Wednesday, July 31, 2013

knitting a minion

The minion is done! The minion is done! Actually, he's been 99% finished since last Tuesday. I was a little burnt out from my late night knitting to keep this guy a surprise until we saw Despicable Me 2, and wasn't able to bring myself to knit the last detail (the strap for his eye goggle) until last night. I was pretty tempted to leave this detail off, but I am so glad I finished it. It looks so much more "done" with the strap!

I am so glad I chose this pattern. Compared to others I've seen, this is a much more substantial toy in terms of size. The body is 13 inches long (not including the legs) and 12 inches wide, making it pretty much a nice, huggable toy. My daughter's reaction? "It's so fluffy!" Good one, huh? 

Pattern: Bruce and Norm, the Despicable Minions (link to my Ravelry project page)
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted, two skeins of Creme Brulee, one skein Black, one skein Celestial, tiny amounts of Hawk (the gray), Peony (the tongue) and White (eye and teeth).
Needles: Size 6 circulars and dpn's
Modifications: skipped the "G" pocket for now, as it seemed like something that would get ripped off in the wear and tear this little guy will get from my kiddos. Other than that, none!

My favorite detail? The hands! I love the rolled cuff detail (surprisingly easy!). And the eye is pretty awesome, too. As you can see in the picture above, once it is stuffed it is pretty 3-D! Ha!

And my Montague Lace Bulky Vest? Getting closer! This is where I'm at on my right front side. I've finished the left front side and back, so the end is in sight! It really is a fast knit, I'm just not devoting consistent attention to it. I've been distracted by my cat quilt and catching up on scrapbooking. Too many crafts, too little time ...


  1. I am doing my usual Coffee...Post pattern...peek in and see what everyone else is creating. Your Minion grabbed my attention...My kids would go nuts even the 13 year old. We just saw Despicable Me 2 at the Drive-In. IF you haven't seen it yet you are going to enjoy it...just and fun as the first.

    With All That I Am
    Carrie - The Handmade Homemaker

  2. you have got to be kidding me, that is the cutest thing I have ever seen! My kids haven't seen Despicable Me yet but I bet they would be requesting one of these.

  3. He's amazing! My son would love one of these. Thanks for sharing him, and the link to the pattern.

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. Your minion is cute. I love the color of the vest. Keep up the good work on this.

  5. The minion is awesome! Great job! I need to make one now.

  6. Holy Horse! I'm knitting that pattern right now!

    I love the way your Minion turned out. I thought about picking up stitches and knitting the pocket right onto the Minion when I got that far.

  7. This is the COOLEST THING EVER!
    Is it so fluffy your daughter wants to die? :)
    I must add this to my Ravelry list. I'm nowhere NEAR being able to knit this, but I just love it.

  8. Thank you for this link - I started knitting one for my husband over the weekend and am already almost done with the body! It's a nice and quick knit :)