Let me tell you a secret: this cute Christmas Robin is actually a sock heel! Well, there’s a little bit more to him than a just a sock heel; you can’t wear this Robin. However, if you want to learn to knit socks, but are daunted by knitting them, then this Robin is a small, quick project that will allow you to learn how to knit a French heel. A French heel starts with a heel flap and heel turn, both knitted in rows. You’ll learn how knit the heel flap, turn the heel, pick up stitches and knit a gusset.
You start knitting the robin from a provisional cast-on followed by the bright red French heel. Changing to brown yarn, you pick up stitches the edges of the heel flap, then knit the gusset, in the round, whilst decreasing the extra stitches. Then, you shape the body and tail of the robin. Finally you remove the waste yarn, and knit the head.
You could make one for yourself, or as a gift or give the Christmas Robin kit to a knitter.
The pattern for the Christmas Robin is available as part of a kit.
The kit contains:
- An A5 printed pattern booklet for Christmas Robin;
- Sufficient brown, red and yellow Merino wool yarn to knit one Robin, as well as some cotton waste yarn;
- Toy stuffing.
4.00 mm | UK 8 | US 6 double-pointed knitting needles.
4.00 mm | UK 8 | US 6 crochet hook.
Length: 16 cm | 6.25 inches.
Height: 7.5 cm | 3 inches.
Gauge | Tension
22 sts and 30 rows per 10 cm | 4 inches over stocking stitch using 4.00 mm needles.
Intermediate knitter (you can cast on and off, knit and purl, work stocking stitch and rib, knit in the round and follow a simple pattern).
This pattern is available in two versions: there’s one written for those who knit left-handed as well as the standard one for those who knit right-handed.
Most of you knit right-handed, that is, your stitches move from the left to right needle as you knit: choose “knitting right-handed”.
Some of you knit left-handed, that is, your stitches move from the right to left needle as you knit: choose “knitting left-handed”.
If you are a left-handed knitter who knits right-handed, that is your stitches move from the left to right needle, you should choose “knitting right-handed”.
You can also buy a greetings card featuring the Christmas Robin.
Samples knitted by Nicki Merrall.