21 April 2006

Knit a Haggis!

Here are the instructions on how to knit your very own cute wild haggis, and only because Sheep Rustler asked :)
They are from Jean Greenhowe's MacScarecrow Clan - The Scottish Scarecrow Family. Printed in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1991. There's even a story at the end (Wee Sproot meets the Monster).

Use 8 ply fawn-coloured yarn - acrylic will do - and 3 mm needles.

Cast on 8 stitches loosely. Beginning with a P row, stocking stitch 3 rows.

Next row - Inc K-wise into every stitch (I think she means K-fb, where you knit into the front and back of the stitch) - 16 stitches. St-st 13 rows.

Next row - (K2tog) to end - 8 stitches.
St-st 3 rows. Cast off loosely.

Noting that P side of st-st is right side, oversew row ends together. Turn right side out. Use fawn yarn to gather round the third row from cast off edge, pull up tightly and fasten off. Stuff firmly through open cast on edge, then gather round third row from this edge in same way as before.

Use black yarn for facial features. Note that seam will run underneath haggis. Work a small vertical stitch for each eye, then work another stitch on top of each of the first stitches to make eyes larger. Work a small V-shape for mouth. Expressions can be varied, as shown in the photo.


  1. Blush! I'll knit some and post pics when I get a chance - but they might have to be orange or yellow for Project Spectrum month!!

  2. They could even be happy lollies, with that shape, couldn't they... But wild haggis sounds so much sillier ;)

    I look forward to seeing the fruits of your Scottish knitting!


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