Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pics and (Un)Patterns...The Kitty Ears and Tail

Yeah, I totally suck for not posting these sooner. I have just been so unmotivated lately to do anything BUT knit, lol and knit I did! I have made a black cat tail, and matching ears for Damon's Halloween costume, a pair of house socks for Jeremy as well as a pair for my darling hubby, and have even started on a pair to send to a friend of mine in Texas, and I am working on a scarf for my best friend that will match her house socks.

Ok, are you ready for the pics???

Didn't he make a handsome kitty??? His little girlfriend was a kitty as well...boy did they look cute!

Ok, now here's the (un)patterns for these:
**called an (un)pattern, because I am not yet a real pattern writer. You must have some knitting knowledge to go on, but this is really just basics. I hope that you can make heads or ears and tails out of this!

Yarn used: Caron Simply Soft in Black
Yarn Bee Luscious in Parfait/#54
Needles: US Size 6
Darning needle
Also needed: FiberFill

Kitty Tail
Cast on 30 sts, with black yarn.
Knit in the round until tail is as long as you would like it (this will vary depending on the height of your soon-to-be kitty).
Decrease every other round as such:
  • 1st decrease round- K1, SSK, K5, K2tog, K6, SSK, K5, K2tog, K5
  • Knit round
  • 2nd decrease round-K1, SSK, K4, K2tog, K5, SSK, K4, K2tog, K4
  • Knit round
  • 3rd decrease round-K1, SSK, K3, K2tog, K4, SSK, K3, K2tog, K3
  • Knit round
  • 4th decrease round-K1, SSK, K2, K2tog, K3, SSK, K2, K2tog, K2
  • Knit round
  • 5th decrease round-K1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K2, SSK, K1, K2tog, K1
  • Knit round
  • 6th decrease round-K1, SSK, K3, SSK, K2
This leaves you with 8 sts. on your needles.
At this point, cut your yarn leaving a good 4 or 5 inches, thread your darning needle, run through the remaing stitches on your needles, remove your knitting needles and pull, closing it up. Then, with the darning needle, pull the remaining yarn through the center of the tail. No need to weave in. Stuff with fiber-fill and using the yarn tail, sew the open end of the tail closed.
We used a key ring to attach the tail to Damon's belt was much more fun then say a safety pin because with the ring, it actually swayed...he LOVED it!

Kitty Ears

Using the same needles as for the tail, cast on 30 sts. with black yarn.
Knit for 5 rounds.
Begin decreasing every other round as such:
  • 1st decrease round-K1, SSK, K9, K2tog, K2, SSK, K9, K2tog, K1
  • Knit round
  • 2nd decrease round-K1, SSK, K7, K2tog, K2, SSK, K7, K2tog, K1
  • Knit round
  • 3rd decrease round-K1, SSK, K5, K2tog, K2, SSK, K5, K2tog, K1
  • Knit round
  • 4th decrease round-K1, SSK, K3, K2tog, K2, SSK, K3, K2tog, K1
  • Knit round
  • 5th decrease round-K1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K2, SSK, K1, K2tog, K1
This leaves you with 10 sts. on your needles. Using the same method as for the tail, cut yarn, thread through remaining sts. and pull to close. Pull yarn end through center. Again, no need to weave in the ends.

Use the pink fuzzy yarn to "embroider" the inner part of the ears, making sure not to come through the back of the ears, just into the center. We used bobby pins to hold these in the hair as they were very easy to disguise and being they were being worn by a boy, attaching them to a headband simply would not do!

I would love to hear what y'all think!


  1. how cute was he :o) thanks for sharing the patterns
    grandma steph

  2. Thank you so much Steph!
    I'm glad you liked them.

  3. Thank you so much my new friend! I plan on keeping up with your blog and definitely look forward to more from you.

  4. Anita -- you are one talented knitter! Great job!


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