Knitted Swan Dolls in Love (Free Pattern)

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This knitted swan couple is a great way to celebrate your love or show someone how you feel about them. Of course these knitted swans can also just be a gift to yourself since they're pretty heartwarming.
Adapted from "All You Knit is Love: 20 Patterns for Romantic Handmade Gifts" by Debbie Harrold, published by Collings & Brown.
- A yarn such as: Patons Fab DK, approx. 274m/100g ball (100% acrylic)
- 1 ball in White 2306
- 1 ball in Yellow 2305
- Pair of 3.75mm needles
- Tapestry needle
- Toy filling
- Short length of black yarn
- Four white craft pipe cleaners
22 stitches and 26 rows over 10cm stocking stitch.

Source: , All You Knit is Love: 20 Patterns for Romantic...

Step 1

(make 1 for each swan)
Using 3.75mm needles and yellow yarn, cast on 3 sts.
Row 1 (WS): Purl.
Row 2: [Inc 1] twice, k1. (5 sts)
Row 3: Inc 1, p2, inc 1, p1. (7 sts)
Row 4: Inc 1, k4, inc 1, k1. (9 sts)
Work 3 rows in stocking stitch.
Break off yellow yarn, join in white yarn.
Row 8: [Inc 1 knitwise] 9 times. (18 sts)
Row 9: Purl.
Row 10: [Inc 1, k2] 6 times. (24 sts)
Work 7 rows in stocking stitch.
Row 18: Inc 1, k9, [k2tog] twice, k8, inc 1, k1.
Row 19: P10, [p2tog] twice, p10. (22 sts)
Row 20: K9, [k2tog] twice, k9. (20 sts)
Row 21: P1, p2tog, p5, [p2tog] twice , p5, p2togtbl, p1. (16 sts)
Row 22: K1, k2togtbl, k3, [k2tog] twice, k3, k2tog. (12 sts) K1
Row 23: P1, p2tog, p1, [p2tog] twice, p1, p2togtbl, p1. (8 sts)
Work 34 rows in stocking stitch, ending with a purl row.
Row 58: K3, [inc 1] twice, k3. (10 sts)
Row 59: Purl.
Row 60: K4, [inc 1]twice, k4. (12 sts)
Row 61: Purl.
Row 62: K5, [inc 1] twice, k5. (14 sts)
Row 63: Purl.
Row 64: K6, [inc 1]twice, k6. (16 sts)
Row 65: Purl.
Row 66: K7, [inc 1] twice, k7.(18 sts)
Row 67: P8, [inc 1] twice, p8. (20 sts)
Row 68: K9, [inc 1] twice, k9. (22 sts)
Row 69: P10, [inc 1] twice, p10. (24 sts)
Row 70: K11, [inc 1] twice, k11. (26 sts)
Row 71: P12, [inc 1] twice, p12. (28 sts)
Row 72: K13, [inc 1] twice, k13. (30 sts)
Row 73: P14, [inc 1] twice, p14. (32 sts)
Row 74: K15, [inc 1] twice, k15. (34 sts)
Row 75: P16, [inc 1] twice, p16. (36 sts)
Row 76: K17, [inc 1] twice, k17. (38 sts)
Row 77: P18, [inc 1] twice, p18. (40 sts)
Row 78: K19, [inc 1] twice, k19. (42 sts)
Row 79: P20, [inc a] twice, p20. (44 sts)
Work 2 rows in stocking stitch.
Row 82: K20, [k2tog] twice, k20. (42 sts)
Row 83: Purl.
Row 84: K19, [k2tog] twice, k19. (40 sts)
Row 85: Purl.
Row 86: K18, [k2tog] twice, k18. (38 sts)
Row 87: Purl.
Row 88: K17, [k2tog] twice, k17. (36 sts)
Row 89: Purl.
Row 90: K16, [k2tog] twice, k16. (34 sts)
Row 91: Purl.
Row 92: K15, [k2tog] twice, k15. (32 sts)
Row 93: Purl.
Row 94: K14, [k2tog] twice, k24. (30 sts)
Row 95: Purl.
Row 96: K13, [k2tog] twice, k13. (28 sts)
Row 97: Purl.
Row 98: K1, k2togtbl, k9, [k2tog] twice, k9, [k2tog], k1. (24 sts)
Row 99: P1, p2tog, p18, p2togtbl, p1. (22 sts)
Row 1oo: K1, k2togtbl, k6, [k2tog] twice, k6, k2tog, k1. (18 sts)
Row 101: P1,p2tog, p12, p2togtbl, p1. (16 sts)
Row 102: K1, k2togtbl, k3, [k2tog] twice, k3, k2tog, k1. (12 sts)
Row 103: P1, p2tog, p6, p2togtbl, p1. (10 sts)
Row 104: K1, k2togtbl, k4, k2tog, k1. (8 sts)
Row 105: P1, p2tog, p2, p2togtbl, p1. (6 sts)
Work 2 rows in stocking stitch.
Cast off.

Step 2

For the head and body, starting with the beak, partially sew up side seam using mattress stitch or backstitch and insert two pipe cleaners twisted together in the neck section. lnsert stuffing in the head, neck and body, but not the tail and complete the seam. Using picture as guide, embroider eyes using satin stitch.

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  • by grisbrooks
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    I have just knitted this and it looks lovely but would like to make the same but 4" instead of 6" does anyone know how to adapt the pattern?

  • by j-i-m-i-n-i
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    This was such a fun fast knit. Another user on a different forum posted this link and since, have been glued to this site. The swans are about 6" tall and wide. . . I used a size 4mm needle and worsted weight yarn. I also made them black swans (they are gorgeous). I love the inc not being to specific, I found that a maker placed in the middle of the inc and dec made this quite the mindless knit!! THANK YOU for the contribution! PS row 22 is missing the K1 at the end. Other than that there were no errors in the written out pattern.

    • by craftfoxes
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      Thanks for the correction J-i-m-i-n-i. I added the K1 to Rows 22. Let me know if it looks right.