Honey Badgers are amazing! They live mostly in Africa and the Indian Subcontinent and eat poisonous snakes, bee larvae, and honey. Their skin is so thick that bites and stings rarely penetrate it. Honey Badgers have been known to chase off young lions to take their kills! They are very persistent animals, and now you can knit one for yourself or for everyone you know. Make him with happy nice honey badger eyes or red evil ones for when he’s particularly pissed. Domesticate a Honey Badger!
Yarn: 50 yards in Color 1, and 60 yards in Color 2 of Sport Weight yarn. Sample shown in Cascade 220 Sport (100% Wool, 164 yds per 50gm skein) in 8401- light grey (Color 1) and 4002 – charcoal (Color 2); 13 wpi Scraps of red, brown and black yarns for embroidering eyes, claws, and nose respectively. Use brown for happy honey badger eyes.
Needles: Set of 5 double points in 3.25mm (US 3) or sizes needed to obtain gauge. Also either one long (32” or longer) circular needle in same size, or 2 of any length in same size (see note).
Gauge: 24 stitches and 35 rows per 4 inches (10cm) square in stockinette stitch.
Finished Size: 13 inches (33cm) from nose to tail, 4 inches (10cm) tall at widest point.
Notions: Tapestry needle to weave in ends and embroider features, stitch marker to denote beginning of round, crochet hook to pick up stitches.
Pattern Includes: Written instructions
Stitches Used: knit, purl, knit front & back, knit front, back and front, m1, m1p, k2tog, k2togtbl, ssk, p2tog, p2togtbl, slipped stitches, picking up stitches, basic embroidery.
Other Details: The lighter back piece is worked first from the tail to the head, with a slipped stitch (I-cord type) edging. Stitches are picked up all around the back piece and the belly is knitted on and attached row by row to the live picked up stitches until you reach the snout, when you begin knitting in the round. Ears are knit from picked up stitches and legs are picked up from the finished body and knitted seamlessly down to the feet.