Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My Pimp Paw is Strong!

The Tilden Park Scarf is an easy ruffled and ruched infinity scarf that adds a feminine touch to any outfit.


  

 Big G, the notorious C.A.T., is the most wanted hoodlum in our neighborhood. Among his rumored activities are pushing catnip, stealing food from kitties, and threatening the other toms. You see, there is only room for one player in this 'hood, and his pimp paw is strong!


Remember, folks, Halloween is right around the corner, and your cat does not want to be left out. Check out my other free patterns for dressing up your cat or your kid.


Materials
  • 40 yards of worsted weight purple yarn for the hat. I used Cascade 220 in colorway 7807
  • 10 yards of worsted weight yellow yarn for the gold chains
  • Size J crochet hook for the hat
  • Size K crochet hook for the gold chains
  • 12 inches of  5/8-inch ribbon in an animal print
  • A couple of feathers. Mine feathers were plucked from a catnip mouse.
  • glue
  • tapestry needle
Gauge 
4 sts in sc = 1 inch (I'm a tight crocheter, so check your gauge)
Finished hat has a 10.5-inch circumference around the sides (not the brim)

Abbreviations
[ ]     repeat instructions between brackets
ch     chain
sc     single crochet
sl st  slit stitch
st(s) stitches

5/28/11 Edited sc increases so stitch counts are correct.

Directions
Using the magic ring method and the smaller crochet hook, ch 1. SC 5 into the loop. Pull the tail tightly to close the hole and sl st into the turning chain (the first ch 1).


Top and Side of Hat
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc into base of sl st just made, sc 2 times into next 5 sc. Sl st into the turning chain. (12 sc total)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc into the base of the sl st just made, [sc 1 time in next 1 sc, sc 2 times into next sc ] to end. Sl st into the turning chain. (18 sc total)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc into the base of the sl st just made, [sc 1 time in next 2 sc, sc 2 times in next sc ] to end. Sl st into the turning chain. (24 sc total)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc into the base of the sl st just made, [sc 1 time in next 3 sc, sc 2 times in next sc ] to end. Sl st into the turning chain. (30 sc total)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc into the base of the sl st just made, [sc 1 time in next 4 sc, sc 2 times in next sc ] to end. Sl st into the turning chain. (36 sc total)
Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc into the base of the sl st just made, [sc 1 time in next 5 sc, sc 2 times in next sc ] to end. Sl st into the turning chain. (42 sc total)
Rnd 7: Continue to sc into the next stitch (you are crocheting in a spiral) until the hat is 2 inches high.


Brim
Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc into the base of the sl st just made, [sc 1 time in next 6 sc, sc 2 times in next sc ] to end. Sl st into the turning chain. (48 sc total)
Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc into the base of the sl st just made, [sc 1 time in next 7 sc, sc 2 times in next sc ] to end. Sl st into the turning chain. (54 sc total)
Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc into the base of the sl st just made, [sc 1 time in next 8 sc, sc 2 times in next sc ] to end. Sl st into the turning chain. (60 sc total)
Rnd 11: Ch 1, sc into the base of the sl st just made, [sc 1 time in next 9 sc, sc 2 times in next sc ] to end. Sl st into the turning chain. (66 sc total)

Cut yarn. Using a tapestry needles, thread yarn tail through the last stitch and weave in tail. To get my hat to have crisp edges, I soaked it and blocked it on top of an upside down measuring cup. When dry, glue a piece of ribbon and a couple of feathers to the hat. I used plain old Elmer's glue, but feel free to use some other type of adhesive or to stitch the ribbon into place.

Gold Chains
Using the larger crochet hook, make a slip knot. Ch 1 until you have a "gold chain" long enough to wrap around your cat's neck, then cut yarn and thread the yarn tail through the last stitch. My chains varied from 16 to 21 inches, and I made 4 necklaces. Tie the necklaces together at the base.


As always, if you make this, let me know! I continually troll my patterns on Ravelry looking for new pictures, so if you're too shy to contact me, post a picture of your pimpin' cat in Rav and I'll be sure to see it!


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12 comments:

  1. LOL!!!
    omg this is HILARIOUS!!!
    Big G-- you are AWESOME!!!
    :o) you've outdone yourself now!

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  2. That is awesome! I'm so glad the cat hats are back!!

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  3. lol! my cats would kill me If I tried to put a hat on them

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  4. HA HA HA!!! I wish I had an ol' tom around. They really have character. I'm stuck with Geriatricat and her bony ways. If I put a knit on her, it will most likely be her demise.

    Reminds me of my old tom cat that would come home every morning minus an ear or fur or part of a tail. Quite the guy. The vet folder got so big they had to move his papers into an expandable folder. Loved him for it anyway. Good old George.

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  5. Love the hat! My cat says NO, though.

    Son says that your cat looks very patient/tolerant.

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  6. I got discouraged while trying to dress up Celeste, but now that I have Porter...I have a new, unsuspecting victim who might be a better sport about this dress-up thing. I'll give the hat a try after I enlarge it a big...I need a dog-sized hat!

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  7. I am absolutely going to make a pimp hat for Dexter.

    That thing is awesome. :D

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  8. spindles&spice, you are my hero

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  9. I have a lil bitty doggie that loves to push me around. This at is just what he needs.

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  10. Too cute. I'm glad I spotted this post on Facebook. I'm now a follower.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  11. Love this! I featured it this morning on Moogly: http://www.mooglyblog.com/free-pet-costume-patterns/ :D

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