Funmigurumi Stripey Cat No. 6---Cutie Lilly

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This is my sixth cat! Can you tell by now that I love cats? I have a kitty named Lilly, so allow me to name this one after her.








Materials-


Red Heart worsted weight yarn Cherry Red
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Aruba Sea
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Pumpkin
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Spring Green
Scraps of Red Heart worsted weight yarn Black
Scraps Red Heart worsted weight yarn Buff
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Pretty N' Pink







Crochet hook sizes H and F
Fiberfill
Scissors
Measuring tape
Pins
Blunt needle



Optional:

Thick (about 1") Hot Pink Grossgrain ribbon
fuchsia sewing thread
sewing needle



Body (make 2)- With Spring Green and H hook, ch 33. Row 1- 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across (32 sc). Ch 1, turn. Rows 2 to 4- 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. Rows 5 to 15- Join Pumpkin, make 1 sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. Rows 16 to 18- Join Aruba Sea, make 1 sc in each sc across row. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. Rows 19 to 31- Join Cherry Red and make 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. If you want to, sew bottom and sides of body as soon as you have finished both sides (I like to finish as I go, it makes the toy come alive quicker), leaving the top open for stuffing. Place both right sides facing and sew the sides and the bottom using the tails you left as you crocheted. Fasten off. Turn both inside out and set aside.
"Face"- Spot- With Buff and F hook, ch 5. Row 1- Make 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Row 2-2 sc in 1st sc and make 1 sc in each sc until you reach the end of the row, 2 sc in last sc to end row. Ch, turn. Row 3-Make 2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in each sc across, 2 sc in last sc to end row. Row 4- Rep row 3. Row 5- Make 1 sc in each sc across. Row 6- Make 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each sc to end of row, 2 sc in last sc of row. Ch 1, turn. Row 7- Make 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. With measuring tape, measure both sides of Lilly's body at the level of the head, positioning the "spot" high up in the red portion, centered. Pin it and using tail, sew it in place. Fasten off.
Mouth- With Cherry red and H hook, ch 2. Make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Fasten off. Join Pretty N' Pink. Make 2 sc in each sc around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Nose- With Black and H hook, ch 2. Row 1- 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, turn. Row 2- 1 sc in 2nd ch from hok and in next sc, 1 sc in top of turning ch. Ch 2, turn. Row 3- 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. Muzzle (make 2)- With Buff and H hook, ch 2. Rnd 1- Make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Rnd 2- Make 2 sc in each sc around. Rnd 3- Make 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc. *1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. Pin both pieces of Muzzle at both sides of the "spot" as shown in photos, position mouth in between and directly underneath, pin as well. Then sew one piece at a time with the tails you left off when you fastened off. Fasten off. Place Nose in place as you see in the photos. Pin. Sew in place. Fasten off. Thread blunt needle with Black and sew whiskers as seen in pictures.
Eyes (make 2)- With H hook and Spring Green, ch 2. Row 1- Make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (DO NOT JOIN INTO A CIRCLE), ch 1, turn. Row 2- Make 1 sc in same spot as ch 1, make 2 sc in each sc across. Fasten off. Pin eyes in place as in photos. Thread blunt needle with Black and stitch eyes in place, as you go, make some "eye lashes" and also stitch the long pupils into the eyes. Fasten off.
Ears- (Make 4 pieces)- With H hook and Cherry Red, repeat the nose rows but continue increasing until you have made 7 rows. Fasten off,leaving long tail to sew with in two of them. Place both right side pieces of an ear facing each other and sew together. Repeat with the other one. Leave bottom open to stick to the corners of the cat's head as seen in photos.
Tail- With Pumpkin and H hook, ch 39. Row 1- Make 5 dc in 4th ch from hook, work 6 dc in nex chain, make 6 dc in next chain and repeat in each chain across, letting the chain curl. Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew with. Measure back of the cat to center the tail. Sew to the back of Cutie Lilly at the level of the 8th row of Pumpkin (counting f rom below upwards). Secure well, just in case a child pulls the toy by the tail.
Legs (make 2)- With H hook and Cherry red, ch 2. Rnd 1- Make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Rnd 2- Make 2 sc in each sc around. Rnd 3- Make 1 sc in each of 1st 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. Rnd 4- Make 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. Fasten off. Join Spring Green. Rnds 5 to 13- Make 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Arms (make 2)- With H hook and Cherry Red, rep rnds 1-3 of legs. Rnd 4- Make 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off. Join Spring Green. Rnds 5 to 6- Make 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off. Join Pumpkin. Rnd 7- Make 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off. Join Aruba Sea. Rnd 8- Make 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off. Join Cherry Red. Rnds 9 to 11- Make 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Stuff legs lightly and sew to body. Stuff arms lightly and sew to sides of body within the red portion of body, making sure they are at the same level. Stuff body and sew top. Stuff ears lightly and sew to top of body.


You're done!



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Funmigurumi Stripey Cat No. 5--- Max

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Max is just a delightful little kitty. His surprised look, his flexible ears that can go back and forth as a little hand moves them, his fun corkscrew-style tail, all combine to make him cute and lovable all over. He is easy to make too!

Materials:
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Kelly Green
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Cherry Red
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Bright Yellow
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Spring Green
Red heart worsted weight yarn Carrot
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Aruba Sea
Scraps Red Heart worsted weight yarn Black
Scraps rede Heart worsted weight yarn Pumpkin
Fiberfill
Crochet hook size H
Blont needle
Scissors
Pins

Body (Make 2)- With Kelly Green, ch 33.
Row 1- 1 sc in 3rd ch from hk and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn (32 sc). Rows 2 to 6- 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off. Leave long tail to sew with.
Rows 7 to 9- Join Cherry Red. Make 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leave long tail to sew with. Rows 10 to 12- Join Bright Yellow. Work 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Rows 13 to 15- Join Spring Green, make 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leave long tail to sew with. Rows 16 to 21- Join Carrot and make 1 sc in each sc across, fasten off leaving long tail to sew with.
Rows 22 to 32- Join Aruba Sea, make 1 sc in each sc across. Fastenoff, leaving long tail to sew with.
Muzzle (make 2) With Pumpkin, ch 2. Rnd 1- Make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hk, sl st to join rnd. Rnd 2- 2sc in every sc around. Rnd 3-1 sc in each of 1st 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Nose- With Black, ch 3. Row 1- 1 sc in 2nd ch from hk, ch 2, turn. Row 2- 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 2, turn. Rows 3 to 4- Rep row 2. Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew with.
Ears- (Make 4 pieces)- With H hook and Aruba Sea, repeat the nose rows but continue increasing until you have made 7 rows. Fasten off,leaving long tail to sew with in two of them. Place both right side pieces of an ear facing each other and sew together. Repeat with the other one. Leave bottom open to stick to the corners of the cat's head as seen in photos.
Legs- (Make 2) With H hook and Kelly Green, ch 2. Rnd 1- Make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join rnd. Rnd 2-2 sc in each sc around (12 sc). Rnd 3- 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. (18 sc). Rnd 4- 1 sc in each of first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around (24 sc.) Fasten off. Join Cherry Red. Rnds 5 to 6- make 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off Cherry Red, Join Bright Yellow. Rnd 7 to 8- 1 sc in each sc around in Bright Yellow. Fasten off. Join Spring Green. Rows 9 to 10- Make 1 sc in each sc around with Spring Green. Fasten off. Join Carrot. Row 11- Rep previous row with Carrot. Fasten off. Join Kelly Green. Rows 12 to 14- Make 1 sc in each sc around with Kelly Green. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Arms- With H hook and Kelly Green rep the first 3 rows for legs. (18 sc). Continue rnd 4- 1 sc in each sc around still in Kelly Green. Fasten off. Then follow the previous order of colors: Rnds 5 to 6- Rep with Cherry Red. Fasten off. Rnds 7 to 8- Make 1 sc in each sc around using Bright Yellow. Fasten off. Rnds 9 to 10- Rep with Spring Green. Fasten off. Rnd 11- Make 1 sc in each sc around using Carrot. Leave long tail to sew with.
Tail- With Carrot, and H hook, ch 39. Make 3 dc in 4ht ch from hook. Make 4 dc in next ch, and in each chain across, letting the tail curl as you go. When you reach the end of the tail, make 3 dc and 3 ch in last chain and slip st to finish, leaving a long tail to sew with. Measure to make sure you've got the center. Sew to the back of Max's body at the level of the 1st row of Carrot(counting from the bottom of the stripe of color). Fasten off.
Place both right sides of body facing each other and sew sides, leaving top of Max's body open. Turn inside out. Sew Muzzle and nose in place following photos. Use tail of Pumpking for the upper part of the muzzle, and a scrap of Black for the bottom "smile".
Whiskers- With scraps of Black and a blunt needle, embroider the whiskers as seen in photos.
Make eyes as follows- With H hook and Spring Green ch 7. Row 1- Make 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across (6 sc). Note- ch 1 equals 1 sc. Row 2- 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, sl st in last sc. Slip stitch and turn. Row 3-1 sc in each of next 3 sc, slip stitch to end row. Fasten off. Weave in tail. Now, look at the photos and place Max's eyes above muzzle as you see in the pictures. Pin them. Take a blunt needle with scraps of Black and sew them in place all around. As you go, stitch inside the eye several times to make the expressive pupils. Take a scrap of Black and embroider the eyebrows. Fasten off. Stuff legs and sew in place. Fasten off. Sew outer sides of the "head" leaving the center open. At both ends, place the ears and sew them in place. Stuff body, and the head closed.

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Monkeyroo Baby Rattle

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This is a fun rattle for your baby or for a child you love, whether it is your niece,nephew, your grandchild or the baby of your best friend. It is easy and quick to make and you will delight any child you give it to.

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Cafe, Red Heart Buff, scraps red Heart Black, Red Heart Carrot)
Crochet size F and size H hooks
1 little bell (I used a cat's little ball with a bell inside)
stuffing tool
measuring tape
scissors
pins
fiberfill
blunt needle

Note: If you prefer, you can use cotton yarn, but personally, I prefer acrylic yarn because it can be thrown into the washer and into the dryer without shrinkage and the toy could be kept clean for the child.

Body, make 2. With H hook and Cafe, ch 17.
Row 1- 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (Ch 1 stands for 1 sc throughout). Row 2- 1 sc in next sc and in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (16 sts.)
Rows 3 to 15- Rep row 2. Fastenoff, leaving long tail to sew with. Place both squares right sides facing one another and whip stitch together the sides and the top using the long tails you left when you fastened off. Leave the bottom open.
Turn inside out and proceed to make the "face".

Monkey's face- Face Mask: (Make 2) With hook size F and Buff, ch 2. Rnd 1- 6 sc in 2nd ch from hk.Sl st to close rnd. Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around.Sl st to close rnd. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Muzzle- With Buff and F hook, ch 2. Rnd 1- 6 sc in 2nd ch from hk.Sl st to close rnd. Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around.Sl st to close rnd. Rnd 3- 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, *1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around. Sl st to close rnd. Rnd 4- 1 sc in each of first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, *1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. Slip st to close rnd.
Rnd 5- 1 sc in each sc around. Fassten offl leaving long tail to sew with.
Eyes- With F hook and Black, ch 2. (Make 2) Rnd 1- Make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Rattle's Ring- With Carrot and H hook, Ch 7. Row 1- 1 sc in 3rd ch from hk and in all achians across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc). Rows 3-32: Rep row 2. Fasten off, leaving a tail as long as the strip you just crocheted. Thread a blunt needle with the end of the long yarn tail you just left and begin to whipstitch thestrip into a tube. Using a stuffing tool or a small dowel, push the fiberfill into the tube until the tube is firm. Sew both sides together into a doughnut. Fasten off.
Ears- With H hook and Buff, ch 2. Rnd 1- Make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st to close rnd. Rnd 2- Mke 2 sc in each sc around. Sl st to close rnd. Fasten off. Weave in tail. Join Cafe. Rnd 3- 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep aropund. Sl st to join rnd. Fasten off, leave a long tail to sew with. Sew in place following photos.
Insert cat bell inside the Body/Head of Monkeyroo, pad the ball around with fiberfil stuffing. Insert rattle's ring into the bottom opening of the toy and whipstitch across. Fasten off securely.
This is not the loudest rattle but it is a run toy to entertain baby and it does rattle a bit.
Enjoy!


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