I’m going to be an auntie!

June 27, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Posted in pattern | Leave a comment
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I am super excited that my sister is pregnant.  She’s due on September 1st.  This is the first baby in my family, so everyone is thrilled and looking forward to his arrival.  And let me tell you, this baby is going to have a TON of handmade gifts.  He has some already, and he isn’t even here yet.

So, I started knitting a wee little baby hat with some soft cotton yarn.  But I make hats all the time, and I want to make something special and unique for him, too.  That’s why I have just now been looking at patterns for plush goats.  My sister’s favorite animal is goats, and her husband’s favorite is giraffes.  They’ve received some really cute giraffe gifts already, but no goats, so I am taking a look at what I can do to remedy that situation.  Because giraffes and goats are both adorable creatures and should have equal representation.

I am actually surprised that I haven’t found more goat patterns than I have.  Kinda makes me want to write my own, except writing down patterns is rather tedious.  I don’t usually like following patterns anyway.  My preferred method of yarn creation is to make things up as I go along.  But I wanted to look around the internet and see what’s already out there.   Here are the three that I found that I liked.  Some of the patterns didn’t even look like goats, so of course I had to reject those!

Two knitted versions, one realistic and the other more cartoony: http://www.etsy.com/listing/101881053/goat-knitting-pattern-pdf and http://kimberlychapman.com/crafts/knit-patterns-frankgoat.html

And one amigurumi crochet pattern, which I think is my favorite of the three: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gogi-goat

What I will probably try to do is to use these guys as inspiration and make my own goat with ideas from here and there and everywhere.  I think it’s quite important for my finished goat to have the sideways pupils in his eyes like real goats have, so even if I follow a pattern, I will be sure to make his eyes the right way.  That’s one of the best goat features and should not be left out!

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