October 15th, 2006

Tooth Fairy Pillow -- a free pattern




Surprise your favorite child or dental professional with this cute project.
It makes a nice paper weight for a dentist office.


Many yarns work for this project. If knitting for children, I suggest cotton yarn. If you are giving this to a dentist or a hygienist, a durable wool or blend will be great. My samples were done with kitchen cotton, cotton chenille, and pearl cotton. The size will vary depending upon the materials you choose.

Knit snuggly on smaller than normally called for needles.

Size: Approx 5˝x 4.5˝ (12.5 cm x 10 cm)

Materials: Peaches & Crème worsted weight by Elmore-Pisgah Inc., 2 ½ oz. (71.5g ) balls, each approx 122 yds (112m): 1 ball in white
Size 6 (4 mm) needles or size needed to achieve gauge.

Gauge: 20 st 40 rows = 4˝ (10 cm) over St st. (Gauge is not vital; just strive for a tight weave. The gauge tightens up with washing.)

Filling: to stuff a pillow, use yarn scraps, fiberfill, or beanie pellets.
To make a paperweight, fill with plastic pellets, or rice or lentils in a knotted knee-high stocking.

Decorations and embellishments can vary. You can put a smile or a message on your pillow. Be creative!

Tooth: Make 2

Roots: Make two. Keep the first one on the end of your needle while you work on the second one.

Cast on 5 stitches.
Round 1: Purl
Slip the first stitch of every row.
K5
P5
K1, M1, k3, M1, k1
Purl 7
Knit stockinette stitch for 1.5” (2.5 cm). End with a wrong side. For first tooth root, break yarn, leaving a 12˝ long tail. Finish second root on wrong side. Using the 12˝ long tail of first root, cast on 5 stitches and knit across second root. (19 stitches)

Continue in stockinette stitch for 1” (2.5 cm) on the next right side row, increase by 2 stitches. (21 stitches)

Continue in stockinette stitch for 1” (2.5 cm) on the next right side row, increase by 2 stitches. (25 stitches)
Continue in stockinette stitch for 1.5” (2.5 cm). BO


Optional tooth pocket: In the center of the tooth, 1˝ from where the roots join, pick up 5 stitches; leave a long tail for sewing up the sides. Knit in st. st. for 3/4", cast off, sew up sides to tooth body.


Optional Hanging Loop: Knit 3˝ of eye cord and attach to back of the pillow.

Finishing; Weave in ends. Wash either by hand or in a mesh bag in your machine, lay flat to dry. Stuff with either with plastic pellets (Put pellets in the foot of a knee-high, then tie a knot on the end.) or fiber fill. The knee-high keeps the pellets from popping out of between the stitches. Place right faces touching, sew around tooth, leaving a hole for the stuffing, pull right side out, and embellish with face, then stuff and sew remaining hole.



© 2006 Susan Manning
Knitfix
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Thank
You
Dr. Cooper

My daughter embroidered this one for our family dentist.