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Knit Cat Draft Stopper


Knit Cat Draft Stopper

ABBREVIATIONS

CO – cast on; dec – decrease; K – knit; rem – remaining; sl – slip; st(s) – stitch(es); St st – stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row)

MATERIALS

  • Size 7 Boye® Knitting Needles, or sizes required to knit to gauge
  • 8 oz. of Poly Fiberfill or other Stuffing
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Worsted Weight Yarn – 3 oz., (85 gr.), 185 yd. skein:
    • 1 skein of Black (A)
    • 1 skein of Light Grey (B)
    • 1 skein of Taupe (C)

GAUGE

St st; 4-1/2 sts = 1"; 6 rows = 1"

BODY AND TAIL

Beginning at neck with A cast on 34 sts and work in St st for 2". Begin stripe pattern; continue working even 2 rows C, 2 rows B, 2 rows A. Carry colors not in use loosely up side of work. When work measures 30" from beginning SHAPE TAIL: Decrease 8 sts evenly spaced on each of next 2 rows. Continue in stripe pattern on 18 sts until tail measures 10", then work 1" with A only. Cut end and pull through the 18 sts, draw tight and fasten off. Sew tail and body into a long tube, matching stripes

HEAD

With A cast on 44 sts. Work even for 6 rows in stripe pattern as for body (2 rows A, 2 rows C, 2 rows B) then work 6 more rows in stripe pattern and at the same time decrease 1 st each end every row – 32 sts. Continue in B only and continue to decrease one st at each end every row 12 more rows – 24 rows, 8 sts. Cut yarn and pull end through the 8 sts.

EARS: (MAKE 2)

With C cast on 10 sts and work in St st, decrease one st each end every 3rd row 4 times, then decrease over last 2 sts.

FINISHING

Sew long edges of tail and body, stuffing as you go. At neck edge gather the cast-on edge into a circle and pull tight to close. Seam side edges of head together at center back of head and stuff firmly. Centering back seam, sew cast on edges together at top of head for center 1/3 of head. Gather remaining stitches of cast on edge and draw up close, forming rounded corners. Sew ears to head at these corners. With A (single strand) embroider face with straight stitches. Tack head to body.



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