Over 40 years after they first delighted the children of planet Earth, the Clangers are returning to the BBC in a £5 million CBeebies series – this time narrated by Michael Palin.

In the meantime, nostalgic adults who spent their childhood dreaming of a faint blue-coloured star (that's really a small and unimportant planet) can keep their fingers busy with this knitting pattern.

Here's how to knit Tiny Clanger, who likes to play, explore and tangle herself up in blue-string pudding...


How to knit your own Tiny Clanger

FINISHED SIZE

Approx. 12 cm to top of head

YARN 

50-g ball of Rowan Pure Wool

DK in Tea Rose 025

MATERIALS

• Pair of 2.75-mm knitting needles

• Yarn or tapestry needle and safety pins for sewing up

• Toy stuffing

• Pins

• Oddment of black felt for eyes and feet

• Sewing needle and thread to match each colour of felt

• Oddment of pink felt for nose, ears and hands

• Thin card

• Oddment of felt for hair in colour of your choice

• Sheet of red felt for tunic, approx. 23 x 30 cm

• Small amount of metallic gold thread or 4-ply yarn for tunic embroidery

• Oddment of orange felt for bow


TENSION

Approx. 32 sts and 45 rows to 10 cm 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 a 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 a 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 on 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 thirteen rows straight, ending with a purl row. 

SHAPE LOWER 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.


Making up Tiny Clanger 

Sew in all loose ends. Gently press arms and ears, and the outer edges of body to stop the edges from curling: this will help with the se wing up. Fold body in half, wrong sides together, and pin the edges at regular intervals to keep them even. With right side facing, use mattress stitch to sew from the bottom seam towards the nose. Starting from the cast-off edge, sew up the legs using a long enough tail of yarn so that you can sew the bottom seam once the Clanger has been stuffed. Insert stuffing through the open bottom seam, using a small amount to start with so that you do not overstuff the nose. Once stuffed, sew up the bottom seam. Fold one arm in half, wrong sides together. With right side facing, use mattress stitch to sew up the cast-on edge and side seam of arm. Repeat for the second arm, then stuff both firmly and sew securely to the armholes.


FEATURES

To use the templates provided, trace the shapes and then cut them out from thin card or paper. Refer to the photographs as a guide for positioning the features and sew them in place using thread to match the felt colour.

Eyes: Cut two small circles of black felt, then pin and stitch to head.

Nose: Cut a small circle of pink felt, then stitch into position.

Ears: Using template and pink felt, cut two inner ears and stitch to wrong side of knitted outer ears. Pin and stitch ears to head, leaving enough space between the ears for the hair.

Hands: Using template and pink felt, cut two hands, then pin and stitch to bottom of arms.

Feet: Using template, cut four feet from black felt and two more from card. Trim the card pieces so that they are slightly smaller than the felt pieces. Sandwich each card piece between two black felt pieces and sew around the edges. Once both feet have been completed, pin and stitch to bottom of legs.

Hair: Using template, cut hair from desired colour of felt, then pin and stitch into position between ears.


OUTFIT

To use the templates provided, trace the shapes and then cut them out from thin card or paper. Refer to the photographs as a guide for making up the outfit.

Tunic: Using templates, cut the pieces for the tunic from red felt.

Use metallic gold thread or 4-ply yarn to work a running stitch around the outer edges of each felt piece. Sew the tunic pieces together using red thread, checking regularly to make sure that the tunic will fit onto the body and the pieces are not too close together or too far apart.

Bow: Cut a rectangle of orange felt, approx. 2 x 2.5 cm. Pinch the felt at the centre to form a concertina shape, allowing the edges to fan out. Using orange thread, sew along the centre to secure. Position the bow on top of the head between the ears and sew to the hair.


Tiny Clanger templates

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ABBREVIATIONS

This is a list of all the abbreviations used in the knitting instructions. Refer to this as you are working your way through the pattern. 

approx           approximately

alt                    alternate

beg                 beginning

cm                   centimetre(s)

dec                  decrease

g                      gram(s)

inc                    increase

k                      knit

k2tog              knit two stitches together

k3tog              knit three stitches together

k2tog tbl         knit two stitches together through back of loops

LHN                left-hand needle

m1                  make 1 stitch by picking up strand between stitch just worked

and next stitch on left-hand needle and working through back loop

mm                 millimetre(s) 

p                     purl

p2tog             purl two stitches together

p3tog             purl three stitches together

p2tog tbl        purl two stitches together through back of loops

psso               pass slipped stitch over

rep                  repeat

RHN               right-hand needle

RS                  right side

sl1                   slip 1 stitch

st(s)                stitch(es)

tbl                    through back of loop(s)

tog                  together

WS                 wrong side


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