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Monday, 12 November 2012

Acid Cat Ears Pattern!


After posting this photo to instgram I had a lot of interest in these little ears!! Thank you all so much for your love and support!! Really makes me feel good about making silly things like cat ears. This pattern is actually VERY easy but it may LOOK difficult. If you're a beginner I think that you should still try it!!! There are some weird words but really all you need to know is the knit and purl stitch and you can learn the rest along the way :). 




For the full pattern click below! 



For this pattern I used:

- 2 Skeins of Manos del Uruguay Maxima Wool (worsted weight merino wool)
- 1 pair of US size 6 (4mm) needles
- 1 clover french knitter
- 1 tapestry needle
- scissors

Essentially what you're going to do is make 2 large triangles (outer ears) and two small triangles (inner ears). They're worked in the same way:

Cast on: 13 stitches (outer) or 9 stitches (inner)
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3 (and all odd rows): slip-slip-knit, knit until 2 stitches remain, knit2together

EXPLANATION! slip-slip-knit (ssk) - this is a decrease where you slip 2 stitches onto the right needle, slip the left needle under the stitches and in front of the right needle, and knit it off to decrease 1 stitch (see photo below)

Knit2together (k2tog) - this is more straightforward, when you're at the end with 2 stitches left, instead of putting the needle through one stitch, put it through the remaining 2 and knit it off together as if it were one, this will decrease your row again. 

Row 4 (and all even rows): purl

Continue rows until 3 stitches remain. 
Now you have to do something called slip-purl2together-pass slip stitch over (see this seems really difficult because the name is long!! but it's ok it's actually really easy). On the purl side, slip one stitch onto your right needle, purl the last 2 stitches together, and bring the first stitch over the second stitch. Now you should have one stitch left! (see photo below)

Now all you have to do is cut a long tail and put that through the stitch and pull tight. 

That wasn't too difficult right?? Continue until you've made 2 large triangles and 2 small triangles. 

For the headband portion, I like using a french knitter because it's SO versatile! You can really use it for so many things!!! When I bought it I had no idea what I would use it for, and I actually didn't use it for a good 2 years, until I had a brilliant idea to use it in EVERYTHING!! well not everything, but I use it a lot now and I really love it. If you don't have one I REALLY recommend getting one! And I use it in this pattern so you should get it! Otherwise you can make an I Cord. 

Make a tube that measures approximately the size of your head. The yarn that I used here is a bit stretchy which I like because you can give it as a gift easily. If you're making this for someone else don't worry too much about their exact head size, head sizes don't differ greatly unless you're making it for a child in which case you should make it a bit smaller... You'd be surprised at how large children's heads are though. 

Once you're finished the tube you can assemble it all together! 



With your tapestry needle, sew the purl side of your inner ear to the knit side of your outer ear. Once you've done this you can sew the bottom of the ears onto your headband tube! Leave only about a half inch between the two ears. Now sew the tube together. 


Headband complete! If you have any questions please let me know in the comment section I would LOVE to help in any way possible :) 
x

9 comments:

  1. So cute!!! Did you add the pattern on the Ravelry database? It'll be my next project ;) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yay so glad you like! and they look so great on you :) I didn't add it to Ravelry... but I added it to Kollabora. Maybe I will go add to Ravelry now!

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    2. I didn't know Kollabora! Just had a look now, do you like it better? Is it new?

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    3. yayay Kollabora is very new! I like the interface better than Ravelry and I think it's a lot easier to use. Although since it is new there aren't a lot of patterns... yet!! Join and I will try to find and follow you :)

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    4. wow i'm confused actually ya it was on Ravelry.... I don't remember that happening!! haha

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    5. did you put it there?? help my confusion!!

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    6. ohh I see you did. Ok sorry Ravelry really confuses me and I clearly don't know how to use it properly!

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    7. Yes I did yesterday sorry I should have let you know. Well Ravelry confused me A LOT at the beginning, I had an account for a year and never used it, and now I find it so handy....

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  2. love it. I was just look for idea for ears.. this should help be get started.

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