Knitted Kitten

This is a very simple pattern to make a small and cute knitted kitten.

I originally found this pattern here (http://www.livejournal.com/users/geobabe/227621.html), but after knitting it I made a few small changes to suit my taste - the width of the head and the entire shape of the tail. I have seen other similar patterns elsewhere.

You can knit your kittens in whatever yarn you choose, on whatever needle size suits the yarn. Different yarn thicknesses and needle sizes will just make smaller or bigger cats. My two favorite cats that I've made so far have been knitted from Paton's Zhivago and a leftover ball of grey boucle. It's fun making very different cats, just out of different yarns!

Those are the three kittens that I've made and haven't given away.

Pattern

The kitten is knitted in three mostly-rectangular pieces, entirely in garter stitch, then sewn up and stuffed. Don't worry, the sewing doesn't take long to do!

Diagram of kitten pieces

Body

Cast on 24 stitches.

Knit 52 rows.

Cast off.

Head

Cast on 12 stitches.

Knit 14 rows.

Knit 4 rows, knitting together the first 2 stitches of each row.

Knit 4 rows, increasing by 1 at the beginning of each.

Knit 14 rows.

Cast off.

Tail

Cast on 14 stitches.

Knit 7 rows.

Cast off.

Putting it together

First, you have to fold the pieces and sew them together. We'll start with the hardest one: the body.

It might look a little complicated, but fold your rectangle this way and that, stretch it and squish it, and you'll figure it out.

Diagram of how to fold the body

The diagonal lines join the two points at the edges that should meet each other. Basically, the corners make each paw, and the triangles with each corner are the legs. Fold the middle of the front or back side (the shorter two sides) to the matching point on either of the other two sides... It's easier just to show you.

Photo of folding the front legs

That's the front legs folded, looking from what will be the underbelly of the cat. Note how I've left tails on the pieces? (Not quite long enough on the one you see there, though.) That's so I can use them to do most of the sewing up. Very useful, I think.

If you look back at the above diagram, you'll see that on the front side there are dotted lines as well as the dashed. The dashed represent isoceles triangles (one 90 degree angle, two equal length sides), which are the easiest to fold and sew because then the corner of the rectangle ends up right at the point of the leg. I like to have the front legs folded across the dotted lines instead. It gives the kitten a slightly longer body, and makes the front legs a little shorter than the back. It does make it a little harder to sew, you have to stretch things a bit to make them fit properly around the paws. Experiment! That's the fun of these kittens.

Sew the two sets of legs, and leave the middle open. Stuff it. I like my kittens fairly floppy, but it's entirely up to you. Once it's stuffed to taste, sew up the stomach, and you have a body.

Diagram of how to fold and sew the head

The head is easier. Fold in half (dashed line in above diagram), sew the two sides. Where you folded will be the chin. Put in the stuffing, sew up the top. Sew across the corners (dotted lines), keeping the stuffing out of the corners, and you have your ears. Embroider a face. One completed head.

The tail doesn't even need a diagram! Fold in half lengthways, sew the long sides together and across the top, leaving the bottom end open. A tiny little bit of stuffing in the base of the tail will help it to stand up when it's attached to the body.

Once all three pieces are knitted, sewn and stuffed, it's time to put them together! Attach the head to the front and the tail to the back.

One kitten.

A kitten

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