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Red Stone
A Lamb Toy, Hand-knitted for a Very Special Baby
by
Gillian F. Taylor, Diana

Babies are a fact of life, even in the GFFA. But for Luke and Mara Skywalker, a baby was much more than that. Their baby represented victory over their circumstances.

Both were orphaned and taken as infants, and raised by others whom were not related to them. In addition, Mara had been close to death, sickened by spores introduced by the Yuuzhan Vong which had killed nearly all other sufferers. Using the Force, she protected the embryo growing in her.

During this time, it helped to think of her baby as a "something," rather than as an "it." She'd remembered a red stone she had as a young child; she didn't know where it had come from, but it glowed with the Force and helped her focus. She had lost it when Emperor Palpatine had died, when she had to flee for her life from the clutches of Ysanne Isard. It seemed natural to think of her baby as that tiny pulsing red stone, strong with the Force.

Strangely, Luke had heard of a red stone which concentrated the Force from Obi-wan Kenobi, his first Jedi Master. Obi-wan had lost the stone when on a secret mission to the Arixi convent ... Luke didn't know it, but the stone had been the first and only physical gift to Obi-wan from his master, Qui-Gon Jinn.

This toy lambkin was made by Mara for her son, Ben, on his first birthday. If you look carefully, there is a red stone sewn to the ribbon around the lambkin's neck. Wonder where that came from?



Knitted Lamb Toy

This lamb is fairly simple to knit. The shaping is done with simple increasing and decreasing. I recommend using a row counter, to help keep track of where you are. Making up becomes a lot clearer when you actually have the pieces in hand to fit together - just look at the picture and you should be able to figure out how it goes together. If you put a ribbon on a toy made for a baby or toddler, I recommend sewing the bow firmly in place, so it can't be pulled undone.

MATERIALS:
  • 2 x 20g balls white double knitting or 4 ply yarn. A cotton based yarn is nice.
  • 1 x 20g black double knit/4 ply yarn (you need much less than this, so part-used balls can be finished up)
  • 1 pair 3¾ or 4 needles (UK), 5 or 6 (USA)
  • Stitch holder
  • Washable stuffing


TENSION
12 sts. and 24 rows to 5cm in garter stitch.
(As the toy isn't being made to a precise size, tension is not too important)

BODY (make 2)
Using white, cast on 28 sts.
1st row: K1, inc in next st, K to last 2 sts, inc in next st, K1.
2nd, 3rd, 4th rows: K.
Place a marker thread for the front in the first st of next row.

5th row: K1, inc 1 in next st, K to end.
6th, 7th, 8th rows: K.
rep 1st-5th rows once more. 34 sts.

14th row: K
rep last row 4 times more.

19th row: K to last 3 sts, K 2 tog, K1.

20th, 21st, 22nd: K
Rep last 4 rows once more, then 19th row again. 31 sts.
K 1 row.



Divide for neck:
1st row: K1, k2 tog, K6, K2 tog, K1 turn.
Leave rem, 19 sts for back on a st holder.

2nd row: K
3rd row: K to last 3 sts, K2 tog, K1.
K 9 rows.

13th row: Inc 1 st, K to end of row.

14th row: K to last st, inc 1 st

15th row: As 13th row.

16th row: K
17th row Cast on 4 sts, K to end.

K 7 rows

25th row: Cast off 5 sts, K to end

26th row: K

27th row: Cast off 2 sts, K to end

K 3 rows
31st row: Cast off 3 sts, K to last 3 sts, K 2 tog, K1.

32nd row: K1, K2 tog, K2.
Cast off rem 4 sts.
Rejoin yarn for back to neck edge of rem 19 sts from stitch holder.

K 4 rows
Next row: K to last 3 sts, K 2 tog, K1.
Cast off remaining stitches.



HEAD GUSSET
With white, cast on 3 sts
Ist row, inc in 1st st, inc in 2nd st, K1
K 5 rows
7th row, K 1, inc 1 st, K1, inc 1 st, K1
K 5 rows
13th row, K1, inc 1, K3, inc 1 st, K1
K 5 rows
19th row, K1, inc 1 st, K5, inc 1 st, K1
K 5 rows
Inc 1 st at each end of next and every alt row until there are 23 sts.
K 9 rows
Next row, K1, K 2 tog, K to last 3 sts, K 2 tog, K1
K 3 rows
Next row, K1, K2 tog, K2, K2 tog, K7, K2 tog, K2, K2 tog, K1
K 3 rows
Next row, K1, K 2 tog, K2, K 2tog, K3, K 2 tog, K2, K 2 tog, K1
K 3 rows
Next row, K1, K 2 tog, K7, K 2 tog, K1
K 7 rows
Cast off remaining 11 sts.



EARS (Make 2)
With white, cast on 9 sts
K 14 rows
15th row, K1, K2 tog, K3, K2 tog, K1
K 3 rows
19th row, K1, K 2 tog, K 1, K 2 tog, K1
20th row, K1, K 3 tog, K1
Cast off remaining 3 sts



LEGS (make 4)
With white, cast on 17 sts
K 24 rows
25th row, K1, K2 tog, K to last 3 sts, K 2 tog, K1
K 15 rows
Break off white.

41st row, With black, K 2 tog, K to last 2 sts, K 2 tog
P 1 row
K 1 row
P 1 row
Next row K 2 tog, K to last 2 sts, K 2 tog
Cast off remaining 11 sts



TAIL
With white, cast on 12 sts
K 16 rows
Next row, K 1, K 2 tog, K to last 3 st, K 2 tog, K1
K 5 rows
Rep last 6 rows once.

Thread yarn through rem 8 sts and draw up tight, Fold tail in half lengthways and using end of thread, sew tail seam.



TO MAKE UP
  1. Seam or graft body pieces together along back.
  2. Sew head gusset by joining cast off edge of gusset to back stitches and cast on edge beneath stitches cast on at front edge, having widest part at top of head.
  3. Seam to either side of head.
  4. Seam together front and back edges of body and underneath, stuffing before final seam is complete.
  5. Use black yarn to embroider eyes and nose.
  6. Sew top of ears to either side of head.
  7. Fold legs in half lengthways, seam along cast off edge and side, Stuff and sew to body.
  8. Sew tail to back with join in centre.
You're done !

Based on a pattern issued by The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd., © 1981


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