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Knit A Rainbow Cat Doll With Pattern

I have been knitting for over 50 years and love to share this wonderful, relaxing & therapeutic craft with as many as possible.

Knitted Rainbow Cat Doll Photo 1

Knitted Rainbow Cat Doll Photo 1

Materials Required

You will need One pair of 3 mm knitting needles

2 x 3 mm Double Pointed Needles (DPN’s)

Double knit yarn in the following colours:

Yellow is colour A

Red is colour B

Light Blue is colour C

Green is colour D

Orange is colour E

Brown is colour F

Violet is colour G

Black is colour H

Or use colours of your choice. Use your pattern picture for a colour guide if you want to use similar shades.

Special Abbreviations

Ssk = Slip, slip, knit. Slip the first stitch on the left hand needle (as if to knit it) to the right hand needle without actually knitting it. Do the same with the next stitch Insert the left hand needle into the front loops of these two stitches – left to right, wrap the yarn in the usual way around the right hand needle & knit the 2 slipped stitches together. You have completed 1 ssk.

I have inserted a video tutorial below on how to knit a Slip, Slip, Knit or SSK.

.KFB – Knit into the front & back of a stitch.

How to Slip Slip Knit SSK

Start Knitting Body

Using 3 mm knitting needles & colour A cast on 40 sts.

Stocking stitch 45 rows.

Scroll to Continue

Cast off.

Making up the Body

With right sides together sew row ends together using back stitch.

With wrong side facing & seam at centre back, over sew bottom end (it doesn't matter which end) together.

Turn right side out and fill with toy filling.

Over sew top end together. You now have a small pillow shape ready to add the character.

Arms make 2

With 3 mm knitting needles & using a colour of your choice, cast on 8 stitches.

Garter stitch 2 rows.

Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 20 rows.

Garter stitch 3 rows then cast off.

Making Up the Arms

With wrong sides together – fold the cast on edge towards the cast off edge, stopping 2 rows under the final 3 garter stitch rows. One side of the arm will be a bit longer than the other.

Using your tail ends & still on the right side - Over sew neatly along both side seams.

Lightly fill with toy filling.

Using the picture on the front of your pattern as a guide, positions arms and sew in place. The shorter side of the arm should face forwards. The longer side of the arm should sit to the back as the tab helps the arms to sit better. I use the garter stitch rows on the front and back of the arms to sew along as your stitches will be hardly noticeable.

Shoes make 2

With 3 mm knitting needles and the colour of your choice cast on 10 stitches.

Garter stitch 2 rows.

Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 20 rows.

Row 21. Knit.

Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch a further 10 rows Garter stitch 3 rows Cast off knit wise.

I have inserted a video below on How to Cast off Knit wise.

How to Cast Off Knit Wise

Making Up the Shoes

With wrong sides together fold the cast on edge towards the cast off edge stopping two rows below.

Using your tail ends & still on the right side - Over sew neatly along both side seams.

Tightly roll the last 10 rows back until you come to the single line of garter (row 21) and sew in place. This is the heel of the shoe and helps your cat to stand up.

Lightly stuff the front of the shoe.

Pin and sew in place using the single line of garter (row 21) to sew along the base of the body and the first lot of garter stitch rows to sew to the front to the body. Use your pattern picture as a guide.

Ears make 4 pieces

With 3 mm knitting needles & your choice of colour, cast on 8 stitches

Stocking stitch 2 rows.

Row 3. Ssk, knit to last 2 stitches, k 2 tog – 6 stitches.

Row 4. Purl to end.

Row 5. Same as row 3 – 4 stitches.

Row 6. Purl to end.

Row 7. Same as row 3 – 2 stitches.

Row 8. P 2 tog. Cast off.


Making Up the Ears

With 2 right sides together, sew along the two slanted sides of the ear.

Turn right side out and over sew the bottom of the ear.

Make the 2nd ear in a different colour.

Position and sew ears neatly in place.

I-Cord Tail

With your 3 mm double pointed needles & your colour choice - cast on 4 stitches.

Row 1. Knit 4 stitches. Do not turn your needle but push the 4 stitches to the other end.

Row 2. Pull yarn firmly & Knit 4 stitches. Push the 4 stitches to the end of the needle.

Note how the yarn carries across the back of you work. That’s good, it’s supposed to, and it’s what gives its tubular shape. Remember to pull yarn firmly at the beginning of each row.

Do this for a further 4 rows.

Break off yarn & join a different colour.

Work for as long as you would like your cat tail.

Cast off.

Attach firmly & neatly to the back of your cat.

I have inserted a video below If you would like further instructions for knitting an I-Cord.

How to Make A Knitted I-Cord

Heart make 1

With 3 mm needles and the colour of your choice cast on 2 sts.

Row 1. Knit.

Row 2. Purl.

Row 3. Kfb, kfb – 4 sts.

Row 4. Purl.

Row 5. Kfb, k2, kfb – 6 sts.

Row 6. Purl.

Row 7. Kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb – 8 sts.

Row 8. Purl.

Row 9. Kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb – 10 sts.

Row 10. Purl.

Row 11. Kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb – 12 sts.

Row 12. Purl.

Row 13 to 16. Stocking stitch.

Row 17. K2tog, k2, k2tog – 4 sts, turn leaving remaining stitches on a stitch holder & work on these 4 sts only for now.

Row 18. Purl.

Row 19. K2 tog, k2tog – 2 sts.

Row 20. P2tog.

Bind off.

Join yarn to remaining 6 sts & repeat from the first part of row 17 to end.

Attach heart to body, using your picture as a guide and sew securely in place.

Using colour H & using your picture as a guide, stitch the face in place.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Sue Creftor

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