Knitting Preview: April 3, 2021 Issue

knitting preview

We have a pattern for a great toy in this week’s issue — we’re happy to give you a sneak peek in this knitting preview!

Who could resist brave little Firefighter Ted, ready to tackle anything?

As well as being a cute little teddy, this firefighter is the ideal way to use up odds and ends of yarns.

The bear itself is worked in garter stitch (knit every row) in pieces and then stitched together. The clothes are worked in a mix of garter stitch and stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row). The hose is an i-cord. Don’t worry if you have not made one before, we give you full instructions.

We recommend one 50-g ball of DK yarn in Black, Grey and Yellow and smaller quantities of Red and Silver Grey. In addition, you will need some embroidery thread and toy stuffing.

There is a simple diagram to follow to help you shape the head.

“20 To Knit: Dressed Up Bears”

We have graded this as an intermediate design. There is nothing too tricky, but you do need to keep count of your stitches as you work.

If you are a fan of Firefighter Ted and would like to make some of his friends, check out the book this design came from, “20 To Knit: Dressed Up Bears” by Val Pierce, published by Search Press at a great-value price of £4.99 (plus p&p if ordered direct). You can find out more about the book at

We love our fun firefighter and hope you do, too.

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Liz O’Rourke

Liz is part of our Features Team and her hobbies include knitting and crafts, reading and foreign travel which are also her main responsibilities on the “Friend”. If you walk into the office you will soon spot her desk, it’s the one piled high with knitwear and balls of yarn!