Fun Stuff

DIY – Easy Cat Toy

March 8, 2012 by Tails Magazine in Fun Stuff, Home, March 2012 with 1 Comment
Cat Toys - Design by Lauren O’Farrell of London Stitch

Design by Lauren O’Farrell of London Stitch

This one is for all of our knitters out there—and you know who you are. If you’re tired of knitting scarves and mittens as winter winds down and you want to make something feline-friendly, try your hands—and needles—at this lovely little toy mouse.

Start knittin’ for your kitten! Just follow these simple instructions:

Skills Needed
Knitting; Purling; Basic sewing; Very basic embroidery.

Materials Needed
• 3.5mm knitting needles
• 15g acrylic Double-Knitting (DK) grade yarn (any color) for the body
• 15g acrylic DK (any different color) for the body and eyes
• 5g acrylic DK (any different color) for the ears, nose, and tail
• Stuffing (innards)
• Small squeaker (optional)
• Catnip pouch (optional, but delicious!)

Finished Size
10cm (4”) approximately from the tip of the nose to the start of the tail.
Gauge: Strong enough to handle your cat’s level of play.

**Visit TailsInc.com/TailsTips for the knitting patterns of the mouse’s body and head**

Steps After Knitting is Completed
1. Sew both sides of mouse body together from tail-end to nose-end (making sure your stripes match up), leaving a hole for stuffing.
2. Insert stuffing (and optional squeaker and catnip) into mouse body.
3. Finish sewing body right up to the tip of the nose.
4. Sew on ears using cast on yarn ends.
5. Embroider nose with yarn, running end of yarn through body and out of tail-end to form tail.
6. Tie knot at end of tail.
7. Embroider eyes.
8. Give yourself a round of applause and toss the toy on the floor for your feline friend to hunt, pounce, and present to you proudly!

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