The Cat Toy Sphere recipe

Okay, I missed the imaginary deadline for getting "Tempting II" finished. I still have a half inch to knit before the decreases and the neck band.

Still, I have to get this off my plate also, so here you go. This is by no means a pattern; it is a recipe.

Find the yarn you want to use, and a set of DPNs that are 2 sizes smaller than what is recommended for the yarn (that handy dandy info on the ball band). Make sure you leave a tail at the beginning of your work (about 6").
Using the long tail method, cast on an odd number of stitches over three DPNs (for my example, 5 stitches on each needle, for a total of 15 stitches).
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches.
Knit two rounds plain.
Next round: K2,M1,K3 on each needle (you now have 6 stitches on each of the three needles).
Knit two rounds plain.
Next round: K2,M1,K2,M1,K2 on each needle (8 stitches on each needle)
Knit 3 rounds plain.
Next round: K4, m1, k4 on each needle (9 stitches on each needle)
Knit 3 rounds plain
Next round: Begin the decreases, in the reverse order of the increases. (so all the M1 instructions are now Dec.1)
Decrease until you have THREE stitches on each needle (yes, I know you started with five on the other end, but there is a method to my madness)
Last round: K2tog all around until you only have 3 stitches left, draw them up with a tapestry needle.
Now, stuff the other end with fiberfill and catnip. You can do what I did, and put the catnip in a ped (those useless little socks they give you to try on shoes) so that the herb doesn't squeeze out between the stitches. Weave the beginning tail through the backside of your original 15 stitches, and draw up; it should close the opening rather nicely. Now make a knot or two to secure everything, weave in the ends, and you've got a cat toy.


skully said...

Yay for the sphere pattern! Moses wants me to get off the computer and make him another one!

heyfatlulu said...

I have another prototype sitting here, a blue BunnyHop version. I will happily fill it with the nip and give it to MosesCat!