STONE THE GARGOYLE PATTERN FROM DEVON MONK

In Devon Monk's popular Allie Beckstrom series, she debuted Stone The Gargoyle. Now, she has brought him off the pages to exist in this knitted version. She has provided us with the the pattern for Stone The Gargoyle (below).

MATERIALS:
Yarn: ½ skein worsted weight wool. (I used Patons Classic Wool Merino, dark gray)
Small amount white yarn (for teeth)
Small amount black yarn (for mouth and eyes)
Needles: US #4 double pointed needles (3.5 mm)
Gauge: Doesn’t matter, but you want a tight stitch so stuffing doesn’t show
Yarn needle
Polyfill stuffing

PATTERN ABBREVIATIONS:
BO:  bind off
CO: cast on
K: knit
K2tog: knit two together
Kfb: knit into front and back of stitch
M1: make one stitch
P: purl
P2tog: purl two together
Pfb: purl into front and back of stitch
Ssk: slip two stitches as if to knit, then knit those two stitches together
Sl: slip one stitch

DIRECTIONS
BODY and HEAD:
Cast on 10 stitches, join in the round careful not to twist stitches
Round1: [kfb] in each st. 20 sts
Round 2: K all sts
Round 3: [k1, kfb] to end. 30 sts.
Round 4: K all sts.
Round 5: [k2, kfb] to end. 40 sts.
Rounds 6-7: K all sts.
Round 8: [k3, kfb] to end. 50 sts.
Round 9: K all sts.
Round 10: K all sts.
Round 11: [k4, kfb] to end. 60 sts
Round 12-15: K all sts
Round 16: [k4, k2tog] to end
Rounds17-18: K all sts
Round 19:  [k3, k2tog] to end
Rounds 20-21: K to end
Round 22: [k2, k2tog] to end
Round 23-24: K all sts
Round 25: [k1, k2tog] to end
Round 26: [k2tog] to end. 10 sts
Round 27:[kfb] to end. 20 sts
Round 28: k to end
Round 29: [k1, kfb] to end
Round 30: K to end
Round 31: [k2, kfb] to end
Rounds 32-33: k all sts. 40 sts

Shape muzzle and nose. This is a little like turning the heel of a sock, and is worked on two needles:
Row 34: K6, kfb12 st, TURN
sl, p22, TURN
sl, k21, TURN
sl, p20, TURN
sl, k19, TURN
sl, p18, TURN
sl, k17, TURN
sl, p16, TURN
sl, [k2tog] 8 times
k25 to end

Working in the round again:
Round 35: K to end
Round 36: [K9, k2tog] six times, k23
Rounds 37-43: K to end
Round 44: [k1, k2tog] to end (k2tog @ end)
Round 45:[k1, k2tog] to end (k1 @ end)
Round 46: [k2tog] to end

Stuff body and head firmly, making sure to stuff snout. To make nose, thread yarn needle with body color and stitch a small circle between the “cheeks”. Think of a dog snout. You are making the nose on the top of the snout, in the center of the jowls.

For mouth, use black yarn in yarn needle. Stitch from “nose” to bottom edge of jowl, then from bottom of jowl to side of head.  Repeat on the other side. This creates Stone’s wide mouth. For teeth, use white yarn in yarn needle and stitch single stitches from black “mouth” yarn.

EARS: (Knit flat. Make two)
Cast on 10 sts.
Row 1: K all sts.
Row 2: P. all sts.
Row 3: K all sts.
Row 4: P all sts
Row 5: K2tog, k6, k2tog
Row 6: P all sts
Row 7: K2tog, k4, k2tog
Row 8: P all sts
Row 9: K2tog, k2, k2tog
Row 10: P all sts
Row 11: K2tog, k2tog
Row 12: P all sts
Row 13: K2tog, bind off

LEGS: (make two)
Cast on 18. Join careful not to twist, and knit in the round:
Round 1-2: K all sts
Round 3:  K12, ssk, k4
Round 4: K12, k2tog, k3
Round 5: K11, ssk, k3
Round 6: K11, k2tog, k2
Round 7: K10, ssk, k2
Round 8: K10, k2tog, k1
Round 9: K9, ssk, k1
Round 10: K9, k2tog
Round 11: K8, ssk (9 sts remain)
Round 12: K7, kfb, k1 (increase should be at the back of the “knee”)
Round 13: K all sts
Round 14: Kfb, k5, kfb, k3
Rounds 15-20: K all sts
Round 21: Kfb, k7, kfb, k3
Round 22-26: K all sts
Round 27: K3 on first needle, rearrange stitches onto two needles, 7 on each and work flat.

The next part is like making the heel of a sock. Work heel flap above the increases below the knee.
Row 1: S1, p6, TURN
Row 2: S1, k6, TURN
Row 3: S1, p6, TURN

Turning the heel:
Row 1: Sl, k6, TURN
Row 2: K7, TURN
Row 3: Sl, p6, TURN
Row 4: Sl, k5, TURN
Row 5: Sl, p4, TURN
Row 6: Sl k3, TURN
Row 7: Sl, p2, TURN
Row 8: Sl, k1, sl

Instep decreases: (begin working in the round again)
Round 1: K3 pick up 3 sts from left side of heel flap, k7, pick up 3 sts from right side of heel flap, k4
Round 2: K4, k2tog, k7, ssk, k5
Round 3: K3, k2tog, k7, ssk, k4
Round 4: k2, k2tog, k7, ssk, k3

FEET:
Rounds 1-6: K all sts
Round 7:  K3 onto first needle. Divide sts evenly between 2 needles. Begin working flat.

Row 8: [K1 st from front needle and k1 st from back needle together] three times, K1 from back needle, K1 from front needle, [K1 st from front needle and k1 st from back needle together] three times.
Rows 9-12: K2, p2
BO using Picot edge bind off:
 [Cast on 2sts, bind off 4sts] to end

Insert pipe cleaner (fold over & twist ends of pipe cleaner so it doesn’t poke out and scratch) stuff feet and legs leaving room at the knee so leg can bend. Weave in thread at “toe” end.


ARMS:
Right Arm:
CO 9 sts, join in the round careful not to twist.
Rounds 1-10: K all sts
Round 11. K6, TURN, sl, p5, TURN, sl, k4, TURN, sl, p3, TURN, sl, k2, TURN, sl, p1, Turn sl, k6
Rounds 12-22: K all sts
Round 23: k2tog, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2tog.
Move all sts to one needle and begin to knit flat:
Row 24: p5
Row 25: k5
Row 26: p1, ml (I do this as pfb) kfb, p2, kfb
Row 27. [p2, k2] across
Row 28: [p2, k2] across
Row 29. [p2, k2] across
Row 30. [p2, k2] across
BO using Picot edge bind off:
[Cast on 2st, bind off 4sts] to end

Left Arm:
CO 9 sts, join in the round, careful not to twist.
Rounds 1-10: K all sts
Round 11: TURN, sl, p5,TURN, sl, k4, TURN, sl, p3, TURN, sl, K2, TURN, sl, p1, TURN, sl, k5 to end of round.
Rounds 12-22: K all sts
Round 23: k2tog, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2tog.
Move all sts to one needle and begin to knit flat:
Row 24: p5
Row 25: k5
Row 26: p1, ml (I do this as pfb) kfb, p2, kfb
Row 27: [p2, k2] across
Row 28: [p2, k2] across
Row 29: [p2, k2] across
Row 30: [p2, k2] across
BO using Picot edge bind off:
[Cast on 2st, bind off 4sts] to end

Insert pipe cleaner (fold and twist ends so it doesn’t poke out or scratch) stuff, sew closed wrists, weave in thread at “finger” ends.

WINGS: (worked flat)
Right wing:
CO 35 st
Row 1: K15, p1, k9, p1, k9
Row 2: P9, k1, p9, k1, p15
Row 3: K2tog, k13, p1, k9, p1, k9
Row 4: P9, k1, p9, k1, p14
Row 5: K2tog, k12, p1, k9, p1, k9
Row 6: P9, k1, p9, k1, p13
Row 7: K2tog, k11, p1, k9, p1, k9
Row 8: P9, k1, p9, k1, p12
Row 9: K2tog, k10, p1, k9, p1, k9
Row 10: P9, k1, p9, k1, p11
Row 11: K2tog, k9, p1, k9, p1, k9
Row 12: P9, k1, p9, k1, p10
Row 13: K2tog, k8, p1, k9, p1, k9
Row 14: P9, k1, p9, k1, p9

Cut yarn, leaving 16 inch tail. Thread tail in yarn needle and pull thread through remaining stitches on needle. Pull tight (this puts the curl in the wing) bind off.

Left wing:
CO 35 sts
Row 1: P15, k1, p9, k1, p9
Row 2: K9, p1, k9, p1, k15
Row 3: P2tog, p13, k1, p9, k1, p9
Row 4: K9, p1, k9, p1, k14
Row 5: P2tog, p12, k1, p9, k1, p9
Row 6: K9, p1, k9, p1, k13
Row 7: P2tog, p11, k1, p9, k1, p9
Row 8: k9, p1, k9, p1, k12
Row 9: P2tog, p10, k1, p9, k1, p9
Row 10: k9, p1, k9, p1, k11
Row 11: P2tog, p9, k1, p9, k1, p9
Row 12: K9, p1, k9, p1, k10
Row 13: P2tog, p8, k1, p9, k1, p9
Row 14: K9, p1, k9, p1, k9

Cut yarn, leaving 16 inch tail. Thread tail in yarn needle and pull thread through remaining stitches on needle. Pull tight (this puts the curl in the wing) bind off.


ASSEMBLING YOUR GARGOYLE:

Ears–sew on sides of head facing “outward” with knit stitches facing inward. I think crooked is cuter.
Arms–sew at join of neck and body, making sure elbows bend outward and there is room for legs beneath.
Legs–sew on sides toward back of body, making sure “knee” is facing upward (so knee can bend) and feet are facing the front.
Wings–sew flat edge touching on back with knit stitches facing upward. You want the pearl stitches to show facing forward (when you’re looking at his face) so that the lines of his “wing bones” (row of knit stitches) shows.
Eyes–with black yarn, knit eyes above snout.
Weave in all ends.

And there you have it!  Your very own Stone the Gargoyle, your buddy and protector against evil spirits and other spooky things that go bump in the night.   


If you find errors in this pattern, please contact me at my website and I will make corrections. I’d like to thank wingedkamui, whose “More Than a Fish, More Than a Man” pattern gave me the basis for the modified arms and legs for Stone.

This pattern is copyright Devon Monk 2010. It is offered to you for free in the spirit of community. Please enjoy the pattern for personal projects and gift giving, but do not sell the pattern or the items made from the pattern. That would anger the cute little gargoyle, and we all know what happens when a gargoyle gets angry, don't we?