Free Pattern: Cat Rattle

This small stripy cat is crocheted around a rattle made of a plastic egg from a Kinder Surprise chocolate egg filled with small glass beads. But you can always use fiberfill to stuff the body.

 

Free pattern: Crocheted cat rattle // Kristi Tullus (sidrun.spire.ee)

 

Size

About 5,5 cm (2 1/5") long and 11 cm (4 1/3") tall, with fingering weight cotton yarn and a 1,75 mm crochet hook (US thread hook size 4).

 

Difficulty

2. Beginner - suitable for novice crocheters, includes small details and may require a bit of customization.

Skills required

Crocheting in spiral, single crochet stitch, increasing and decreasing, changing yarns, joining rounds.

 

You will need

• Yarn. I used fingering weight cotton yarn, 50g = 125m (50g = 135yd) / 4 ply / 14 wpi. You will need about 15 g of yarn - 10 g for the body and 5 g for the stripes.
• 1,75 mm crochet hook (US thread hook size 4) or according to the yarn.
• Polyester wadding for stuffing.
• Cotton embroidery floss.
• Plastic egg from a Kinder surprise chocolate egg and small glass or plastic beads.
• Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker.

 

cat rattle

 

Abbreviations

mr, sc n = magic ring – crochet n single crochet stitches into the adjustable loop.
sc = single crochet stitch (double crochet stitch in UK and Australia).
sc n = crochet n single crochet stitches, one in each stitch.
inc = increase – crochet two single crochet stitches in the same stitch.
dec = decrease – crochet two stitches together using the invisible decrease method.
(sc 4, inc) x n = repeat the pattern between parentheses n times.
(sc 4, inc) x 6 [36] = number of stitches in a round after finishing round.

 

Notes

• Work in a continuous spiral, do not join rounds or turn, unless instructed otherwise in the pattern.
• Use a stitch marker or a piece of yarn to mark the end or the beginning of a round. Move the marker up after completing each round.
• All stitches are worked into both loops, unless instructed otherwise in the pattern.

 

Stripes

a ) If you are using a Kinder Surprise egg for the rattle, crochet the body in spiral - joining rounds would leave a row of knots, which would show through the fabric.

 

crab stitch tutorial reverse single crochet stitch
1. The body is crocheted tightly around the plastic egg, without adding stuffing between
the fabric and rattle.

2. Crocheting in spiral means the stripes will
not line up perfectly.

 

b ) If you plan to stuff the body with fiberfill, join all rounds using the invisible join method for perfect stripes. Do the same with the tail.

 

Body

1: mr, sc 6 [6]
2: inc x 6 [12]
3: (sc, inc) x 6 [18]
4: (inc, sc 2) x 6 [24]
5: (sc 5, inc) x 4 [28]
6-7: sc in each stitch [28]

Insert the rattle inside the body and make
sure it is a snug fit. You may need to make
some small adjustments (see below).

Embroider the face.

Change yarn, leaving both yarns attached
to the body. Crochet rounds 8, 11, 14 and
16 with contrasting yarn.

8-15: sc in each stitch [28]

Insert the plastic egg inside the body and
make sure it fits perfectly. You may need to
add or skip a row single crochet stitches.

16: (sc 5, dec) x 4 [24]

Make the last stripe on round 16, cut the
yarn and knot the yarns together.

17: (dec, sc 2) x 6 [18]
18: (sc, dec) x 6 [12]
19: dec x 6 [6]

Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail, and draw
the end through the loop. Pick up all the
remaining stitches and close the opening
(see below).

 

Legs (make 4)

1: mr, sc 6 [6]
2: (inc, sc) x 3 [9]
3-4: sc in each stitch [9]

Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off. Stuff the legs firmly.

 

Ears (make 2)

1: mr, sc 4 [4]
2: (inc, sc) x 2 [6]
3: (inc, sc) x 3 [9]

Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off. Do not stuff the ears.

 

Tail

1: mr, sc 6 [6]
2: (inc, sc 2) x 2 [8]
3-4: sc in each stitch [8]

Start stuffing the tail. Keep adding a bit of stuffing after every few rounds, stuffing the tail lightly.

Crochet rounds 5, 8, 11 and 14 with contrasting yarn.

5-16: sc in each stitch [8]

Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off. Finish stuffing.

 

Body

a ) You may need to make small adjustments to make sure the body will fit snugly around the rattle.

 

free pattern crochet cat rattle
1. Make sure the body fits snugly around the
rattle. You may need to increase or decrease
the number of inc on round 5. Make the same number of dec on round 16.

2. If the body is too short or too long, add
or skip a round of single crochet stitches,
before starting to decrease.

 

b ) Finish the first seven rounds and embroider the face.

 

amigurumi cat pattern
soft rattle
1. Add a thin layer of wadding inside the
body.

2. Turn the body so the end of the round is
at the bottom and embroider the face. Draw
each stitch quite tight.

 

amigurumi cat pattern
3. Knot the yarn ends together inside the body.

 

c ) Change yarn after finishing round 7. Crochet rounds 8, 11, 14 and 16 with contrasting yarn.

 

crab stitch tutorial
reverse single crochet stitch
1. Change yarn after finishing round 7. Leave
both yarns attached to the body. Whenever
you need to change yarns, you can just pick
it up without knotting it again.

2. After you finish the last stripe, cut the yarn
and knot the yarns together.


 

d ) Finish the body and close the opening.

 

crab stitch tutorial
reverse single crochet stitch
1. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail, and draw
the end through the loop. Thread the yarn
tail on to a yarn needle.

2. Pick up all the stitches. Insert the needle
from the center and under the front loop
only. Draw the yarn through.

 

crab stitch tutorial
reverse single crochet stitch
3. Grab the yarn and pull until the hole is
tightly closed.

4. Insert the needle into the center and bring
the yarn to the bottom of the body. Fasten
and hide the tail.

 

Assembling the Cat

d ) Finish all the pieces and stuff them. Sew the legs, ears and tail to the body.

Tip! You can weave in any loose yarn ends or fasten them more securely with a knot and hide inside the legs and tail.

 

crab stitch tutorial
reverse single crochet stitch
1. Sew the tail to the body.

2. Push the ears flat and sew them to the head. Insert the needle through both stitches.

 

crab stitch tutorial
reverse single crochet stitch
3. Sew the legs to the body.

4. Finish sewing, fasten all yarn tails and hide
them inside the legs and tail.

 

Have any questions? Do not hesitate to contact me!

Copyright © 2013 TÜ Spire. Please do not post the pattern to your website or blog, instead post a link to http://engsidrun.spire.ee/blogs/blog1.php/cat-rattle. You MAY use this pattern as a teaching aid in any free class or e-course, or as part of a free crochet pattern, provided you credit me as the designer (Kristi Tullus, http://sidrun.spire.ee).

Feel free to sell items made with this pattern.

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3 comments

Comment from: marielzaletti [Visitor]
marielzaletti

ME ENCANTO LA IDEA¡¡¡ GRACIAS

03/25/15 @ 16:15
Comment from: Cuong Bui [Visitor]
Cuong Bui

surprise eggs?? Is this like some eggs in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEJ3C8pENfQ

05/09/15 @ 20:48
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