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Knitted Flop from CBeebies Bing (pictures above taken by my daughter, Kayleigh)

You can’t have Bing and Hoppity without Flop. I looked for the knitting pattern online and found CBeebies had one already available for free. However, as Bing and Hoppity were so big I had to adjust the pattern to make Flop big enough.  It took more than one attempt but I got there in the end and made two of them. The kids love them so much they are now demanding I make Sula, Pando and all the other Bing characters. I just don’t know if I will make them all in time before they get too old to have them.


The finished size was 23″ (58.5cm) from feet to top of ears.


The pattern called for working in knit (garter) stitch and stockinette/stocking stitch.  These are some of the first stitches you learn as a beginner.


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Yarn

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (shade - Rust 135).

1 x 100g (3.5oz/170yds/156m) ball.

Weight category: UK Aran [US 4/Medium/Worsted/Aran].

Tension/gauge: 16 stitches x 22 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 5.5mm/UK 5 [US 9] knitting needles.

The knitting needles I used were 5.5mm/UK 5 [US 9].


I would give the Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn a 3 out of 5 for the following reasons:-

- It was easy to work;

- There is a large choice of colours available;

- The feel of it was soft enough to make toys and blankets from;

- The amount on a ball is reasonable but not great for the price you have to pay;

- The cost of yarn is expensive for this ball size - I paid about £3.99 per 100g ball but it is now between £4.25 and £4.79 depending on where you shop;

- Would I use this yarn again? YES.


James C. Brett Top Value DK (shade - Black 8430).

1 x 100g (3.5oz/317yds/290m) ball.

Weight category: UK DK [US 3/Light Worsted/DK].

Tension/gauge: 22 stitches x 30 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6] knitting needles.

The knitting needles I used were 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6].


I would give the James C. Brett Top Value DK yarn a 4 out of 5 for the following reasons:-

- It was extremely easy to work.

- There is a large choice of colours available;

- The feel of it is very soft once washed.  It is great for toys.

- I think if you are looking for a quality budget yarn this is one of the best yarns on the market for price, colour choice, quality, multiple uses and quantity on a ball.

- The cost of yarn is very cost effective - I paid about £1.65 per 100g ball.

- Would I use this yarn again? YES, DEFINITELY.


I used oddments of yarn for the eyes and mouth. I also used toy stuffing to fill Flop.



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