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Lioness, Jungle Knitted Kitty

Posted by on August 31, 2013

HPIM0371  The Supplies:

  •    size 6 double pointed set of 4
  •    45 yards, Gold color, Worsted Weight Yarn. This project works best in a Worsted Weight of your choice.
  •    Small amount of alternate yarn for embroidering facial features, also you might want beads,   buttons or safety eyes (your option)
  •    Polyfill stuffing, or whatever your choice for stuffing is.
  •    Stitch Holder or waste yarn.
  •    stitch markers
  •    Darning Needle and scissors


Gauge: I am not gauging this project, just make sure that your knitted fabric is tight enough to hold the stuffing inside. Use a size 5 needle set if your gauge seems too loose. My finished Kitty is approximately 4.5 inches high, and without tail is about 5 inches long.

Terms used:

  • Circular Cast On = * Yarn forward, knit one through the loop *, repeat from * to * as many times as needed to achieve stitches specified. Here is a youtube video made by Laura Nelkin that explains it well. 
  • I-Cord = cast on 3, push these 3 sts to the beg of the needle, knit the 3 sts by bringing the working yarn back to the start from behind – will work up into a tube shape. Here is a video tutorial, by knittingtipsbyjudy.
  • K= Knit
  • P = Purl
  • KFB = Knit Front and Back of single stitch (a single increase)
  • K2tog = Knit two stitches together (a single decrease)
  • SSK = Skip one stitch knitwise, place back on working needle, knit that stitch and the next stitch together. (a single decrease)
  • SK2P = slip one stitch knitwise, knit two together, pass the slipped over. (3 st decrease)
  • Rnd(s) = Round(s)
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • M1 = Make one stitch from row(s) below.
  • PU = Pick Up stitch(es)
  • beg = beginning

Legs (make 4):

Using the Circular Cast On method, Cast On 8 stitches. Divide the stitches 3, 3 and 2 on the 3 working needles and join to work in round. Mark the beg of the rnd with a pin or use a stitch marker.










Rnd 1: Knit (8 sts)










Rnd 2: KFB every stitch. (16 sts)










Rnd 3-12: K3, P1 around. (16 sts)










Rnd 13: [K3, P1] x 3, bind off last 4 sts, place 12 sts on a scrap yarn length or stitch holder.










Secure the circle at the bottom, to prevent the hole from opening. I turned it inside-out and just run the string through a few stitches.










Repeat until you have four legs made.










Attaching legs together:

*Holding two legs together with the bound off edges facing, Place 4 sts from each leg onto a needle to be worked as part of the belly. (8 sts on needle, 16 sts still on waste yarn/holder)










Work in rows:

Row 1-4: knit 8 sts, leave on needle.*

Repeat from * to * for other pair of legs.










Holding these two belly parts together with right sides facing, 3 needle bind-off entire row.

The legs are now all one piece, with the bound off stitches still unsewn.










Body: Working in the round again.

Round 1: Needle 1: Place 8 sts from waste yarn/holder onto needle 1, and knit.

Pick up and knit 2 legs of stitches as shown in photo for an extra st to be used to make sure that a hole at the gusset edge will disappear, then PU and knit 5 stitches along the belly, and finally PU and knit 2 legs of stitches at the gusset edge to be worked in with needle 2. (15 sts, but will be 14sts in a moment)










Needle 2: take that last sts made from needle and place on needle 2, knit the 8 sts onto needle from leg 2 and 8 sts from leg 3 (17 sts – to be 18 sts in a moment)










Needle 3: Pick up and knit 2 legs of stitches as shown in photo for an extra st to be used to make sure that a hole at the gusset edge will disappear (place this st onto needle 2), then PU and knit 5 stitches along the belly, and finally PU and knit 2 legs of stitches at the gusset edge, knit the remaining 8 sts from the waste yarn/holder. (14 sts)










Needle set up should be 14, 18, 14. (total of 46 sts)










Round 2: k7, k2tog, k5 (13sts on needle 1); ssk, k14, k2tog (16 sts on needle 2); k5, ssk, k7 (13 sts on needle 3) – (42sts)

Round 3: knit

Round 4: k2, k2tog, k34, ssk, k2. (40 sts)

Round 5: knit – I give it a few rounds of the body, sew the holes formed at the legs and then stuff the legs. *If you sewed these holes before this point, you might notice some smaller holes that will have to be duplicated stitched or sewn up now anyway.










Round 6: k1, k2tog, k34, ssk, k1. (38 sts)

Round 7: knit

Round 8: k2tog, k34, ssk. (36 sts)











Needle 1 and Needle 3 will be bound off using the 3 needle bind off method, this will leave 1 loop on your needle. – Stuff the body portion at this point.


Round 1 and set up needles:

Needle 1: the extra loop, M1, plus knit 4 sts from needle with 16 sts ;

Needle 2: knit 8 from the needle with 12 sts;

Needle 3: knit the last 4 sts, then M1.










Round 2: k2tog, k15, SK2P (16 sts)

Round 3-5: knit

Round 6: k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb (20 sts)

Round 7: k20










Ears/forehead: Work this part in ROWS across needle one and needle three.

Considering Needle one is the start, I knit this row of 6 sts as row Zero, turn work.










Row 1: Purl 12 sts, turn.

Row 2: Knit 12 sts, turn.










Rows 3-8: repeat rows 1 and 2.

Face: Here I start the round at the end of needle 1, the 8 rows of ears/forehead, so I rearrange the needles a bit again:  putting the 8 sts on needle 2 to be my first needle, then divide the remaining 12 sts —  needle 2= 6 sts, and needle 3 = 6 sts.

Continue knitting from base of ear, you will see a noticeable hole on each side of the head, no worries that will be sewn at the end.










Round 1: k10, ssk, k4, k2tog, k2 (18 sts)

Round 2: k10, ssk, k6 (17sts)

Round 3: k13, k2tog, k2 (16 sts)

Round 4: k10, ssk, k4 (15 sts)

Round 5: k11, k2tog, k2 (14 sts)










Round 6: k14

Round 7: ssk, ssk, k2tog, k2tog, k1, ssk, k2tog, k1 (8sts) – cut yarn, leaving a long tail (this will be used later for pulling through remaining stitches and sewing nose hole shut)


PU and knit 3 sts at the base of the spine/back.










In an I-cord manner continue these 3 sts for a total of 4- 4.5  inches. Cut yarn and pull through the 3 loops and then weave in end.










Sewing the head up:

I used an aqua yarn to show how I sew up one half the head, the other side I used the matching yarn. Please feel free to just use the matching yarn 😀

Fold the top of the head in half starting where the face stitches meet; then make a running stitch from the bottom crease to the top of the forehead, leaving about 5 stitches centered between the two ears for the top of the head. Sew both ears but don’t work in yarn ends quite yet.










Put the kitty’s face on. I simply embroider little heart shaped eyes because I feel they are the safest for my grandchildren; but if you are planning use safety eyes or buttons put those on now.










Now stuff the kitty down the neck and head, shape it as you stuff, leaving the black yarn to hang out of the hole in front.










From the photo above, observe where I point my needle with the aqua thread, go straight through to the kitty’s chest and tug a bit. This will “perk” up the ear a bit, fasten off with a duplicate stitch, photo below. Repeat that for both ears.










Now weave in the gold yarn pulling the hole tight, and embroider a couple stitches for the nose. How cute is your kitty?

HPIM0369 HPIM0370








© 2013 Cass Dodge

Do to individual crafting techniques, I am giving instructions in good faith. Your results may differ from mine – and to me that is brilliant! Please be kind and do not reproduce this pattern or sell pattern. You are free to sell items made using this pattern, I only ask that you include my design name and link to my blog: in your online listings. Thanks!

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