Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Presenting Ms Kitten

I am finally putting down the pattern for the kitten scarf. It is very similar to the piggy scarf I’d posted earlier. I’m still waiting to get better pictures of the scarves as I have already gifted them.
Before ends were tucked in

Feel free to point out any mistakes that you find.
The pattern is listed below:

Craft: Crochet
Level: Beginner/Easy

Materials:
1 skein of yellow 8-ply wool (Main colour; MC)
1 skein of orange 8-ply wool (Contrasting colour; CC)
button/safety eyes for the eyes
A little bit of black wool/thread for the whiskers/mouth
5 mm crochet hook
Fabric glue
tapestry needle

Note: You can use any weight of wool/yarn as you like. Local shops here do not really know the different types and stock them mostly as 4-ply/8-ply etc.


Stitches used:
Single crochet (sc)
Crocheting in the round
Slip stitch (sl st)

Gauge: Gauge is not important in this pattern we can adjust the length of the feet accordingly at the end. The length is determined by the number of rows that you crochet. Decide for yourself what length you want your own scarf to be. Mine was about 3 feet (91cms).


Pattern
We start from the base of the face and continue in one piece till we split the body at the end for the legs.

Face
 To begin: Chain 6 in MC
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of next 3 chs, ch 1 and turn (6sc)
Row 2: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 5, ch 1 and turn (7sc)
Row 3: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 6, ch 1 and turn (8sc)
Row 4: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 7, ch 1 and turn (9sc)
Row 5: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 8, ch 1 and turn (10sc)
Row 6: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 9, ch 1 and turn (11sc)
Row 7: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 10, ch 1 and turn (12sc)
Row 8: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 11, ch 1 and turn (13sc)
Row 9: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 12, ch 1 and turn (14sc)
Row 10: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 13, ch 1 and turn (15sc)
Row 11-23: sc in each sc across, ch1 and turn (15sc)

Body
The body of the scarf is basically alternate bands of yellow and orange. This continues till just before the feet.

We now change colours. I usually carry the colours with my work, by working it into the side. You can always just cut it at the end of one band, but in the end you will have a lot of ends to tuck in. The page at Crochet Cabana has good tips on changing colours.

Row 24: Using CC, sc in each sc across, ch1 and turn (15sc)
Row 25: Using CC, sc in each sc across, ch1 and turn (15sc)
Row 26: Using CC, sc in each sc across, ch1 and turn (15sc)
Row 27: Using CC, sc in each sc across, ch1 and turn (15sc)
We change colours again.
Row 28: Using MC, sc in each sc across, ch1 and turn (15sc)
Row 29: Using MC, sc in each sc across, ch1 and turn (15sc)
Row 30: Using MC, sc in each sc across, ch1 and turn (15sc)
Row 31: Using MC, sc in each sc across, ch1 and turn (15sc)

Continue Rows 24-27 and Rows 28-31 till the scarf just about reaches the desired length and you are ready to make the feet. Note, your last band should be a combination of Row 28-31.

Feet
For the first foot: Continue on the body of the scarf already made using the MC
Row 1: Using MC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 2: Using MC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 3: Using MC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 4: Using MC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 5: Using MC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 6: Using MC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc) 
We now change colours
Row 7: Using CC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 8: Using CC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 9: Using CC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 10: Using CC, sc in 3sc across, sc next 2 sts tog , ch1 and turn (4sc)
Row 11: Using CC, sc in 2sc across, sc next 2 sts tog, ch1 and turn (3sc)
Row 12: Using CC, sc in 1sc across, sc next 2 sts tog, fo (2sc)

For the second foot:
Start on the same side as the first foot and skip 5sc after the first foot. Start on the 6th sc.
Alternatively, you can count 5sts from the other end and start at the 5th sc.
Note: make sure you start on the same side you did the first foot so that the feet are symmetrical.

Row 1: Using MC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 2: Using MC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 3: Using MC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 4: Using MC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 5: Using MC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 6: Using MC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc) 
We now change colours
Row 7: Using CC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 8: Using CC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 9: Using CC, sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 10: Using CC, sc in 3sc across, sc next 2 sts tog , ch1 and turn (4sc)
Row 11: Using CC, sc in 2sc across, sc next 2 sts tog, ch1 and turn (3sc)
Row 12: Using CC, sc in 1sc across, sc next 2 sts tog, fo (2sc)




Ears - make 2
The whole thing is done in 1 colour.

To begin: Chain 6 in CC.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of next 4ch, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 2: sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 3: sc in 5sc across, ch1 and turn (5sc)
Row 4: sc in 3sc across, sc next 2 sts tog , ch1 and turn (4sc)
Row 5: sc in 2sc across, sc next 2 sts tog, ch1 and turn (3sc)
Row 6: sc in 1sc across, sc next 2 sts tog, ch1 and turn (2sc)
Row 7: sc next 2 sts tog, fo (1sc) 



Nose
I use the magic ring method to crochet in the round. You can find a tutorial for that at Crochet Me.

To begin: Chain 2
Round 1: 5sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl stitch to 1st sc. FO
Pull the tail and draw it closed.

Attaching the pieces using the tapestry needle
For the mouth and whiskers
Close up of the face
Cut 4 strings of the black wool/thread (6-8 inches each). Tie them together in the middle with a knot. Find the centre of the scarf on the row above where the face has finished widening (2nd row of 15 sc). Stick the knot at the centre identified above. Use the lower most string and bring it below to form the mouth. Stick it in place using fabric glue. Stitch the nose over the knot.

I hope the picture helps demonstrate what I mean.

The ears can be placed last. Align them with the eyes.

Hope this makes sense!

Please tell me how you like it by leaving a comment!
Thanks.

5 comments:

  1. This is so cute! I've just added it to my Ravelry queue, it's definitely on my to-do list :-)

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  2. Adorable! TY for sharing your pattern, I know a little girl that will love this.

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  3. So creative.
    Thanks for sharing the pattern.

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  4. ! LIVE IN SUN CITY AZ. AND AM MAKING ONE FOR A BINGO BUDDY OF MINR WHO LIKE CATS I THINK SHE WILL LOVE THIS SCARF.

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