Santa Cat Ornament and Pillow
An original, designed by Sandi Marshall
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You can work the chart either of two ways:
Crochet The Colors In As You Go
Cross-stitch the Design on a Crocheted Background
A few suggestions for ways to use this chart:
Gauge is not important for this project. Just to give you an idea of approximate finished size: Size 10 crochet thread with a size 8 steel hook will make an ornament about 3 1/4 inches wide. To make a cat ornament, crochet two pieces (for a front and a back). The chart is 30 stitches across and 30 rows high. To make 2 extra stitches on each side of the design, make a starting chain of 35 chains (for 34 single crochet). If crocheting a background in afghan stitch, starting chain is 34 chains (there is no turning chain in afghan stitch). Crochet 34 rows. When crocheting the colors in, as you go, or when cross-stitching the design on the finished crocheted background, begin to add colors from the chart at the third row and begin on the third stitch in, so that you will have a plain border, two stitches wide, all the way around the cat design. Use embroidery floss to do the cross-stitch. I used two strands of floss at a time (floss has 6 strands; separate 2 strands to thread onto your needle). When cross-stitching is completed, place the two pieces, wrong side together and work a round of single crochet around three sides, working through both thicknesses, to join the two pieces. Do not end off. Stuff lightly. Now crochet across the fourth side to close. End off. Weave in ends. Sew a loop of ribbon to the center of the top, to use for hanging.
Crochet two pieces in the yarn weight of your choice. Do the cross-stitch with yarn of the same weight that you used to crochet the background. Follow same directions as for the ornament but stuff firmly, instead of lightly or stuff with a pillow form (also, omit the loop of ribbon at the end of the directions).
Crochet with the yarn weight of your choice. Work one round of single crochet around the outside edges of the finished piece, working (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner.
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