The "Original" Peeking Cat But Coaster
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I crochet very tightly and use an H hook and cotton worsted weight yarn. You may want to use an F or G hook depending on the size you want your coaster to be. My finished coaster (the circle part) is 3 1/4″ in diameter.
Stick with cotton yarn. Acrylic will get really yucky when wet.
slst = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
ea = each
st(s) = stitch(es)
ch = chain
Start by working 8 single crochet’s into a magic circle with the pink yarn, fasten off.
Round 1: Attach the color yarn you want to use for kitty and work 2 sc’s in ea st around for 16 sts. Do Not Join. You are going to work rounds continuously without joins so it is smooth.
Round 2: *work 2 sc’s in first st, sc in next st* repeat from* to* around for 24 sts.
Round 3: *work 2 sc’s in first st, sc in next 2 sts* repeat from* to* around for 32 sts.
Round 4: *work 2 sc’s in first st, sc in next 3 sts* repeat from* to* around for 40 sts.
Round 5: *work 2 sc’s in first st, sc in next 4 sts* repeat from* to* around for 48 sts.
Slst in next 3 sts, ch 18, slst in 2nd ch from the hook, sc in ea of the next 2 chains, 2sc in ea of the next 3 chains, sc in ea of the next 10 chains. Leave the last chain empty. Skip the next st on the cat’s body, slst in the next.
Slst in the next 19 sts, ch 6, slst in 2nd ch from the hook, sc in next ch, hdc in ea of the next 2 chains, skip the last chain. Skip the next st on the body, slst in the next, slst in the next 2 sts, ch 6, slst in 2nd ch from the hook, sc in next ch, hdc in ea of the next 2 chains, skip the last chain. Skip the next st on the body, slst in the next 20 sts. (the last 2 slst’s are going to be a little tougher because you are slip stitching into slst’s from before.
Now, remove your hook leaving the loop. Insert your hook into the next st from the BACK of the cat body (see Pic on left) and grab the loop with your hook and pull through, ch 1.
You will now be working on the back of the cat. We will be working on the original stitches from the sc’s from round 5 and NOT the slst stitches. (see Pic on right).
In the Back Loops Only, work the stitches in the ( ) into each stitch across.
Do not start in the same st as ch1. (sc), (hdc), (2 dc’s), (dc), (dc), (dc), (2 dc’s), (hdc), (sc), turn. 11 sts total.
Ch 1, now go back to working through both loops, (2 sc’s), (hdc), (2 dc’s), (2 dc’s), (dc), (dc), (dc), (2 dc’s), (2 dc’s), (hdc), (2 sc’s), turn. 17 sts total.
Starting in the NEXT st, slst in next 5 sts, ch 5, slst in 2nd from hook, sc in next st, hdc in next, dc in next, skip the next 2 sts on cat, slst in next 2 sts, ch 5, slst in 2nd from hook, sc in the next st, hdc in the next, dc in the next, skip the next 2 sts on cat, slst in next, slst in last 5 sts, fasten off and weave in end. I add buttons for eyes and even some whiskers!
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