CROCHET-Fat Cat Bean Bag

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Fat Cat Bean Bag

pattern and images by Carole Terwilliger Meyers

crocheted Fat Cat from pattern by Carole Terwilliger Meyers
crocheted Fat Cat from pattern by Carole Terwilliger Meyers

To make this sweet kitty bean bag, begin crocheting at the bottom and work your way up to form a little basket that narrows into a kitty cat.  The pattern is long and so appears to be complicated, but it is actually quite simple.  In the images here, I used an unstretchy heather wool yarn from Ireland.  The lack of stretch made it a little harder to work with.  I made this for my delighted 9-year-old granddaughter.  She checked in with me regularly to see how her kitty was coming along.  I asked her to help me fill the kitty’s tummy with beans (we used black-eyed peas), and let her select from my scraps the color that she wanted to use for the whiskers.  When it was finished, she especially enjoyed squeezing it and so far I haven’t seen her throw it. 

Measures approximately 4 inches by 4 inches.

materials
●G crochet hook
●medium weight yarn
●scraps of contrasting yarns
●1 cup beans
●2 buttons for eyes
●needle and thread

crochet abbreviations
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc -double crochet
tc – triple crochet
st or sts – stitch or stiches
sl st – slip stitch
tog – together
beg – beginning of row

detail of crocheted Fat Cat from pattern by Carole Terwilliger Meyers
detail of crocheted Fat Cat from pattern
by Carole Terwilliger Meyers

directions

round 1
Ch 3, sl st in first ch, 6 sc in center.  Sl st, place safety pin through sl st as end marker.  Use yarn tail and safety pin as marker for start.
round 2
2 sc in each st (12 sts total).  Sl st to start of row below.  Ch 2; place safety pin through final sl st as end marker. 
round 3
2 sc in each st (24 sts total).  Sl st to start of row below.  Ch 2; place safety pin through final sl st as end marker. 
round 4
(1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next)–continue around (36 sts total).  Sl st to start of row below.  Ch 2; place safety pin through final sl st as end marker. 
round 5
1 sc in each st (36 sts total).  Sl st to start of row below.  Ch 2; place safety pin through final sl st as end marker. 
round 6
1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next)–continue around (48 sts total).  Sl st to start of row below.  Ch 2; place safety pin through final sl st as end marker. 
round 7
1 sc in each st (48 st total).  Sl st to start of row below.  Ch 2; place safety pin through final slip stitch as end marker. 
round 8
Repeat round 7.
round 9
Repeat round 7.
round 10
(1 sc in 4 sc, skip next sc)–continue around (40 sts total).  Sl st to start of row below.  Ch 2; place safety pin through final sl st as end marker. 
round 11
1 sc in each st (40 sts total).  Sl st to start of row below.  Ch 2; place safety pin through final sl st as end marker. 
round 12
Repeat round 11.
round 13
(1 sc in 3 sc, skip next sc)–continue around (32 sts total).  Sl st to start of row below.  Ch 2; place safety pin through final sl st as end marker. 
round 14
1 sc in each st (32 sts total).  Sl st to start of row below.  Ch 2; place safety pin through final sl st as end marker. 
round 15
Repeat round 14.
round 16
(1 sc in first sc, skip next sc)–continue around.  1 sc in each of last 2 sc (22 sts total).  Sl st to start of row below.  Ch 2; place safety pin through final sl st as end marker. 
round 17
1 sc in each st (22 sts total).  Sl st to start of row below.  Ch 2; place safety pin through final sl st as end marker. 
round 18
Repeat round 17.  Don’t cut.

Fill with dry beans.
Pinch top together and single crochet through both thicknesses (approximately 10 stitches total).  Turn. 

detail of crocheted Fat Cat from pattern by Carole Terwilliger Meyers
detail of crocheted Fat Cat from pattern
by Carole Terwilliger Meyers

ears
4 sc back across.  Turn.  Ch 1, 3 sc.  Turn.  Ch 1, 1 sc.  Turn.  3 sc down side of ear, then continue sc across to end.  Turn.  Ch 1, 4 sc.   Turn.  Ch 1, 3 sc.  Turn. Ch 1, 1 sc, sl st.  Cut thread. 
tail
Cut 6  8-inch lengths of yarn.  Use a crochet hook to pull though bottom back of cat.  Secure by making a loop.  My granddaughter thought it was fun to braid the threads for a few inches. 
whiskers
Cut 3  4-inch lengths of yarn.  Use a crochet hook to pull through either side of cat’s face. 
nose
Use crochet hook to pull yarn through to form a nose.
eyes
Sew on two buttons.

(www.berkeleyandbeyond2.com; copyright Carole Terwilliger Meyers)