Free Pattern: Bob

This is a free and easy pattern for everyone to enjoy. Please check out the Mochimochi Land Shop for more patterns that you’ll love!


This is Bob. Bob’s shape was inspired by the plastic thing that floats in your toilet tank. He’s not an elephant, or an anteater. He’s just Bob!

As a summertime knit, Bob is made of cool nylon yarn, but you can make him out of almost any yarn you like. The pattern is knitted in the round on double-pointed needles.

Finished size: approx. 6 inches long (including snout)

You’ll need:
Oh My! 100% nylon yarn (one skein will make one Bob, with a little left over)
Size 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle
Plastic eyes or dark-colored yarn for embroidered eyes (Use the latter option if you’re knitting for a small child.)
Polyfil stuffing

Gauge: Doesn’t really matter, but your stitches shouldn’t be too tight or loose

k = knit
st = stitch(es)
rnd: round
kfb = knit into front and back of stitch
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
ssk = slip 2 stitches knitwise, insert left needle back into both slipped stitches and knit together
dpn = double-pointed needle

Pattern starts here!

Body (knit front to back)

Cast on 6 st, distribute onto 3 dpns, place beginning of round marker and join in round.

Rnd 1: knit
Rnd 2 and all even rnds: knit
Rnds 3-11: knit
Rnd 13: [kfb] to end (12 st)
Rnd 15: same as rnd 13 (24 st)
Rnd 17: k2, kfb, k6, kfb, k4, kfb, k6, kfb, k2 (28 st)
Rnd 19: k3, kfb, k7, kfb, k4, kfb, k7, kfb, k3 (32 st)
Rnd 21: k4, kfb, k8, kfb, k4, kfb, k8, kfb, k4 (36 st)
Rnd 23: k5, kfb, k9, kfb, k4, kfb, k9, kfb, k5 (40 st)
Rnd 25: k6, kfb, k10, kfb, k4, kfb, k10, kfb, k6 (44 st)
Rnds 27 and 29: knit
Rnd 31: k6, ssk, k10, k2tog, k4, ssk, k10, k2tog, k6 (40 st)
Rnd 33: k5, ssk, k9, k2tog, k4, ssk, k9, k2tog, k5 (36 st)
Rnd 35: k4, ssk, k8, k2tog, k4, ssk, k8, k2tog, k4 (32 st)
Rnd 37: k3, ssk, k7, k2tog, k4, ssk, k7, k2tog, k3 (28 st)
Rnd 39: k2, ssk, k6, k2tog, k4, ssk, k6, k2tog, k2 (24 st)

If you are using plastic eyes with backings, you should attach them now. (The top of Bob’s head is the side opposite of your stitch marker.)

Rnd 41: [k2tog] to end (12 st)

Stuff the body with polyfil now, making sure not to over- or under-stuff.

Rnd 43: same as rnd 41 (6 st)
Rnd 45: same as rnd 41 (3 st)

Transfer the 3 st to one needle and make a short i-cord (about 6 rows total). Break yarn and pull tightly through 3 st.

Feet (make 4)

Cast on 8 st, distribute onto 3 dpns and join in round.
Knit 5 rnds, break yarn and pull tightly through 8 st.

Making Up

Sew in all loose ends. Lightly stuff each foot with polyfil, and sew the cast-on edge of each foot to the base of the body. Secure the tail in an upright position by folding it up and tacking the base of it to the body with a small stitch or two.


Make two Bobs and they just might do their secret handshake for you!

9 thoughts on “Free Pattern: Bob

  1. hehe, I like the secret handshake. Bob looks so cute and adorable. I think I will embroider the eyes and give him to my boyfriend’s niece!

    I can’t wait to get some of my stash yarn to knit this guy up! I love your wonderful shaping on him too.

    Oh, and I linked a recent entry to your website, but only to the shop so I was thinking maybe you could put up a link there to your other free patterns since you really have to know what you are looking for to find them on your blog? More publicity for you :).

  2. You’re right, Miki – adding a “free patterns” button to my shop is now on my list of things to bug John to do!

    I can’t wait to see your Bob!

  3. Love Bob! (and the secret handshake.)

    Don’t love “Oh My!” so much to knit with – I think I’m going to try making one of these out of a plain, worsted-weight wool and felting it to see what happens. (I will stuff and assemble him, except for the eyes, first)

  4. i’m so excited for this! i went out and bought some buttons for eyes tonight, and i hope i get to start knitting him sometime next week.

  5. I love this pattern! I knit one out of a worsted weight wool and didn’t felt him; I put a picture on my blog. My friends think he’s adorable. :)

    You design such awesome toys!

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