After Toro the Kitten was adopted, it was time to decide on his signature colors. Choosing signature colors for one's cat is a very important decision if you're a sad, crazy person.
cardboard fire truck he and his sibs got to celebrate their last week in the foster system.
Once Toro had a signature color, he needed a little cat blanket of his own.
I've been using leftover yarn to make Snuggles, but I wanted something that could show off black and white stripes. Plus, what's the point of a new kitten if you can't use him to practice new stitch patterns?
I decided on the cat crochet stitch in alternating black and white with a red border. There are a few different versions of the pattern online (you know how the internet is about cats). Primarily I used Crochet Geek and Loops and Rambling. I used a K hook and chained a multiple of 5 (the second link has a multiple of 5+2, but mine seems to have worked out for giving to a cat or a baby).
Dropstitch: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch two rows down. Pull up a loop--really pull it so it reaches the top row--yarn over, pull up a loop for 5 loops on the hook. Yarn over, draw through 4 looks, yarn over, draw through 2 loops
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, sk 4, *2 dc ch 2 dc (shell) in next ch, sk 4 ch, repeat from * until the last 2 ch, dc in each of the last 2 ch
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in next dc, *shell in ch 1 space, repeat from * across row, dc in last dc, dc in turning chain, change to next color
Row 3: Ch 2, dc in next dc, *dropstitch two rows down, shell in ch 1 space, dropstitch, repeat from * across row, dc in last dc, dc in top of ch 2.
Row 4: Ch 2, dc in next dc, *shell in ch 1 space, repeat from * across row, dc in last dc, dc in top of ch 2
Row 5: Ch 2, dc in next dc, *shell in ch 1 space, repeat from * across row, dc in last dc, dc in top of ch 2, change color
Repeat rows 3-5 until the blanket is the desired length, then do one more Row 3. For the final row: ch 1, sc in first stitch, ch 2, 2 sc in ch 1 space, * ch 3, 2 sc in ch 1 space, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, ch 2, sc in last 2 dc
Skipping the last Row 3 and Final row makes it hard to shape your last row of kitties. The trade off is that finishing this way gives the top a "severed heads" look. Especially with a bright red border!
For the border I used sc, then dc for the second row. Pretty standard border: go down the sides and wonder if you're doing enough stitches, 3 stitches in the corner, feel confident about doing the backside of the foundation ch, and so on. I thought about doing a crab stitch or something else subdued yet elegant, but then I remembered that this is for somebody who spent October sitting in a plastic bowl.