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How to make your own Tiny Clanger

This pink mouse is a cheeky space adventurer that just longs to be made and played with


Posted: 25 February 2013
by Amanda Pauley

Tiny clanger

You have to be quick to catch things in space, and Tiny Clanger is a very quick little mouse, and good at making things too.

She often finds solutions to Clangers' problems with her helpful friendliness. 



What you will need:

  • Pins
  • Toy stuffing
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Safety pins
  • 2.75-mm knitting needles
  • Black, red, orange and pink felt
  • Sewing needle
  • Pink, red and gold thread
  • Thin card
  • 50g ball of Rowan Pure Wool DK in Tea Rose 025

Tension:

Approx 32 sts and 45 rows to 10cm over stocking stitch using 2.75-mm needles

Head, Body and Legs

Cast on 6 sts.

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Repeat last two rows once more.

Row 5: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1 (8 sts).

Row 6: Purl.

Repeat last two rows until there are 18 sts, ending with purl row.

Row 17: As row 5 (20 sts).

Row 18: P1, m1, p to last st, m1, p1 (22 sts).

Repeat last two rows until there are 28 sts, ending with knit row.

Row 22: Purl.

Shape back of head

Next row (RS): K1, m1, k to last 2 sts, turn.

Next row: Sl1, p to last 2 sts, turn.

Next row: Sl1, k to last 4 sts, turn.

Next row: Sl1, p to last 4 sts, turn.

Continue in this way, working 
2 sts less each row until sl1, p to last 12 sts, turn has been worked.

Next row: Sl1, k to last st, m1, k1 (30 sts).

Next row: Purl to end.

Continue working in stocking stitch, increasing 1 st as set in row 5 at each end of every knit row until there are 42 sts, ending with a knit row.

Shape armholes

Next row (WS): P8, cast off next 4 sts, p18 (include st used in cast-off), cast off next 4 sts, p to end.

Next row: K1, m1, k7, turn, cast on 4 sts, turn, k18, turn, cast on 4 sts, turn, k to last st, m1, k1 (44 sts).

Next row: Purl to end.

Continue working in stocking stitch, increasing 1 st as set in row 5 at each end of every knit row, until there are 48 sts.

Work next 13 rows straight, ending with a purl row.

Shape back and legs

Row 1 (RS): K8, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k16, k2tog tbl, k4, 

k2tog tbl, k to end (44 sts).

Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.

Row 3: K8, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k14, k2tog tbl, k3, k2tog tbl, 
k to end (40 sts).

Row 5: K8, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k12, k2tog tbl, k2, k2tog tbl, 
k to end (36 sts).

Row 7: Cast off 4 sts, k10 (include st used in cast-off), cast off 8 sts, k to end.

Row 8: Cast off 4 sts, p10 (include st used in cast-off), turn.

Starting with a knit row, work three rows in stocking stitch 
on this set of 10 sts.

Cast off and break off yarn.

With wrong side facing, rejoin yarn to remaining 10 sts and, starting with a purl row, work four rows in stocking stitch.

Cast off.

Arms (make 2)

Cast on 8 sts.

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1 (10 sts).

Starting with a purl row, work three rows in stocking stitch.

Row 7: As row 3 (12 sts).

Starting with a purl row, work three rows in stocking stitch.

Cast off.

Outer Ears (make 2)

Cast on 3 sts.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2: K1, m1, k1, m1, k1 (5 sts).

Row 3: P1, m1, p3, m1, p1 (7 sts).

Starting with a knit row, work four rows in stocking stitch.

Row 8: K1, k2tog tbl, k1, k2tog, k1 (5 sts).

Row 9: Purl.

Row 10: K1, sl1, k2tog, psso, 
k1 (3 sts).

Cast off.

To assemble:

Once you have knitted all the elements of your Clanger, you need to sew in the loose ends and put her together.

1. Start by gently pressing the arms, ears and outer edges of the body to stop them from curling. Next, fold the body in half, with the wrong sides together, and pin the edges to keep them even. With the right side facing, use mattress stitch to sew from the bottom seam up towards Tiny’s nose.

2. Starting from the cast-off edge, sew up the legs using a long enough piece of yarn so  you can sew the bottom seam once Tiny has been stuffed. 

3. Stuff through the open bottom seam, using a small amount to begin with, so you don’t overstuff the nose. Once fully stuffed, sew up the seam.

4. Fold one arm in half with the wrong sides together. With the right side facing, use mattress stitch to sew up the cast-on edge and side seam. Repeat for the second arm, then stuff both and sew securely to the armholes. 

5. Cut two circles of black felt for eyes and pin to Tiny’s head using the picture (right) as a guide, and then stitch in place. For the tip of her nose, cut a small circle of pink felt and stitch to head. 

6. Using the templates, cut two inner ears from pink felt. Stitch to the wrong side of the knitted outer ear cuttings. Pin and stitch to Tiny's head, leaving enough space between for hair. 

7. Then, using the hand templates, and pink felt, cut out two hands. Pin and stitch to the bottom of the arms.

8. Using the template, cut four feet out from black felt and two from card. Trim the card pieces so they are slightly smaller than the felt ones, then sandwich a cardboard piece between two black felt pieces, and sew around the edges. Repeat to make the other foot, then pin and stitch both to the bottom of Tiny’s legs.

9. For Tiny’s hair, take orange felt and using the template to create the right shape, then pin and stitch into position between her ears.

10. To create Tiny’s outfit, use the tunic templates and cut shapes out from the red felt. Using gold thread, work a running stitch around the outer edges of each felt piece. Sew Tiny’s tunic pieces together using the red thread, checking regularly to make sure it will fit snugly onto her body.

11. For the bow, cut a rectangle of orange felt, approximately 2x2½cm. Pinch at the centre to form a concertina shape, and allow the edges to fan out. Using orange thread, sew along the centre to secure.

12. Position the bow on top of Tiny’s head, between her ears, and sew to her hair. Now you have a delightful Clanger your child can play with on her own blue moon. 

If your child is a fan of these pink mouse-anteater crosssbreeds, why not treat her to ‘Clangers’ craft book (£9.99, LoveCrafts).

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