This project is suitable for older children, too, as long as they are old enough to use a (fairly dull) plastic yarn needle.
Step 1: Materials
1. Knifty Knitter set of knitting looms.
These come in 4 sizes, for this project I am using the smallest loom (the blue one) but you can use any size. I have made larger eyeballs using the green loom.
2. Yarn- I am using Lion Brand Vanna's Choice. If you are using one of the larger looms you will want to either use thicker yarn (bulky weight) or use a double strand of worsted weight.
1 skein of white yarn
1 skein of black yarn (you won't use very much black so if you have some leftover from another project that is perfect)
1 skein of blue yarn (or brown or green, whatever eye color you want to make)
1 small skein of red yarn or red embroidery floss, I used Sugar 'n' Cream crochet yarn.
4. Poly fiberfill stuffing
Step 2: Getting started
The knitting process follows the basic Knifty Knitter instructions, I'm assuming if you own the looms you have used them before and know the basics.
Cast on with the white yarn and begin to knit a tube.
Knit until the white tube is about 5 inches* long.
*5 inch measurement pertains to using the smallest loom. If you are using a larger size loom, these length measurements will be larger.
Step 3: Changing colors
(or brown or green, whatever eye color you chose)
Leave a tail of the white thread anchored to the outside peg, and wrap the next circle of loops using the blue yarn.
Continue knitting with the blue yarn a few more times around, and then tie off the tails of blue and white in a knot together. Pull the tails of the knot inside the tube to weave in later.
Step 4: Knitting the pupil
Follow the same color changing directions as in step 3.
Now knit about an inch and a half with the black yarn.
When you are done, anchor the tail to the outside peg and cut the yarn leaving about a 6 inch tail.
- Inch and a half measurement pertains to using the smallest loom. If you are using a larger size loom, these length measurements will be larger.
Step 5: Remove eyeball from the loom
Thread the piece of black yarn in the plastic yarn needle that came with your Knifty Knitter loom.
Use the yarn needle to lift the last set of loops off the loom, one by one, following the basic Knifty Knitter directions.
This piece of yarn will serve as a drawstring to close the pupil, once the eyeball is off the loom.
Step 6: Tying the drawstring
It looks long and skinny but don't worry, the tube will stretch quite a bit when it is stuffed.
Turn the tube inside out, and pull the last black piece of yarn tight from booth sides like a drawstring, closing off the black end. Tie them in a tight knot and also tie those 2 tails to the black tail from the tube.
Weave in the ends of these tails and the tails from both times you changed colors.
Turn the tube right side out again.
Step 7: Stuff the eyeball
Use white poly fiberfill stuffing, it will still be somewhat visible through the holes in the knitted tube, but it won't fall out.
It won't b e as visible through the blue and black sections because they are not stretched as much.
Stuff it until you get a nice rounded shape, it can even be a little oval shaped like a nearsighted eyeball.
When you think it is full enough, thread some of the white yarn with the plastic yarn needle and thread it through the bottom loops on the white end of the tube.
Close it tight and tie it off using the same drawstring method you used on the black end.
Weave in ends.
Step 8: Add the bloodshot veins!
Cut some of the red yarn, about 24 inch pieces are easiest to handle.
Thread one of the pieces in the plastic yarn needle and start "embroidering" veins onto the eyeball. I just improvised this step, weaving the red yarn in & out, over & under until it looked good. When you reach a stopping point like the end f a vein, just tie off the yarn in a knot and cut off the excess.
This is really a creative license thing, you can make the veins as simple or as branched as you like. No two eyeballs are alike in real life, so no two knitted eyeballs will be alike either.