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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Knitted Cat with Bat Sweater


Here's a little knitted cat for Halloween.  

Knitted Cat

Uses fingering weight yarn and five double pointed needles, size 1.

Legs & Body

Beginning at the toe

CO 6 sts leaving a six inch tail.  Divide evenly over three needles.  Join to work in the round being careful not to twist.  Mark the beginning of the round.

FIRST ROUND:   Knit

NEXT RND:          *K1, Kfb*; Repeat ** to end of rnd – 9 sts

NEXT RND:          Knit

NEXT RND:          *K2, Kfb*; Repeat ** to end of rnd – 12 sts

NEXT RND:          Knit

NEXT RND:          *K3, Kfb*; Repeat ** to end of rnd – 15 sts

Knit 10 rounds.

Redistribute the sts so you have 8 sts on your last needle (#3), 4 sts on needle #1 and 3 sts on needle #2.

 NEXT RND:    Knit the stitches on Ndls 1 & 2 then wrap and turn to form the heel (working on Ndl3 only).  Knit up to the last st on Ndl 3.  Bring the yarn to the front, slip the next st, take the yarn to the back. Slip the slipped st back to the left needle.  Turn and purl up to the last stitch on Ndl 3, take the yarn to the back, slip the next st, bring the yarn to the front, turn and knit up to the last two stitches…..continue wrapping and turning in this way until all stitches have been wrapped.  When you have 4 sts wrapped on each side, knit to the end of Ndl 3, picking up the wraps and knitting them together with the stitches they wrap.  (Note: Insert tip of RH ndl under the wrap from L to R & lift it onto the LH ndl.  Knit the wrap & its stitch together as one stitch.)

NEXT RND:   Knit the stitches on Ndls 1 & 2, then begin knitting the sts on Ndl #3, picking up the wraps and knitting them together with the stitches they wrap.  Knit to the end of Ndl 3.

NEXT RND (Decrease for the ankle):
Knit the stitches on Ndls 1 & 2, then on Ndl 3 K1, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1.  – 13 sts total

Knit 2 rounds.

NEXT RND:    Knit the stitches on Ndls 1 & 2, then on Ndl3 K1, Kfb, K 2, Kfb, K1. – 15 sts total
Knit 7 rounds.

NEXT RND:    Ndl #1:  K3, Kfb
                       Ndl #2: K3; Slide the new st on Ndl #1 onto Ndl #2 so you have 4 sts on both needles.
 
                       Ndl #3: K8 – 16 sts total

Knit 7 rounds.

NEXT RND:
                        Ndl #1:  K1, Kfb, K2
                        Ndl#2:   K2, Kfb, K1
                        Ndl #3:  K1, Kfb, K4, Kfb, K1 – 20 sts total

 Knit 14 rounds.  Sew up the toe and stuff the foot and lower leg.

NEXT RND (Decrease for knee):
                                Ndl #1:  K5
                                Ndl #2:  K5
                                Ndl #3:  K1, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K1 – 18 sts total

Knit 5 rounds.
NEXT RND:

                                Ndl #1:  K 5
                                Ndl #2:  K 5
                                Ndl #3:  K1, Kfb, K4, Kfb, K1 – 20 sts total
Knit 14 rounds.

NEXT RND:            Ndl #1:  K1, Kfb, K3
                                Ndl #2:  K3, Kfb, K1
                                Ndl #3:  K1, Kfb, K6, Kfb, K1 – 24 sts total

Knit 14 rounds.

End of Leg.  Cut the yarn leaving an 8” tail.  Put stitches on st holder.

Knit another leg exactly like the first one.  When finished, do not break the yarn. Put the stitches of the first leg on two ndls – 12 sts on each one.  With both legs facing you, and beginning with the second leg, knit across ndls 1 & 2 of the second leg, then CO 2 sts onto ndl 2, and knit 3 sts from the first leg onto that needle.  Knit the rest of the stitches on that needle (belonging to the first leg), then CO 2 sts and knit the next 3 sts onto that same needle.  Knit the sts of the other needle (belonging to the first leg). 

Knit one round.

Knit another round redistributing your stitches so that you have 13 sts on each of four needles.  The stitch distribution should look like this:

                                                                              Back of cat

                Ndl #3                                   Ndl #4

                  13 sts                                     13 sts

                                                                                                ----------Beg of round

                Ndl #2                                   Ndl #1

                  13 sts                                     13 sts

Front of cat
Knit one round.

Put the Ndl 4 sts onto Ndl 3 so you have 26 sts on Ndl 3.  Knit across Ndls 1 & 2, then begin wrap and turn on the 26 sts on Ndl 3:

Knit up to the last 2 sts, bring the yarn to the front.  Slip the next st, take the yarn to the back.  Slip the slipped st back to the left needle.  Turn and purl up to the last 2 stitches.  Take the yarn to the back, slip the next st, bring the yarn to the front, turn and knit up to the last 4 stitches….continue wrapping and turning in this way until 6 sts are wrapped on each side.  (Two unwrapped in the middle.)  

When you’re finished wrapping & turning (with 6 wrapped sts on each side), knit to the end of Ndl 3, picking up wraps and knitting them together with the stitches they wrap.  Knit across Ndls 1 & 2, then knit the stitches on Ndl 3, picking up the remaining wraps and knitting the together with the stitches they wrap.  Finish knitting across all the sts on Ndl 3.

Knit 5 rounds.

NEXT RND:
                Ndl #1:  K 13
                Ndl #2:  K 13
                Ndl #3:  K5, K2tog, K12, K2tog, K5 – 50 sts total

Using the tail, whipstitch the hole in the crotch together. Finish stuffing the legs, using a little less stuffing at the knees so they will bend a little.   

Knit 5 rounds.

NEXT RND:
                Ndl #1:  K2tog, K11
                Ndl #2:  K11, K2tog
                Ndl #3:  K24 – 48 sts total

Knit 12 rounds.

NEXT RND:
                Ndl #1:  K2tog, K10
                Ndl #2:  K10, K2tog
                Ndl #3:  K2tog, K20, K2tog – 44 sts total

Knit 3 rounds.

Put the sts on four st holders:

20 – front of cat

2 – right armhole

20 – back of cat

2 – left armhole

Use yarn scraps for armholes, or a safety pin.

Arms

Follow the directions for the leg until you have 15 sts. (first 6 rounds)

Knit 7 rounds.

NEXT RND
                Ndl#1:   K2tog, K3
                Ndl#2:   K3, K2tog
                Ndl#3:   K5 – 13 sts total

Knit 7 rounds.

NEXT RND
                Ndl#1:   K3, Kfb
                Ndl#2:   K3, Kfb
                Ndl#3:   K5 – 15 sts total

Knit 11 rounds.

NEXT RND          
              Ndl#1:   K4, Kfb
              Ndl#2:   K4, Kfb
              Ndl#3:   K4, Kfb – 18 sts total

Knit 11 rounds.

NEXT RND
                Ndl#1:   K5, Kfb
                Ndl#2:   K5, Kfb
                Ndl#3:   K6 – 20 sts total

Knit 7 rounds.

Cut the yarn leaving a 6” tail.  Thread 2 sts onto scrap yarn or safety pin and 18 sts onto another piece of scrap yarn.  Make another arm exactly like the first one.

Attaching Arms to Body

As you finish the last round of the second arm, put the last 2 sts on Ndl#3 onto a piece of scrap yarn (instead of knitting them).  Put the rest of the sts on 2 needles, 9 on one, and 9 on the other.  Put 2 body sts on a needle (front of cat).  The cat should be facing you.  Hold the needle with arm sts on it in your right hand (with working yarn attached), place a marker and knit 10 sts across the front of the cat.  Picking up a spare needle, knit the remaining 10 sts across the front of the cat, and place a marker.  Put 9 sts from the other arm on a spare needle.  (Be sure the 2 sts on the spare yarn are at the underarm.)

Put the remaining 9 sts of that arm onto your spare needle.  Using a 5th spare needle, knit those 9 sts (on the arm).  Put the back of the cat sts onto the spare needle, place a marker, and knit those 20 sts.  Place another marker, and knit the next 9 sts onto that same needle. 

 At this point the stitch distribution looks like this:

Ndl#1                                                                                                    Ndl#2

9 sts – marker – 10 sts                                                                    10 sts – marker – 9 sts
                Ndl#3

9 sts – marker – 20 sts – marker – 9 sts

 

NEXT RND           (Note: sm means slip marker)

                Ndl#1:   K7, ssk, sm, K2tog, K8 – 17 sts

                Ndl#2:   K8, ssk, sm, K2tog, K7 – 17 sts

                Ndl#3:   K7, ssk, sm, K2tog, K16, ssk, sm, K2tog, K7 – 34 sts

Knit one round – 68 sts total

*INSERT BEAN BAG

NEXT RND

                Ndl#1:   K6, ssk, sm, K2tog, K7 – 15 sts

                Ndl#2;   K7, ssk, sm, K2tog, K6 – 15 sts

                Ndl#3:   K6, ssk, sm, K2tog, K14, ssk, sm, K2tog, K6 – 30 sts

Knit one round – 60 sts total

NEXT RND

                Ndl#1:   K5, ssk, sm, K2tog, K6 – 13 sts

                Ndl#2:   K6, ssk, sm, K2tog, K5 – 13 sts

                Ndl#3:   K5, ssk, sm, K2tog, K12, ssk, sm, K2tog, K5 – 26 sts

Knit one round – 52 sts total

NEXT RND

                Ndl#1:   K4, ssk, sm, K2tog, K5 – 11 sts

                Ndl#2:   K5, ssk, sm, K2tog, K4 – 11 sts

                Ndl#3:   K4, ssk, sm, K2tog, K10, ssk, sm, K2tog, K4 – 22 sts

Knit one round – 44 sts total

NEXT RND          

                Ndl#1:   K3, ssk, sm, K2tog, K4 – 9 sts

                Ndl #2:  K4, ssk, sm, K2tog, K3 – 9 sts

                Ndl#3:   K3, ssk, sm, K2tog, K8, ssk, sm, K2tog, K3 – 18 sts

Knit one round – 36 sts total

Stuff the arms.  Close up underarms by putting the underarm sts on two needles (working on one underarm at a time.)  You will have two sts on one needle and two on another.  Hold the needles parallel to each other and close using Kitchener stitch. (See Verypinkknits.com or her Youtube channel for a Kitchener stitch tutorial.)

Weave in ends.

NEXT RND

                Ndl#1:   K2, ssk, sm, K2tog, K3 – 7 sts

                Ndl#2:   K3, ssk, sm, K2tog, K2 – 7 sts

                Ndl#3:   K2, ssk, sm, K2tog, K6, ssk, sm, K2tog, K2 – 14 sts

Knit one round – 28 sts total

NEXT RND

                Ndl#1:   K1, ssk, sm, K2tog, K2 – 5 sts

                Ndl#2:   K2, ssk, sm, K2tog, K1 – 5 sts

                Ndl#3:   K1, ssk, sm, K2tog, K4, ssk, sm, K2tog, K1 – 10 sts

Knit two rounds – 20 sts total

NEXT RND

                Ndl#1:   K3, Kfb, K1 – 6 sts

                Ndl#2:   K1, Kfb, K3 – 6 sts

                Ndl#3:   K3, Kfb, K2, Kfb, K3 – 12 sts

Knit one round – 24 sts total

NEXT RND

                Ndl#1:   K4, Kfb, K1 – 7 sts

                Ndl#2:   K1, Kfb, K4 – 7 sts

                Ndl#3:   Kf, Kfb, K2, Kfb, K4 – 14 sts

Knit one round – 28 sts total

NEXT RND

                Ndl#1:   K5, Kfb, K1 – 8 sts

                Ndl#2:   K1, Kfb, K5 – 8 sts

                Ndl#3:   K5, Kfb, K2, Kfb, K5 – 16 sts

Knit one round – 32 sts total

NEXT RND

                Ndl#1:   6, Kfb, K1 – 9 sts

                Ndl#2:   K1, Kfb, K6 – 9 sts

                Ndl#3:   K6, Kfb, K2, Kfb, K6 – 18 sts

Knit one round – 36 sts total

NEXT RND

                Ndl#1:   K7, Kfb, K1, 10 sts

                Ndl#2:   K1, Kfb, K7 – 10 sts

                Ndl#3:   K7, Kfb, K2, Kfb, K7 – 20 sts

 
WRAP & TURN MUZZLE

 Ndl#1:   K7, and let these 7 sts hang there. 

Ndl#2:  Transfer 3 sts from the next needle (previously known as Ndl#2) to your needle with 3 sts left on it. This is now your new Ndl#2.  Using a 5th needle, begin W & T over these 6 sts.

                Knit 5, W & T

                Purl 4, W & T

                Knit 3, W & T

                Purl 2, W & T

                Knit 1, W & T

                Purl 0, W & T – You have 6 sts wrapped.

Knit to the end of Ndl#2, picking up wraps and knitting them together with the stitches they wrap. (See Verypinkknits.com or her Youtube channel for tutorial on this.)

Ndl#3:   Knit 7 sts

Ndl#4:   Knit 20 sts

NEXT RND

                Ndl#1:   Knit 7sts, then knit the next 3 sts,picking up wraps and knitting them together with the stitches they wrap, with the same needle.

                Ndl#2:   Knit 3 sts, then knit the next 7 sts onto the same needle.

                Ndl#3:   Knit 20

Now you’re back to 10 sts each on Ndls 1 & 2 and 20 sts on Ndl3 for a total of 40 sts.

Knit 9 rounds.

Knitting the Ears

The ears are worked one at a time.  Put the first seven stitches of Ndl #1 on a spare needle.  Put the next thirteen stitches onto a piece of spare yarn.  Put the next thirteen stitches onto another piece of spare yarn.  The last seven stitches are on a needle.  You now have 14 stitches on 2 needles (7 sts on each).  You will be knitting rounds on two needles, using a third needle to knit with.

FIRST RND:          Knit  - 14 sts

NEXT RND:         

Ndl #1:                  ssk, K3, K2tog

Ndl #2:                  ssk, K3, K2tog

NEXT RND:          Knit - 10 sts

NEXT RND:         

Ndl #1:                  ssk, K1, K2tog

Ndl #2:                  ssk, K1, K2tog

NEXT RND (Repeat one time):

Ndl #1:                  ssk

Ndl #2:                  ssk

Break the yarn leaving a 6” tail.  Thread the tail onto a darning needle and run it through the last 2 sts and pull tight.

Insert a knitting needle into the seven stitches on the other side of the head (front).  Gently pull out the spare yarn, but leave six stitches at the center of the head on spare yarn.  Do the same thing on the back of the head.

                Sts on needles                                  Sts on spare yarn             finished ear

 

<-----XXXXXXX----->                       XXXXXX                                                  

                                                                                                                    ^

                <-----XXXXXXX----->                       XXXXXX                                               

               

Attaching a new ball of yarn, knit the other ear as the first.  Now put the twelve stitches in the middle of the head on two needles (6 stitches on each), hold the needles parallel to each other and join with Kitchener stitch.  See verypinkknits.com for a tutorial on the Kitchener stitch.  Kitchener stitch is a four stitch process and goes like this on the front needle:  “As if to knit, take it off, as if to purl, leave it on.”  And on the back needle:  “As if to purl, take it off, as if to knit, leave it on.”  Now give the yarn a tug. Repeat until you have two stitches left, run the yarn through & use this yarn tail to close up any holes. Thread all the yarn tails to the inside, down into the body, then snip close to the body.

 TAIL

Beginning at the tip, CO 6 sts, divide evenly onto 3 needles.  Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist. 

Knit 15 rounds.

NEXT RND:          K1, Kfb, Knit to end of round.

Knit 15 rounds – 7 sts total

NEXT RND:          K2, Kfb, Knit to end of round.

Knit 15 rounds – 8 sts total

NEXT RND:          K3, Kfb, Knit to end of round.

Knit 15 rounds – 9 sts total

Bind off all sts.  Sew tail to cat’s bottom.

 
EMBROIDERING THE FACE

Use three strands of embroidery thread, threaded onto a darning needle.  Insert from back of head through to front of face at outer edge of where the outer corner of the eye should be.  (Use picture as a guide.) Take a wide stitch down and then out about ½” over, where the inner corner of the other eye should be.  Each eye should be two or three stitches of embroidery thread about ¼” wide.  I usually do the face several times before getting it the way I want it.  I suggest not securing your thread until you have everything looking the way you like it.  That way you can easily do it over if you need to.  I like to use a pale color for the nose and red or pink for the mouth, but the decision is yours.  The face makes the cat, though, so don’t hesitate to do it over if you don’t like your first (or second or third) try. 

On my cat I used four different embroidery threads on the face:

Pale green irises
Dark brown pupils
Pale pink nose
Darker pink mouth

I left all the threads hanging out the back of the cat’s head until I was sure I liked the face.  Then I knotted each one through a knitted stitch “ladder”, and pulled it back through the same hole, to the inside to hide it down in the body, back out, trimmed the thread, then squeezed the body of the cat to make the thread disappear inside.

NOTE: I would love to see your pictures of your knitted cat! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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