For those of you who haven't heard of the Clangers they were an animated children's TV series from the late 1960's early 70s. They were super-cute and I loved them! The characters have been re-vamped and a new series was aired in June this year and has captivated a new audience of young viewers.
It was easy to get a basic pattern for the Clanger as I still had a paper copy of the original which the BBC issued at the time. We established which character was Ruaridh's favourite ('Small' Clanger) and so I searched around to see what changes had been made and then contacted the production company to confirm - it appeared that his costume had been modified but there were so many variations of it on-line I had to just use an old template and update the colour and embroidery. What shocked me was the number of people who were offering photocopies of the pattern for sale which surely must be an infringement of copyright?
This was such fun to knit even though a tad fiddly and I really enjoyed putting the pieces together and creating the character of Small Clanger. I can see why people get addicted to designing toys!
Here he is in his various stages:
|Starting at the tip of the nose, short-row shaping is used to create his head
|Short-row shaping is neat and doesn't leave any gaps
|Starting his body section. The sheep stitch marker is to identify which row to join.
|The holes for his legs - safety pins, rather than stitch holders, are handy for tiny stitches and don't get in the way (note my snowman PJs!)
|His nose and head were sewn together with mattress stitch and then I put plenty of stuffing in before sewing up his tummy and then filling him again to get a pleasing shape.
|You can see the shaped bits where his legs were attached
|Having stuffed his legs I added his feet (there's a template with the pattern) made of black felt
|There were several clever touches to help bring him to life such as inserting 2 stitches to help accentuate the line between his face and neck
|The end of his snout is finished with a tiny circle of pink felt for his nose - he was starting to look cute by this stage!
|Then his front legs were added and I took quite a while making sure they were in just the right place so his costume would fit well.
|Look at his teeny-weeny fingers! Some patterns use felt but the original ones were knitted.
|I positioned his eyes using pins to make sure I liked how they looked. I didn't have any semi-circle eyes so used some black beads from an old necklace and then drew them in so they were slightly indented (this also gives the face more character)
|I took some mid-brown felt and cut wedge shapes out to create his hair and fringe.
|"I'm feeling a bit naked…….please make me some clothes!" OK Small, will do…...
|The updated version of Small has a different set of armour but I stuck with the original and chose the shade of felt closest to it. Then I did backstitch all round the outside edge of each piece using sparkly silver thread.
|His clothing is sewn onto the body using mid-brown wool.
|I emulated his new logo as best I could - the updated version is machine-embroidered
|Then he was all dressed up and ready to go his new home.
I was relieved when Carolyn told me that he'd arrived safely and delighted when she sent me this lovely photo of Ruaridh holding him. Even better, he told his grandma that Mrs Claus had knitted it for him. A perfect result!
|Happy Christmas Ruaridh. I hope you and Small have lots of adventures together.
I must just add that Ruaridh has been accompanying Carolyn to their local parkrun and yesterday he completed his 50th run - and he keeps getting faster and faster. Well done Ruaridh.