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Knitted Animal Scarves, Mitts, and Socks
If you’re the sort of person who loves that cozy feeling of a cat wrapped around your neck, then look no further. This is the perfect scarf for you. It’s knitted in a chunky yarn, in straightforward stockinette (stocking) stitch, so you’ll find it grows pretty quickly. And the stripes are just enough work to keep you on your toes. The scarf is very simple to customize. So if you, or the lucky scarf recipient, have a white cat, choose white or cream yarn. And for a marmalade cat, knit in shades of rust and coral.

Gauge (tension)
14 sts and 19 rows in stockinette (stocking) stitch to a 4-in (10-cm) square on US 10½ (6.5mm) needles.

Measurements
The finished scarf is 50in (127cm) long, including the back legs.

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© 2018 Fiona Goble / CICO Books · Reproduced with permission. · Knitted Animal Scarves, Mitts and Socks by Fiona Goble, published by CICO Books (£12.99) Photography by Terry Benson © CICO Books 2015
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  • Step 1

    To make scarf
    Cast on 18 sts in A.
    Row 1: Inc, k to last 2 sts, inc, k1. (20 sts)
    Row 2: Purl.
    Row 3: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. (22 sts)
    Row 4: Purl.
    Rep last 2 rows once more. (24 sts)
    Beg with a k row, work 21 rows in st st.
    Leave A at side of work and join in B.
    Row 28: Knit.
    Row 29: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3.
    Rep rows 28–29 once more, carrying A up side of work at beg of row 30.
    Leave B at side of work and use A.
    Row 32: Knit.
    Row 33: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3.

    Rep rows 32–33 once more, carrying B up side of work at beg of row 34.
    Rep rows rows 28–35 (last 8 rows), 23 times more.
    Cont in A, knit 6 rows.

  • Step 2

    Shape back legs
    Row 226: K6, bind (cast) off 12 sts, k to end.
    Cont on 6 sts just knitted only, leaving rem sts on needle.
    Knit 11 rows.
    Change to B.
    Knit 8 rows.

  • Step 3

    Shape paw
    Next row: K2, turn and work on 2 sts just worked only.
    *Knit 3 rows.
    Next row: Bind (cast) off 1 st, [pick up and k 1 st from row ends, bind (cast) off 1 st] twice, k next st on needle, bind (cast) off 1 st, k1.** (2 sts)
    Rep from * to ** once more.
    Knit 3 rows.
    Bind (cast) off 1 st [pick up and k 1 st from row ends, bind (cast) off 1 st] twice.
    Break yarn and fasten off.
    Rejoin A to rem 6 sts on WS of work.
    Knit 11 rows.
    Change to B.
    Knit 8 rows.
    Shape paw as for first back leg.

  • Step 4

    Front leg
    Make 2
    Cast on 6 sts in A.
    Knit 38 rows.
    Change to B.
    Knit 8 rows.
    Shape paw as for back legs.

  • Step 5

    Face
    Cast on 18 sts in A.
    Row 1: Inc, k to last 2 sts, inc, k1. (20 sts)
    Row 2: Purl.
    Row 3: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. (22 sts)
    Row 4: Purl.
    Rep last 2 rows once more. (24 sts)
    Beg with a k row, work 20 rows in st st.
    Bind (cast) off.

  • Step 6

    Ear
    Make 2
    Cast on 10 sts in A.
    Beg with a k row, work 2 rows in st st.
    Row 3: K1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1. (8 sts)
    Row 4: Purl.
    Row 5: K1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1. (6 sts)
    Row 6: Purl.
    Row 7: K1, ssk, k2tog, k1. (4 sts)
    Row 8: [P2tog] twice. (2 sts)
    Row 9: K2tog. (1 st)
    Row 10: Inc pwise. (2 sts)
    Row 11: [Inc] twice. (4 sts)
    Row 12: Purl.
    Row 13: K1, m1, k2, m1, k1. (6 sts)
    Row 14: Purl.
    Row 15: K1, m1, k4, m1, k1. (8 sts)
    Row 16: Purl.
    Row 17: K1, m1, k6, m1, k1. (10 sts)
    Beg with a p row, work 2 rows in st st.
    Bind (cast) off kwise.

  • Step 7

    Tail
    Cast on 11 sts in B.
    Beg with a k row, work 32 rows in st st.
    Row 33: Ssk, k7, k2tog. (9 sts)
    Beg with a p row, work 9 rows in st st.
    Leave B at side of work and join in A.
    Beg with a k row, work 2 rows in st st.
    Leave A at side of work and join in B.
    Beg with a k row, work 2 rows in st st.
    Rep last 4 rows in two-row stripe patt as set.
    Break B and work remainder of tail in A.
    Beg with a k row, work 8 rows in st st.
    Next row: Ssk, k5, k2tog. (7 sts)
    Next row: Purl.
    Break yarn, thread it through rem sts, and pull up securely.

  • Step 8

    To make up
    On face, using black yarn, embroider two small circles using chain stitch for the centers of the eyes. Work two rows of chain stitch around these circles using off-white yarn. Using black yarn, work a triangle shape in chain stitch for the nose and work a line of chain stitch from the base of the nose to the lower edge of the face. Separate a length of B into two thinner strands and use them to embroider the whiskers in backstitch.
    Place the face on the head part of the main scarf so that the right sides are together. Oversew the side seams. Turn the head the right way out and sew the top edge in place using mattress stitch.
    Oversew the front legs in place underneath the head, where the head meets the main part of the scarf. Fold the ears so that the right side of the front and back pieces are together and oversew the two sides. Turn the right way out and sew the lower edge together using flat stitch.
    Oversew the ears in place using the photograph as a guide. Sew the back seam of the tail using flat stitch. Oversew the tail in place in the center of the cat’s lower end, just where the garter stitch border meets the main part of the scarf.
    Weave in all loose ends.

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Kathleen L.
Kathleen L. · Pontefract, England, GB
Like the tabby scarf which I am going to knit for myself
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Darlene F.
Darlene F.
I don't knit but wonder if you have a crochet version of this...it's so cute. Lost my 20 year old kitty a while back and I'd love to make this for myself.
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lavonne.knifley
lavonne.knifley · Effingham, Illinois, US
I'm having trouble with the toes it makes no sense with 6 stitches
Juels H.
Juels H.
Going to knit 1 for each of my grandsons aged 15 and 9
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