To be clear, this post is about tiny sweaters for penguins such as pictured on the left. I am not writing about sweaters for humans with penguins on them such as this one from Chanel pictured on the right. It’s cute but not exactly an environmental call to action!To be clear, this post is about tiny sweaters for penguins such as pictured on the left. I am not writing about sweaters for humans with penguins on them such as this one from Chanel pictured below. It’s cute but not exactly an environmental call to action!
Of course the real question is why would a penguin need a sweater? A recent oil spill in New Zealand (check it out in the Guardian here) has left the penguin’s habitat in shambles. At least 50 tonnes of oil have been jettisoned into the waters absolutely destroying the area for the more than 85 species of seabirds. The oil gets all through the penguin’s feathers which the penguin then tries to clean off by preening. Unfortunately, these cleaning efforts can prove fatal because of the ingestion of oil.
Hence, the sweaters. There is a call to action for knitters worldwide to make these tiny sweaters in 100% wool. I’m not a knitter but urge anyone who is to get involved in these efforts. The New Zealand yarn store Skeinz is organizing efforts and has a “how-to” guide on their site to help create these adorable, life saving sweaters. Apparently these types of sweaters are very useful in oil spill situations involving the penguins and have been used in other instances.
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.
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 okay.
For more details, visit Skeinz’s website.