Free Pattern: Little Dreidel

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A quick handmade Hanukkah gift, this knitted dreidel actually works!

Techniques included I-cord and knitting in the round on double-pointed needles. Fingering-weight yarn is recommended, but sport and worsted weight yarn should also work great—use needle size that’s 3-4 sizes down from the general recommendation for the yarn you’re using.

You’ll need:
– Fingering-weight yarn in a main color (about 8 yards) and at least one contrasting color (2 yards), plus a bit of black if you want to embroider a face
– Set of size 1 US (2.25mm) double-pointed needles
– Small tapestry needle
– Small amount of stuffing

Notes:
– The finished project is very small and is not a suitable toy for small children.
– You can scale this pattern up with thicker yarn and bigger needles.

A list of pattern abbreviations can be found here.

——– Pattern starts here! ——–

Dreidel (worked top to bottom)
Cast on 10 stitches onto one DPN to work flat.
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K1, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k1 (8 sts).
Rows 3-12: Beginning with a purl row, work 10 rows of St st.
Instead of turning for the next row, rotate the piece 90 degrees clockwise, and with a second DPN, pick up and knit 8 stitches along the adjacent side.
Rotate the piece again, and with a third DPN, pick up and knit 8 stitches along the cast-on edge.
Rotate the piece once more, and with a forth DPN, pick up and knit 8 more stitches along the remaining side.

You should now have 32 stitches on your needles, which you will work in a round. If you like, redistribute them onto 3 DPNs.
Rnds 13-20: Knit (8 rnds).
Rnd 21: [K2tog, k4, k2tog] 4 times (24 sts).
Rnds 22 and 23: Knit.
Rnd 24: [K2tog, k2, k2tog] 4 times (16 sts).
Rnds 25 and 26: Knit.
Stuff the piece.
Rnd 27: [K2tog] 8 times (8 sts).
Break the yarn and draw it tightly through the stitches with a tapestry needle.

Handle
Cast on 4 stitches onto one DPN.
Knit 6 rows of I-cord, pulling the yarn tightly for the first stitch in each row.
Break the yarn and draw it tightly through the stitches with a tapestry needle, from right to left.

With the tail still on the tapestry needle, insert the tip of the I-cord down through the top of the dreidel at the middle, being careful not to split any stitches. Carefully pull the I-cord partially into the dreidel, so that a couple of I-cord rows are on the inside. Weave the tail through the piece several times to secure in place, and weave the other tail down through the I-cord and into the dreidel.

Weave in any remaining loose ends.

With any contrasting color, embroider the faces of the dreidel. Here is my attempt at Hebrew letters—please reference a proper source when making your own for accuracy!

Happy Hannukah!

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