Here we are at Part 3 of the Mini Kitty Crochet Along! I can’t believe we are already at the final part of the pattern and finishing off all of these sweet mini kitties today! In this part, we will be adding the skirt, belt and bow!
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- Mini Kitty Amigurumi Crochet Along: Details and Materials
- Part 1 – Legs and Body
- Part 2 – Head, Eyes, Mouth, and Ears
- Part 3: Skirt, Arms, Belt, and Bow (this post!)
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Mini Kitty Amigurumi – Part 3: Skirt, Belt, Bow
- Magic Circle – Make a circle with your yarn, insert crochet hook into circle and draw up a loop. Use this loop to start your first chain 1 of the pattern. Check out this magic circle video tutorial on my YouTube Channel.
- Continuous Rounds – This pattern is worked in continuous rounds without joining. After you finish the stitches of one round, start right on the next without joining between. I find it handy to use a stitch marker (or a piece of yarn) to mark the start of each round so you know when each round starts/ends.
- Color Changes – change colors at the end of the round in the last stitch of the round. Complete last single crochet of the round until the last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and pull through last step of the single crochet. So your single crochet will go like this: insert hook into last stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over with new color, pull through both loops on hook. Optional – To make your color changes even less noticeable, make your first stitch of the next round a slip stitch instead of a single crochet.
- Stuff as you go – Add stuffing to the legs, body and head as you work it up. Make sure you are finished stuffing the legs and the body section before your decreases make the opening too narrow when starting the head. Also, be sure to add a generous amount of stuffing to the neck area before you move on to the head. This will help keep the head secure and prevent it from wobbling.
- Finished size – When you’re done, your Mini Kitty Amigurumi will measure about 6.5 inches tall.
At the end of part two, we left off with the legs, body, head, facial features, and ears finished. Today, we will start by adding the skirt and then finish by adding the belt and bow.
The skirt is worked in joined rounds, not continuous rounds like the rest of the pattern. This means you will join the last stitch to the first with a slip stitch, chain 2 and then continue with the next round.
Round 1: Make a slip knot with your accent color. With the legs facing you, and the head facing away, join the slip knot through one of the front loop stitches on the back of round 5 of the body. You will be able to see the front loops because they are where you made the round of back loop stitches. Chain 2, HDC in same stitch and in each stitch around. Join to top of first HDC with a Sl St. Chain 2. (28)
Round 2: 2 HDC in each stitch around. Join, ch 2. (56)
Round 3: 2 HDC in each stitch around. Join to first stitch. (112) Fasten off, weave in ends and cut yarn.
ARMS – make 2
*Lightly stuff the bottom half of the arms, or if you’d prefer, leave them unstuffed.
Round 1: In main kitty color, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring (6)
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (9)
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (9)
Change to accent color
Rounds 4-12: SC in each stitch around (9)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Sew the top of each arm closed by passing your yarn needle through each stitch at the top of the arm. Make sure you are working through both layers of stitches.
Sew the arms onto the sides of the body, lined up in the first round at the top of the body. This will be where your last round of the accent color is before the head starts. To keep the color changes less noticeable on the arms, try to line up the color change side of the arms between the inner arm and the body. Weave in ends, cut yarn.
Next, you can make the belt and bow to sew on, if you’d like your kitty to have those.
Make a chain long enough to fit around the middle of the your kitty. Fasten off and use your yarn needle to sew it on right above the ridge where the skirt is attached. I started at the back and then just added stitches in a few places around the kitty to keep the belt in place. Weave in ends and cut yarn.
To make the bow, follow the instructions below. I also have a photo tutorial and video tutorial on my blog for making the bows that you can find HERE. Note that the only difference is that the bow on my blog starts with a chain 3 and treble crochet stitches whereas the one in this pattern is made in the same way with only a chain 2 and double crochet stitches.
Bow Instructions: Magic circle, chain 2. Work 3 double crochet stitches into the ring, chain 2 and make a slip stitch to the center of the ring. Chain 2 again, make 3 double crochet stitches into the ring again, chain 2, slip stitch to center ring again. Pull the magic circle tight. Wrap the yarn ends around the middle of the bow a few times. I wrapped one of the yarn tails around one way and then went the opposite way with the other yarn tail. Use your yarn tails to make a knot at the back of the bow. Weave one of the yarn tails in and cut yarn. The other tail will be used to sew the bow onto the kitty’s head.
You are now all finished your Mini Kitty Amigurumi! This week has flown by with this Crochet Along. I really hope you enjoyed making this pattern!
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