To Fur, With Love by Jessica McColl

Let me begin by telling you that I find the wearing of fur totally abhorrent. It is cruel and totally unnecessary. I also think it is just weird, to wear a real fox, eyes and all, around your neck. It smells funny and I really just do. not. get. it.

I think the work of Snuggle Coats is fantastic. You should check them out, repurposing fur to benefit animals is a wonderful thing to do. It also inspired my crafty fingers.

So this week I crocheted my own stol which is styled to look like my own beautiful Macy.

Yes, Mr. Bean did think this was a real cat!

Yes, Mr. Bean did think this was a real cat!

I decided I would share my pattern with you, it is not very hard (intermediate, perhaps?) and no crazy cat lady or gent’s wardrobe is complete without one!

Feel free to personalize by adding you own cat’s markings, the pattern is written for a single colour, but you can alter it to suit. Also if you find this more Cruella De’ville than cool, you could try making a cat in a totally unrealistic colour.

You will need:

4mm crochet hook

3 balls of 8ply yarn [I used 2 black & 1 white]

small amount of yarn to embroider the nose and mouth [I used a fleshy tone]

1 pair of safety eyes

yarn needle

[ch = chain, sc=single crochet, st= stitch, sts= stitches, tog= together]

Method [worked in circular rounds starting with the cats head]

1.      Ch2, 5sc in second sc from hook. 5sc

2.      2sc in each sc around. 10sc

3.      (sc in next sc, 2sc in next st) around. 15sc

4.      (sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st) around. 20sc

5.      (sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. 25sc

6.      (sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st) around. 30sc

7.      (sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st) around. 35sc

8.      (sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st) around. 40sc

9.      (sc in next 7 sts, 2sc in next st) around. 45sc

10.  (sc in next 8 sts, 2sc in next st) around. 50sc

11.  (sc in next 9 sts, 2sc in next st) around. 55sc

12 - 155. (sc in each sc) around. 55sc

Leave work on hook. Secure eyes and embroider nose and mouth.

156. (sc in next 5 sc, sc next 2sc tog) around.

157. (sc in next 4 sc, sc next 2sc tog) around.

158. (sc in next 3 sc, sc next 2 sc tog) around.

159. (sc in next 2 sc, sc next 2 sc tog) around.

160. (sc in next sc, sc next 2 sc tog) around. Bind off.

Tail

1.      ch2, 9sc in second sc from hook

2-7. (sc per sc) around.

8. sc 2sc tog, 7sc

9-26. (sc per sc) around

27. sc in next 5sc, turn

28. Skip first sc, 4 sc, turn

29. Skip first sc, 3 sc, turn

30. Skip first sc, 2 sc. Bind off.

Sew tail to the end of the stol.

 Legs [make four]

1.      Ch2, 6sc in second sc from hook. 6sc

2.      (2scs per sc) around. 12sc

3-7. sc per sc around. 12sc

8. Sc 2sc tog, sc in next 5scs, sc 2sc tog, sc in next 3 sc. 10sc

9-10. sc in each sc around. 10sc

11.sc 2sc tog, sc in next 8sc. 9sc

12-21. Sc in each sc around. 9sc

22. Sc in next 6sc, turn. 6sc

23. Skip first sc, sc in next 5sc, turn. 5sc

24. Skip first sc, sc in next 4sc, turn. 4sc

25. Skip first sc, sc in next 3sc, turn. 3sc

Attach legs to underside of the cat’s ‘body.’ The paws of the front legs should be either side of the face. The back legs follow the direction of the tail.

Ears [make two]

1.      Ch2, 4sc in seconds sc from hook.

2.      (Sc per sc) around

3.      (2sc per sc) around

4.      (Sc per sc) around

5.      (Sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc) around

6.      (Sc per sc) around. Bind off.

 Attach ears to cat’s head. (Mine are located at round 23)

 

Happy crafting cat lovers =^.^=