How to Crochet a Cat Cushion

The amazing Tiam from @knitsafari has created a jumbo sized cat cushion for Amigurumi April. Using Knitcraft Hug it Out you will hook this cushion up in an afternoon. 

You Will Need Abbreviations

CH Chain

SC Single Crochet (UK: Double Crochet)

SC DEC Single Crochet Decrease (UK: Double Crochet Decrease)

st/sts Stitch/Stitches

Sp Space

Sl St Slip Stitch

MC Magic Circle

 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

30cm x 30cm, 10cm deep

 

TENSION

6sts x 6rows = 10cm/4” on 12mm hook in SC

How To Make

CAT HEAD

  1. Using 12mm hook and Knitcraft Hug It Out in Grey, CH 5.
  2. *Work 1 SC in the next 2 CH sp, work 4 SC in the end CH sp; repeat from * to the end of the round. Join the work with a Sl St. (12 sts)
  3. CH 1, *work 1 SC in the next 2 CH sp, work 2 SC in the next 4 CH sp; repeat from * to the end of the round. Don’t join your work with a Sl St, we will continue crocheting in a spiral. (20 sts)
  4. *work 1 SC in the next 2 CH sp, [work 2 SC in the next CH sp and then 1 SC in the following CH sp], repeat [ ] a further 3 times; repeat from * to the end of the round. (28 sts)
  5. *work 1 SC in the next 2 CH sp, [work 2 SC in the next CH sp and then 1 SC in the following 2 CH sp], repeat [ ] a further 3 times; repeat from * to the end of the round. (36 sts)
  6. *work 1 SC in the next 2 CH sp, [work 2 SC in the next CH sp and then 1 SC in the following 3 CH sp], repeat [ ] a further 3 times; repeat from * to the end of the round. (44 sts)
  7. Work 2 rounds in SC
  8. *work 1 SC in the next 2 CH sp, [work SC DEC in the next CH sp and then 1 SC in the following 3 CH sp], repeat [ ] a further 3 times; repeat form * to the end of the round. (36 sts)
  9. *work 1 SC in the next 2 CH sp, [work SC DEC in the next CH sp and then 1 SC in the following 2 CH sp], repeat [ ] a further 3 times; repeat form * to the end of the round. (28 sts)
  10. *work 1 SC in the next 2 CH sp, [work SC DEC in the next CH sp and then 1 SC in the following  CH sp], repeat [ ] a further 3 times; repeat form * to the end of the round. (28 sts)
  11. Stuff your cushion
  12. *work 1 SC in the next 2 CH sp, work SC DEC in the next 4 CH sp. (20 sts)
  13. Work 1 round in SC DEC. (10 sts)
  14. Work 1 round in SC DEC. (5 sts)
  15. Cut the yarn, weave in all ends.

 

EARS (make two)

  1. Using 12mm hook and Knitcraft Hug It Out in Grey, MC 4.
  2. CH 1. *Work 2 SC in the first CH sp, and 1 SC in the following CH sp; repeat from * to the end of the round. Don’t join your work with a Sl St, we will continue crocheting in a spiral. (6 sts)
  3. *Work 2 SC in the first CH sp, and 1 SC in the following 2 CH sp; repeat from * to the end of the round. (8 sts)
  4. *Work 2 SC in the first CH sp, and 1 SC in the following 3 CH sp; repeat from * to the end of the round. (10 sts)
  5. Cut the yarn, leaving a 15cm yarn tail, and pull on the yarn until it pops through and secures the final stitch.
  6. Repeat Steps 1-5 for the other ear.

 

BOW

  1. Using 12mm hook and Knitcraft Hug It Out in Shell, CH 8.
  2. Work in SC across the row, starting from the second CH from the hook. (7 sts)
  3. CH 1, turn. Work in SC across the row, for 3 rows.
  4. Cut the yarn, leaving a 15cm yarn tail, and pull on the yarn until it pops through and secures the final stitch.

 

EYES (make two)

  1. Using 3mm hook and Knitcraft Cotton Blend Plain in Black, MC 6.
  2. CH 1. Work 2 SC in each CH sp. Don’t join your work with a Sl St, we will continue crocheting in a spiral. (12 sts)
  3. *Work 2 SC in the first CH sp, and 1 SC in the following CH sp; repeat from * to the end of the round. (18 sts)
  4. Cut the yarn, leaving a 15cm yarn tail, and pull on the yarn until it pops through and secures the final stitch.
  5. Repeat Steps 1-4 for the other eye.

 

ASSEMBLY

  1. Slightly stuff the ears, and then sew the ears to each side of the Cat’s head, using the yarn tails attached to the ears.
  2. Using Knitcraft Hug It Out in Shell, decorate the ears with pink.
  3. Using Knitcraft Hug It Out in Shell, stitch a small triangle in the centre of the Cat’s head, for its nose.
  4. Using Knitcraft Hug It Out in Shell, wrap some yarn around the centre of the box to cinch it in. Sew it securely to the Cat’s head.
  5. Sew on the eyes, using the yarn tails attached to the eyes. It’s cute to have them low and spread far apart, but use your creative judgement!
  6. Using 3mm hook and Knitcraft Cotton Blend Plain in Black, CH 10. Cut the yarn, leaving a 15cm yarn tail, and pull on the yarn until it pops through and secures the final stitch. Using this yarn tail, sew this chain under the nose, to be the Cat’s mouth. Repeat for the other side of the mouth.
  7. Thread a 30cm length of Knitcraft Cotton Blend Plain in Black you your needle, and stitch on the Cat’s Whiskers.
  8. Weave in all ends.

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