Marnie MacLean Designs: Patterns: Itty Bitty Kitty Puuurse
Itty Bitty Kitty Puuuurse
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I was surfing the net one day and saw the most adorable item. It was a "Critter Cozie" from Meomi.com. It looked like such a fun project that I went right to my yarn stash to see what moved me. I had a single, lovely ball of Sinbad, an organic billowy yarn with glints of sparkle like morning frost on a bed of moss. Pictures really won't do it justice as the shine and subtleties are lost, but the result seemed perfect for the job. Now, my cell phone really doesn't complain about the cold much, down here in Southern California, so a phone cozy wasn't quite my speed, but a girl can always use something to carry her ID and a little cash in.
Work this pattern as is, or adjust to make a larger or smaller purse by adding stitches length or width wise. The eyes can be buttons or beads or both, and it can be adorned with bits of leftover yarn, fabric or leather.
Sinbad: 25st and 20 rows =4" in garter stitch
- #10.5 needles
- 1 ball of sinbad in color of choice
- Buttons for eyes
- Scraps of yarn for decoration
- Size I crochet hook
- Garter Stitch
- Chain (CH)
- Single Crochet (SC)
CO 25 stitches in Sinbad
K every row for 8 inches or until twice as long as you'd like the final purse to be (minus ears)
You now have a rectangle that is 4" x 8"
PU 5 stitches from outer edge of one 4" side.
Row 1: (Working from center, out) K
Row 2: K
Row 3: Dec 1, K to end
Row 4: K
Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until you have 2 stitches left
Repeat for other ear but in reverse.
Row 1: K
Row 2: BO 2, K to end
Row 3: K
Row 4: CO 2, K to end
Row 5: K
Row 6: BO 2, K to end
Row 7: K
Row 8: CO 2 K to end
Repeat one more time to make second foot.
I recommend decorating the purse before sewing it up, since it's easier to work this way.
Take several lengths of Starry Night or other fur yarn and attach like fringe.
Sew buttons on for eyes
Thread Baccarat under eyes and tie in a knot in front to make nose and whiskers
Sew feet onto front
Fold piece in half with ears extending above. See schematic above. With crochet hook, SC up one side seam to close, from bottom to top. When you reach the top, CH 30 and then begin down the other side. Cut tail and pull through last loop.
Sew in all tails.
Yes it's true, even panda thinks this is a great accessory.