Mr. Badger stands 17 cm tall. His body was created with 5 separate pieces of molded and modeled gingerbread (the main body and heads are hollow), and further modeled with very stiff royal icing, and then over piped.
The pince-nez glasses on Mr. Badger's nose are made of Isomalt. His feathered friends, the leather briefcase, hat, tree stump, gourds and pumpkins are modeled and over piped with RI as well, then hand painted.
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For the body, incl. head and legs, I formed a basic shape with aluminum foil and then baked the cookie on this much like is done with spheres or eggs in the cookier world.
Mr. Badger's arms are
modeled, and his feet are a heart cookie with shortened tip. I used
stiff icing to model the more detailed body features and over piped them with the
I started with the cable knit pattern, as it was the most complicated to pipe. There are three main vertical columns to it: the outer two (marked with white and yellow arrows) consisting of curved segments, and the middle one (marked with pink arrows) consisting of shorter straight segments.
The columns were piped from bottom to top, and from right to left. However, the individual segments within each column were piped from top to bottom, as indicated by the direction of the arrows.
In other words, I started at the bottom right and piped one segment at a time, in this order (referring to the numbers above): 1-1 (row-column), 1-2, 1-3, 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, and so on, all the way to the top. I did it this way, so that each segment would overlap the segment beneath it.
The piping and assembly progression for the whole sweater was as follows (see photo below):
The most challenging part was to tie the stitches of the arms together with the stitches on the body. And yes, I had to stop many times to allow for drying, especially because I was piping with Mr. Badger laying down on a cushioned turntable. I only stood him up to allow him to dry and to take progress photos.
Here are a couple more images of Mr. Badger's back:
I hope I was able to inspire you to give the knitting technique a try. If you would like to learn the basic knit stitch, please watch my video How to Pipe the Basic Knit Stitch with Royal Icing.
The plan is to make another of these Wind-in-the-Willows characters, and then add many more progression pictures - not only that, but of course also make a video. If you'd like to be kept in the loop, please do sign up for my newsletter at the top right of this page on a desktop, or below on a mobile.