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Knitted Simon Cowell

Extract from The K Factor • By Live and Direct from TV Burp • Published by Pavilion

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Knit your very own X Factor judge.
Arguably one of the most powerful knitted characters on television, Knitted Simon Cowell is both feared and revered in equal measure. Famed for his brutal honesty and straight-talking, underneath those high-waisted knitted trousers beats a heart of gold. In The K Factor, we saw him beheaded by a jilted groom, facing the wrath of Peter the Duck’s supporters, dealing with a Knitted Fathers for Justice protester, and saving Peter the Duck’s life after his attempted suicide, declaring: “I love you, Peter – you’re through.”

Fact File:
Name: Knitted Simon Cowell.
Interesting fact: He loves spaghetti bolognese.
K Factor high: Saving Peter the Duck’s life.
K Factor low: Being beheaded by Bryan the Groom.

Materials
Patons Fab DK, approx
274m/100g ball (100%
acrylic)
1 ball in Black 2311
1 ball in Red 2323
1 ball in White 2306
Sirdar Bonus DK, approx
280m/100g ball (100%
acrylic)
1 ball in Flesh 963
Pair of 3.75mm needles

One D-ring, 32mm
One black felt square

Tension
23 stitches and 32 rows over 10cm stocking stitch.

Credits to mention taken from The K Factor: So You Think You Can Knit?, published by Collins & Brown.

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  • Step 1

    Body
    Using 3.75mm needles and black yarn, cast on 40 sts.
    Row 1 (WS): Purl to end.
    Row 2 (RS): K9, m1, k2, m1, k18, m1, k2, m1, k9. (44 sts)
    Row 3: Purl to end.
    Row 4: K10, m1, k2, m1, k20, m1, k2, m1, k10. (48 sts)
    Row 5: Purl to end.
    Row 6: K11, m1, k2, m1, k22, m1, k2, m1, k11. (52 sts)
    Row 7: Purl to end.
    Rows 8–29: Stocking stitch.
    Row 30: K10, K2tog, k2, k2togtbl, k20, k2tog, k2, k2togtbl, k10. (48 sts)
    Row 31: Purl to end.
    Rows 32-41: Stocking stitch.
    Row 42: K9, k2tog, k2, k2togtbl, k18, k2tog, k2, k2togtbl, k9. (44 sts)
    Row 43: Purl to end.
    Rows 44–45: Stocking stitch.
    Row 46: K8, k2tog, k2, k2togtbl, k16, k2tog, k2, k2togtbl, k8. (40 sts)
    Row 47: Purl to end.
    Break off black and change to flesh.
    Row 48: K7, k2tog, k2, k2togtbl, k14, k2tog, k2, k2togtbl, k7. (36 sts)
    Row 49: Purl to end.
    Row 50: K6, k2tog, k2, k2togtbl, k12, k2tog, k2, k2togtbl, k6. (32 sts)
    Row 51: Purl to end.

  • Step 2

    Head
    Row 52: K2, m1, * k3, m1, rep from * to last 3 sts, k3. (42 sts)
    Row 53: Purl to end.
    Row 54: K3, m1, * k4, m1, rep from * to last 3 sts, K3. (52 sts)
    Row 55: Purl to end.
    Row 56: K4, m1, * k5, m1, rep from * to last 3 sts, K3. (62 sts)
    Row 57: Purl to end.
    Row 58: Knit.
    Row 59: Purl.
    Repeat the last 2 rows a further 9 times.
    Row 78: * K4, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. (52 sts)
    Row 79: Purl.
    Row 80: * K3, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. (42 sts)
    Row 81: Purl.
    Row 82: * K2, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. (32 sts)
    Row 83: Purl.
    Row 84: * K1, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. (22 sts)
    Row 85: Purl.
    Row 86: K1,* k2tog, rep from * to last st, k1. (12 sts)
    Row 87: Purl.
    Break off yarn, leaving a good length. Draw through remaining sts on needle and pull tight. Sew up back seam of head and body.
    Insert ample stuffing, using picture as guide to get the correct shape.
    Sew up bottom seam.
    Take a length of flesh-coloured yarn and thread an embroidery needle. Do not secure or tie knot. Insert needle at back seam approx 4 rows from black row and weave in and out of stitches around neck.
    Pull tight and tie a double knot.
    Sew in loose ends.

  • Step 3

    Belt
    Cut strip of black felt fabric long enough to fit around body (approx 3cm wide), thread the strip through a D-ring to make a belt and stitch in place.

  • Step 4

    Legs (make 2)
    Using 3.75mm needles and black yarn, cast on 16 sts.
    Work in stocking stitch for approx 30 rows.
    Cast off.
    Sew up side and bottom seam; insert stuffing and sew up top seam.

  • Step 5

    Arms (make 2)
    Worked from top down.
    Using 3.75mm needles and black yarn, cast on 12 sts.
    Row 1: Knit.
    Row 2: Purl.
    Row 3: K1, m1, k3, m1, k4, m1, k3, m1, k1. (16 sts)
    Starting with a purl row, work a further 5 rows stocking stitch.
    Row 9: K1, m1, k4, m1, k6, m1, k4, m1, k1. (20 sts)
    Starting with a purl row and ending with a knit row, work a further 8 rows stocking stitch.
    Row 18: Knit.
    Break off black and join in flesh.
    Work a further 2 rows in stocking stitch.
    Row 22: K1, k2tog, k3, (k2tog, k1) 3 times, k2, k2tog, k1.
    (15 sts)
    Row 23: Purl.
    Row 24: K1, k2tog, k2, (k2tog, k1) twice, k1, k2tog, k1.
    (11 sts)
    Starting with a purl row, work a further 21 rows stocking stitch.
    Break off yarn – leave a good length, thread through sts on needle and pull tight.
    Secure yarn and sew up side seam.
    Insert stuffing, then sew up top seam.
    Attach arms and legs to body – use picture as guide and shaping marks on body to position arms.

  • Step 6

    Hair
    Worked from back neck up to crown, with stitches cast on for front hair line.
    Using 3.75mm needles and black yarn, cast on 19 sts.
    Row 1: Knit.
    Row 2: K1, * L1, k1, rep from * to end.
    Row 3: K1, m1, knit to last st, m1, k1. (21 sts)
    Repeat last 2 rows 3 more times, then row 2 once more.
    (27 sts)
    Row 11: Knit to end.
    Row 12: K2, * L1, k1 rep from * to the last st, k1.
    Row 13: Knit.
    Row 14: K1, * L1, k1, rep from * to end.
    Row 15: As row 3. (29 sts)
    Row 16: As row 12.
    Row 17: As row 3.
    Row 18: K1, * L1, k1, rep from * to end, turn and cast on
    17 sts.
    Row 19: Knit to end. (48 sts)
    Row 20: K2, * L1, k1, rep from * to end.
    Start decreasing for top of head.
    Row 21: K7, (K2tog) twice, * k8, (k2tog) twice, rep from * to last st, k1. (40 sts)
    Row 22: K1, * L1, k1, rep from * to last st, K1.
    Row 23: K5, (K2tog) twice, * k6, (k2tog) twice, rep from * to last st, k1. (32 sts)
    Row 24: K1, * L1, k1, rep from * to last st k1.
    Row 25: K3, (k2tog) twice, * k4, (k2tog) twice, rep from * to last st, k1. (24 sts)
    Row 26: K1, * L1, k1, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
    Row 27: K1, (K2tog) twice, * k2, (k2tog) twice, rep from * to last st, k1. (16 sts)
    Row 28: K2, * L1, k1, rep from * to end.
    Row 29: k1, L1, rep from * to end.
    Break off yarn and thread through sts on needle; pull tight and secure. Sew up side seam.
    Pin the hair to head, with cast-on edge (19 sts)at back and cast-on edge (17 sts) at front.
    Sew hair to head with black yarn, using picture as guide. Leave back hair line free to insert stuffing.
    Insert stuffing to make head into a square shape; once you are happy with head shape, sew up back hair line.

  • How to make a celebrity plushie. Knitted Simon Cowell - Step 7
    Step 7

    FACE
    Using picture as guide, embroider face.
    Eyes: White and black.
    Mouth: Red.
    Nose: Make by pinching together small section of face and working a few stitches with flesh yarn to secure shape.

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