Figure 1: All yarn gopher
Here is a knitted Go gopher done with all yarn…no plastic eyes, no plastic nose, no felt teeth. I used the same yarn and needles as before, but I made a few changes.
I started with Judy’s Magic Cast-On, but you can use any toe-up sock type cast-on. Using 4 DPNs, it divides nicely onto three needles.
CO4 Row 1: [k] Row 2: [kfb] (8 sts) Row 3: [k] Row 4: [kfb] (16 sts) Row 5: [k] Row 6: [kfb] (32 sts) Row 7: [k] Row 8: [kfb, k7] (36 sts) Rows 9 - 40: [k] Row 41: [k2tog, k7] (32 sts) Row 42: [k] Row 43: [k2tog] (16 sts) Row 44: [k] Row 45: [k2tog] (8 sts)
Figure 2: Make eyes before stuffing and closing
I did the eyes like the top of the head.
CO4 Row 1: k Row 2: kfb (8 sts) Row 3: k Row 4: kfb (16 sts) Row 5: k BO
Use the yarn ends to attach the eyes to the face. Then use black yarn to add the centers of the eyes. I tried to make mine off-center, like in the original drawing, and they came out a little screwy. Eyes are important, so take care here.
CO4 Row 1: p Row 2: k1, m1, k2, m1, k1 (6 sts) Row 3: p Row 4: k1, sl1, k1, pss0, k2tog, k1 (4 sts)
CO4 Row 1: sl1, p3 Row 2: sl1, k3 Row 3: sl1, p3 BO
Use the yarn ends to attach the teeth to the nose and both of those to the face. Then use black yarn to add the tip of the nose.
Figure 3: Attach eyes
Figure 4: Attach nose
Pick up 4 sts along head Row 1-4: [k] Row 5: [k2tog] Break yarn and bind off, run yarn back to body and inside.
Figure 5: Attach ears
Figure 6: Use black yarn for the pupils and nose.
I did the arms, legs, and tail the same: four rounds of 4-stitch I-cord.
Figure 7: You can attach the arms before closing up.
Figure 8: Finish stuffing and close up before attaching the legs and tail.