A few weeks back my brother-in-law asked me if I'd be up to knitting one of these little critters for my nephew Jacob. Sack Boy is the character from LittleBIGPlanet (TM) computer game..... apparently. All a bit of a mystery to me since I haven't touched a computer gaming console since the 80's when it was all Pac Man and Space Invaders :)
Turned out I had actually bought the issue of Simply Knitting Magazine which contained the pattern so I thought I'd give it a whirl. The pattern for Sack Boy is also available here . Well, my effort is now completed, sewn up and posted off to his new owner so here he is ....
I managed to source the required Click Chunky yarn locally and it only took me a few days to knit up the various pieces. Finding a zip and the buttons for the eyes proved to be surprisingly hard. Living where we do is so frustrating sometimes as the craft shops are a bit thin on stock and never have quite what you are looking for. I eventually got a metal zip that was too long but I fudged a solution by folding up the excess inside the body. Buttons proved impossible. I found some perfect ones online at 6p each but it would have cost me £3 in postage to get them - for two 6p buttons I won't pay that on principle! So, my Sack Boy ended up with embroidered eyes. A slight compromise but here's hoping a 5 year old won't mind!
He's only the second teddy thingy I've ever knitted and I found it quite fun to do - nice and quick. I actually preferred him before I added the contrast stitching to make him look like he'd been made out of sacks. The instructions said 'make sure you do your whipping stiches nice and uneven to get the right look'. Now call me weird but I don't actually do messy stitching - I've spent years practicing doing tidy ones - so I compensated by trying too hard and in the end I think I made it a bit too messy :)
The original commission was for a green one please but also could he have a zebra tail,a pirates outfit and a hard hat. Bonkers :) I'll have to leave the customisations for another day as I've got too many other makes on the go at the moment.