In a recent moment of boredom I decided to try to reconstruct a favorite crochet project of mine into a knifty knitting project. I’ve always loved cats, so they play a prominent role in my crafting. When I found an old crocheted cat shaped pad and pen holder I decided to try converting it into a loomed pattern. It worked. These can be hung on a cubicle wall with Velcro or on a refrigerator with magnetic tape. They’re cute and great for quick gifts. Here’s how I made mine.
I used the blue and red round looms. Two balls of yarn are needed since this will be done with double strands of yarn. Also needed are a large eyed needle and a crochet hook. I am assuming you know the basic looming terms to complete this project.
Make the head first. Leaving a long tail cast on all the pegs of the blue loom with double strands of yarn and knit in the round for seven rows. With the large eyed needle draw the tail carefully through each of the bottom stitch to create a circle in the loom. Pull the knot tightly so that you have a round piece on the loom. In the next row knit the 11 first stitches, knit off three stitches and knit to the end. Continue to knit in the round for seven rows. Use the large eyed needle to pick each stitch off, pulling the stitches closed so that you have a double flat circle with a 6 stitch opening neatly at the bottom. With the crochet hook draw in all loose threads neatly.
Next, make the round body. With the red loom cast on double strands of yarn and knit in the round for nine rows. You’ll create another circle with the large eyed needle by pulling all the stitches on the bottom row taut and knotting the tail knit. Knit the first 14 stitches of the next row, knit off four stitches and then knit to the end. Knit in the round for nine more rows. Pick off each stitch with the large eyed needle and draw the stitches neatly into a circle. With the crochet hook draw in all loose threats. Set it aside.
Sew the two circles together at the seams of the open holes of each. Smooth the circles with your hands. Set aside.
For the strap to hold the pad and pencil use the blue loom. Cast onto all pegs and flat knit for 6 rows. Knit off all stitches, leaving a long tail. Sew the one side of the strap flat to one edge of the cats’ body. Loop the other end of the strap and sew the other side of the body into the middle of the loop. Again, use the crochet hook to pull in all loose threads.
Finally, with the whole piece placed inside the red loom, attach three stitches at the top left hand side of the head to pegs. Wrap all three pegs with one strand of yarn. Knit off all three stitches. Knit another row of 3 stitches. Then knit off the stitches. This should create a triangle effect. Repeat on three stitches on the right side of the head. Voila! You can put eyes or a nose on your cat or leave him plain. Set up a pad of paper and a pen and you’re done.