Welcome to another edition of DrFrankKnits’ Free Pattern Fridays – your source for quirky, fun toy knitting patterns!
I’ve always been something of a tomboy. Well, perhaps “tomboy” isn’t really the right word … I think I just don’t give a flying fig about “what I should like.” As a kid, I played with Barbie dolls, but you’d be just as likely to find me playing with my brother’s Matchbox car collection or tossing around a baseball. If it looked fun and enjoyable, I was there! On any given day, you might find me listening to Classical Music, Showtunes, American Pop Standards, or Classic Rock and Roll … or other bizarre music that can’t be categorized. I love educational TV shows, but I also like the silly, irreverent humor of shows like “South Park.” I don’t wear a stitch of makeup, but I don’t mind playing dress-up when I see a fancy dress in the department store. In summary, I think my motto has always been (to quote one of those American Pop Standards) “Don’t Fence Me In!”
Today’s model is one of my “tomboy” creations. It’s a small knitted dragster stuffed toy! When made with worsted weight yarn and size 6 dpns, it measures about 6 inches long – so it’s super portable and easy for little hands to hold!
Funny story: I’m the oldest of three siblings. When we were growing up (and probably before my sister was born), my brother’s bedroom had rainbow wallpaper in it. No, not rainbow-colored wallpaper … wallpaper with a humongous rainbow arching across it. I have no idea why – I can only imagine it was there when my parents bought the house, because we’re not exactly the kind of people who would have wall art like that. Anyway, I’m pretty sure my brother hated it, so he and I were always throwing his Matchbox cars at the wall. It dinged up the wallpaper … and the wall as well. I bet my parents wished we had soft toy cars like this one back then! So, if you have kids that like to cause damage with their toy cars – give this pattern a try! Enjoy!
Knitted Dragster Race Car
by Ilana Marks
-Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in a Main Color (MC), black, gray and light blue or white.
(Main Colors pictured are Red, Yellow and Light Blue … but pick any color you want!)
-Small amount of Polyester Fiberfill Stuffing
-One set US Size 6 double pointed needles (dpns)
(Note: Sorry about the blurriness of some of the photos in the tutorial – my camera was being bratty. I swear I hear it laughing at me sometimes! I think you can still see what’s going on, though. However, if anything’s unclear, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m more than willing to help!)
Using MC yarn, cast on 4 stitches onto one dpn. Slide the stitches over to the other end of the needle and work the next round as for i-cord:
Rnd 1: (kf&b) 4 times (8 st)
Divide the 8 stitches among 3 dpns and join to knit in the round.
Rnd 2-3: Knit 2 rounds.
Rnd 4: k2, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k2 (10 st)
Rnd 5-6: Knit 2 rounds.
Rnd 7: k3, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k3 (12 st)
Rnd 8-9: Knit 2 rounds.
Rnd 10: k4, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k4 (14 st)
Rnd 11-12: Knit 2 rounds.
Rnd 13: k5, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k5 (16 st)
Rnd 14-15: Knit 2 rounds.
Rnd 16: k6, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k6 (18 st)
Rnd 17-18: Knit 2 rounds.
Rnd 19: k7, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k7 (20 st)
Rnd 20-21: Knit 2 rounds.
Rnd 22: k8, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k8 (22 st)
Rnd 23-24: Knit 2 rounds.
Rnd 25: k9, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k9 (24 st)
Stuff the piece so far.
Rnd 26: k6, (k2tog) 6 times, k6 (18 st)
(Begin “Engine” Section)
Switch to black yarn, cutting the MC yarn.
Rnd 27: k3, (k2tog) 6 times, k3 (12 st)
Rnd 28-33: Knit 6 rounds.
Add some more stuffing to the black “engine” portion of the car.
Rnd 34: (k2tog) 6 times (6 st)
Rnd 35-49: Knit 15 rounds, stuffing lightly as you go.
Cut the yarn, leaving a few inches of tail, and thread the tail through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close.
-Weave in the ends, but leave the yarn tail at the back of the tail piece – we’ll use that to sew on the rear spoiler later.
-Press the thin tail piece flat and fold up against the back of the engine piece. Make sure it lines up between the increase seams along the top of the colored part of the body. Using a scrap of yarn, make a few stitches to hold the tail piece in place at an upward angle. Weave in the ends.
Front Fins (Make 2)
Using MC yarn and leaving a tail for seaming, cast on 6 stitches onto 3 dpns. Join to knit in the round.
Rnd 1-5: Knit 5 rounds.
Cut the yarn and thread the tail through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close. No need to stuff.
-Press the fin flat and line it up just behind the front tip of the car body and just below the increase seam that runs along the side of the body. Stitch in place using the tail and mattress stitch.
-Repeat to make the second fin and attach it opposite the first fin.
Back Tires (Make 2)
Using black yarn and leaving a tail for seaming, cast on 8 stitches onto 3 dpns. Join to knit in the round.
Rnd 1: (kf&b) 8 times (16 st)
Rnd 2-6: Knit 5 rounds.
Rnd 7: (k2tog) 8 times (8 st)
Cut the yarn and thread the tail through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close.
-Stuff the tire through the open cast on edge and position it against the side of the “engine” section of the body.
-Sew the tire in place using the tail and mattress stitch.
-Repeat to make a second tire and sew it in place opposite the first tire.
Front Wheels (Make 2)
Using black yarn, cast on 3 stitches onto one dpn to work flat.
Row 1: Purl 1 row.
Row 2: kf&b, k1, kf&b (5 st)
Row 3: Purl 1 row.
Row 4: Knit 1 row.
Row 5: Purl 1 row.
Row 6: ssk, k1, k2tog (3 st)
Cut the yarn, leaving a tail for seaming, and draw the tail across the purl side of the tire and then thread through the stitches on the needle from right to left, pulling tightly to finish off.
-Position the wheel against the side of the body, just behind the front fin and seam in place using the tail and backstitch.
-Repeat to make a second wheel and sew it in place opposite the first wheel.
Exhaust Pipes (Make 2)
Using gray yarn, cast on 2 stitches onto one dpn.
Rnd 1-8: Knit 8 rounds i-cord.
Cut the yarn, pulling the tail through all stitches on the needle to finish off.
-Leaving the tail on the tapestry needle, thread the exhaust pipe under 1.5 stitches at the top of the “engine” just behind where it meets the colored body section. Pull through, leaving an equal amount of pipe protruding from either side. Weave the ends through the i-cord and into the body to secure.
-Repeat to make a second pipe and thread it through the engine just behind the first pipe.
Using MC yarn, cast on 6 stitches onto 3 dpns to knit in the round.
Rnd 1-15: Knit 15 rounds.
Cut the yarn, pulling the tail through all stitches on the needle to finish off. No need to stuff.
-Position the spoiler on top of the black tail piece, and using the black yarn tail you left from knitting that piece, mattress stitch the spoiler in place.
-Weave in the ends.
-Cut a strand of black yarn, thread into a tapestry needle, and embroider a few stripes on top of the rear spoiler, wrapping about 1.5 stitches for each stripe.
-Cut a strand of gray yarn, thread into a tapestry needle, and embroider a hubcap on the rear tire with a few long straight stitches. Repeat for the other tire.
-Embroider spokes on the front wheels in the same manner as for the tire hubcaps.
-Using a strand of light blue (or white if you’re making a blue car) yarn, embroider a cockpit with a few long straight stitches on the top of the widest part of the car body.
Weave in any remaining ends and enjoy your dragster!
Make them in several colors and have pretend drag races with them! Try embroidering other decal-like details on the cars to personalize!
If you’re not a knitter, or don’t feel like knitting this pattern but like the toy, they’re available for purchase in my shop here:
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