Sunday, September 16, 2007
Octopus Cat Toy
worsted weight yarn and G hook or sport weight yarn and B-1 hook (the smaller one will make a smaller octopus.)
2" circle of plastic canvas, I used a 3" and cut 3 hole rows around and cut the center cross out for adding things to the toy.
needle to sew it up
stuffing for the head, (can be extra yarn pieces, catnip in a cloth, stuffing for toys, jingle bells)
I am using catnip spray for this toy but you can add it inside the toy.
To make it a toy with a helpful hand to make it move, I would use a yarn string, a washer to secure it inside the head, and a stick to make it one that can be like the feathers in the store...Will show a picture of that one soon.
Ch 5, slip stitch to first ch to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in ring. Slip stitch to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. (fisrt ch 3 is first dc) (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to top of ch 3. (24 dc).
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same stitch, * dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, * rep around, slip stitch to top of ch 3. (36 dc).
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in next stitch and around, slip stitch to top of ch 3. (36 dc).
Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in same stitch, dc in next 8 sts, * 2dc in next st, dc in next 8 sts, * rep around, slip stich to top of ch 3. (40 dc).
Rnd 6: Rep Round 4. (40 dc).
Finish off but leave enough tail to sew it around plastic canvas circle, If you want to add jingle bells, or catnip in cloth do so before finishing off. Once the catnip wears off(if you put it in) you can spray lightly with cat nip spray. once sewed together, weave in ends.
Rnd 7: Attach yarn to the post of any dc in rnd 6, ch 1, sc around post, and around each post. slip stitch to first sc. (40 sc).
Rnd 8: ch 1, sc in same st, 3 dc dec in next 3 sts, ch 27, sc in second ch from hook to last ch.(first leg), * sc in next 2 sts, 3 dc dec in next 3 sts, ch 27, sc in 2nd ch from hook to last ch, * around, (last one will be 1 sc and slip stitch to first sc. Finish off and weave in ends...
I added the stuffing at the end and used a hook to push it thru the hole at the bottom of the circle...This toy can be washed, but I would not dry with heat in the dryer, I would have it on fluff, because of the plastic canvas in it...and if you make it for someone as a gift, please add my website to the card and please let them know about the cat nip spray and about the dryer as it will melt from the heat.