Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Rat That Lie Flat

Squeezed inside a book this little fellow has to stay thin. So, that would mean that he is on a yarn diet...

Since the pattern is more like a guide I made a lot of alteration to it. And I am thankful to those on Ravelry who shared theirs - I simply jumped into it and made him as I knitted. I had to try out what I have learned from knitting other things.

I jumped into my stash - and it took a while to surface (!). I found some Rauma Finull in the colors I wanted and started knitting.

Originally all tiny things should be sewn on the rat and the head was supposed to be knitted flat.

No way I was going to knit and sew all those pieces. I would actually never have started on such a project.

I started knitting the head in the round, and continued on the body.

I added stitches to get the legs and a round shape. All in all, the rat is knitted in one peace. For the ears I picked up stitches on the rats head. I also picked up stitches for the feet. The tail is an icord knitted from the last three stitches on the body after BO the rest.

And now I can see this: How is it possible to put so much energy into such a tiny knit? Well, because it is so much fun to get it just as I wanted it. I love that rat - he makes me smile. And it is so fun to use the skills I have learned in knitting. I think I used about three hours for the bookmark.

It is the tiny things that makes the largest impact. Oh yeah!!

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Grey and pink Rauma Finull - black for the nose.
Needles: 2.5mm
Pattern: Squashed Rat Knitted Bookmark
Other materials: Small glass beads for eyes
Ravelry link: The Book Rat

38 comments:

  1. Hi! This is the sweetest rat I have ever seen! Perfect idea for a bookmark and so cute! Just yesterday I had a flat rat in my garden after my dog Nero had chased it! Finnish summer wishes from Greece! x Teje

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    1. Thank you so much Teje!!! Oh, poor rat.... A warm summer wish from Norway to you!!

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  2. That's so cute and funny Lone :)

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  3. Så morsomt og flott bokmerke! Artig tips til den som har alt;) Ha, ha;)

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    1. Tusen takk Edny!!! Ja, helt klart. Så lenge de liker rotter.....

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  4. Dette må være det stiligste bokmerket jeg har sett noen gang! Forstår godt at du har fått varme følelser for den rotta, den ser jo bare helt herlig ut! :-)

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  5. That is adorable and is sure to give you a giggle every time you read!

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    1. Thank you so much Libellula!! He actually does...

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  6. Whats not to love ;)
    Hvor er den da bare den lækreste sødeste rotte ever,og super idè at strikke i et stykke,det er bare ikke sjovt at sy små dele sammen ,jeg snupper da lige ideèn hvis ok med dig ?

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    1. Tusind tak Gitte!! Snup du bare - håber du lægger billeder ud af dit eksemplar!!

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  7. Så himla søt den var! Er jo en fryd å lese bøker med en sånn kompis liggende og vente på deg :)

    Ha en flott dag!

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    1. Tusen takk Desiree - ja, nå er det bare å hive seg over bøkene!!! Kos deg i midnattsol!!

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  8. He is sooooooooo cute!!! He makes me smile too ;o) Hugs Lone ;o) Thanks for making my day ;o)

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    1. Thank you dear Stacy!!! Hugs to you too!!!

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  9. I love him...he's so cute:)

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  10. How adorably CUTE!! I love this!

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  11. Such a great idea! Love him!

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  12. Squee! Perfect Christmas knitting for my family abroad!

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