My youngest loves Domo-kun, or at least she did last year. Anyway, I made this one out of a super fuzzy yarn–maybe Angel Soft? Ah, yes, Jo-Ann Sensations Angel Hair yarn in Dark Brown. I wasn’t thrilled with the way the black cotton eyes disappeared in all that fuzziness, but Aja was 🙂

  • Size 8 needles and double point needles
  • Yarn needle (big, dull point)
  • 4 colors of yarn (small ball of main color; bits of red, black, and white)

Abbreviations:

MC = main color (brown)
EC = eye color (black)
TC = teeth color (white)
RED = red (mouth color)
S1 = slip one stitch as if to purl
P = purl (with main color)
K = knit (with main color)
ECP (or TCP or REDP) = purl with specified color
ECK (or TCK or REDK) = knit with specified color
CO = cast on (long tail cast on makes a nice edge)
DPN = double point needles
BO = bind off (for a stretchy one, *K2tog, slip back to left needle* repeat to end)

Notes: With intarsia, you make separate bobbins of yarn for each color block (even the same color in different places in a row) so that you don’t have to carry long strands of yarn across in back. In this pattern, we’ll make the following bobbins, but will carry the HC across between the lobes of the top of the heart:

  • about the mass of a baby carrot with TC x 2
  • about the mass of a golf ball with RED
  • about the mass of a baby carrot with EC x 2

We’re slipping the first stitch of every row to make a nice edge for our side seams.

Video tips:

How to make a center-pull bobbin
How to do a long-tail cast on
How to add a color and change colors
How to K2tog (only we’re passing it back to the left needle for our bind off)
How to do side seams
How to make an i-cord

CO: 17 stitches (for a wide phone) using long tail cast on
Row 1: S1, K16
Row 2: S1, P16
Row 3: row 1
Row 4: row 2
Row 5: S1, K3, ECK2, K5, ECK2, K4
Row 6: S1, P3, ECP2, P5, ECP2, P4
Row 7: row 5
Row 8: row 2
Row 9: row 1
Row 10: S1, P3, TCP9, P4
Row 11: S1, K3, TCK9, K4
Row 12: S1, P3, REDP1, TCP1, REDP1, TCP1, REDP1, TCP1, REDP1, TCP1, REDP1, P4
Row 13: S1, K3, REDK9, K4
Row 14: S1, P3, REDP9, P4
Row 15: row 13
Row 16: row 14
Row 17: S1, K3, REDK1, TCK1, REDK1, TCK1, REDK1, TCK1, REDK1, TCK1, REDK1, K4
Row 18: row 10
Row 19: row 11
All even rows 20 to 40: S1, P16
All odd rows 21 to 39: S1, K16

(Try wrapping a cell phone in it to see how long you need it to be.)

BO, leaving a long tail.

To make the arms (make 2):

  1. On DPN, CO 5 stitches.
  2. Make an i-cord for one and a half inches.
  3. Knit 3, yarn-over, and knit to the end (6 stitches)
  4. Knit a couple more rows of i-cord, and yarn over in the middle of another row for 7 stitches.
  5. Make another inch of i-cord.
  6. Bind off.

To make the legs (make 2):

  1. On DPN, CO 10 stitches.
  2. Make an i-cord for two inches.
  3. Bind off.

To make the necklace braid (not shown in image):

  1. Cut 6 strands of yarn 40” long.
  2. Bundle the strands together and tie a knot in one end.
  3. Secure the knotted end (or make your kid hold it).
  4. Separate strands into 3 pairs and braid to the other end.
  5. Knot the end.

To assemble:

  1. Fold the long rectangle in half, uncurling the edges and pressing them together.
  2. Thread the long tail onto your yarn needle and, starting at the top corner, sew the edges together on one side.
  3. When you reach the bottom, put the needle through to the inside, and weave the yarn through stitches to the other side.
  4. Sew the edges together up the other side.
  5. Sew one end of the braid to each top corner of the pouch.
  6. Sew arms on sides of pouch.
  7. Sew legs on bottom edge of pouch.
  8. Weave in all ends and trim braid ends if necessary.
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