Feline Friend Tea Cozy
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
If you enjoy the company of cats, sharing your well-earned break with this delightful fluffy friend means tea times will always be lively.
Any feather-style yarn:
1 x 50g ball in each of black (A), white (B) and mixed
A pair of 5mm (UK6:US8) needles
19½in (50cm) cotton fabric
19½in (50cm) polyester wadding
Clip-on or screw-in eyes (from craft shops)
Pink and brown embroidery silks, for nose and mouth
White mohair wool for whiskers
Strong darning needle
Tension not critical for this project.
M1: Pick up loop before next stitch and knit through back of loop.
Any colour scheme of the feather-style yarn works well with this pattern.
With 5mm needles and A, cast on 60 sts and k10 rows.
Using C, knit 2 rows.
Using A, knit 6 rows.
Rep last 8 rows until work measures 17in (43cm).
Using B knit 4 rows and cast off.
Using C, cast on 20 sts and knit 4 rows.
Row 5 (inc): Using A, (k4, m1) 4 times, k to end (24 sts).
Row 6: Knit.
Row 7 (inc): (K3, m1) 7 times, k to end (31 sts).
Knit 3 rows.
Row 11 (inc): Using C, (k3, m1) 9 times, k4 to end (40 sts).
Row 12: Knit.
B knit 4 rows.
Row 17: A k15, B k10, A k15.
Row 18: A k15, B p10, A k15.
Row 19 (inc): C k15, B (k2, m1) 4 times, k to end of B sts, C k15 (44 sts).
Row 20: C k15, B purl to end of B sts, C k15.
Row 21 (inc): A k15, B (k3, m1) 4 times, k to end of B sts, A k15 (48 sts).
Row 22: A k15, B purl to end of B sts, A k15.
Row 23 (inc): A k13, B (k5, m1) 4 times, k2, A k13 (52 sts).
Row 24: A k11, B purl (30 sts), A k11.
Row 25 (dec): With same colours (k6, k2tog) 6 times, k to end (46 sts).
Row 26: A knit, B purl, A knit.
Row 27 (dec): Using C and B (k4, k2tog) 7 times, k to end (39 sts).
Row 28: C knit, B purl, C knit.
Row 29 (dec): Using A and B (k4, k2tog) 6 times, k to end (33 sts).
Row 30: A knit, B purl, A knit.
Row 31: A k11, B k11, A k11 (33 sts).
Row 32: A k13, B p7, A k13.
Row 33 (dec): Using A and B (k2, k2tog) 8 times, k to end (25 sts).
Row 34: A knit, B purl, A knit.
Row 35 (dec): Using C and B (k3, k2tog) 5 times (20 sts).
Row 36: C knit to end.
Row 37 (dec): A (k2, k2tog) 5 times (15 sts).
Row 38: A knit.
Row 39 (dec): A (k1, k2tog) 5 times (10 sts).
Cast off loosely.
Using A, cast on 20 sts and knit until work measures 6in (12cm).
A dec 1 st at each end of every alt row until work measures 7in (16cm).
B cont to knit and dec as before until 1 st left, cast off.
Ears (knit 2)
Using A, cast on 12 sts and knit until work is a small square and cast off.
Fold squares for ears in half and stitch sides. Stitch up sides of head and stuff with scraps of wadding. Place eyes, attach ears, stitch nose and mouth, and stitch in whiskers. Fold body in half and fold in top corners and overstitch one side leaving other side open for attaching head later.
Cut out lining and padding – lining 4in (10cm) extra to allow 2in (5cm) bottom hem. Pin and tack the padding and lining together, folding lining hem over the padding. Joint top sides and bottom hems with permanent stitching (can be machined). Place inside cat’s body and pull to shape before tacking into place. Stitch lining and padding to the body side openings, overstitch side seams.
Stitch up tail and stuff with scraps of wadding. Attach tail at the left side and either stitch to the body or use Velcro strips. Firmly attach head to the right opening, stitching through lining and wadding. Make a loop (optional) to attach for hanging.