Duncan the Donkey

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Duncan the Donkey Pattern


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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • short rows
  • work in the round

Pattern Description:

This cuddly donkey is knit with DK weight yarn held doubled (worsted weight yarn can be substituted and held single stranded) to make a hardwearing cuddly toy just perfect for snuggling.

Two sets of instructions are provided: work the body in the round and sew on the chest at the end if you prefer a simpler knit, or, choose intarsia in the round for a more challenging knit that reduces finishing to sewing on the ears and adding safety eyes.

This pattern would suit intermediate knitters and is a perfect opportunity to learn some new skills. Techniques used include the (optional) intarsia in the round (fully explained in the pattern), short rows, jogless stripes, loop stitch, and the Turkish cast on. Links to useful tutorials are provided for each technique.

Yardage in DK:
350 yards black DK yarn
700 yards grey DK yarn
120 yards white DK yarn

Worsted yarn should be held singly and will need about half of the above yardages.


18 stitches * 27 rows = 4 inches square in stockinette stitch (worked flat) with yarn held doubled.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • big! 14 inches from tail to crown of head


  • US 6 / 4mm circular needles
  • stuffing
  • 6 stitch markers
  • 5 stitch holders
  • 20mm diameter safety eyes
  • optional plastic canvas for the base of the hooves
  • 350yards black DK yarn
  • 700yards grey DK yarn
  • 120yards white DK yarn

Suggested yarn:

1200 yards of DK weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knitpicks Swish DK

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Addicted to Pinterest, never far from Ravelry and guaranteed to have a knitting project at the bottom of every handbag (and dozens hiding behind the sofa), I?m an engineer during the day and a knitting designer after the kids go to bed.

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