Stone the Gargoyle Pattern

STONE THE GARGOYLE

from the Allie Beckstrom novels

by Devon Monk


MATERIALS:

Yarn:

For the little gargoyle, 1 skein worsted weight wool. (I used Patons Classic Wool Merino, dark gray)

For the big gargoyle, 1 & 1/2 skeins wool. (I used 3.5 oz/100 grms Universal Yarn Inc. Classic Chunky Impressions)

Small amount white yarn (for teeth)

Small amount black yarn (for mouth and eyes)

Two buttons – optional (for eyes)

Needles:

For the little gargoyle: US #4 double pointed needles (3.5 mm)

For the big gargoyle: US #11 double pointed needles (8.0 mm)

Gauge: Doesn’t matter, but you want a tight stitch so stuffing doesn’t show

Yarn needle

Polyfill stuffing

Pipe cleaners or floral wires if you want his arms and legs bendy

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

k55 to end (1 and a half rounds)

Working in the round again:

Round 35: K44 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]  (k1 @ end) Cut thread leaving long tail.  Thread through stitches, but don’t pull head closed yet.

Stuff body and head firmly, making sure to stuff snout. To make snout and nostrils, thread same color yarn on a needle and pinch nose and stitch it horizontally to make a “snout”.  Then pinch nostrils, (I used my thumb to make a half circle) and stitch along the curve of those until you have his snout looking how you want it too.  You can also skip this step and just have a round-nosed gargoyle.

For mouth, use black yarn in yarn needle. Stitch from “nose” to bottom edge of chin, then from bottom of chin 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 22-30: K all sts

Round 31: K3, 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: Sl, K6

Row 2: S1, p6, TURN

Row 3: S1, k6, TURN

Row 4: S1, p6, TURN

Turning the heel:

Row 1: Sl, k6, TURN

Row 2: Sl, p6, TURN

Row 3: Sl, k5, TURN

Row 4: Sl, p4, TURN

Row 5: Sl k3, TURN

Row 6: Sl, p2, TURN

Row 7: Sl, k1, sl

Instep decreases: (begin working in the round again)

Round 1: K2 pick up 3 sts from left side of heel flap, k7, pick up 3 sts from right side of heel flap

Round 2: K8, k2tog, k7, ssk, k1

Round 3: K7, k2tog, k7, ssk

Round 4: K6, k2tog, k6, ssk

FEET:

Rounds 1-8: K all sts

Round 9:  Divide sts evenly between 2 needles, 7 sts on each. Begin working flat.

Row 10: [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 9-14: K2, p2

BO using Picot edge bind off:

[Cast on 3sts, bind off 5sts] to end

Insert pipe cleaner or floral wire (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 12-26: K all sts

Round 27: k2tog, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2tog.

Move all sts to one needle and begin to knit flat:

Row 28: p5

Row 29: k5

Row 30: p1, ml (I do this as pfb) kfb, p2, kfb

Row 31. [p2, k2] across

Row 32: [p2, k2] across

Row 33. [p2, k2] across

Row 34. [p2, k2] across

BO using Picot edge bind off:

[Cast on 3st, bind off 5sts] 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 12-26: K all sts

Round 27: k2tog, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2tog.

Move all sts to one needle and begin to knit flat:

Row 28: p5

Row 29: k5

Row 30: p1, ml (I do this as pfb) kfb, p2, kfb

Row 31: [p2, k2] across

Row 32: [p2, k2] across

Row 33: [p2, k2] across

Row 34: [p2, k2] across

BO using Picot edge bind off:

[Cast on 3st, bind off 5sts] to end

Insert pipe cleaner or floral wire, (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.  You can weave pipe cleaner or wire through the outer edge of his wings if you want them to stand up a little better on their own.

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.  Weave in pipe cleaner if desired.

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 purl 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 or sew on buttons.

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 www.devonmonk.com 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 2010-2011. 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?

37 Responses

  1. Laurel Newberry
    Laurel Newberry January 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm | | Reply

    Ooooh! I want one! To bad I have no time to learn to knit. If he were a crochet pattern . . .
    Maybe I can convince someone to make one for me. *sigh*

  2. Kristen
    Kristen January 12, 2011 at 9:32 am | | Reply

    Seeing him makes me wish I knew how to knit :( Perhaps I shall learn.

  3. bev
    bev January 16, 2011 at 8:36 am | | Reply

    I finaly finished stone , took me a few months cos i was too busy doing daft uni stuff , but hes done and I love him ,thanks so much for sharing this patten, would love to make him a lill friend

  4. Melony
    Melony January 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for the pattern! I made one, he turned out really cute!

    http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t304/sylvermyth/0118011750.jpg

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  6. Dina
    Dina March 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm | | Reply

    I aspire to this level of skill and awesome. I so want to make one. Or ten. LOVE! Thank you, Devon!

  7. Sara
    Sara March 29, 2011 at 8:44 pm | | Reply

    Thank you!!!

  8. Beverly @ The Wormhole
    Beverly @ The Wormhole April 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm | | Reply

    LOVE HIM! I knit, but I am better at crochet. I am so gonna try this out! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Nitemare1
    Nitemare1 April 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm | | Reply

    Knitting is a different language!!!!!

  10. Britt
    Britt April 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm | | Reply

    OMG! I’m so knitting him! Thank you so much for making this pattern free!!!!! >:3

  11. Kathryn
    Kathryn April 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm | | Reply

    This was a fun knit. I love my gargoyle. Thank you so much for this pattern!

  12. Ravenfeather
    Ravenfeather May 6, 2011 at 9:37 am | | Reply

    A great pattern – have had a lot of fun making this – thank you so much for sharing it.

  13. Debra Van Dorp
    Debra Van Dorp May 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm | | Reply

    he is so cute, thanks for the pattern

  14. Carolyn
    Carolyn July 10, 2011 at 11:21 pm | | Reply

    Adorable! Brava! I wish I was clever enough to make something like that!

  15. Kristyn
    Kristyn July 24, 2011 at 11:04 pm | | Reply

    Oh my goodness! Quite possibly the cutest things ever! Might have to pick up knitting just to make this lil guy! Thank you for sharing your creation!

  16. midniterose63
    midniterose63 August 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm | | Reply

    Oh, he is just toooooo adorable! Stone is one of my FAVORITE characters in the series, too … I’ve collected traditional gargoyle sculptures forever, but would never have thought of knitting stone. ;-) Clever lady!

  17. Keely
    Keely September 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm | | Reply

    I am going to have to knit Stone. I love Gargoyles and I think it is great that he is in the series! :)

  18. lotusburger
    lotusburger October 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm | | Reply

    I just finished mine for a swap….but I might have to keep him for myself he’s so CUTE!! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern! It was nicely DONE!!!

    Heres a photo of him!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/madlotusburger/6218605958/

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  20. Robin
    Robin October 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for posting the pattern. I can’t wait to make one of these little guys. They are so cute.

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  23. Alisha
    Alisha December 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | | Reply

    I cannot wait to make this little guy! Do you know about how big does the big one turns out to be? The little one looks very little with the jenga blocks. Thanks!!

  24. Dana
    Dana January 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm | | Reply

    I just found this through Ravelry. I HAVE to make several of these. Thanks for the pattern. Plus, I have some new books to check out. Win-win!

  25. Shelly
    Shelly April 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm | | Reply

    OMG he is sooo cute.. I will have to learn to knit, I crochet… thanks for the pattern..

  26. julia
    julia June 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm | | Reply

    love the books and Stone. he made up fairly quickly and is TOO cute. Most toys I make aren’t so ‘butch':D

  27. Alisha
    Alisha July 8, 2012 at 8:06 am | | Reply

    I finished my Gargoyle! She’s spectacular, though she has nothing to do with the books, as I haven’t read them yet. Thanks so much for the pattern. Take a peek at her on my blog: http://playingwithdna.blogspot.com/2012/07/my-new-best-friend.html

  28. beth
    beth December 12, 2012 at 7:46 am | | Reply

    just printed it off- look forward to the after xmas knit- loved the last book!

  29. Keke
    Keke December 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm | | Reply

    I love it. Wish it was a Pdf file

  30. Jenna
    Jenna February 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm | | Reply

    I started knitting classes last month, Devon. I’m on my way to being able to make my very own Stone. :)

  31. Shannon
    Shannon March 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm | | Reply

    You know you have firmly addicted everyone in your house when your DH stops you while floating through patterns and says excitedly “what’s that” “its a gargoyle hun” “Can YOU make that” “Un yeah thats why I’m on this nice authors website”. “Huh…She knits AND she’s and author too…must be a busy lady” “yep prolly is hun” “anyways…” “yes hun” “I want me one of those things there that knitter did” “you mean the author that knitted the Gargoyle” “yeah her,…is that okay” “sure hun big or little?”
    “Go Big or Go home”

    Then my son saw it…and you all know how it devolves from there

  32. Angie L
    Angie L August 1, 2013 at 7:32 pm | | Reply

    This is too adorable! I wish I had more experience with knitting alas I’m a beginner.

  33. Donna Jackson
    Donna Jackson March 12, 2014 at 11:18 am | | Reply

    Could this be knitted flat? If so how?

    1. Diane Elliott
      Diane Elliott October 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm | | Reply

      I am knitting him flat at the moment. Just done head and body and about to do the rest. If you like I will tell you what I did when I finish him in the next couple of days and I work out if it can all be done flat.

  34. Theresa
    Theresa September 25, 2014 at 2:18 pm | | Reply

    Devon,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful writing and for sharing this pattern! My book-sharing buddy had been pestering me to make her one of these for almost a year and as soon as I read the Allie Beckstrom novels I just had to tackle it. The only issue? I don’t knit, I crochet! The end result of my efforts to convert the pattern looks a little different but is still absolutely beloved by all who see him. I put a balloon stuffed with marbles in his belly for the voice.

    Here’s a link to some pictures of the finished product, before he moved to his new home in a cubicle surrounded by things to stack. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204507504665288&set=pcb.10204507512225477&type=1&theater

    Once again, thanks for sharing your talents with us. We are dying for more books in this series!!

    Sincerely,

    Theresa

  35. Marie
    Marie October 10, 2014 at 9:28 am | | Reply

    I made the gargoyle for our Medieval themed Summer Reading Program (I’m a children’s librarian) and now he’s become our mascot…here’s a link to our facebook page with pictures. https://www.facebook.com/RPLChildrensRoom?ref=br_tf

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