Penguins Need Sweaters

Fall Fashion For Little Blue Penguins? No, these guys need these sweaters to survive.

Calling all knitters, calling all penguin loving knitters. Things are looking bleak for penguins in New Zealand as the disastrous oil spill grows even worse by the day.  Oil-soaked penguins by the dozen are losing their natural ability to keep warm, and risk ingesting oil as they preen their feathers. So a yarn store in New Zealand has started collecting donations of ridiculously adorable sweaters to help the penguins out in their time of need.

This penguin needs his stylish sweater vest not just for fashion but for survival.

The sweaters are meant to both keep the penguins warm and stop them from grooming their feathers. Here’s the yarn store’s call for help:

A small number of little blue penguins have already been caught in the oil spilled to date with growing fears that more will be effected. Skeinz has been asked to help with the penguin relief by knitting small Penguin PJ’s to help protect the birds & prevent them from preening their feather & ingesting the toxic oil. If you can help out by knitting a penguin jumper – send them to Skeinz at the address below.

PO Box 3123, Onekawa, Napier, New Zealand

Penguin Jumper in 8ply  – Must be 100% Wool Yarn
1 pair 3.25mm , 1 pair of 3.75mm needles , 1 set of 3.25mm dpn’s or circular
Cast on 36 stitches using 3.25 needles.K1, P1 to end of row. Repeat this row 7 times.  Change to 3.75mm needles and K2, P2 rib. Work 4 rows increasing at each end of every row. (44 sts)
Continue until work measures 15 cms.
Decrease 1 st at each end of every row until 28 sts remain.
Decrease 1 st. in middle of next row (27 sts.)
Leave on needle.
Make second side the same.
Transfer the 54 sts from both pieces to 3 of the set of 4 3.25mm needles.(18 sts on each.) and work a round neck in K1 P1 rib for 10 rows.
Cast off.
Stitch up sides to decreasing to 27sts (opening for flipper). Add elastic to the top and bottom to prevent the penguins getting out of them. Top: 15cm of elastic; bottom 17 cm (knots allowed). Flat elastic OK.

Here's what the finished penguin sweater should look like.

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2 Responses to “Penguins Need Sweaters”

  1. Deborah Moen Says:

    Yesterday, I was looking for hen sweaters and found a hen rescue site that has a pattern then today my neighbor told me about this need for penguins. The thought of knitters everywhere getting togehter for such a wonderful causeis so touching. Thank you for posting.

  2. Vogue.Label24 Report Author Says:

    Good info. Lucky me I ran across your site by accident (stumbleupon).
    I’ve book-marked it for later!

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