Sunday, January 17, 2010

Kitten Knittin <3

Yesterday was a nice rainy sunday which made me feel less guilty about doing absolutely nothing.... i watched several HOURS of big love and ordered chinese food and knit my little heart out (hah get it). i didn't feel like making anything super complicated though so i just knit up some toys for the kitties. they are adorable little hearts filled with catnip! They were really easy to make and are a great way to use up leftover yarn. See the pattern below which i stole from martha stuart ;)

Knitted Catnip Delight
You'll also need a handful of wool stuffing, a large needle, a jingle bell, and a couple of spoonfuls of dried catnip.
We used chunky-weight yarn and size-11 needles to make a 3-inch-wide heart. Using different yarn weights and needles will produce results in a variety of sizes. The instructions use standard knitting abbreviations; refer to the key for clarification.
Abbreviation Key
St= Stitch
K= Knit
KFB= Knit into front and back of stitch (to make 2 stitches where there was 1)
P= Purl
K2Tog= Knit 2 stitches together
P2Tog= Purl 2 stitches together
BO= Bind off

Instructions
To knit 1 heart:
Cast on 2 St.
Row 1: KFB, K to last St, KFB.
Row 2: P.
Repeat these 2 rows until there are 14 St (12 rows total).
Row 13: K2Tog, K5, and turn work; leave remaining 7 St on needle.
Row 14: Working with the 6 St closest to end of needle, P2Tog, P2, P2Tog.
Row 15: BO 4 Sts, and trim remaining yarn to 24 inches. Use large needle to weave yarn through back of piece to beginning of reserved 7 St.
Row 16: Working with reserved 7 St, K5, K2Tog.
Row 17: P2Tog, P2, P2Tog.
Row 18: BO 4.

To assemble toy:
1. Using a large needle, weave loose ends of yarn into back of heart.
2. Repeat knitting instructions above to make a second heart.
3. Stack hearts with right sides out. Using a mattress stitch and a needle threaded with yarn, sew hearts together along perimeter, leaving a 1-inch gap.
4. Tuck half the stuffing inside heart, and insert a bell and catnip. Add remaining stuffing to fill heart.
5. Sew closed the 1-inch gap in the heart pillow, and weave yarn up inner side of heart. Trim excess yarn at edge of heart so that the loose end is hidden inside.

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