From the authors workbench
Meet Honey, one of the cats in my next book. Honey is sweet, which accounts for her name. Her inspiration was a little gray kitty named Pearl, who was born in my home, a good daughter and big sister. Pearl was a peacemaker, a loving creature. Even at the age of 17 she was her mama's darling - her biological mother's darling.
Well, Honey is a sweetheart, too. I made this loomed knit cat while on break from my writing. Honey’s human, Roxy, is going through hard times. Honey helps her feel better. But there’s more trouble looming. A loom knitting break got me away from the story.
She was made on a 12 peg loom with a double strand of cotton thread. Want to make one? Grab a 12 peg loom, 2 balls of cotton thread, a loom hook, yarn needle, eyes, a small bell, and a piece of thread about 5 inches long. This is not a big project, you can make one ball off the main ball by wrapping thread around your hand (loosely) about 50 times and then cutting the thread. Note that stuffing is not required. An inner tube fills her up and holds her up nicely.
Make your bottom by double e-wrapping all pegs. Knit off all bottom loops. Knit round 2. Purl round 3.
Knit 11 rounds in flat stitch. (laying your thread over the e-wrap and lifting the bottom loop over the top).
Round 12: Knit 3 stitches, turn, skip 3rd peg, knit 2nd stitch, flat knit 3rd stitch, turn, skip 1st peg, knit 2nd stitch, knit off 1st stitch, flat stitch knit 3rd stitch, knit off 2nd stitch, knit 4th stitch, knit off 3rd stitch, Knit 5th and 6th stitches, turn, skip 6th peg, knit 5th stitch, flat stitch 4th peg, turn, skip 4 peg, knit 5th stitch, knit off 4th stitch, knit 6th stitch, knit off 5th stitch, knit 7th stitch, knit off 6th stitch, knit 8th and 9th stitches, turn, skip 9th peg, knit 8th stitch, flat knit 7th stitch, turn, skip 7th peg, knit 8th stitch, knit off 7th stitch, flat knit 9th stitch, knit off 8th stitch, knit 10th stitch, knit off 9th stitch, knit 11th and 12th stitches, turn, skip peg 12, knit 11th stitch, flat knit 10th stitch, turn, skip 10th peg, knit 11th stitch, knit off 10th stitch, knit 12th stitch, knit off 11th stitch, cast off. You’ve knitted 4 sets of triangles which will compose the ears. Smooth your fabric into shape. Set it aside.
With a double strand again, e-wrap all pegs and flat knit 11 rounds. Knit off. This is the interior of your cat. You may add a little stuffing, but you really don’t need it. Smooth the tube and turn the cat body inside out. Sew the top of the tube to the cat head round 11. Turn the piece right side out. Smooth out the bottom, use the beginning tail to draw the bottom round closed.
To make the tail, cast onto 10 pegs with 2 strands and knit 2 rows. Knit off. Sew the 1st and final row closed. Sew to base at back of the cat.
Use a 5 in thread to tie around the cat’s 8th and 9th round. Attach a bell if you like. Now you have a small, keychain size cat. No additional stuffing is necessary. If you plan you give it to an adult, eyes can be glued on. You can also use fabric paint if giving it to a child. Add a little catnip inside the tube or a little squeaker toy and give it to a pet. This is less than 3 inches high and an inch wide.
I am an office worker by day but a writer and crafter in my free time. My books can be found on Amazon in print or on Kindle.