Next I searched for a knitted panda bear. Finally I found one on the Rowan website called Panda and Big Bear by Jem Weston. Very cute. I did not have access to the furry yarn but did happen onto nearly a full skein of black worsted weight yarn already in the stash. I already had several balls of creamy white worsted weight yarn wound and US size 7 needles are always to hand.
This project was pretty easy. The only real glitch was that I mis-read part of the pattern or something as there are a couple of stray stitches in one eye patch. Looking at the picture on the pattern as I write this, I see that I did not mis-read, the issue is that I was not using the furry yarn! Oh, well. It is still a panda. Still kind of cute.
On vacation I finished the ears, legs, and eyes, then drove all over the sap works looking for animal eyes, and finally found them at A.C. Moore! After installing the eyes, using a piece of felt behind the eyes to make them more stable, I was ready to finish stuffing the panda. Finally I finished the seam at the top of the head.
This is Mister Panda:
|Big Panda Bear...about 18 inches tall|