Knitting pattern: How to knit a cat

Learn how to knit this cute cat from the book, Spud and Chloe at the Farm (Thomas Allen and Son, 2011).

By Susan B. Anderson

How to knit a cat: Knitting the body
Photo from Spud & Chloe at the Farm, photography by Liz Banfield
Barn Cat is a sly fellow always perched and ready to pounce ... into the nearest spot for a nap. With sweetly colored stripes and soft white paws, Barn Cat works up quickly and keeps the knitting interesting at the same time.

Finished measurements
6 inches tall, 3 inches wide, 2 1/2 inches long from the front to the back of the body

Yarn
Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 1 hank each in Pollen #7508, Firefly #7505, Ice Cream #7500, and Watermelon #7512

Needles
U.S. size 6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles (set of four) or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions
• Stitch markers
• Ruler or tape measure
• Yarn needle
• Scissors
• Plastic pellets (optional—do not use for young children or babies, as they pose a choking hazard)
• Polyester fiberfill
• Embroidery needle
• Black embroidery floss

Gauge
5-1/2 sts per inch in stockinette stitch

Check out a larger photo of the finished cat here.

Body
Starting at the bottom of the body with Firefly, cast on 9 sts, placing 3 sts on each of three dpns. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: Kfb in each st – 6 sts per needle, 18 sts total.
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: Kfb in each st – 12 sts per needle, 36 sts total.
Rnd 5: Knit.
Rnd 6: (k2, kfb); repeat to the end of the round—16 sts per needle, 48 sts total. Place a stitch marker on round 6 and leave it there.
Switch to Pollen and begin the stripe pattern. Note: While working the stripes, carry the yarns along the inside of the body.
Rnds 7 and 8: Knit.
Switch to Firefly.
Rnds 9 and 10: Knit. Repeat rounds 7-10 until the body measures 2-1/2 inches above the stitch marker left on round 6.

Decrease rounds
Continue in the stripe pattern, alternating colors every 2 rounds.
Rnd 1: (k2, k2tog); repeat to the end of the round – 12 sts per needle, 36 sts rem.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: (k1, k2tog); repeat to the end of the round – 8 sts per needle, 24 sts rem.
At this point, thread the end from the cast-on sts at the bottom of the body on a yarn needle and take a few stitches to close the hole. Pull the end to the inside of the body and trim. Fill the body one-third full with plastic pellets and stuff the rest with fiberfill or stuff with fiberfill only. Continue to add stuffing as needed.
Rnd 4: Knit.
Rnd 5: K2tog; repeat to the end of the round – 4 sts per needle, 12 sts rem.
Rnd 6: (k1, k2tog, k1); repeat to the end of the round – 3 sts per needle, 9 sts rem.

Finish any stuffing. Cut the yarn, thread it on a yarn needle, and draw it through the remaining sts, pulling tight to close the hole. Take a few stitches to secure. Leave the end out to use later for attaching the head.

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Page 1 of 4 - find instructions for knitting the cat's head on page 2


Excerpted from Spud & Chloe at the Farm, copyright 2011 by Susan B. Anderson, $16.95. Used by permission of Thomas Allen & Son.

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