Doily of the Month - November

Pretty Kitty
Design by Maggie Petsch

Skill Level
Experienced

Size
14 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Materials

  • DMC Cebelia size 20 crochet cotton (415 yds per ball): 1 ball ecru
  • Kreinik fine (#8) braid (10m per spool): 1 spool gold #002
  • Sizes 9/1.25mm and 7/1.65mm steel crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Sewing needle
  • 10mm gold jingle bell
  • Safety pin
  • Starch

Gauge

  • With size 9 steel crochet hook: 13 sps = 3 inches; 13 rows = 3 inches

Pattern Notes

  • Weave in ends as work progresses.
  • Join rounds with slip stitch unless otherwise stated.
  • Chain-4 at beginning of treble crochet rows counts as first treble crochet unless otherwise stated.

Special Stitches

  • Beginning block (beg block): Ch 4, tr in each of next 3 sts or 2 tr in next ch-2 sp, tr in next st.
  • Block: Tr in each of next 3 sts, or tr in each of next 2 indicated chs, or 2 tr in next ch-2 sp, tr in next st.
  • Beginning block increase (beg block inc): Ch 6, tr in 5th ch from hook, tr in next ch, tr in first tr of last row.
  • Ending block increase (end block inc): Yo hook twice, insert hook in same st as last tr of row made, *yo, draw up a lp, yo, draw through 1 lp on hook (base), [yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 3 times (foundation tr) *, [yo hook twice, insert hook in base of last foundation tr, rep from * to*] twice.
  • Ending 2-block increase (end 2-block inc): Yo hook twice, insert hook in same st as last tr of row made, *yo, draw up a lp, yo, draw through 1 lp on hook (base), [yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 3 times (foundation tr)*, [yo hook twice, insert hook in base of last foundation tr, rep from * to *] twice, [yo hook twice, insert hook in base of last foundation tr, rep from * to *] 3 times.
  • Beginning mesh: Ch 6, sk next 2 chs or sts, tr in next st.
  • Mesh: Ch 2, sk next 2 chs or sts, tr in next st.
  • Beginning mesh increase (beg mesh inc): Ch 8, tr in first tr of last row.
  • Beginning multi-mesh increase (beg multi-mesh inc): Ch 3 times number of additional mesh plus 5, tr in 9th ch from hook (first mesh), *ch 2, sk next 2 chs, tr in next ch, rep from * across to last 2 chs, ch 2, tr in first tr of last row.
  • Ending mesh increase (end mesh inc): Ch 2, yo hook 4 times, insert hook in same st as last tr or last leg of last double, yo, draw up a lp, [yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 5 times.
  • Beginning diagonal block (beg diagonal block): Ch 6, holding back on hook last lp of each tr, tr in same st as ch-6 made, sk next ch-2 sp or next 2 tr, tr in next st, yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook.
  • Diagonal block: Ch 2, holding back on hook last lp of each tr, tr in same st as last st, sk next ch-2 sp or next 2 tr, tr in next st, yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook.
  • Beginning diagonal block increase (beg diagonal block inc): Ch 8, holding back on hook last lp of each tr, tr in 6th ch from hook, sk 2 chs, tr in first st of last row, yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook.
  • Ending diagonal block increase (end diagonal block inc): Ch 2, holding back on hook last lp of each tr, [tr, trtr] in same st as last tr, yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook.
  • Diagonal block over mesh: Ch 2, holding back on hook last lp of each tr, tr in same st as last tr or last leg of last diagonal block, sk next ch-2 sp, tr in next st, yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook.
  • Beginning decrease mesh, block or diagonal block (beg dec mesh, block or diagonal block: Sl st in each st of each mesh, block or double block to be decreased.
  • Ending decrease mesh, block, or diagonal block (end dec mesh, block or diagonal block): Leave mesh, block or diagonal block to be decreased unworked.

Instructions

Lower Paw

  • Row 1 (RS): With size 9 hook and ecru, ch 31, tr in 5th ch from hook (beg 4 sk chs count as first tr), tr in each rem ch across, turn. (28 tr)
  • Row 2: Beg block (see Special Stitches), block (see Special Stitches), [mesh (see Special Stitches), block] 4 times, remove hook from lp and place safety pin in lp. Set aside.
Lower Tail
  • Row 1 (RS): With size 9 hook and ecru, ch 109, tr in 5th ch from hook, tr in each of next 2 chs (counts as beg block), 3 blocks, 7 diagonal blocks (see Special Stitches), 9 blocks, 8 diagonal blocks, 7 blocks, turn.
  • Row 2: Beg block inc (see Special Stitches), 7 blocks, 7 diagonal blocks, 9 blocks, 8 diagonal blocks, 4 blocks, end 2- block inc (see Special Stitches), ch 2, with WS facing, sl st in 4th ch of beg ch-4 of row 2 of lower paw, fasten off.
Body
  • Row 3 (RS): Hold piece with RS facing, pick up dropped lp at end of row 2 on Lower Paw, beg block, [mesh, block] 4 times, block, continuing across row 2 of Lower Tail, 7 blocks, 6 diagonal blocks, 18 blocks, 6 diagonal blocks, 8 blocks, mesh, end mesh inc (see Special Stitches), turn.
  • Rows 4-37: Working according to chart. At end of row 37, fasten off.
  • Row 38: Hold piece with WS facing, sk first 8 diagonal blocks and next ch-2 sp, join ecru with sl st in next st, follow chart across row, turn.
  • Rows 39-45: Work according to chart.
First Ear
  • Row 46: Beg diagonal block (see Special Stitches), 2 mesh, 3 diagonal blocks, turn.
  • Rows 47-49: Work according to chart. At end of row 49, fasten off.
2nd Ear
  • Row 46: Hold piece with WS facing, sk next 9 diagonal blocks on row 45 of Body, join ecru with sl st in next st, beg diagonal block, 2 diagonal blocks, 3 mesh, 1 diagonal block, turn.
  • Rows 47-50: Work according to chart. At end of row 50, fasten off.
Border
  • Hold piece with RS facing, with size 9 hook, join ecru with sl st in first unused lp on foundation ch on Lower Paw, working in rem unused lps across foundation ch and over edge sts of mesh around, sc evenly spaced around, join with sl st in beg sc, fasten off.
Collar
  • With fine braid and size 7 hook, leaving a length at beg for finishing, ch 2, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, *yo, draw up a lp, yo, draw through 1 lp on hook (base), yo, draw through 2 lps on hook, insert hook in last base made, rep from * until piece measures 10 inches, do not fasten off.
Finished
  • Using photo as guide, weave Collar through ch-2 sps around neck below chin, unravel any excess Collar. Tack ends of Collar to back of neck. Tack bell to center front of Collar.
  • Starch lightly and press.


From Collectible Doily Series, © 2001, House of White Birches


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