All yarn gopher


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.

Body (blue)

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.

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

Eyes (white)

I did the eyes like the top of the head.

Row 1: k
Row 2: kfb (8 sts)
Row 3: k
Row 4: kfb (16 sts)
Row 5: k

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.

Nose (tan)

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)

Teeth (white)

Row 1: sl1, p3
Row 2: sl1, k3
Row 3: sl1, p3

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

Ears (blue)

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.

All yarn gopher

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