We had a tortoiseshell coloured cat called Bracken who lived up to the “naughtie tortie” label. It seems tortoiseshell cats (which are always female!!!) have a reputation for being difficult – she had a red star by her name at our Vet’s clinic. I loved her ’though as far as she was concerned I was just warm furniture and the wielder of the tin-opener!
Sadly she died so I decided to knit a scarf in remembrance.
It was fun to make even though it took several tries to get the head as I wanted. Twice I was accosted when out shopping by people demanding to know where I bought it.
This was the first pattern I wrote down trying to remember after it was finished so I have to warn that I can’t guarantee it, reading through it now makes me amazed that it worked!!
NB Please read note and corrections kindly sent by BoatkrazysWife
On 7mm needles with 2 strands of DK yarn, I used Stylecraft Life and changed colour when it seemed appropriate – it was never going to look like Bracken!
The whiskers are strands of “lash” yarn knotted so that they wouldn’t pull out.
(even though’ I’ve put ‘k’ – I started all rows Sl1 to give a neater edge.
Provisionally, CO 26st.
Row 1: k1, m1, k to last 3st, SKP, k1.
Row 2: k
Rpt until long enough.
To ‘square off’ the end
Row 1 and every odd row: CO 2st, k to last 3st, SKP, k1.
Row 2 and every even row: k.
Continue until 1st remains.
Turn and pick up 14 more st.
Row 1: k1, m1, k1, m1, k11, m1, k1, m1, k1. (19st)
Row 2 and all even rows unless stated: k
Row 3:k1, m1, k1, m1, k15, m1, k1, m1, k1. (23st)
Row 5: k1, m1, k1, m1, k19, m1, k1, m1, k1. (27st)
Row 7: k3, m1, k1, m1, k19, m1, k1, m1, k3. (31st)
Row 9: k10, turn, k5, turn, k21, turn, k5, turn, k10.
Row 11: k8, m1, k2, m1, k10, m1, k2, k8. (35st)
Row 13: k5, KFB 8 times, k9, KFB 8 times, k5. (51st)
Row 14: k13, KFB, k23, KFB, k13 (53st)
Row 15: k5, CO15, k6, m1, k1, m1, k6 CO15, k5. (25st)
Row 16: k4, k2tog tbl, k11, k2tog tbl, k4. (23st)
Row 17: k to last 4st
Row 18: sl 4st onto dpn and turn behind work, k every other from main needle then dpn, k to last 4st, sl last 4st onto dpn and turn behind work, k every other from dpn then main needle. This shapes the ears & provides ‘anchor points’ for front feet.
Row 19: Pick up 1st from previous row and 1 from back of CO edge, k to end, Pick up 1st from CO edge and 1 from previous row. (27st)
Row 20: k
Row 21: k1, SKP twice, k17, k4tog twice, k1. (23st)
Row 22: k1, SKP twice, k13, k4tog twice, k1. (19st)
Rows 23: k.
Row 25: k3, p5, k3, p5, k3
Row 27: k7, turn, k3, turn, k? , turn, k3, turn, k7.
Row 28: k6, turn, k2, turn, k? , turn, k2, turn, k6.
Row 29: k1, SKP twice, p2
k5, p2, k2tog twice, k1. (15st)
Row 31: k1, SKP twice, k5, k2tog twice, k1. (11st)
Row 33: k
Row 35: k1, SKP twice, k1, k2tog twice, k1. (7st)
Row 37: k1, SKP, k1, k2tog, k. (5st)
Row 39: p2tog, k1, p2tog.
Either pick up & knit 7st from behind ears or CO 7st.
Knit 30-40 rows in main colour.
Row 1: k
Row 2: k1, KFB, k3, KFB, k1 (9st)
Row 3: k
Row 4: k7, turn, k5, turn, k to end.
Row 5: k5, turn, k3, turn, k to end.
Rows 6, 7: k.
Row 8: k1, SKP, k3, k2tog, k1.
Row 9: k1, SKP, k1, k2tog, k1. (5st)
Row 10: CO.
Pick up & k 16st.
Rows 1-5: k.
Row 6: k1, m1, k1, m1, k12, m1, k1, m1, k1. (20st)
Row 7: k
Row 8:k1, m1, k1, m1, k16, m1, k1, m1, k1. (24st)
Row 9: k10, put on spare needle, put last 10st on sp needle.
Work on centre 4st
Pick up & k a st from between the 4 and 10 st (6st)
Work in stocking st, slipping first st on each row.
Change colours on rt side if required.
About 2in from tip use just 1 strand of yarn, weave all ends in later when sewing seam.
Knit 10st, pick up & k 4st across base of tail, knit across next 10st. (24st)
Row 2: k1, KFB, k16, KFB, k1.
Row 3: k10, slip onto spare needle, CO4, k10,
Row 4: k8, turn, k6, turn, k to end.
Row 5 & all odd rows: k
Row 6: k7, turn, k6, turn, k to end.
Row 8: k8, turn, k6, turn, k to end.
Row 10: k1, SKP, k1, k2tog, k1, SKP, k1. (7st)
Continue until desired length, finish as front legs.
Notes from BoatkrazysWife
I found CO confusing and didn’t realize at first that it was Cast Off and not Cast On.
In Row 16 of the body I think it should be k13 instead of k11.
In Row 18 ‘k to the last 4 st’ should be ‘k to the last 8 sts’.
In Row 21 and 22 k4tog should be K2tog.
In Row 27 and 28 your ? should be 11.
In Row 2 of the back legs k16 I think it should be k20.