How to Knit a Minion

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Introduction: How to Knit a Minion

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Everybody needs their own army of minions.... even if they are only tiny knitted stuffed ones.
If you can weild a couple of knitting needles, manage a knit and purl stitch... and have a desire to rule the world... this should be a simple task.

Step 1: Materials Needed

You will need:

Size 4mm knitting needles
Yellow, Blue, Black, and Grey DK Yarn.
1 goggle eye
Stuffing
Needle to sew it up
Crochet hook to make the front of the pants.

You won't need a lot of each yarn.  The most is the yellow, and less than 50gm is needed.

Terms used:
stst - Stocking Stitch.  Alternating rows of Knit and Purl Stitches
k - knit
p - purl
k2tog - Knit 2 Together

Step 2: Legs

Legs - make 2

Cast on 10
Stst 4 rows in black
Stst 6 rows in blue

Slide 2 legs together

Step 3: Body

K1, k1 front and back, repeat over whole row
Stst 9 rows blue

Stst 22 rows yellow

Stst 3 rows black

Stst 9 rows yellow
K2 tog over whole row
Purl whole row
K2 tog over row. Cut yarn, thread stitches onto yarn, pull tight.

Step 4: Overall Front

Overall front
Using a crochet hook, pick up 9 stitches on the front of the minion, in the last row of blue.

Stst 9 rows
Cast off.

Step 5: Eye Surround, Arms, and Straps

Eye surround
Cast on 4 stitches in grey.
Stst 23 rows
Cast off
(You can use icord for this.  You may want to google how to do this, as it involved double pointed needles, and in my experience, getting caught up in your knitting and going slightly crazy)

Arms - make 2
Cast on 12 in yellow
Stst 10 rows yellow
Stst 4 black
K2 tog over row, cut yarn, thread stitches onto yarn, pull to tighten.

Straps - make 2
Cast on 3 in blue
Stst 34 rows
Cast off.

Step 6: Sewing the Little Fella Together

1.  Attach twisted yarn hairs to the top of the head.
2.  Stitch up legs and overall bottoms (blue knitting)
3.  Stitch up head and black strap.
4.  Stuff and sew up the back.
5.  Sew up arms and attach to body.
6.  Attach eye to the front of the black stripe.
7.  Sew grey eye surround into a circle, stitch around the eye. Run yarn around the side, and pull to tighten around the goggle eye.
8.  Attach straps to the back of the minion, crossing over his back.
9.  Attach to top of overalls with black thread.
10. Stitch on a smile.

I like to over stuff them a little... then they are fairly robust.  If you were making this for an under 3yr old, I would suggest sewing on an eye made of felt, or using a safety eye.  Goggle eyes are delicious to small children.

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    Wanted to share my finished minion with you. Will be gifting it to my 7-year-old sin tomorrow for the 7th night if Hanukkah.

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    made for my grandson but thibking of making more.very easy to make and took about 2 hours to make from start to finish.

    Made several and all the recipients loved them! one friend asked for a minion for her friend who had passed away , she loved them and it had pride of place on her coffin, thank you for the lovely pattern. x

    this is so awesome!!!! I'm definitely gonna make this once I have all the stuff I need! ^__^

    So when you stst does it come up with 40 rows since you are alternating (1 stst =1 knit and 1 pearl?) I just normal knitted it and it is turning out to be very small in the yellow part of the torso.

    Hi, what size eye do I need to buy for the minion? Thanks.

    How much would you charge for this little guy??

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    ​I now have them listed on etsy - https://www.etsy.com/listing/174673755/knitted-minion?ref=shop_home_active_1


    But conning a knitter into making one for you is always a good option.

    hi, could someone tell me were to buy the goggle eye please, my wife has knitted the doll but cant find anywhere to buy one,,

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    This is adorbs! So well done and in knitting too! I always feel knitting critters is so much harder than crocheting them so bravo!

    Sorry there! That's son (not sin)!!! Thanks so much for posting this! :-D

    I'm working on this now, and it seems to be awfully small. You used DK yarn ... Is that American or English DK?

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    That is a good question! I'm in New Zealand, so it's probably an English DK... 8ply if that helps.

    The finished minion ends up at about 20cm tall.... Ish.

    that's amazing!!

    I absolutely love it!! Im so trying this.... minions rock! x

    so cute!