A New Pattern for a Dolphin called Sifiso and a Giveaway

I had some time this morning to take out my knitting needles and knit a new pattern I’ve been thinking about. Richard took the boys to visit their sisters at a scout camp that they are attending for the weekend. It’s called Kon-tiki, there are over 800 scouts attending this camp and they are building water rafts, it is amazing to see!

So, I poured a cup of tea, took out my trusty iPad and started knitting and typing.

Some dolphin facts:
Dolphins aren’t fish, they are mammals, warm blooded, give birth to live young and feed their calves milk. They breathe air through a blow hole on the top of their body unlike fish who have gills on the sides of their neck area. Dolphins are very social and swim together in large groups called pods. They are very intelligent creatures.

I have named this dolphin Sifiso, translated from the Zulu language, it means ‘Hope’.

His body is knitted in 1 piece and the flippers and fin are knitted separately and sewn on.
The eyes are needle felted on with a felting needle and fleece or you could sew them on with yarn and a needle. He measures 7 inches from his snout to the end of his tail, and he is 4 inches tall.

You can find his pattern in my Etsy shop.

I will be giving away 1 dolphin pattern to 1 blog reader, just leave a comment if you would like to win his pattern. I will announce the winner here on Monday:)

Congratulations to:

Would I like it? Ha! Does a fish like water? Does a dolphin love to jump? He’s beautiful. BEAUTIFUL.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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58 Responses to A New Pattern for a Dolphin called Sifiso and a Giveaway

  1. SewLindaAnn May 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    That is such a nice name. I like that you look for meaning behind it. Have a great weekend.

  2. Renea May 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    What a sweet pattern! I’d love to knit him up for my boys. Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

  3. Marion May 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Linda, the dolphin pattern is delightful and very true to life. It is wonderful to watch them catching a wave and riding it ashore with obvious delight, or riding the bow wave of a boat. Wonderful animals!

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity

  4. eidolons May 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Oh! He’s perfect! I’m adding him to my list of your patterns that I want to buy. (:

  5. Elizabeth May 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Oh my your little dolphin is just adorable. Love it! Thanks for the chance.

  6. Mama Gone Green May 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    I love it!

  7. Myrthestiek May 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    You did it again; a great pattern for a lovely animal. I know there will be a little girl in my home when I win the pattern :-).

  8. Dana Craft May 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    your dolphin is adorable, dear linda! have a nice long weekend, dana

  9. Tracey May 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    I would love a chace to win one of your patterns Linda, especially a dolphin pattern. We have quite a few dolphins around here, they are magnificent animals!

  10. Lynda Halliger-Otvos May 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Very realistic; an excellent pattern. Bet it’s fun to knit too. I would love to win this gem.

  11. Julia C May 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    He’s so cute! I love him!


  12. Heather aka Proud Mama May 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    I just love this. I think a set of dolphin and whale will make it into a few gift bags this year.

  13. Kiza May 26, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Oh, he’s adorable!

  14. Marianne May 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    I would love to win this pattern, I have a friend who’s niece is undergoing cancer treatments… this would be a wonderful gift for her.

  15. Suzie May 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Oh, he’s beautiful!!

    justsuzie_s at hotmail dot com

  16. steph May 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    precious!!! great gift idea!!!

  17. Fairy Tale Ending May 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    I love the dolphin! Would love to be chosen to win the pattern. Thank you for the opportunity.

  18. woolies May 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    I love dolphins. Long ago, we swam with dophins in the Dominican Republic. They are amazing creatures…keeping fingers crossed! Thanks!

  19. waitingformymiracle May 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Love it, love it, love it! Thanks for sharing so much on this blog…so many inspirations! Our family is returning to home schooling after three years at public schools, and your blog has been an encouragement for sure. We are all quite excited! Thank you and wishing your family many blessings.

  20. Beau May 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    Another great animal from a most resourceful and talented woman! (Do think about doing a Highland Cow. I think that would be wonderful.)

  21. Brittany Stone May 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    What a wonderful pattern! I bought your rabbit pattern on your shop and LOVED knitting up the bunny for an up coming younger sib’s birthday. Thank you for such a great giveaway!

  22. Karen Traversy May 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Great pattern as usual! I’d love a copy. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Suzette Hungerford May 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Sifino is beautiful and I would love the opportunity to win this pattern. You are so incredibly talented. Thank you.

  24. Flo May 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Beautiful! I’d be hard pressed not to knit up a whole pod and swim them around the inflatable pool my kiddo plays with inside.

  25. tartankiwi May 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm #


  26. Anonymous May 27, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    What a great name for a beautiful creature! My son is named Mekhi and this means Hope also. I was told he would never walk, talk, sit, run, etc before he was born. So, his name fit! I knew better! He does all of it and then some. Great work mama! Leslie momtobushbabies@aol.com

  27. Melissa May 27, 2012 at 12:27 am #

    I love this!

  28. Unknown May 27, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    I love your patterns and how you name them! I’m entering~~

  29. Kim Corrigan-Oliver May 27, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    Love it!

  30. linny May 27, 2012 at 1:43 am #

    Love all your patterns. Thanks for the chance to win this one.

  31. Carmen Nuland May 27, 2012 at 2:31 am #

    Another beautiful pattern! I love your designs

  32. Lanie May 27, 2012 at 2:47 am #

    So Cute! I love dolphins! I also really like your patterns and will add this one to my wish list! Love, Lanie

  33. Alma May 27, 2012 at 4:12 am #

    Had seen the whale on Small Things and loved it! This dolphin is so cute too. I love his tail, the way it curls up. I have never knit animal before but if I were to try it would be with your lovely patterns. Great giveaway!

  34. RobinBrz May 27, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    Sifiso looks ready to splash and play in the waves! What fun!

  35. Mummyzilla May 27, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    That is an extraordinarily beautiful dolphin, I’d love to win

  36. jderouin55 May 27, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    I would love to knit this for my daughter

  37. Suze May 27, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    That is the most beautiful pattern. I would love toknit this for my son.

  38. Corina May 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Wow, what a beauty, very realistic too, good job!

  39. anotherid4me May 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    isn’t he CUTE! Love the shaping!

  40. pelicanknits May 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    I love dolphins.. and watch them in the Gulf of Mexico from the #1 beach in the world, Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Fl.. Hope I win

  41. c v e t u l k a knits May 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    I love this dolphin! You made it so real! Good job!!!

  42. K May 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Would I like it? Ha! Does a fish like water? Does a dolphin love to jump? He’s beautiful. BEAUTIFUL.

  43. ziezo May 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    Lovely! It reminds me of the dolphin watching trips off the KZN coast. . . Also a great name!

  44. askem1728 May 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    thank you so much for sharing. he’s beautiful and will go nicely with the pattern i have for a whale that i found at http://knittedtoybox.blogspot.ca/ which is a free pattern

  45. Julie May 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    You did an awesome job with this dolphin! But then, all of your animal designs that I have seen thus far are great.

    RAV ID: Tanknit

  46. MJ May 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    This dolphin is so cute. I can see different colors for different species. Linda, you are so clever!

  47. Becky May 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    I would love to win this to make one for my mom! Dolphins are her lucky animal, and she even kept a dolphin necklace around when she was going in for surgery to remove a brain tumor. 🙂 Thanks for offering this!

  48. barb May 28, 2012 at 5:40 am #

    Another pattern to adore. My granddaughter was sitting on my lap reading about your new pattern and SQUEALED! She is sure I will be making it for her. Thank you for this giveaway. Good luck to all.

  49. DaffodilAngel May 28, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    Gorgeous Sifiso, he is a real character. Well done.

  50. africanaussie May 28, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    Oh I love him – thanks for the chance to win the pattern.

  51. Carli May 28, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    What a sweet finned-one! Thanks for another beautiful pattern 🙂

  52. Lovely Light May 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    I’d love a pattern! I’m not a superwoman at knitting, but I’d definitely try!

  53. Constance May 28, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    Awww, he’s adorable! I just found your blog through your shamrock pattern and now I’m about to get lost in your sidebar tutorials. My kids would love twin Sifiso’s of their own:)

  54. kim May 29, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    oohh that is sweet!

  55. Sarah May 29, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    I would love to win your breaching dolphin!

  56. Greenhousegirl May 29, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    You make the most adorable knit animals!

  57. sandrarumsey May 29, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Yet another great pattern. You seem to make these so easily. Wish I had your talent.

  58. K June 1, 2012 at 3:57 am #


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