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This same cat design first appeared in a pattern book in the year 1916. The chart at left is from a 1944 publication. Wouldn't this make a great black Halloween cat? Chart is suitable for filet crochet, crocheting colors in, cross stitch, needlepoint, plastic canvas or duplicate stitch on knitted background.

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Below I've outlined some various ways that a crocheter could use the chart. You could even translate the chart into a small granny squares wallhanging or afghan (details below).

To work from the chart in single crochet:
Starting chain: Chain 36.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each chain across. (35 sc)

To Cross stitch cat on finished crocheted square:

Rows 2 - 34: (At end of each row, chain 1 to turn.) Sc in each sc across. (35 sc)
End off. With large-eye yarn needle and yarn color of your choice, cross stitch the cat on the finished background, refering to chart. Read the chart as one square on the chart equalling one single crochet. How To Cross-Stitch on Single Crochet

Another option is to crochet your background in afghan stitch (tunisian) when you plan to cross stitch the cat on a crocheted background, using this chart.

If Crocheting colors in:

Work each row in single crochet. Follow the chart, starting with the first row on the bottom of the chart as Row 1. Follow the chart from right to left for the first row, left to right for the second row. Continue to follow the chart back and forth in this manner, changing colors as indicated on the chart.

You will need to use separate balls of yarn for each color area. For hints on managing these multiple balls of yarn and for a diagram on how to change colors in crochet, see my Changing Colors article.

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To work from the chart in filet crochet:
(There are 35 blocks across on the chart.)

To brush up on your basics in filet crochet, go here: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa050298.htm

For filet crochet using 3 dc in each block (solid mesh):


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Starting chain: Chain 75.
Row 1: Dc in 7th ch from hook, * ch 1, skip 1 st, dc in next st, repeat from * across row, ch 4, turn.
Rows 2 - 34: Follow chart, with each black square representing an open mesh and each white square representing a solid mesh.

For filet crochet using 4 dc in each block (solid mesh):
Starting chain: Chain 111.
Row 1: Dc in 8th ch from hook, * ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc in next st, repeat from * across row, ch 5, turn.
Rows 2 - 34: Follow chart, with each black square representing an open mesh and each white square representing a solid mesh.

Or Reverse The Chart Symbols: Of course, you can reverse the meaning of the symbols on the chart, when doing as a filet crochet, if you would like the cat to be made up of open mesh, with the area around the cat as a solid area.

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Another Option - Little Granny Squares: If you enjoy making small granny squares, you could translate a filet crochet chart into a granny square wallhanging or afghan, by reading the chart as: one square on the chart equaling one small granny square. Make solid color granny squares that consist of a few rounds only and that measure not more than 2 1/2 inches in diameter. You could use a two-color scheme for the chart, consisting of a light color and a contrasting darker color ... or, if you're in a creative mood, you could color in parts of the chart to plan places where you want to add extra color. Make the number of small granny squares that you will need for each solid color, then join them according to the chart. Sew and Non-Sew Methods of Joining Squares

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As you can see, there are many ways that you can use any chart. Play around with it and have fun!

Copyright Law FYI: Here's an answer to a commonly asked question (and something that it's so important to know). The cat design on this page is in the public domain but, when you're varying charts that are not public domain charts - When you translate another designer's copyrighted chart into a different crochet method, it could be for your own personal use only, per copyright law. In other words, it's still a variation of (also called a derivitive work of) that copyrighted chart, so you could not legally place your own copyright on your crochet method variation of another designer's copyrighted chart and, also, could not legally sell or give away to others that pattern which resulted from crocheting a copyrighted chart in another crochet technique, unless you had the express written consent of the chart copyright holder, per copyright law. But you can, of course, experiment with crocheting the chart with various crochet methods, for your own personal use only, to your heart's content. U.S. Government Copyright Web Site

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This same cat design (with no chart) was originally shown as a finished piece in Collection of Artistic Crochet Work, by Emma Landis Ferguson, published in the year 1916 (now in the public domain). Cat Chart was also printed as a chart for filet crochet, in Star Bedspreads, Book No. 34, in 1944.

Copyright: I added the instructions for all the various ways the chart might be used by crocheters. I crocheted the samples shown on this page as finished pieces. This article and the Images of finished pieces are copyright 1999 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc. Do not redistribute.

How long does copyright last? See US Government Copyright Office web site at http://www.loc.gov/copyright. Under "Publications" heading, click on "Information Circulars": Circular 15 (Renewal of Copyrights), Circular 15a (Duration of Copyrights) and Circular 15t (Extension of Copyright Terms) will be helpful.

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