April 28, 2012

Finn the Human


Finn the Human




Materials:
Size 3 (3.25 mm) straight knitting needles
Size 5 (3.75 mm) double pointed needles
Yarn:  One skein each of Vanna’s Choice yarn in White, Rose, Aqua, Colonial Blue, Beige, Fern, Black, and Olive.  About a yard of purple yarn in worsted weight.
Tapestry Needle
2 medium sized eyes
One button
Stuffing

Notes:
Inc: Knit/Purl front and back
Dec: Knit/Purl two together
When sewing together pieces, use the invisiblehorizontal/vertical seam methods.
I find that the cable cast on method works best for this project.

Legs:
Using Black and straight needles, cast on 18 stitches
R1) Knit
R2) P1, inc, P17 (19 st)
R3) Knit
R4) P1, inc, P18 (20 st)
R5) Knit
R6) Purl
R7) Knit
R8) P1, dec, P18 (19 st)
R9) Knit
R10) P1, dec, P17 (18 st)
R11) Knit
R12) Cast off 8, P10 (10 st)
Continue in stockinet stitch for 8 more rows with Black.
Switch to Beige
Continue in stockinet stitch 30 rows
Switch to Colonial Blue
Continue in stockinet stitch 11 rows

Cut yarn and move all stitches to a stitch holder.

Make another leg, but this time read all rows backwards like so:
R1) Knit
R2) P17, inc, P1
R3) Knit
R4) P18, inc, P1
Etc...
Keep the second leg on the straight needles and do not cut the yarn.

Body:
(Continue working on the second leg)
R1) K10, Cast on 15 st, place first leg from stitch holder onto needles, K10 from first leg (thus connecting the two legs into one piece) (35 st)
Continue 14 more rows in stockinet stitch with Colonial Blue
Switch to Aqua
Continue in stockinet stitch for 35 rows
Switch to White
Continue in stockinet stitch for 5 rows
Knit (stockinet stitch) the next 19 rows using the Face template and Beige yarn.
Face Template
Continue in stockinet stitch for 6 rows with White

Ears:
(Continue working on the Body)
R1) K8, Cast off 19 st, K8
R2) P8, put the other 8 stitches onto a stitch holder
Continue in stockinet stitch for 5 more rows, then cast off.

Pick up the 8 stitches form the stitch holder.
Continue in stockinet stitch for 6 more rows, then cast off.

Repeat the Legs, Body, and Ears section once more.  Only this time, instead of working the Face Template, just work 19 rows in White.

Assembling Finn:
Begin sewing the two sides of Finn together starting at the feet.  Sew together the boot sections of his feet but don’t go much further.  If you continue to sew together the rest of his legs it will make it more difficult to sew on his socks.

Socks (Make 2):
Using the double pointed needles and White yarn, make a 5 stitch I-cord 30 rows long. 
Before casting off your I-cord, first check to make sure it fits around Finn’s leg.  I stuffed Finn’s boots to make sure it was long enough before I cast off.
Once making sure the I-cord is long enough, cast off.  Sew the two ends of the I-cord together and then sew the cord onto Finn’s leg where the top of his boots meet his legs. 

Next, sew together the two sides of Finn until you reach slightly above the bottom of his shorts.  At this point you want to embroider the bottom of his shorts with a chain stitch using the Colonial Blue yarn. 
Continue to sew the two halves together, embroidering at the bottom of the shirt with Aqua, and at the bottom of the hat with White.  Chain stitch with White yarn along the outside of the face. 
Do not start to sew together the ears or the top of the head yet.

Arms (Make 2):
With straight needles and Aqua, cast on 19 stitches
 Work in stockinet stitch for 15 rows in Aqua
Switch to Beige
Continue in stockinet stitch for 35 rows

Cast off.

Sew together the two long edges of the hand, making sure to stop and chain stitch the bottom of the sleeve in Aqua along the way.  Sew the bottom of the arm together such that the seam from the long edges is in the middle bottom part of the hand (see figure on left below).  Once the bottom of the hand is sewn up, stuff the bottom of the arm.  Next sew two 1 inch sections at the bottom of the arm, such that the appearance of fingers is achieved (see figure on right below).


Stuff the rest of the arm and then sew it onto the body just slightly under the bottom of the white hat.  To do this, I first sewed the top of the arm in place using invisible horizontal seam method and then sewed the bottom on about two rows under that.  This joint should not be heavily stuffed in order to allow for more movement.

Once both arms have been sewn onto the body, add facial features.  Place the eyes where they look good to you, and then add a mouth using a basic back stitch.

Stuff the body and then continue sewing the two halves of Finn together.  Continue stuffing as you sew together the ears and top of head.  Tie off the ends and hide them inside the body.

Backpack:

Back:
Using Dark Olive yarn and straight needles, cast on 25 stitches
R1) Knit
R2) P1, inc, Purl to last two stitches, inc, P1 (27 st)
R3) Knit
R4) Repeat row 2  (29 st)
R5) Knit
R6) Repeat row 2 (31 st)
R7) Knit
R8) Repeat row 2 (33 st)
R9) Knit
R10) Repeat row 2 (35 st)
R11-R18) Continue in Stockinet Stitch
Switch to Fern
R19-R26) Continue in Stockinet Stitch
R27) K1, dec, Knit to last three stitches, dec, K1 (33 st)
R28) Purl
R29) Repeat row 28 (31 st)
R30) Purl
R31) Repeat row 28 (29 st)
R32) Purl
R33) Repeat row 28 (27 st)
R34) Purl
R35) Repeat row 28 (25 st)
R36) Purl

Cast off.

Bottom Front:
Using Olive and straight needles, cast on 25 stitches
R1) Knit
R2) P1, inc, Purl to last two stitches, inc, P1 (27 st)
R3) Knit
R4) Repeat row 2  (29 st)
R5) Knit
R6) Repeat row 2 (31 st)
R7) Knit
R8) Repeat row 2 (33 st)
R9) Knit
R10) Repeat row 2 (35 st)
R11-R18) Continue in Stockinet Stitch
R19-R23) Work in K2, P2 ribbing

Cast off.

Upper front:
Using Fern and straight needles, cast on 25 stitches
R1) Knit
R2) P1, inc, Purl to last two stitches, inc, P1 (27 st)
R3) Knit
R4) Repeat row 2  (29 st)
R5) Knit
R6) Repeat row 2 (31 st)
R7) Knit
R8) Repeat row 2 (33 st)
R9) Knit
R10) Repeat row 2 (35 st)
R11-R13) Continue in Stockinet Stitch
R14-R18) Work in K2, P2 ribbing

Cast off.

Backpack Straps (Make 2):
Olive and straight needles, cast on 12 stitches
Work in stockinet stitch for 24 rows
Switch to Fern
Work in stockinet stitch for 24 rows

Cast off.

Sew Backpack back, upper front, and lower front together.  Make sure that the upper front is sewed on over the bottom front.  Sew on arm straps close to the edge of the Backpack.  I ended up sewing the ends of each strap very close to each other as well.  Sew on button and then sew on a crocheted or braided cord for a button loop.

Like-Like Sweater:
Using Rose and the double pointed needles, cast on 72 stitches and distribute them onto the three needles
Work 4 rows in K2, P2 ribbing
Work 27 rows in stockinet stitch

Forming arm holes:
Cast off 10 stitches, K26, cast off 10 stitches, K26
Cast on 10 stitches, K26, cast on 10 stitches, K26

Continue in stockinet stitch for 4 more rows
Work 4 rows in K2, P2 ribbing

Cast off.

Sweater Sleeves:
Pick up 24 stitches from the arm hole with the DPNs and distribute them onto the three needles
Work 3 rows in stockinet stitch
*K3, inc, repeat from * until end of row (30 st)
Work in stockinet stitch for 33 rows
*K3, dec, repeat from * until end of row (24 st)
Work 4 rows in K2, P2 ribbing

Cast off.

Sew in loose ends.  Stitch a heart with purple yarn in the top right corner of the front of the sweater.

Now you have your very own Finn the go on adventures with! Enjoy!

40 comments:

  1. This rocks, I now have a gift for my youngest bro for Christmas. WHAT TIME IS IT?

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  2. Hooo he's so cute !!! thanks for the pattern !! :-D

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  3. Is Jake thevdog coming next!? Fun.

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    1. Yes! I plan on making Jake sometime this summer!

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  4. As Finn would say, "that's awesome."

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  5. Thank you for the free pattern! Totally making him for my toddler! You rock Lizzard!! :)

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  6. Thanks so much, this is exactly what I've been looking for for a while now! I've not picked up any knitting for months but this looks loads of fun and doable! Thanks again :)

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  7. Would you consider creating another one of these and selling it? Because I'm extremely interested. And if you were to do this, how much do you think you'd sell it for? Respond back when you get the chance please. :)

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    1. I may potentially make one for sale at some point. I will probably post it on my (currently empty) etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/LizzardCrafts). I would probably charge somewhere around $50 for him.
      I don't ever want to take commissions as that will probably lead to me making a ton of Finn dolls and not being able to create new patterns.
      I suggest finding a friend who can knit and paying them to do it! It isn't too difficult of a pattern so most people with knitting experience should be able to make him.

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  8. Awesome! Thank you for posting this, too! I'm currently working on this and I had a question about the legs. I might not understand completely but how are you sewing them up? Are you making 4 legs in total, like 2 sides each? I can't grasp my head around it. Haha! If you could give me some insight that would be great. And thanks again!!

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    1. Hello!
      Basically what you are making are are two flat Finn shaped pieces and then sewing them together. So you will make 4 legs. Two for each "side" of your Finn.
      Let me know if this helps!

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    2. Thank you! That's what I thinking, I just wanted to make sure!

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  9. oh. my. glob. i friggin love this. :)

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  10. I'm almost done with Finn, and my kids are SO excited. Please, please post a Jake pattern as soon as you can. They'll loveit.

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  11. Thanks for sharing your pattern! I made Finn as a birthday gift for my 2 kids and I can tell you they were over-the-moon when they got a hold of the doll! It took me 2 weeks to finish the doll, and another 2 weeks to make the backpack and sweater to complete Finn's look. But it was all worth it seeing the happy faces of my kids! :)

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    1. Knowing that there is another finished Finn out there makes me extremly happy! I am glad your children like it!

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  12. I'm confused. I'm trying to make the legs, and I read the comment above, but I'm still not grasping it. If we make 4 legs (I'm assuming it's 2 backwards and 2 regular) how are we making his front and back? There's no pattern section for the back of him. I guess what I'm asking is how am I supposed to be assembling him? Do you have any pictures of how you did it?

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    1. I think I figured it out. You make one set of legs and a body with the face template and one without the face, using just white yarn. Right? That seems to fix my problem of where does the back side of his head come in... I hope. So one body with a face, one without. It's sewed up the sides. That makes sense to me. Am I right?

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    2. That is correct! You basically make two flat Finns, one with a face and the other without. And then you sew them together! Let me know if you have more questions!

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  13. This really is the best looking Finn knit I've seen! I can't wait to start it, thanks for the awesome pattern :-D

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  14. Thank you, thank you for sharing this great doll with us.

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  15. Maybe my dad will want to learn how to knit now, once I'm done with this, he'll be soooo jealous. :)

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  16. Very interested in this, please email me regarding. :)

    supyit.ja@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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  17. i would totally buy this if you're selling them.

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    1. I do make Finn the sell, but usually only at a few Anime conventions in the Midwest. As cute as he is, he is kind of a pain to make (pretty tedious!) and I don't want to be stuck making him all the time. I recommend you find a knitter in your area and commission them to make one for you!

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  18. I loved this pattern! I was a little confused about the feet and legs but I think it ended up turning out great. http://kk-sis.tumblr.com/post/49577053933/while-im-uploading-pictures-of-stuff-ive-made (If you'd like to see how mine turned out...)

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    1. I'm glad you figured out the feet! He looks so cute!

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  19. I have a question. When i knit one 'side' then what do i do. Do i copy the pattern again just without the face template and ears? I've knitted the two legs and im at the top of the second i just want to know in advance. Thanks in advance :)

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    1. Yes, you will knit the pattern again, just without the template for the face (Instead just knit 19 rows in white). You will still need the ears for the other side tho! So don't forget those!
      Good luck!

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  20. How do you make the raised white oval bit round finns face?

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    1. It's just a simple chain stitch (http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/howto/archive/2008/05/15/chain-stitch-embroidery.aspx) It's the same you use at the end of his shorts and shirt. :)

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  21. Hi Lizzard,

    I'm rather confused about the legs. So I'm about to begin the body on the second leg and I'm just not sure what you mean exactly. So, we just finished knitting 11 rows on the second leg in centennial blue, which should leave us on a purl side. But then it says knit 10, so are we knitting on the purl side, or should I just cast on 10 stitches from there? But then that would make things uneven because I'd have to knit on the purl side of the first leg? Can you clarify what you mean more clearly please--I'm somewhat of a beginner who takes patterns rather literally, hah

    Thanks so much!

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  22. Thank you so much for this pattern- my 9 year old boy now thinks that knitting is cool!!

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  23. how are you doing the K2 P2 rib for the backpack with an odd number of stitches?

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  24. hi i've knitted Finn , but would like to know please if you know what size eyes did you use as at shops they come in 5mm, 9mm, 10mm, 12mm . Thanks in advance and thank you for the cool pattern x

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  25. I am part ways through knitting Finn What an awesome pattern I just wanted to say Thanks ^_^

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  26. What thickness wool do you use for this pattern? I'm kinda new at knitting and I've only ever used double knitting wool, I'm from UK by the way :))

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  27. Just a tip: when you get to his face its a good idea to pick up a stitch from the previous row and knit them together, so there's no holes around the edges of his hat

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