Bedtime Kitty

Didn’t I already update this morning? Why yes. Yes, I did. But when faced with the idea of doing it now while one child is in bed and the other is falling asleep on the couch vs. tomorrow during the whole breakfast/coffee/housework thing, I figured I would do it tonight.

If you’ve been following along with my monthly softies, you’ve probably noticed that they’re pretty interchangeable. The head and body is the same, they have different features and different accessories. So if you wanted, say, a birthday bunny or a spring duck, not a big deal.

Bedtime kitty today. I’m in the process of making a bedtime puppy for my son with a stuffed bear as an accessory. The puppy will be a future monthly softie with a different theme and I’ll include instructions on how to make the stuffed dog into a bear here. AND!!! In the next day or two, there will be a post for complimentary sewn goodies; a pillow, a blankie (lovey), and a quilt.

This all started as me telling my daughter stories about Princess Rachel. See, Princess Rachel has a purple kitty, so my Rachel wanted a purple kitty… And Rachel’s favorite friend is Doggie, so I had to make a little brown dog for the purple kitty. (Although she loves Little Doggie more than the purple kitty. Eh. You win some…)

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There are several things about that kitty that I’m not happy with. The tummy patch is up too high (and slightly crooked). The eyes should be tilted downwards like a cat’s eyes are. And I didn’t embroider the nose before I sewed it on. Oops. But my daughter’s happy with it, and that’s what matters, right? (Right?)

Materials:

  • worsted weight purple, rose, pale green, black, medium brown
  • G-sized crochet hook
  • stuffing
  • cardboard from empty cereal box

 Head and Body
1) ch 2, sc6 in 2nd ch from hook (6)
2) 2 sc in each sc around (12)
3) sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18)
4) sc2, 2 sc in next sc* around (24)
5) sc3, 2 sc in next sc* around (30)
6) sc4, 2 sc in next sc* around (36)
7-11) sc in each sc around (36)
12) sc4, dec over 2 sc* around (30)
13) sc3, dec over 2 sc* around (24)
14) sc2, dec over 2 sc* around (18)
15) sc, dec over 2 sc* around (12)
stuff head
16) 2 sc in each sc around (24)
17) sc3, 2 sc in next sc* around (30)
18-25) sc in each sc (30)
26) sc3, dec over 2 sc* around (24)
27) sc2, dec over 2 sc* around (18)
28) sc, dec over 2 sc* around (12)
stuff
29) dec over 2 sc* around (6)
break yarn, finish off, sew closed, weave in end

Legs (make 2)
stuff as you go
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
2) ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
3) ch 1, *sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, join with sl st (18)
4) ch 1, in back loops only sc in each sc around, join with sl st (18)
5) ch 1, in both loops, sc in each sc, join with sl st (18)
6) ch 1, *sc4, dec over 2 sc* around, join with sl st (15)
7-8) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (15)
9) ch 1, *sc3, dec over 2 sc* around, join with sl st (12)
10-11) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
12) ch 1, *sc2, dec over 2 sc*, join with sl st (9)
13-14) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (9)
break yarn, finish off

Arms (make 2)
stuff as you go
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
2) ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
3) ch 1, in back loops only sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
4) ch 1, in both loops *sc2, dec over 2 sc*, join with sl st (9)
5-13) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (9)
break yarn, finish off

Tail
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
2-11) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (6)
break yarn, finish off

Muzzle
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
2) ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
3) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
break yarn, finish off, embroider nose and mouth

Eyes (make 2)
1) ch 3, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 5 sc in last ch, 3 sc in bottom loop of 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (10)
break yarn, finish off, embroider pupils

Ears (make 2)
1) ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook to end (4)
2) ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (4)
3) ch 1, turn, *dec over 2 sc* twice (2)
4) ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (2)
5) ch 1, turn, dec over 2 sc (1)
break yarn, finish off, weave in ends

Tummy Patch
1) ch 4, sc from 2nd ch from hook to end (3)
2) ch 1, turn, 2 sc in 1st sc, sc, 2 sc in last sc (5)
3) ch 1, turn, 2 sc in 1st sc, sc3, 2 sc in last sc (7)
4-5) ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (7)
6) ch 1, turn, dec over 2 sc, sc3, dec over 2 sc (5)
7) ch 1, turn, dec over 2 sc, sc, dec over 2 sc (3)
break yarn, finish off

Mattress (make 2)
1) ch 28, skip first 3 ch from hook (counts as ch and dc), dc in each ch to end (26)
2-20) ch 3 (counts as first dc throughout), turn, dc in each dc (26)
break yarn, finish off

Stuffed Dog Head and Body
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
2) ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
3) ch 1, *sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, join with sl st (18)
4) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (18)
5) ch 1, * sc, dec over 2 sc* around, join with sl st (12)
stuff
6) ch 1, dec over 2 sc around, join with sl st (6)
7) ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
8-12) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
stuff
13) ch 1, dec over 2 sc around, join with sl st (6)
break yarn, finish off, sew closed

Stuffed Dog Muzzle
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
2) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (6)
break yarn, finish off

Stuffed Dog Arms (make 2)
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
2-4) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (6)
break yarn, finish off

Stuffed Dog Legs (make 2)
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
2-5) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (6)
break yarn, finish off

Stuffed Dog Ears (make 2)
1) ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook to end (2)
break yarn, finish off

Stuffed Dog Tail
1) ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook to end (4)
break yarn, finish off

Stuffed Dog Eyes and Nose
Make french knots with black

Assembly
Attach legs to bottom of body. Attach arms to sides of body. Attach tail to back of body. Attach tummy patch to front of body. Attach muzzle to head. Attach eyes to head. Attach ears to head. Assemble stuffed dog in the same way. Put two mattress pieces together and sew together around three edges. I recommend not whipstitching, but sewing just inside the outer edge. Cut cardboard to fit inside, about 1/4″ smaller than your mattress pieces. Slide cardboard between mattress pieces and sew closed.

To make a bear instead of a dog, make the ears as ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st. Leave off the muzzle and tail.

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3 responses to “Bedtime Kitty

  1. What a great pattern. Have you considered posting ahead so they automatically post the next day? It eliminates the issue of trying to post when the kids are at their busiest and allows you to schedule the posts when you can write them and then have them appear when you want them to. Just a thought.

  2. No need to be so hard on yourself. I like the nose and the dog is adorable by the way.

  3. Thanks Bailey!! I've thought about that but I haven't sat and figured it out yet. 😀

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