Peg Plus Cat Amigurumi

PegCat
Image: PBS.org and Sarah Pinault

Before having children, I went on an Amigurumi feeding frenzy.

I devoured everything Ana Paula Rimoli came up with, then when Pinterest and children came along my imagination exploded. Of course, as every first time mother knows, she will have plenty of time for her hobbies while on maternity leave, ahem. My needles sat mostly dormant through two children, surfacing here and there for a new hat or simple blanket. Then came the wonderful Peg Plus Cat from PBS, and my imagination was sparked again. So out came the hook and the yarn, and eventually, out came Cat.

This pattern for our beloved Cat comes with a warning. I started making Cat in time for Christmas 2013, he was finished in time for Easter 2014, and the pattern was translated from chicken scratches in time for Columbus day 2014. I fear that something has been lost in translation. Perhaps this should be considered a test pattern, please comment with questions and addenda and bear with me as we work to get this pattern out together.

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The increase indicated at the end of each line are, I pray, at least accurate enough so that you can adapt this pattern to your preferred method of increasing and decreasing.

My sons have had hours of fun with this friend, and I hope that the ramblings of a first time pattern designer are good enough for you to get to the joy he can bring. Because if your child loves Peg Plus Cat as much as we do, I can promise that this will bring only joy.

Body (using Navy blue yarn and a G hook)

Row 1 Ch 3 and join into a loop

Row 2 6 sc (single crochet) into loop (6)

Row 3 Sc 2 into each st around (12)

Row 4 *Sc 1, sc 2 into next st*,  repeat (18)

Row 5 *Sc 2, sc 2 into next st* repeat (24)

Row 6 *Sc 3, sc 2 into next st*,  repeat  (30)

Row 7 *Sc 4, sc 2 into next st*,  repeat  (36)

Row 8 *Sc 5, sc 2 into next st*,  repeat (42)

Row 9 *Sc 6, sc 2 into next st*,  repeat (48)

Row 10 *Sc 7, sc 2 into next st*,  repeat (54)

Row 11 *Sc 8, sc 2 into next st*,  repeat (60)

Row 12 *Sc 9, sc 2 into next st*,  repeat (66)

Row 13 *Sc 10, sc 2 into next st*,  repeat (72)

Row 14 *Sc 5, sc 2 into next st*,  repeat (84)

Rows 15 – 41 Sc 84

Row 42 *Sc 5, dec 1*, repeat (72)

Row 43 *Sc 2, dec 1*, repeat (54)

Row 43-55 Sc 54

Row 56 *Sc 2, dec 1*, repeat (39)

Rows 57 -59 Sc 39

Row 60 *Sc 2, dec 1*, repeat (30)

Row 61 *Sc 2, dec 1*, repeat (24)

Row 62 *dec 1*, repeat (12)

Row 63 *dec 1*, repeat (6)

Row 64 *sc, sk1* repeat 3 times then close

 Ears (make tw0)

Row 1 Ch 3 and join into a loop

Row 2 4 Sc into loop (4)

Row 3 sc 2 into each st(8)

Rows 4-12  Sc 8

Row 13 *sc, sc, sc, sc into next st* repeat (10)

Rows 14-17 Sc 10

Arms and Legs (make 4)

Row 1 Ch 3 and join into a loop

Row 2 3 Sc into loop (3)

Row 3 sc 2 into each st (6)

Row 4 sc 2 into each st (12)

Row 5 *sc 1, sc 2 into next st* repeat (18)

Rows 6- 16 Sc 18

Tie off and sew flat.

Tail

Begin with White Yarn

Row 1 Ch 3 and join into a loop

Row 2 3 Sc into loop (3)

Row 3 sc 2 into each st (6)

Row 4 sc 2 into each st (12)

Row 5 sc 2 into each st (24)

Row 6 *sc 3 then sc 2 into next st* repeat (30)

Rows 7 -12 sc 30

Switch to Blue Yarn

Rows 12-13 sc 30

Row 14 *sc 4, dec 1* repeat (25)

Rows 15-16 sc 25

Row 17 *sc 3, dec 1* repeat (20)

Row 18-26 Sc 20

Row 27 *sc 1, sc 2 into next st* repeat (15)

Row 28 *sc 1, sc 2 into next st* repeat (10)

Rows  29-34 sc 10

Stuff up to this point, do not stuff any further

Rows 35- 40 sc 10 and finish

Legs were added at the request of my four year old, I would have preferred a bean bag base and no legs to create a doorstop of kinds, but I was outvoted. A word to the wise, sew on the tail with steel, Cat will be swung around the head in some kind of feline karate action the likes of which you have never witnessed.

Happy hooking!

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