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Ser Pounce-a-Lot

As a bona fide crazy cat lady it was only so long until I was compelled to make a cute kitty of some kind. I’ve previously made Luna and Artemis dolls in the same style I make a lot of my Pokemon, but wanted to do something with a bit more of an animal shape. I had a custom order last year for a cat character that gave me the perfect opportunity!

Meet Ser Pounce-a-Lot! The original custom order had tiny little felt armour as well, but this is just the plain ol’ cat version, since it’s a little less time consuming. I also remade Luna and Artemis using the same style, luckily there are plenty of cat characters to choose from.

This pattern is simple, though sometimes creating the small tube-like legs and tail can be a bit of a pain, and might give absolute beginners a bit of trouble.

You will need

  • 2 x 8.00 mm safety eyes
  • 3.00mm / D crochet hook
  • Polyester filling
  • Yarn colour of choice!
    • for Ser Pounce-a-Lot I used an orange yarn with a darker orange to sew on the stripes
    • for Luna I used a black yarn and then sewed a crescent moon on with yellow yarn
    • for Artemis I used a white yarn and then sewed a crescent moon on with yellow yarn

I also ended up using coloured eyes with the Luna and Artemis dolls. I bought them from https://www.etsy.com/shop/glasseyesonline
The entire pattern is worked in the one colour – though I encourage you to experiment!

If you have any trouble reading the stitch shorthand take a look at the FAQ to see if it clears it up. And for those smaller pieces, you’re going to want to turn them at about the second row to make sure the right side is outwards – if you don’t know what I’m talking about, read about the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ side of amigurumi here.

HEAD

1. MR 6 (6)
2. inc 6 (12)
3. [ inc, sc ]x 6 (18)
4. sc, [ inc, sc 2 ]x 5, inc, sc (24)
5. [ inc, sc 3 ]x 6 (30)
6-10. sc 30 (30)
11. [ dec, sc, 3 ]x 6 (24)
12. sc, [ dec, sc 2 ]x 5, dec, sc (18)
13. [ dec, sc ]x 6 (12)

Finish off, leaving a tail for attaching to the body later. Insert the safety eyes between rows 9 and 10, with approximately 5 stitches between them. Stuff firmly.

EARS (make 2)

1. MR 5 (5)
2. inc, sc 4 (6)
3. inc, sc 5 (7)

Finish off, leaving a tail for attaching to the head.

TAIL

1. MR 6 (6)
2-10. sc 6 (6)

Finish off, leaving a tail for attaching to the body.

ARM/LEG (make 4)

1. MR 8 (8)
2. sc 8 (8)
3. dec 2, sc 4 (6)
4-7. sc 6 (6)

Finish off, leaving a tail for attaching to the body.

BODY

1. MR 6 (6)
2. inc 6 (12)
3. [ inc, sc ]x 6 (18)
4. sc, [ inc, sc 2 ]x 5, inc, sc (24)
5-6. sc 24 (24)
7. sc, [ dec, sc 2 ]x 5, dec, sc (18)
8-12. sc 18 (18)
(stuff the body at this point)
13. [ dec, sc ]x 6 (12)
14. dec 6 (6)

Finish off and close the piece.

Ser Pounce-a-Lot pieces

Now that we have all of the pieces crocheted it’s time to put it together. For Ser Pounce-a-Lot, or other tabbies, this is the point at which I would sew on his tail stripes. I take a length of a darker orange yarn and sew it around the tail a few times, skipping a row occasionally.

Ser Pounce-a-Lot tail stripes
Ser Pounce-a-Lot pinned together

Then I pin all of the pieces together to get an idea of positioning. I attach his ears to his head first, and then sew on the stripes on his head. He gets three on the top – the middle one dips down further than the other two. Then he gets two stripes on either cheek, the top one is slightly longer than the bottom one. You could also sew him on a little pink nose at this point if you wanted to, and maybe even some whiskers.

Ser Pounce-a-Lot head

After the head is finished I sew it onto the body. I like to sew the head on before the legs because it’s easier to position the legs around the head. Then sew on the legs and the tail – the legs can be a bit tricky, make sure that you check them as you go to make sure that he can still stand. I usually keep the pins in while I attach the pieces because I find it easier. The last step is to embroider the stripes on his back. Before you know it you’re done!

Ser Pounce-a-Lot finished

*This was the point which I added Pounce’s armour for the custom order. I just cut up a lot of triangular shaped green pieces of felt which were glued on, and then embroidered yellow yarn around the edges to create the detailing. I also went around his arms and legs with green, yellow and brown yarn to make his little cuffs.

Ser Pounce-a-Lot decorative armour

I will definitely be making myself a small army of these little guys, maybe a couple of mini-versions of my actual cats to keep me company at work (and if they’re anything like the real ones, knock everything off my desk).

Have you made one? Upload a picture below, or tag your work #53stitches on Tumblr and Instagram! I check them all 🙂