Zozo grew from bits of I-cord and from playing with shaping that could be done to a ball after it was knit.
He was not really designed, but rather came to be.
model: Zozo photos: P. Wickens
Head Diameter: 2.5 inches Height: 7 inches
Swish Superwash [100% superwash
wool; 110yd/100m per 50g
skein]; color: shown in
Bok Choy and Deep Ocean;
less than one skein.
amount of lightweight black
yarn, used for embroidering
Recommended needle size [always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]
1 set US #4/3.5mm double-point needles
2 plastic safety eyes, 0.25 inch/6mm diameter (optional)
2 3-inch pieces of chenille stem (pipe cleaner) in same color as yarn (optional)
22 sts/28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st Note: Yarn is knit more tightly than recommended ball band gauge to ensure a firm fabric, which will give toy additional structure and prevent stuffing from seeping out.
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
BODY AND HEAD
Note: When working with a small number of sts, you may find
it easier to divide them between 2 needles, instead of 3.
Body and Neck:
Using desired color, CO 8 sts.
Divide sts between needles and join to work in the round,
being careful not to twist.
Round 1: [Kfb] in each st. 16 sts. Round 2: K all sts. Round 3: [K2, m1] to end. 24
sts. Round 4: K all sts. Round 5: [K3, m1] to end. 32
sts. Round 6-7: K all sts. Round 8: [K4, m1] to end. 40
sts. Rounds 9-10: K all sts. Round 11: [K5, m1] to end.
48 sts. Rounds 12-15: K all sts. Round 16: [K4, k2tog] to end.
40 sts. Rounds 17-18: K all sts. Round 19: [K3, k2tog] to end.
32 sts. Rounds 20-21: K all sts. Round 22: [K2, k2tog] to end.
24 sts. Rounds 23-24: K all sts. Round 25: [K1, k2tog] to end.
Before proceeding, sew up small
hole at base of work, and stuff lightly with Polyfil stuffing.
Neck: Next Round: [K2tog] to end.
K 2 rounds.
Continuing from neck, work
Rounds 1-25 as for Body.
Stuff neck firmly, and head lightly. If using plastic safety
eyes, apply now. Next Round: [K2tog] to end.
Break yarn, leaving a tail
6-8 inches long. Thread tail through yarn needle, draw through
all sts and pull tight. Weave in ends.
LEGS (Make 4) Foot:
CO 2 sts. Work 4 rows I-Cord.
yarn and set aside.
Work 2 more pieces in the same
way, but do not break yarn at end of last piece.
Using photo --> as guide, slip one st from each cord to
one needle, and other st from each
cord to a second needle.
Be sure that st with working yarn
attached is at end of one needle.
Work 6 rounds over these 6
BO all sts, leaving a
tail approx. 12 inches long.
Weave in short yarn ends.
Using long tail, sew leg as
shown in illustration below.
Pull the stitches
firmly, but try to match the
tension of the knitted fabric of the leg. This will shorten
the front of the leg, bending the work so that the foot sits
at an angle to the leg, forming a heel at the back. Draw
the yarn tail back up through the center of the leg.
ARMS (Make 2) Hand:
Work as for foot of leg.
Work 14 rounds over 6 sts of
hand. BO all sts.
Weave in short yarn ends. If poseable arms are desired,
insert lengths of chenille stem into arm.
ANTENNAE (Make 2)
6 sts, leaving a 12-inch
tail. Work 12 rows I-Cord.
Divide sts between needles.
Round 1: [K1, m1] 6 times.
Rounds 2-3: K all sts.
Round 4: [K2tog] to end. 6
Stuff bobble lightly. Break
yarn, leaving a tail 6-8 inches long. Thread tail thorugh
yarn needle, draw through all sts and pull tight. Weave in
end, but do not weave in long tail at CO end.
CO 3 sts, leaving a 12-inch tail. Work 12 rows I-Cord.
Bobble: Round 1: [K1, m1] 3 times.
6 sts. Round 2: Work 1 row I-Cord.
Divide sts between needles. Round 3: K1, m1, [k2, m1] twice,
k1. 9 sts. Round 4: K all sts. Round 5: [K2tog, k1] to end.
Stuff bobble lightly.
yarn, leaving a tail 6-8 inches
long. Thread tail thorugh yarn
needle, draw through all sts
and pull tight. Weave in end,
but do not weave in long tail
at CO end. -->
Make 2 more pieces in the same way. Sew pieces together
as shown in photo, along lower 0.5 inch of length.
Form the mouth,
using photos to guide you.
Pinch front of head as shown.
Baste to hold mouth shape
in place. Basting in photo
is shown in a contrasting
color for clarity only. Zozo
will look best if you baste
and sew using the working
Sew mouth in place, pulling
Sew antennae, arms and legs to body as shown in photos.
Legs should be evenly spaced around body, with toes pointing
outward. If you have not used safety eyes, embroider
eyes on face.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Pauline knits and lives in Northern Ontario. She learned to knit when she was 8 years old. She’s been knitting regularly for the last 12 years, but only obsessively for the last 5 years. She finds inspiration for knitted items from her kids.