Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Bananas in Pyjamas
I made quite a lot from this book a few years ago, but had never made the Banana in Pyjamas - so it was a no-brainer. The book is out of print, but a few copies appear on eBay and Abebooks.
The Banana (B1) is knitted in two pieces - front and back, You knit the trousers first, knitting sideways, then cast off and rejoin the yellow at the waist edge. A very simple and clever design.
You add a little bit at the top for a stalk and embroider the face. The pattern suggests button eyes, but I wanted to reduce the danger to a one-year-old from buttons.
The feet are crocheted in. Even I, who does not read a crochet pattern, managed this!
The coat is knitted in one piece from side to side, with rectangular sleeves inserted and a roll collar added. It is very, very simple and clear.
Veronica and Niamh helped me stuff him, and I did, in the end, add buttons to the coat.
I then made the teddy bear that belongs to the Banana, and made, for good measure, a sleeping bag for the teddy.
This was a fun present to make. There is a hat for the one-year-old and a bag to hold the gift - coming in the next post.