Twinkle Kitty by Sarah Bandoian

Twinkle Kitty

May 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
6 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch
30 - 35 yards (27 - 32 m)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Twinkle Kitty is small enough to be made in a Twinkling.

If you like itty bitty knit animals, but are less than fond of making tiny little arms and legs to stuff and sew to the body, try Twinkle. He’s made with minimum sewing in mind. The head is knit straight down from the ears, the arms are made by increases and decreases, and the legs are knit straight down from the body. The only thing that is sewed on is the tail.

Twinkle is made with worsted weight acrylic yarn - he only needs about 30 yards, so you can just grab any leftover ball at hand.
He will need contrasting yarn for the face. If you desire, you can pick another color for a bow tie.
He will also need stuffing - fiberfill or scrap acrylic yarn with a similar tone to the main color (so it doesn’t show through as much).

Twinkle is about 6 inches from ears to feet. You can choose your favorite size needles for knitting softies - I suggest between size 4 and 6 US. If your gauge is different than mine, it is not important - but you must have stitches that are snug enough to keep the stuffing from showing through (no better way to ruin a beautiful project!). (So if you knit loosely, opt for the smaller size needles.)

This is my first published design. I have done my best to write the instructions in Plain English, but I understand that they may still be confusing. Feel free to leave comments if you are in need of help!

Some very helpful tutorials for constructing knit softies can be found at Mochimochi Land. Here are links to a few:

How to: knitting with double-pointed needles
How to: joining feet (this may assist you with joining Twinkle’s ears)
How to: mattress stitch
Eye Eye: a tutorial