Posted on 2-10-2020 by Elianne van Steenis
It’s party time! And no, we’re not taking about birthdays, Easter, or even Mother’s Day. We’re talking about 4th October, of course. You know, the day that’s marked on calendars all around the world as World Animal Day. A whole day dedicated to pampering our pets! And why not celebrate the love and care given by their humans too? So, for all proud owners and lovers of creatures great and small, here’s a free crochet pattern just for you. It’s a fun, quick project, perfect for a short crochet break between walking the dog and brushing your cat’s fur. Ready? Then read on!
Are you a feline fan and lover of cats? Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a cat or two roaming your home and pouncing on yarn. If so, then this free crochet pattern is right up your alley. Annemarie Arts has designed a cute addition to the Yarnplaza Cat Collection: a cat-tastic cover for your tape measure! A tape measure is an essential tool for all who enjoy handcrafting as a hobby, but it can look a bit lackluster amidst your fancy hooks and needles and dainty scissors. To dress it up and transform it into a real eyecatcher, we’re sharing this cute tape measure cover crochet pattern with you. Do you have the basic crochet stitches under your belt? Then you’re all set to make this kitty cover. Enjoy!
What all do you need?
- 1 ball of Yarn and Colors Must-Have Mini in each of the following colors: 001 White 042 Peach 095 Shark Grey 100 Black
- Crochet hook 2.5 mm (or 2 mm/3 mm depending on your crochet tension)
- 1 Yarn and Colors tape measure, Black
ch = chain stitch st(s) stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet (UK: double crochet)
dc = double crochet (UK: treble)
tr = treble (UK: double treble
Free Crochet Pattern - Cat Tape Measure Cover Bottom of tape measure
Round 1: Using Soft Grey, work 6 sc in a magic ring, or begin as follows: ch 2, 6 sc in the first ch st, sl st in the first sc to close the round (6).
Round 2: 2 sc in each st (12).
Round 3: 2 sc in every 2nd st, 1 sc in all remaining sts (18).
Round 4: 1 sc, *2 sc in the next st, 2 sc*. Repeat *to* until the end of the round, ending with 1 sc (24).
Round 5: 2 sc in every 4th st, 1 sc in all remaining sts (30).
Round 6: 2 sc, *2 sc in the next st, 4 sc*. Repeat *to* until the end of the round, ending with 2 sc (36).
Round 7: 2 sc in every 6th st, 1 sc in all remaining sts (42).
Round 8: Work 42 sc (42).
Round 9: Work this round in the back loops only to create a round of single loops on the outside of your work. Sl st in the first st, ch 3 (= 1st dc), 12 dc, ch 1, skip 1 st, 28 dc to the end of the round.
Fasten off. Leave a long tail on your work for the finish.
If all goes well, it should be exactly the right size for the tape measure to fit in. However, everyone has their own crochet tension. If it’s too loose, crochet it again using a 2 mm crochet hook. If it’s too tight, try redoing it with a 3 mm hook. It should fit in precisely. Insert the tape measure into the cover with the button facing down. Pull the beginning of the tape through the opening created by the skipped stitch in round 9.
Front of cat’s face
Repeat rounds 1-8 of the pattern for the bottom of the tape measure. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Round 1: Using White, work 6 sc in a magic ring, or begin as follows: ch 2, 6 sc in the first ch st, sl st in the first sc to close the round (6).
Round 2: 2 sc in each st (12).
Round 3: 2 sc in every 2nd st, 1 sc in all remaining sts (18). Fasten off. Leave a long tail on your work for sewing it together.
Using Peach, embroider a small nose over rounds 1 and 2, from the center outwards. Then sew the snout onto the cat’s face, centered between rounds 3 and 8 of the cat’s face (see picture). Use small stitches all around to attach it securely. Using Black, embroider 2 eyes over round 4 above the snou Now place the front of the cat’s face on the top of the tape measure to close the cover. Use the long tail left on the bottom piece to sew the face on all the way around. Make sure that you keep inserting your needle from the same side through the stitches to create a neat seam. Sew through the back loops only of the stitches around the face to leave a round of single loops visible like those on the bottom part of the cover.
Ears x 2
Using Soft Grey, ch 6 to make a foundation chain. Working back along the foundation chain, work 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, (1 hdc, 1 dc) in the next ch, (1 tr, ch 2) in the next ch. Sl st in the 1st of the 2 ch sts you just made (to create a point), then 1 tr in the same st as the previous tr. Continue working along the foundation chain and work (1 dc, 1 hdc) in the next ch, 1 sc in the last ch. Fasten off. Leave a long tail on your work for sewing it together. Crochet a second ear.
Inner ears x 2
Round 1: Using White, ch 2, 2 sc in the first ch (2).
Round 2: 1 sc, 2 sc in the last st (3). Fasten off. Crochet a second inner ear. Using small stitches all around, sew the inner ears onto the middle of the ears, centered at the bottom of the ears. Using small stitches, sew the ears on securely through the middle of the dc sts in round 9 of the bottom piece. Weave in all ends neatly.
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