Adapted from the Tatted Cat found in McCall's Needlework (Fall/Winter) 1958
My kitty (pictured) is tatted with DMC size 80 tatting thread; two tiny green (size 15) beads were used for the eyes. If you tat the cat with a heavier gauge thread, you may want to increase the bead size slightly. Silver-lined red "Delica" beads were used on the hat. The picture doesn't show them very well, but they sparkle wonderfully!
BODY: Center: R 1-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1 Cl. Cut and tie.
R: 2-2+2-2, Cl, RW (+ to picot on center)
*Ch 3-2-2-3, RW.
R 2+2+2-2, Cl, RW. (First + on prev ring, second + on next picot on center)
Repeat from * around (On last ring, join last picot to first picot of first
Cut and tie.
Attach last Ch to top of first Ring (10 rings and chains).
Last ring has 3 + (to prev ring, to center, and to first ring).
*R 2-2+2+2-2, Cl, RW. (First + on last picot of Ch on Row 1; Second + on
first picot of next Ch on Row 1)
Ch 3-2-2-2-2-3, RW.
Repeat from * around (10 rings and chains)
Cut and Tie. Attach last Ch to top of first ring.
HEAD: Center: R 1-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1, Cl, RW. Cut and tie.
Row 1: R 2-2+2-2, Cl, RW. (+ on center)
Ch 3-2-2+3, RW. (+ on middle picot of chain on last row of body)
**R 2+2+2-2, Cl, RW (First + picot on last ring; Second + on next
picot on center)**
Ch 3+2-2+3 (First + on next picot same Ch of Body;
Second + on 2nd picot of next Ch of Body)
Make R (work from ** to **)
CH 3+2-2-3, RW (+ on next picot same Ch of body).
Ch 3 - 1--- 1--- 1--- 2 - 3 (--- long picots for whiskers) RW
Make R, but add a bead to the joining picot for the eye.
Ch 3-2-2, R 7 --- 7, Cl. Ch 5, RW.
Ch 10, RW.
Ch 5. R 7--- 7, Cl.
Ch 2-2-3, RW.
R 2+2+2+2 (First + on last picot of last ring; Second
+ on center, but add a bead here for the second eye; Third + on first picot first ring)
Ch 3 - 1 --- 1 ---1 --- 3.
Cut and Tie. Join Ch to top of first ring.
TAIL: for novices:
Chain 35 ds
or For intermediate tatters: Split rings:
Starting at body:
SR: *5 ds/5ds (close ring)
Repeat these split* rings for desired length of tail.... I made 15 and then the last two I reduced to 4ds instead of 5ds on the SR's
Or starting at the tip:
Repeat * twice
Repeat ** for desired length.
Attach to body
Note: Picots should be long so they can be cut. Makes for a nice fuzzy tail!
You will be starting from top of this hat and working down, where you attach to cat's head.
*White Thread:Top of Hat: R 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 Close *Red Thread and Red "Delica" Beads: 1st Red Ring on Hat: Add red bead to a picot on white ring, connect red thread and make ring of 5 ds - 5 ds - 5ds (close ring). Cut and hide ends into bead above.
Next Row (2 split rings): 5ds + (w/red bead to picot on ring above), 5ds/5ds p 5ds (close ring); repeat once (cut and tie) 3rd Row (3 split rings): 5ds + (w/red bead to picot on ring above), 5ds/5ds p 5ds (close ring); repeat two more times, but on join on middle ring, join between two rings above with bead; on last ring join to last picot on second red ring above. (cut and tie)
White Trim of Hat:White thread: (5 small split rings that attach the red cap to the cats head).
Join on side of cats ear (see picture):
SR: 4ds/4ds (close)
SR: 2ds + (with bead to 1st picot on above red ring) 2ds/4ds (close);
SR: 2ds + (with bead to 2nd picot on above red ring) 2ds/2ds + (join to center of cat's head below) 2ds (close)
SR: 2ds + (with bead to 3rd picot on above red ring) 2ds/4 ds (close)
SR: 4ds/4ds (close last white ring and attach to cat's ear on other side). Cut/tie.
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