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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.

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Rnd 1: Knit (8 sts)

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Rnd 2: KFB every stitch. (16 sts)

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

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

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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.

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Repeat until you have four legs made.

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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)

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Work in rows:

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

Repeat from * to * for other pair of legs.

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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.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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

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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.

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

Round 7: knit

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

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Back:

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.

Neck:

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.

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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

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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.

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Row 1: Purl 12 sts, turn.

Row 2: Knit 12 sts, turn.

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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.

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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)

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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)

Tail:

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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© 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: www.knitfree.cassdodge.com in your online listings. Thanks!

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