Intarsia Toy Patterns:

THE INTARSIA BRAND was the brain child of knitwear designer, Gary Kennedy. There is little information regarding Gary and the brand, however what we do know is that he formed Intarsia back in the late 70’s which thrived through the 80’s and 90’s cleverly publishing a few of his licensed character sweater and toy designs in the UK magazine, Women’s Weekly.

Offers to purchase sets of the patterns via mail order at an illusive PO Box in Middlesex is hardly desperate housewives, but if you had a child who was into Postman Pat, Teletubbies or Power Rangers, you would do anything to get your hands on these patterns.

Highly collectible the Intarsia talent spans the generations. Classic childhood favourites and retro designs have stood the test of time and are a staple for any family knitter. Now out of print these designs can go for a tidy sum on Ebay .

Renowned British Toy Designer Alan Dart designed 20 licensed character booklets under the Intarsia brand. I now have the full set of Toy booklets and a very empty bank account to boot.

While searching for the booklets, I did not have a point of reference. I launched myself on Ebay, Amazon, Abe Books to find each and every one, not knowing what I was actually looking for.

I had made a few mistakes purchasing sweater rather than the toy patterns, this is because, with all the patterns below the same cover is used on both sweater and toy pattern booklets. Be sure when looking for them the pattern you purchase has the word TOYS somewhere on the cover.

THE INTARSIA TOY KNITTING PATTERN SERIES INCLUDES:

Barney:  3 Toy Knitting Patterns – Barney / BJ / Baby Bop

Beano & Dandy Collection:   7 Toy Knitting Patterns – 2 versions of Dennis the Menace  (Large / Small ) / 2 versions of Gnasher (Leaning on a Bone / On All Fours) / Minnie the Minx / Beryl the Peril, Desperate Dan

Fireman Sam:  3 Toy Patterns  -  Fireman Sam / Station Officer Steele / Elvis (Bucket & Ladder)

The Flintstones:  4 Toy Knitting Patterns:  Fred Flintstone / Wilma Flintstone / Dino / Barney Rubble

The Hanna – Barbera Collection Book 1:  5 Toy Knitting Patterns – Benny the Ball / Top Cat / Huckleberry Hound / Yogi Bear / Boo – Boo

The Hanna – Barbera Collection Book 2:  6 Toy Knitting Patterns – Scooby Doo / Pixie & Dixie /  Betty Rubble / Bam – Bam Rubble / Pebbles Flintstone

The Little Miss:  6 Toy Knitting Patterns – Little Miss Giggles / Little Miss Sunshine / Little Miss Late / Little Miss Contrary / Little Miss Busy Body / Little Miss Lucky

The Magic Roundabout: 6 Toy Knitting Patterns – Dylan / Florence / Zebedee / Dougal / Ermintrude / Brian

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers:  5 Toy Knitting Patterns – Red / Blue / Pink / Yellow / Black

The Mr. Men:  7 Toy Knitting Patterns – Mr. Funny / Mr. Clever / Mr. Greedy / Mr. Skinny / Mr. Bump / Mr. Happy / Mr. Snow

Enid Blyton’s Noddy:  5 Toy Knitting Patterns – Noddy / Big Ears / Mr. Milko / Mr. Plod / Tessie Bear

Pingu:  5 Toy Knitting Patterns – 3 versions of Pingu (Large / with Sledge & Bobble Hat / with Bindle) / Pinga (Building Blocks / Table) / Robby the Seal

Postman Pat:  5 Toy Knitting Patterns – Postman Pat / Jess / Mrs Goggins / Ted Glen / Peter Fogg

Rupert Bear:  5 Toy Knitting Patterns – 2 versions of Rupert Bear (Large / Small*) / Bill Badger / Edward Trunk / The Little Plane (*Small Rupert Bear fits in the little plane)

Sooty:  3 Toy Knitting Patterns – Sooty (Magic Wand) / Sweep / Sue

Teletubies:  4 Toy Knitting Patterns – Tinky Winky (Handbag) / Dipsy (Large Top Hat) / Lala / Po

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends:  4 Toy Knitting Patterns – Thomas the Tank Engine / James the Red Engine / Percy the Small Engine / The Fat Controller

Tom & Jerry:  6 Toy Knitting Patterns – 2 versions of Tom (Sitting / Standing) / 2 versions of Jerry (Sitting on Cheese / Standing) / Spike / Tyke

Tots TV: 3 Toy Knitting Patterns – Tilly / Tom / Tiny

The Wind in the Willows - Based on the E H Shepard Illustrations : 4 Toy Knitting Patterns – Mole / Ratty / Badger / Toad of Toad Hall

[NOTE]

To clear up any confusion, Gary Kennedy owned the Intarsia company and designed all of the sweaters. Alan Dart designed the toys, inside each pattern it states: GARY KENNEDY INTARSIA PRESENTS: (name of pattern) by Alan Dart

Hanna – Barbera Collection
Book 1 states 11 knitting patterns 6 of these are sweater designs
Book 2 states 13 knitting patterns 7 of these are sweater designs

I purchased most on Amazon and Abe Books with the odd one in a nerve rendering bidding session on Ebay (memories of rushing home in time to bid on Noddy, only to have Ebay crash on me, still haunt me). Pricing the booklets range on the demand and whether you get into a bidding war the average price was £35.00 (May 2011). If you do decided to collect this wonderful set, here are the full set of front and back covers. The patterns are an advance knit, mainly from a making up point of view.

If you would like to know more about these patterns or need a hand making up, send me a message via my contact page.

I HAVE NO INTENTION OF SELLING OR DUPLICATING THESE BOOKLETS, SO KINDLY, DO NOT ASK


BARNEY: 3 TOYSBARNEY, BJ, BABY BOP  THE BEANO & DANDY COLLECTION: 7 TOYSDENNIS THE MENACE SMALL AND LARGE, GNASHER SITTING AND LEANING ON A BONE, MINNIE THE MINX, BERYL THE PERIL, DESPERATE DAN

FIREMAN SAM: 3 TOYS & 2 ACCESSORIESFIREMAN SAM, ELVIS, STATION MASTER STEELE, BUCKET, LADDER  THE FLINTSTONES: 4 TOYSFRED, BARNEY, WILMA, DINO

HANNA-BARBERA BOOK 1: 5 TOYS, 6 SWEATERSBENNY, TOP CAT, HUCKLEBERRY HOUND, YOGI BEAR, BOO-BOO  HANNA-BARBERA BOOK 2: 6 TOYS, 7 SWEATERSSCOOBY DOO, TRIXIE & DIXIE, BETTY RUBBLE, PEBBLES FLINTSTONE, BAM-BAM RUBBLE

LITTLE MISS: 6 TOYSLITTLE MISS GIGGLES, LATE, SUNSHINE, CONTRARY, LUCK, BUSYBODY  THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT: 6 TOYSERMINTRUDE, FLORENCE, DOUGAL, DILLAN, ZEBEDEE, BRIAN

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: 5 TOYSBLUE, BLACK, RED, YELLOW, PINK  MR. MEN: 7 TOYSMR. HAPPY, FUNNY, CLEVER, GREDDY, SNOW, SKINNY, BUMP

NODDY: 5 TOYSNODDY, BIG EARS, MILKO THE MILKMAN, MR PLOD, TESSIE BEAR  PINGU: 5 TOYSPINGU X 3, SEAL, PINGUS BABY SISTER

POSTMAN PAT: 5 TOYSPAT, JESS, TED GLEN, MRS GROGGINS, PETER FOGG  RUPERT: 5 TOYSRUPERT BEAR X2, PLANE, EDWARD TRUNK, BILL BADGER

SOOTY: 3 TOYSSOOTY, SWEEP, SUE  TELETUBBIES: 4 TOYSTINKIE WINKIE, LA-LA, DIPSY, POE

THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE: 4 TOYSTHOMAS, JAMES, PERCY, FAT CONTROLLER  TOM & JERRY: 6 TOYSTOM X2, JERRY X2, SPIKE, SPIKES SON

TOTS TV: 3 TOYSTILLY, TOM, TINY  WIND IN THE WILLOWS: 4 TOYSBADGER, RATTY, TOAD, MOLE

Comments

  1. please can you tell me where i can get hold of the tom and jerry pattern, i’ve been looking everywhere but cant get hold of 1

  2. Barbara Walker says:

    Hi there I have pattens of Rupert Bear that are from the 50s! and have every Rupert Bear book.I always loved him as a child and now being 65 the memories are lovely I hope you all enjoy Rupert as much as I did.

    • Thank you Barbara,

      It is wonderful that patterns from the 50′s are timeless enough to be revamped for generations. Rupert is one of my favourites. Still have my old Woolworth’s little yellow library books which enchant me to this day. Each Christmas there is always a Rupert Annual for me around the Christmas Tree. Funny enough, I am currently knitting Rupert for a friend of mine for Christmas. Because I’m not too keen on sewing, I found a two yarn colour work tartan technique in the Knitter’s Bible, dictionary of stitches. I made up a swatch in black and sunflower and it looked amazing and worked perfectly for Rupert’s trousers and scarf. Keep an eye on the site to see some pictures soon.

      Happy Knitting,

      Mummy Rivett

  3. Janet MacDermid says:

    Such lovely work here. Coming across your website has sparked a desire to return to knitting beause there is so much beauty in lovely hand-knitted toys. They are timeless and span the generations. Now, what can I knit…

  4. Charles Easaton says:

    Where can I buy The Rupert & Friends Patterns

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