So, last year for their birthday, I knit my stepsons some hats. I asked if there was anything they wanted this year, thinking they might request some mittens or scarves. Nope, the answers were “a raccoon, wearing a red scarf” and “a river otter with a grey back”.
So, introducing Otto Odbody and Ricky Rucksack. They are set to have some adventures together.
I used Sarah Elizabeth Kellner’s River Otter pattern for Otto (find it here on Ravelry) and Alan Dart’s raccoon pattern (here). They were both knit in sugar and cream cotton yarn. Otto is knit in more or less one piece working in the round, starting at the neck, with just a bit of seaming, while Ricky is knit in several flat pieces which are then seamed and sewn together.
P.S. A friend who does dog rescue asked if I’d make something like this to donate to one of their auctions; I said I didn’t feel comfortable using someone else’s pattern to make something for sale, even for charity, but I am working on a pattern for a crocheted fennec fox of my own design. I know it’s a different craft, but if someone here crochets and is interested in testing a pattern once I’m done, let me know !