Tattooed Tommy

Tattooed Tommy

Tattooed Tommy was supposed to be a Pirate. Maybe he was a Sailor, or maybe he just likes dressing funny with his anchor tattooed forearm. But whatever the case- this guy is Freaking AWESOME!  I knit him flat, but I HIGHLY recommend that you knit his arms and legs on dpns. HIGHLY recommend it. HIGHLY. Hint, hint…. 😉  

Pattern is also on Ravelry. DONT represent as your own work. I will silently curse you and knit a voodoo doll in your honor.

Materials:

Any worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart because Im trying desperately to destash it. Whatever the case, you will need 4 different colors. Here is what I used:
Beige (MC)
Black (CC1)
Red (CC2)
White (CC3)

Small amount of black for facial features and tattoo
Size 8 straight needles for body
Size 8 DPNs for arms and legs (OPTIONAL)
Tapestry needle
2 buttons (for eyes, and only if age appropriate!)

Body:

With size 8 straight needles and MC (Skin color), CO 40 sts.
K 20 rows stockinette stitch
Switch to CC1
K 15 rows st st
BO
Fold body so that the left and right sides touch. Seam bottom and side. Leave top open.

Arms: (Make 2)

With size 8 dpns and CC1, CO 12 stitches and join in the round.
***IF KNITTING FLAT, JUST CO THE 12 AND WORK IN ST ST!***
K 6 rows st st
Switch to MC
K 17 rows
Next row: P2tog across row
Next row: K2tog across row
Cut yarn leaving a long tail and pull through remaining sts.
***IF YOU KNIT FLAT, USE THE TAIL TO SEAM, LEAVING TOP OPEN!***

Legs: (Make 2)

With size 8 dpns and CC2, CO 12 sts.
***Again, if knitting flat, just work in st st!***
K 2 rows in CC2
Switch to CC3
K 2 rows
Repeat 4 more times
Switch to MC
K 4 rows
Next row: K2tog across
Next row: P2tog across
Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches.

Finishing:

Sew buttons onto the front part of the body where you think would look best. If buttons arent age appropriate, use some black yarn and the tapestry needle and get creative! Sew on a smile or a scowl too- I wanna see some cool looking guys here, people! Stuff the body and using black yarn, seam up the top so it looks like a flat top. I love the way it looks- so badly done, but it suits the little guys, you know?!
Stuff the legs (and seam if knit flat!) and sew onto the bottom of the body.
Using some black yarn, sew a little tattoo onto one of his arms. I did an anchor and I love the way it turned out. Stuff the arms (and again, seam if necessary!) and sew onto the body somewhere appropriate.

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