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Knit a Royal Corgi with this Knitting Pattern

I just love knitting soft toys, especially dogs so when I saw this royal corgi knitting pattern download I was keen to get started on making him.

The small fee for the pattern is well worth it I feel as the finished effect looks so real- especially when compared to some of the other patterns I have seen.

To download the pattern click the image

The designer for this project is well-known knitted toy creator Amanda Berry so you know that you’ll get a quality pattern.

Why a Corgi?

Queen Elizabeth II loved the Pembroke Welsh corgi breed and had more than 30 of them over her long lifetime. They are popular with families as the breed is known to be good with children. If you knit one of these dogs you’re bound to be asked to make another.

Knitting Skills Needed?

Looking at the image of this soft toy dog, you’re probably wondering if you have the knitting knowledge to be able to do it. So, I have made a list below of the knitting stitches that are required.

  • Cast on and cast off
  • Knit and Purl
  • Decrease via knitting 2 stitches together
  • Decrease via a ssk – slip one stitch knit wise, then the next purlwise, then knit into the front of the two slipped stitches on the right hand needle
  • Increase via a kfb ie knit into the front and then the back of the same stitch

A confident beginner should be able to cope with these techniques.

If you need to refresh your memory on any of them, look through the Learn to Knit category on the menu – I have posts that show you how to do all of these techniques.

Intarsia Knitting & Colour Work

To make the head and the ears you will need to be familiar with intarsia colour work. This technique is not difficult, it’s just another method that with practice can be mastered.

As this is a small project I think it provides a chance to first learn intarsia from a video like the one below, and then put what you learn into practice. I have included a video below.

Watch this video for a tutorial on colour work knitting

All the pieces that go to make up the dog are knitted flat – so no knitting in the round is needed.

What Kind of Yarn is Recommended?

You’ll need a double knitting weight of yarn. One suggested yarn is Deramores Studio DK I like knitting with this yarn as it has anti-pilling built into it. This feature is especially useful when you use it to make toys.

Another good yarn to use is Paintbox Simply DK yarn This yarn is available in a huge range of colours.

Knitting Needle Size?

A pair of 3.75mm (US 5) single-point knitting needles are needed.

I appreciate that this design has the look about it of a real corgi dog. With some knitted dog patterns, you are not too sure which breed they are supposed to be. For some people, this might not be a problem but I like others to be able to recognise what I have knitted. My family say I fuss too much about this and that a child will not care as long as they can play with it and cuddle up with it in bed. Each to their own I guess.

As I am keen to get as many people as possible knitting and advancing with their skills, I do think this project provides that chance as you get to learn to practice increasing and decreasing techniques and learn how to do intarsia knitting too.

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