**This is an old post from my Tumblr, I have decided to pop it on here too, as it is such and awesome pattern!**
This is my first ever written pattern so if you notice any mistakes, feel free to let me know! (sorry! I didn’t write down stitch counts, I’ll do that on the second attempt!)
I started with his head, working down. I attached the eyes and beak before shrinking the neck, then the body is worked and his limbs, pocket and tail are worked separately and stitched on! So, lets get started!
r1- 8sc in a magic circle
r2- 2sc in each stitch around
r3- *sc, 2sc* around
r4- *sc, sc, 2sc* around
r5- *sc, sc, sc, 2sc* around
r6,7,8,9- sc around
MARK THE HALFWAY POINT
r10- *sc, sc 2sc* to halfway point, sc the rest
r11- *sc, sc, sc, 2sc* to halfway point, sc the rest (leave the marker in!!)
r12, 13, 14- sc around
r13- *sc, sc, dec* to half way marker, sc the rest
r14- sc around
r15- *sc, sc, dec* around
r16- sc around
r17- *sc, dec* around
STUFF THE HEAD
Ok, now is the point to make eyes and a beaky mouthy thingy!
Eyes (make 2)
8sc into magic circle. that’s it… sew in the ends and use saftey eyes to attach them to his head!
r1- 2sc in 2nd chain from hook, 1sc, 3sc, (working on the bottom of the chain now) 1sc then slst into the 1st ch… (I hope that made sense…)
r2- ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 1 sc in same stitch, 3sc, sc in next 3 stitches, 3sc, 1sc in next 2 stitches, slst to join
r3, 4, 5, 6- sc around
add a bit of stuffing then stitch it on in a slightly triangular fashion, but don’t worry too much as the nostrils will shape it a bit too!
now, back to the head… well, we’re on his body now I guess!
r18, 19- sc around
r20- *sc, 2sc* around
r21- sc around
r22- *sc, sc, 2sc* around
r23- sc around
r24- *sc, sc, sc, 2sc* around
r25, 26, 27, 28, 29- sc around
MARK HALFWAY POINT
r30, 31- *sc, sc, 2sc* to half way mark, sc the rest
r32, 33, 34, 35, 36- sc around
r37- *sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, dec* around
r38, 39,40,41- *sc, sc, dec* around
STUFF SOME MORE- I added in a ziploc bag of rice to give him some weight so he can sit on his back 🙂
r42- *sc, dec* around
repeat row 42 until hole is 1cm wide then finish of and stitch him up!
Right, we have the general shape of our little niffler! now for some arms and legs and hands and feet and tails and pouches!
Arms (Make 2)
These are basically sausages…
5sc in a magic circle
r1- 2dc in each stitch
r2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11- sc around
r12- dec around
finish off and leave a long end for sewing to the body, one end of the sausage becomes a sort of shoulder, so instead of stitching the arms on end on, stitch the side of the sausage to the side of the body
Legs (Make 2)
6sc in magic circle
r1- 2sc around
r2, 3, 4, 5, 6- sc around
r7- *sc, 2sc* around
r8, 9- sc around
r10- *sc, sc, 2sc* around
r11- sc around
STUFF and then finish off leaving a long tail to stitch them on to the body so the opening remains relatively circular
Hands/Feet (Make 4)
6sc into a magic circle
r1- 2sc in the next 3 stitches, then *dc, picot, dc, slst* all into one stitch, and repeat from * to * twice more so you have 3 fingers/toes!
The hands I stitched end on, using the long tail I left to form an almost wrist. The feet I stitched on flat to the ends of the legs.
This may require a small amount of tweaking depending on your leg placement.
ch 9 (or enough for the space between the legs)
r1- sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch a long
r2- ch1, turn, 2sc, *sc* along to last stitch, 2sc in last stitch
r3- ch 1, turn, sc along
r4- ch1, turn, 2sc, *sc* along to last stitch, 2sc in last stitch
r5, 6, 7, 8, 9- ch 1 turn, sc along
stitch this on along the 3 sides, leaving the top open for hoarding plenty of shiny things!
ch20, join to form a circle.
r1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10- sc in each ch
r11- pinch together and then sc the hole closed, so sc through both sides all the way along.
turn the tail the right way out and stitch onto his bottom.
You now have a complete niffler, theres just a few little details to add. For his nostrils I did french knots and made sure that they pinched his beak in a little. His mouth I just did a back stitch. And for his fuzz I cut lots of strands of wool up (using mostly scraps from other things) and hooked them on like scarf tassels and then split the fibres so they were fuzzy. This took a long while and for the next one I make I think I will just find some fuzzy wool… I have fuzzy wool but not in the right colours OH WHAT A SHAME! I’LL HAVE TO GO BUY MORE!!
I hope you have managed to make sense of my first pattern! I will try and do stitch counts and things at some point! And be careful of all of your shiny things!