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Mee Maw’s Cat

By Mary Sue Ottinger

DIRECTIONS Easy SIZE 11 inches tall MATERIALS • 2-ply jiffy yarn: 5 oz black 2
DIRECTIONS
Easy
SIZE
11 inches tall
MATERIALS
• 2-ply jiffy yarn:
5
oz black
2
oz white
• 4-ply yarn:
Scrap of peach and white
• Crochet hook size H/8
• 12mm green cat eyes
• Fiberfill
• Glue
• Yarn needle
• 1-lb round box salt (optional)
GAUGE
7 dc = 3 inches; 2 rnds =
1!/2 inches

PATTERN NOTES

Weave in loose ends as work pro­ gresses. Work with 2 strands of yarn held together unless otherwise indicated. Treble (tr): Yo hook twice, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, [yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 3 times.

HEAD

Rnd 1: With 2 strands of black yarn, loosely ch 4, join to form a ring, ch 3, 10 dc in ring, sl st to join in top of beg ch-3. (11) Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st as beg ch-3, work 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join in top of beg ch-3. (22) Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts, sl st to join in top of beg ch-3. (24)

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in each st around,

ch-1, 2 sc in each next 2 sts, sc in next

2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2

sl st to join in top of beg ch-3. 11 sts,

 

Rnd 5: [Dec 1 dc over next 2 sts, dc

sc in next st, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in

in

next 4 sts, dec 1 dc over next 2 sts,

next st, 1 sc in same st as beg ch-1, sl

dc

in next 4 sts] twice, sl st to join in

st to join in beg sc, fasten off. (34)

top of beg dec st. (20) Rnd 6: Ch 3, [dc in the next 5 sts, dec 1 dc over next 2 sts] twice, dc in next 5 sts, sl st to join in top of beg ch-3. (18) Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in each st around,

sl st to join in top of beg ch-3.

BODY

Rnd 8: Ch 4, 1 tr in next st, 3 tr in next st, 1 tr and 1 dc in next st, dc in

next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 5

sts, 1 dc and 1 tr in next st, 3 tr in

next st, 2 tr in next st, sl st to join in

top of beg ch-3. (26) Rnd 9: Ch 4, tr in same st as beg

ch-4, 2 tr in each next 2 sts, 1 tr in each next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc

in next 2 sts, dc in next 5 sts, 1 tr in

each next 3 sts, 2 tr in each next 3 sts, sl st to join in top of beg ch-4. (34) Rnd 10: Ch 3, dc in each st around, sl st to join in top of beg ch-3. (34) Rnds 11–17: Rep Rnd 10. At the end of Rnd 17, fasten off. Note: As work progresses, the chain st at beg of rnds becomes the side seam in shaping the cat.

BOTTOM

Rnd 1: With 2 strands of black

yarn, ch 7, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook,

dc in next 3 chs, 5 dc in next ch, work­

ing on opposite side of foundation ch,

dc in next 3 chs, 2 dc in same ch as

beg ch. (16) Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st as beg ch-3, 2 dc in each next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in each next 6 sts, dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in same st as beg ch-3, sl st to join in top of beg ch-3. (28) Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as beg

EARS (make 2)

Row 1: With 2 strands of black yarn, ch 3, 2 dc in first ch of beg ch-3, turn. (3) Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each next 3 sts, work sl st in each st up side and down opposite side, fasten off.

PAWS (make 2)

Row 1: With 1 strand white yarn, ch 4, work 6 tr in first ch of beg ch-4, turn. (7) Row 2: Ch 1, work 1 sc in each sc across, fasten off.

NOSE & CHEEKS

Row 1: With 1 strand white yarn, ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, turn. (3) Row 2: Working in back lps only, ch 1, sc in each next 3 sts, sl st into op­ posite side of foundation ch of Row 1, turn. Row 3: Ch 3, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, 1 sl st, 1 sc, 1 hdc and 2 dc all in the same st, turn. Row 4: Ch 1, sc in next 4 sts, sl st in sl st, sc in next 4 sts, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.

TAIL

Row 1: With 1 strand each black yarn and white yarn, ch 28, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each rem ch across, turn. Row 2: Ch 1, [insert hook in st, wind yarn around index finger from back to front, yo hook and draw lp through, yo, draw through 1 st, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] rep in each sc across, work 2 lp sts in end and 1 lp st in each ch on opposite side of foundation ch, fasten off.

Continued on page 21

From Crochet World Magazine, Vol 20, Page 4, Copyright © 1997 Crochet World Magazine

Mary Sue’s grandchildren call her creations “Mee Maw’s Cats.” Designed after those made of expensive tapestry, these fuzzy kitties could be doorstops; simply insert a box of salt into the body and stuff around it.

From Crochet World Magazine, Vol 20, Page 5, Copyright © 1997 Crochet World Magazine

Mee Maws Cat

Continued from page 4

FINISHING

Lay cat body down on table and flatten so that the hump is on the left side. Find center of face, secure eyes at lower edge of Rnd 3, with 4 sts be­ tween the post of the eyes. Stuff head with fiberfill, using care not to overstuff (overstuffing causes fiberfill to show between sts). Contin­ ue to stuff body with all fiberfill or in­ sert salt box into body and stuff with fiberfill around salt box, retaining the oval shape. Sew bottom oval to base of body. Center nose and cheeks under eyes, sew in place, placing a small amount of fiberfill under each cheek. With yarn needle and length of peach yarn, whip st over and over the nose piece in V-shape; stitch a long stitch between the cheeks, overlapping twice. Leave a 2-inch space between ears, sew ears to top of head. Sew paws side by side at base of body directly in line with cheeks, stuffing with fiberfill before closing. Place end of tail at center back base of cat, pass along lower edge to­ ward front and angle it up just before the paws; sew tail in place.

Whiskers

Cut a 5-inch length of 4-ply white yarn; separate the plies. Wet each ply of yarn with glue. With yarn needle, pass ply through cheeks from 1 side and out the other. Rep with rem 3 glue-coated plies. As glue dries, pull gently to straighten whiskers. Allow to dry completely.

From Crochet World Magazine, Vol 20, Page 21, Copyright © 1997 Crochet World Magazine