Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Free Pattern: L'il Surfer Board

You can read all about the original Li'l Surfer Dude here.

I put the surfboard pattern up for sale, but it turns out there isn't a huge demand for knitted surfboards--go figure!  I just don't understand it!  I sold one or two, but I really think it's time to put this one up for free.  Sign up to follow my blog and be the first to know when I post a new freebie!


© 2014 Reyna Thera Lorele

PLEASE NOTE:  This pattern is for the surfboard only, not the doll. The Li’l Surfer Dude in the pic is made from the Purl the Little Knit Girl pattern book by CiD Hanscom.

My finished surfboard measures about 6 inches long and 1.75 inches wide.

small amount of DK weight yarn
#4 knitting needles
small piece of lightweight cardboard or plastic such as quilters’ template
darning needle
not crucial

m1L = make one left:  insert L needle into bar between sts from front to back, k into back of lp
m1R = make one right:  insert L needle into bar between sts from back to front, k into front of lp

I made the back piece with garter stitch so I wouldn’t have to block it.  I made the front with stockinette, though, because I wanted to add a stripe using duplicate stitch.

I then sewed the front and back together with the plastic template or cardboard inside.  Leave long tails when casting on--you can use these to sew.

If you want a bigger board, use thicker yarn and needles, or simply do more increase rows at the beginning of each board (and don’t forget, you will do more decrease rows later!  And forgive me for stating the obvious.)

With main color, CO 3 sts.
Rows 1, 3, 5, and 7:  k across
Row 2:  k1, m1L, k1, m1R, k1
Row 4:  k1, m1L, k3, m1R, k1
Row 6:  k1, m1L, k5, m1R, k1
Row 8:  k1, m1L, k7, m1R, k1
Now k every row until surfboard measures 5.5 inches from the tip (or length desired).

Row 1 (RS):  k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Row 2 and all even-numbered rows:  k across
Rep these 2 rows until you are down to 5 sts.
Next RS row:  k1, sl2, k1, psso,k1
Last row:  p3tog
Cut yarn, leaving long tail for sewing later, and fasten off.

With main color, CO 3 sts.
Row 1:  k across.
Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8:  as for garter stitch board
Row 3 and all remaining odd-numbered rows: k2, p across to last 2 sts, k2
Now continue to k even-numbered rows, and rep row 3 for every odd row, until surfboard measures 5.5 inches from the tip (or length desired.)

As described above, but in stockinette.
Cut yarn, leaving long tail for sewing later, and fasten off.

Use duplicate stitch in contrasting color to adorn your board as desired.

Trace around one piece of your surfboard onto a piece of lightweight plastic or cardboard.  After tracing, cut within the lines so it will fit easily inside your boards.  This will keep it from flopping over when posing beside a surfer dude or dudette on the beach.

Then make your board sandwich--back, plastic, and top--and sew front and back together.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

CO = cast on
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
L = left
lp = loop
m1L, m1R = make one left, make one right
p = purl
p3tog = purl 3 together
psso = pass slipped sts over
R = right
rep = repeat
RS = right side
sl = slip
ssk = slip 2 sts one at a time knitwise, then k together with L needle
st, sts = stitch, stitches
WS = wrong side

Aldean made our shop Surfer Dude some swim trunks!  Here he is, hanging high above the customers' heads, looking for a wave.

Surf’s up!  I hope your doll or stuffed animal enjoys the beach!

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