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hand Knit Gourd Cat Toy
Date: Nov 1, 2007 7:50:48 AM PDT
Author: Suz

Aunt Jean, from the Knitty forum, shared this adorable gourd pattern with me. She sent me a sample, which one of our kittens promptly stole and dragged under the couch. LOL! Here are the directions and a photo of Aunt Jean's Original Cat Toy Gourd.

Material and tools needed

Sock/fingering weight yarn, variegated, small amount of tan.

Knitting needles: size #2 US set of 5 dpn’s

1 marker

Tapestry needle with large eye

Scissors

Polyfiberfill toy stuffing

2 small bells, optional


GOURD

CAT TOY, OR JUST FOR DECORATION


Techniques you will need to know


Knit, decrease by k2 tog.

Increase one or make one by knitting into yarn between stitches

I-cord

Cast on, and bind off.

Stockinette Stitch on dpn’s, knit only

Cast on 4 stitches to dpn. Work 2 rows I-cord. (Knit all stitches, do not turn work but slide to other end of dpn, bring yarn around back of work, then knit again. Repeat until desired length.)

Next row: Increase 1 in each stitch. (8 stitches) Distribute among 4 dpn’s. Place a marker between the 7th and 8th stitches.

Next row: Knit 1 round.

Next row: Increase 1 in each stitch. (16 stitches)

Next row: Knit 1 round. From here on, knit 1 round after each increase row.

Increase rows: *k2, increase 1 by knitting into the yarn between stitch just knitted and before next stitch.* Repeat around. (24 stitches)

*K3, increase 1*, repeat around. (32 stitches)

*K4, increase 1* repeat around. (40 stitches)

*K5, increase 1*, repeat around. (48 stitches)

*K6, increase 1* repeat around. (56 stitches)

Knit straight rounds for 1inch, then begin decrease rows, by reversing shaping from above.

*K5, k2tog* repeat around. (48 stitches)

Knit 1 round between decrease rows as indicated above.

*K4, k2tog*, repeat around. (40 stitches)

*K3, k2tog*, repeat around. (36 stitches)

*K2, k2tog* repeat around. (24 stitches)

*K1, k2tog*, repeat around. (16 stitches) At this point, stuff the ball you have made with a handful of fiberfill, add two bells if you wish.

Knit straight for 13 rounds. Cut sock yarn and attach a tan yarn.

K2tog around (8stitches)

K 1 round

K2tog around, (4 stitches)

K2, k2tog, (3 stitches), place these three stitches on one dpn, and work I-cord for approx 1 inch. Bind off and cut yarn. Thread end yarn back through the I-cord and pull slightly to make it curl a little. Secure it with a stitch in body of gourd, and weave inside.

With a blunt needle, pull the fiberfill up to fill out the neck of the gourd. Let cat play with it, or put into a bowl on your table for a fall centerpiece. Make as many more as you like, in different colors to create an everlasting bowl full of gourds for fall! Enjoy.

Suz ~ Forum Administrator
Last modified by Suz on Nov 1 2007 7:53AM

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Gourd Cat Toy or Christmas Ornament

 
 
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