Itty Bitty Little Kitty!

IMG_7146I have a girlfriend who loves kitties.  She is going to be a first time grandmother come December and I wanted to make something for her.  My aunt gave me this crazy yarn to play around with.  I started to make a scarf with it, but I didn’t like how it was turning out.  Then I tried to make a hat with it, again, I didn’t like how it was turning out.  Then I thought … ‘hmmm… This yarn would be great for an amigurumi project.  Maybe a bear, or a puppy?…I know, a kitty!!!’  I came up with this pattern one night while fooling around with the yarn.  I’ll be honest, it is creepy yarn to work with!  But it’s soft and adds great texture to the kitty.

Itty Bitty Little Kitty

(c) Nyela d’Endel 2014

Materials needed

Yarn of your choice (I used Worsted weight (4) yarn)
Appropriate hook size for your yarn choice (I used H/8-5.00mm hook)
polyester stuffing
Black yarn for facial details
tapestry needle
Stitch marker
*Rattle insert (optional)
*Monofilament thread (optional)
*Yarn for the collar (optional I used black)
*Safety Eyes (optional.  You can use buttons or crocheted eyes – see below for details)

No gauge required

Abbreviations

Rnd = round
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
2 sc tog = 2 single crochets together
st = stitch
sts = stitches
sl st = slip stitch
dec = decrease
F/O = fasten off

Special instructions: 2 single crochet together (2 sc tog)

Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop.  There should be 2 loops on your hook.  Insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop.  There should be 3 loops on your hook.  Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.

 Head

Rnd 1- 6 sc in magic ring (6)

Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around place stitch marker (12)

Rnd 3- 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc around, move st marker (18)

Rnd 4- 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc around, move st marker (24)

Rnd 5-8 – 1 sc in each sc around, move st marker (24)

Rnd 9- 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next 2 sc around, move marker (18)

Add the eyes (safety eyes, buttons, crocheted eyes, etc…Whichever you decide to use) and nose/mouth.  You may add eyebrows if you wish…my son didn’t want me to put any on this one!

Rnd 10- 2 sc tog in next sc, 1 sc in next sc.  Move marker (12) Stuff

Rnd 11- 2 sc tog in each sc around move marker (6)

Rnd 12- 2 sc tog in next sc, 2 sc tog in 4th sc (2)

FO, weave ends

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Body

Rnd 1- 6 sc in magic ring (6)

Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around place stitch marker (12)

Rnd 3- 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc around, move st marker (18)

Rnd 4- 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc around, move st marker (24)

Rnd 5-12 – 1 sc in each sc around, move st marker (24)

Rnd 13- 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next 2 sc around, move marker (18)

Rnd 14- 2 sc tog in next sc, 1 sc in next sc.  Move marker (12)

Stuff and add rattle insert in the centre of the belly.

Rnd 15- 2 sc tog in each sc around move marker (6)

Rnd 16- 2 sc tog in next sc, 2 sc tog in 4th sc (2)

FO, weave ends
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Ears

Make 2

Rnd 1- ch 7 turn (leave long tail for attaching to head) (7)

Rnd 2- 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook across (6)

Rnd 3- 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc tog (4)

Rnd 4- 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next 2 sc (3)

Rnd 5- 2 sc tog, 1 sc (2)

Rnd 6- 2 sc tog (1) FO.

Attach to head

Tail

Rnd 1- ch 7 turn (leave long tail for attaching to head) (7)

Rnd 2- 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook across (6)

Rnd 3- 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc tog (4)

Rnd 4- 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next 2 sc (3)

Rnd 5- 2 sc tog, 1 sc (2)

Rnd 6- 2 sc tog (1) FO.

Fold in half and attach to bottom back of the body.

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Assembly

Attach the ears to the head.  Place them above the eyes on top of the head and curve them a bit when sewing on.  Attach the tail to the body with the folded side facing down.  This way your itty bitty little kitty will be able to stand up on its own (the tail will help support it).  Then attach the head to the body.  After tightly securing, hide all the tails inside the body and head.

Ta-da!  Your itty bitty little kitty is good to go.  You could even add some cat nip to the stuffing and turn it into a great toy for your kitty (use crocheted eyes then and make sure they are secured down very well).

 Optional Embellishments

Crocheted Eyes

Rnd 1- 6sc in a magic ring (6)

F/O and leave a long tail; attach eyes to head.

Collar

Leaving a 4 inch tail on either side, make a long enough chain to wrap around the kitty’s neck and fasten off.  Tie the chain around the neck for a little collar.  You could put a bell on the front (I didn’t have any on hand when I made him).  Just be warned that this is a choking hazard for both babies/toddlers and cats.  If you want to secure it in place, I suggest hand stitching around the collar with monofilament thread (or a thread colour of your choice and omit the bell if giving to young children).

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please note that this pattern has not been tested out yet.  Please feel free to contact me if you come across any mistakes or have any questions.  Thank you for choosing my pattern!


Nyela d’Endel xoxo

 

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