Easy Kitten with Bendable Tail & Big Paws ☆FREE Pattern☆

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About This Pattern

I’m sharing my very first crochet pattern, so I hope it’s easy to follow. I started to crochet earlier this year (2015) and this is my second toy, so I’m sure yours will look even better! This little kitten stands up perfectly on her oversized feet.

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» You can also visit my Ravelry store: Suzy Dias Designs where this pattern has had over 1500 downloads…and counting! Thanks everyone\(^▽^@)ノ

Description

Kitten with Bendable Tail & Big Paws

DETAILS

Cat height: Almost 9.5” (24 cm)
Yarn: Medium or worsted weight yarn
Hook: 5mm (size H) or 5.5mm (size I)
Eyes: 12mm buttons

Abbreviations: R – Round, MR – magic ring, ST/STS – stitch/stitches, SLST – slip stitch, SC – single crochet, INC – 2 single crochets (SC) in the same stitch, INVDEC – invisible decrease, 2TOG – 2 stitches together for a decrease, EVEN – SC 1 in each ST around, x – number of times to repeat a stitch or stitch combination until the end of the round.

HEAD
R1: MR, SC 6 (6)
R2: INC in each ST around (12)
R3: INC, SC 1 around (18)
R4: INC, SC 2 around (24)
R5: INC, SC 3 around (30)
R6: INC, SC 4 around (36)
R7-13: EVEN (36)
R14: INVDEC, SC 4 around (30)
R15: INVDEC, SC 3 around (24)
– Add the eyes between R9 and R10.
– Use a yarn needle and black yarn to create a triangle nose (R11) and add the smile.
R16: INVDEC, SC 2 around (18)
– Generously stuff the head.
R17: INVDEC, SC 1 around (12)
– If there’s room, add more stuffing.
R18: INVDEC (6). Finish off and leave tail for sewing to the body.

BODY
R1: MR, SC 6 (6)
R2: INC in each ST around (12)
R3: INC, SC 1 around (18)
R4: INC, SC 2 around (24)
R5: INC, SC 3 around (30)
R6: INC, SC 4 around (36)
R7: INC, SC 5 around (42)
R8-R13: EVEN (42)
– You’ll notice this pattern calls for fewer rounds than in a normal sphere pattern so you produce a flat/slightly oval shape and not a perfect sphere.
R14: INVDEC, SC 5 around (36)
R15: INVDEC, SC 4 around (30)
– You can add some stuffing now if you wish.
R16: INVDEC, SC 3 around (24)
R17: INVDEC, SC 2 around (18)
– Stuff so it’s firm. 
R18: INVDEC, SC 1 around (12)
R19: INVDEC in each ST around.
– Finish off and weave in ends.

PAWS AND LEGS (make 4)
R1: MR, SC 6 (6)
R2: INC in each ST around (12)
R3: INC, SC 1 around (18)
R4: INC, SC 2 around (24)
R5: INC, SC 3 around (30)
R6: 2TOG 12 x, SC 1 in the remaining STS
R7: 2TOG 4 x, SC 1 in the remaining STS (creates distinct toes)
R8-R12: SC 1 in each ST.
– Finish off and leave tail for sewing to the body.

– Before sewing on the legs, pin them into place.

EARS (make 2)
R1: MR, SC 6 (6)
R2: INC, SC 2 around (8)
R3: INC, SC 3 around (10)
R4: INC, SC 4 around (12)
R5: EVEN (12)
– Use a yarn needle to weave pink yarn into a triangle shape for the inside of the ear.
– Do not stuff the ears.

TAIL
R1: Pink Yarn. MR, SC 6 (6)
R2: INC in each ST around (12)
R3-R8: EVEN (12)
R9: Switch to purple yarn. EVEN (12)
R10-R20: EVEN (12)
R21-32: Switch to off-white yarn (body color). EVEN (12).
– Finish off and leave tail for sewing to the body.

Tips for Stuffing the Tail:
– Add a pipe cleaner to the tail so it can both stay up straight and bend.
– Before inserting the pipe cleaner, bend it in half, then hook the end with the bend around 2 or 3 stitches on the cat’s back-side (where the tail attaches to the body). Insert the other end of the pipe cleaner, with the 2 loose ends, into the tail. It’s a bit awkward, but you can use a pencil to push down all the stuffing until the tail is stiff and can bend. Then sew the tail to the body.

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Here are a few basic videos that you may find helpful:
– Magic Ring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLUaywX0-WE
– Sphere/Ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ47MLlrLzw
– Alternative way to create toes (46:40): https://youtu.be/skFjBDjcQ4w?t=46m40s

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