Hi, I’m Charlie Parker – knitting enthusiast and lifelong Clanger fan. My lovely friends at Ladybird recently got in touch to let me know about the new Clangers series on Cbeebies and the lovely books they have created to go with the series.
I know the Clangers from my childhood, and also from my mum who was a big fan and constantly replicated the tell tale Clangers whistle at home; naturally I was excited!
This excitement grew to fever pitch when I understood there was a knitting project afoot. A huge bag of pink wool arrived along with a whistle-worthy ‘Knit your own Clanger’ pattern and I was in my element. Never one to balk at any kind of craft project, I quickly snapped up the opportunity to knit a Clanger to decorate the office shelves (and keep the books company of course).
The pattern is for Tiny. In the new series, Tiny is the younger sister of Small. She is lively and creative but she has a softer, more subtle way about her. She loves and participates in all music the planet has to offer, particularly the Music Trees.
The pattern is a lot of fun to do, but certainly a challenge. I’ve found out that a Clanger is not a simple thing to knit (unless you’re a pro-knitter of the ilk from those Shreddies adverts!); perhaps because they hang out with the Soup Dragon, or perhaps because they live in outer space and need to be rather hardy. Whatever the reason, I can tell you that they are tricky little creatures to craft.
Near the beginning, I was full of knitter’s courage:
But as I progressed, I wondered how it all fitted together…
So I laid all the knitted pieces out in the hope for some mystic Clangersesque wisdom to get me through to the end:
Stuffing Tiny made me feel a lot better – she finally had that familiar nose we all know and love:
I considered leaving her in her birthday suit, as nature intended.
But I came to my senses and realised that all Clangers need their uniforms:
And then she was finished!
To use up the leftover wool, and offer something a little more beginner level, I created a Clanger Pom Pom pattern with instructions for how to make a cute pom pom Clanger, a perfect craft project for little ones.
If you knit Tiny, or make the pom pom Clanger, please post pictures in the comments below, we would love to see the results. Happy Crafting!
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