Knit KID and Purl Girl

by Anna Hrachovec

» photos: Anna Hrachovec

Faster than a speeding yarn swift, more powerful than a knitting machine, able to untangle knots with a single tug, these fiber-fueled superheroes will pick up your dropped stitches and save your most difficult UFOs. When they're not handling yarn emergencies, they lend their bold and creative problem solving to anyone who carries them in their pocket.

These guys knit up in an hour or two with no seams and very little yarn, so they make perfect "just-because" gifts and party favors.


Finished Measurements

Each superhero is about 1½ inches tall


Knit Picks® Palette [100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 231 yards/211 meters per  1.75 oz/50 gram ball]; small amounts of the following colors:

         Cyan (A for Knit Kid, B for Purl Girl)
         Canary (B for Knit Kid, A for Purl Girl)
         Blush (C for Knit Kid)
         Almond (C for Purl Girl)
         Bison (Knit Kid's hair)
         Black (eyes and Purl Girl's hair)


US 1 (2.25 mm) double-pointed needles (set of 4)
2 spare needles (size 1 or smaller)


Small amount of stuffing or yarn scraps
Small tapestry needle


Exact gauge isn't relevant for this pattern—the most important thing is that your stitches are tight enough that there aren't gaps where the stuffing will show through. I always recommend going down one or two sizes from the needle size noted on the wrapper of the yarn you're working with to ensure that your gauge is tight enough.

Pattern Notes

The finished project (made with fingering-weight yarn) is very small and isn't suitable for children under the age of 3.
You can scale up the pattern by using thicker yarn and bigger needles.

Skills Required

Knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, I-cord, simple embroidery




With A, cast on 6 sts and distribute them onto 3 needles to work in a round.
Knit 3 rounds.
Break the yarn, and place the sts onto 2 spare needles with the first 3 sts on one needle and the last 3 sts on second needle.


Repeat for second leg without breaking the yarn. Place the first 3 sts on one needle and the last 3 sts on another needle.
Place the two legs side by side on their needles with the working yarn attached to the rightmost stitch on the back needle.


Transfer the stitches from the spare needles onto the adjacent working needles, so that the first 3 sts of each leg are on the needle in front, and the last 3 sts of each leg are on the needle in back.


Switch to B, without breaking A. Pick up a third needle, and beginning with the sts on the front needle, knit one round, flipping the needles around to work the back needle. This will join the legs together into one round.

Torso and head

Distribute the 12 sts onto 3 needles to continue working in rnds with B as follows:
Rnd 1: [Kfb, k2] 4 times: 16 sts.
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Switch to A and break B.
Rnds 3-5: Knit around.
Rnd 6: Yo, k2tog, k4, k2tog, yo, k8.
Rnds 7 and 8: Knit around.
Switch to C, without breaking A.
Rnd 9: Knit around.
Rnd 10: K1, kfb, k4, kfb, k2, kfb, k4, kfb, k1: 20 sts.
Rnd 11: Knit around.
Switch to A, without breaking C.
Rnds 12 and 13: Knit around.
Switch to C and break A.
Rnds 14-16: Knit around.
Insert a small amount of stuffing into the Body.
Rnd 17: [K2tog, k3] 4 times: 16 sts.
Rnd 18: [K2tog] 8 times: 8 sts.
Break the yarn. Thread tapestry needle with end and weave through remaining sts, pulling tightly to close.

With black, embroider eyes onto the A stripe on the head with 2 small horizontal stitches for each eye, spaced 3 sts apart.


Cast on 3 sts.
Knit 20 rows of I-cord, then break the yarn, thread tapestry needle with end and weave through remaining sts, pulling tightly to close.

With the tail still threaded on the tapestry needle, insert the I-cord in yarn-over hole on one side of body and out the yarn-over hole on the opposite side. Pull the I-cord halfway through, so that arms project evenly on both side.





With B, cast on 12 sts.
Rows 1-5: Beginning with a purl row, work 5 rows in St st.
Row 6: K1, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k1 (10 sts).
Rows 7-12: Beginning with a purl row, work 6 rows in St st.
Bind off all sts purlwise.


With B, embroider the K or P as shown.
Weave in loose ends on the body, adding a few small stitches between the legs to close up the gap.

For Knit Kid's hair, embroider stitches radiating out from an off-center area on his head.


For Purl Girl's hair, cut several long pieces of yarn, and weave them loosely side-to-side on her head, leaving big loops. Once the head is covered by a thick amount on hair, part the hair and tie each side with a strand of B, without pulling on the hair. Cut the ends of the loops, and trim the hair and hair ties.

Place the purl side of the cape up against the body, with the bound-off stitches at top. Use a few small stitches to attach the top of the cape to the top of the shirt at each corner. Weave in the loose ends on the cape.

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Anna Hrachovec is a toy-obsessed designer and artist who combiners her passions for knitting and cute characters from Japan to create strange and silly toys for all ages. She has written three books of patterns for knitted toys, the newest of which is Super-Scary Mochimochi. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband John and two orange cats. Her favorite superhero is Anpanman!

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