Oisin the Reindeer

You’ll fall in love with this cute red-nosed reindeer with his stripey arms and legs by Irish designer Aine Mahon. This quick knit is ideal as a little gift for young and old alike this Christmas.

Materials

3.5mm straight knitting needles
Double Knitting yarn in brown, dark brown, beige, red and black.
Darning needle
Polyester stuffing

Size

40cm/16 inches when standing
25cm/9 inches when sitting

Tension

6sts/8 rows to 1 inch over st-st

Body

The body and head are knit in one piece, from the top of the head downwards.

Using brown, cast on 15 sts.

Row 1: p
Row 2: Kfb into every st – 30 sts.
Row 3: p
Row 4: as for row 2 – 60 sts.
Rows 5-23: st-st 19 rows, beg p.
Row 24: k37, turn,
Row 25: p14, turn,
Rows 26-31: st-st 6 rows on these 14 sts.

Break off yarn.

Rejoin yarn to right hand side of these six rows.

Row 32: pick up and knit 5 sts along the right hand side of these 6 rows, k across the 14 sts, pick up and knit 5 sts along the left hand side of these 6 rows, k all remaining sts on the left hand needle – 70 sts.
Row 33: p
Row 34: k33, ssk, k2tog, k33 – 68 sts.
Row 35: p
Row 36: k32, ssk, k2tog, k32 – 66 sts.
Row 37: p
Row 38: 31, ssk, k2tog, k33 – 64 sts.
Row 39: p
Row 40: k30, ssk, k2tog, k30 – 62 sts.
Row 41: p
Row 42: k29, ssk, k2tog, k29 – 60 sts.
Row 43: p
Row 44: (k1, k2tog) to end – 40 sts.
Row 45: p
Row 46: (k2tog) to end – 20 sts.
Row 47: p
Row 48: k4, m1, k2, m1, k8, m1, k2, m1, k4 – 24 sts
Rows 49-51: st-st, beg p.
Row 52: k4, m1, k1, m1, k2, m1, k1, m1, k8, m1, k1, m1, k2, m1, k1, m1, k4 – 32 sts.
Rows 53-57: st-st, beg p
Row 58: k5, m1, k1, m1, k4, m1, k1,m1, k10, m1, k1,m1, k4, m1, k1, m1, k5 – 40 sts.

Oisin 1
Oisin

Rows 59-63: st-st, beg p.
Row 64: k6, m1, k1, m1, k6, m1, k1, m1, k12, m1, k1, m1, k6, m1, k1, m1, k6 – 48 sts.
Rows 65-69: st-st, beg p.
Row 70: k7, m1, k1, m1, k8, m1, k1, m1, k14, m1, k1, m1, k8, m1, k1, m1, k7 – 56 sts.
Rows 71-75: st-st, beg p.
Row 76: k8, m1, k1, m1, k10, m1, k1, m1, k16, m1, k1, m1, k10, m1, k1, m1, k8 – 64 sts.
Rows 77-83: st-st, beg p.
Row 84: k9, m1, k1, m1, k12, m1, k1, m1, k18, m1, k1, m1, k12, m1, k1, m1, k9 – 72 sts.
Rows 85-97: st-st, beg p.
Row 98: (k4, k2tog) to end – 60 sts.
Row 99: p
Row 100: (k3, k2tog) to end – 48 sts.
Row 101: p
Row 102: (k2, k2tog) to end – 36 sts.
Row 103: p
Row 104: (k1, k2tog) to end – 24 sts.
Row 105: p
Row 106: (k2tog)  to end – 12 sts.

Break off a long length of yarn, thread through the remaining sts, pull up tightly and fasten off.

Seam row edges, leaving about a one-inch gap at the top of the head. Stuff toy well but take care not to overstuff and stretch the knitting.  Sew up remaining seam edge. Gather around cast on sts, pull up tightly and fasten off.

Oisin 2
How about a cuddle?

Work arms in stripes, two rows each of brown and dark brown, beg brown.

Using brown, cast on 14 sts.

Rows 1-2: st-st, beg p.
Row 3: Inc1, k to last st, inc1 – 16 sts.
Rows 4-8: st-st, beg p
Row 9: as for row 3 – 18 sts.
Rows 10-39: repeat rows 4-9 – 28 sts.
Rows 40-46: st-st, beg p
Row 47: (k2tog) to end – 14 sts.
Row 48: (p2tog) to end – 7 sts.

Break off a long length of yarn, thread through the remaining sts, pull up tightly and fasten off.

Legs:

Work legs in stripes, two rows each of brown and dark brown, beg with brown.

Using brown, cast on 20 sts.

Rows 1-2: st-st, beg k.
Row 3: Inc1, k to last st, in1 – 22 sts.
Rows 4-8: st-st, beg p
Rows 9-44: repeat rows 3-8 until there are 34 sts.

(Work rows 45-47 in brown, and rows 48-50 in dark brown.)

Row 45: k22, turn,
Row 46: p10, turn
Rows 47-50: st-st 4 rows on these 10 sts.

Break off yarn.

(Work rows 51-62 in original stripe sequence, beg brown.)

Row 51: With right side facing, pick up and knit 3 sts along the right hand side of the above 4 rows, k across the 10 sts, pick up and knit 3 sts along the left hand side of the above 4 rows, k across all remaining sts on left hand needle – 40 sts.
Rows 52-56: st-st, beg p.
Row 57: k2tog, k16, ssk, k2tog, k16, k2tog – 36 sts.
Row 58: p

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Row 59: k2tog, k14, ssk, k2tog, k14, k2tog – 32 sts.
Row 60: p
Row 61: k2tog, k12, ssk, k2tog, k12, k2tog – 28 sts.
Row 62: p

Cast off.

Seam row edges.  Oversew across cast on sts with leg seam at centre back of leg.

Position legs to base of body and sew in position as for the arms.

Nose

Using red cast on 16 sts.

Rows 1-4: st-st 4 rows, beg k.
Row 5: (k2tog) to end – 8 sts.

Break off a long length of yarn, thread through the remaining sts, pull up tightly and fasten off.  Seam row edges.  Stuff lightly.  Gather round cast on sts, pull up tightly and fasten off.

Position nose on front of snout.  Sew in place securely.

Use black yarn to work a line of backstitches a few rows under the nose for a mouth.

Use black yarn to work four backstitches across two knitted sts, above the snout, using the photo as a guide.

Ears

Using brown cast on 14 sts.

Row 1: Kfb, k5, (Kfb)twice, k5, Kfb – 18 sts.
Rows 2-10: st-st 9 rows beg p.
Row 11: k2tog, k5, (k2tog) twice, k5, k2tog – 14 sts.
Row 12: p
Row 13: k2tog, k3, (k2tog) twice, k3, k2tog – 10 sts.

Break off a long length of yarn, thread through the remaining sts, pull up tightly and fasten off.  Seam row edges.  Sew across cast on sts with seam to one side.  Fold cast on edge in half and catch together.  Position ears on side of head, using photos as a guide, and sew in place.

Antlers (make 2)

Using beige, cast on 12 sts.

Rows 1-4: st-st 4 rows, beg k.
Row 5: k5, m1, k1, m1, k6 – 14 sts.
Row 6: p
Row 7: k5, m1, k3, m1, k6 – 16 sts.
Row 8: p
Row 9: k5, m1, k5, m1, k6 – 18 sts.
Row 10: p
Row 11: k5, m1, k7, m1, k6 – 20 sts.
Row 12: p
Row 13: k5, slip next 9 sts onto a spare needle or spare piece of yarn, k6 – 11 sts.
Rows 14-18: st-st 5 rows, beg p.
Row 19: k1, (k2tog) to end – 6 sts.

Break off a long length of yarn, thread through the remaining sts, pull up tightly and fasten off.

Oisin 4
Such a Cutie

Rejoin yarn to remaining 9 sts with right side facing.

St-st 3 rows.
Next row: p1, (p2tog) to end – 5 sts.

Break off a long length of yarn, thread through the remaining sts, pull up tightly and fasten off.

Seam row edges.  Stuff well.  Position on head between the ears and sew in place.

Miss Aine

Aine is from Wexford, but lives in Kildare now with her husband and two kids.  She’s been knitting toys since she was about seven years old, but just started designing her own patterns a few years ago.  As well as knitting, she also enjoys sewing toys and clothes, and singing and dancing around her kitchen!.  Her patterns can be bought through her online shopwww.missaine.etsy.com.

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