Ratty Wind in the Willows knitting pattern
If, like me, you grew up with a love of The Wind in the Willows, you might like to try your knitting needles out on this little chap. It’s Ratty designed by Claire Garland and available to buy as a PDF download pattern on Etsy.
When knitted, your finished Ratty will be approx. Approx. 15cm/ 6in tall
Included in this pattern:
– Digital knitting pattern – flat knitting on 2 needles, body, jodhpur and sweater made with minimal seaming, joining as you go
Claire gives yarn recommendations too, within the pattern, if you want to make yours similar to hers and if you want to knit in a similar yarn – which is Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk and find the same 4-6mm (she used 6mm).
Claire used brown toy toy eyes – you can search on Etsy to find these too – there are lots of sellers here from all over the World! Obviously if you’re planning to make this as a gift for a baby or little one, you should avoid adding toy eyes. Safer alternatives include crochet or embroidered eyes.
Ratty – how he appears in the book…
‘As he sat on the grass and looked across the river, a dark hole in the bank opposite, just above the water’s edge, caught his eye, and dreamily he fell to considering what a nice snug dwelling-place it would make for an animal with few wants and fond of a bijou riverside residence, above flood level and remote from noise and dust.
As he gazed, something bright and small seemed to twinkle down in the heart of it, vanished, then twinkled once more like a tiny star. But it could hardly be a star in such an unlikely situation; and it was too glittering and small for a glow-worm. Then, as he looked, it winked at him, and so declared itself to be an eye; and a small face began gradually to grow up round it, like a frame round a picture. A brown little face with whiskers. A grave round face, with the same twinkle in its eye that had first attracted his notice. Small neat ears and thick silky hair. It was the Water Rat!
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame (1908)
I thought you might enjoy this trailer for the Wind in the Willows film with Ratty and the whole gang…
Discover Claire’s other Wind in the Willows knitting patterns here:
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Purists might like to buy a copy of The Wind in the Willows with original illustrations by Arthur Rackham and introduction by AA Milne.
I do really love The Wordsworth Collector’s Editions of beloved classics including The Wind in the Willows
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