Monday, March 19, 2012

Bioluminescent Lab Rat

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 What you need:
Four size 5 DPNs
Bernat Glow in the Dark yarn
Scrap pink yarn
Two 6mm safety eyes
Scraps of pink and white felt
Polyester Fiber Fill
Yarn Needle
Hot glue or sewing thread and needle

  • Cast on 24 stitches and divide evenly on 3 needles -8 st per needle 
  • (leave tail of yarn to sew up end after stuffing)
  • Rows 1-15: K
  • Row 16: K1 K2tog K2  K2tog K1 on each needle -6st per needle
  • Row 17: K
  • Row 18: K1 K2tog K2tog K1 on each needle -4 st per needle
  • Rows 19-20: K
  • Row 21: K1 K2tog K1 on each needle -3 st per needle
  • Rows 22-23: K
  • Row 24: K1 K2tog on each needle -2 st per needle
Do not cast off. Cut yarn about 6 inches from project and tread onto yarn needle. Ease each loop off DPNs and run yarn needle through each loop and pull tight. Tie several knots and weave in end.
 Turn to right side and set eyes then stuff body with fiberfill.

After stuffing sew up end of rat using the tail you left when you started knitting.
Embroider nose and cut 3 pieces of pink yarn about 12 inches each.
Thread all three peices of yarn onto yarn needle and run through sewn up end of rat.
Braid yarn and tie knot in end when finished.

Cut 2 ears from white felt and 4 little feet from pink felt.
Either hot glue or sew on ears and feet.
These little rats make great gifts for scientists.

 Look at them glow :)
I knitted ears for the rat in these pics (prototype)
I found that the felt ears were better looking.

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