55th, 57th,

58th, 59th and 60th rounds (bright blue):
 1st and 3rd needle: in each case the last 2 sts apt.
2nd and 4th needle: Reap the first 2 sts each time (= 8 sts).

Finish the knit after the 60th round (see General Techniques, page 6). The instructions for stuffing and creating the eye sockets can be found in the chapter “Basic instructions”. Put the head dull on the neck and sew it around in the stitch of a matte. The nostrils in powder blue wool arb.

ears:

Mix 24 sts in natural white, divide to 4 nds (6 sts each) and stockinette sts.

1st-12th Round: All sts.

13th, 16th, 19th and 22nd Round: 1st and 3rd Needle: each time the first 2 sts off.
 2nd and 4th needle: the last 2 sts each time (= 8 sts).

Finish the knit after the 22nd round (see General Techniques). Both ears are the same size, at the lower end sew together to a tunnel of about 1 cm in length and sew them dull to the head.

Mane:

Mix 24 sts in natural white, divide to 4 nds (6 sts each) and stockinette sts. 1st-12th Round: All sts. 13th, 16th, 19th and 22nd Round: 1st and 3rd Needle: each time the first 2 sts off.
 2nd and 4th Needle: Add the last 2 sts each time (= 8 sts). Finish the knit after the 22nd round (see General Techniques). Both ears are the same size, at the lower end sew together to a tunnel of about 1 cm in length and sew them dull to the head.

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