The other day I was making an attempt at a star-shaped Christmas Ornament.  It is a lovely pattern and at some point I will knit it in all 10 of its pieces…I swear…really…mmmm…Anyway, I completed 2 of the 10 pieces and didn’t they look like they would make the nicest ratty toy for my cats!  I sewed the pieces together, stuffed the ratty with odd bits of yarn and put on a temptacious tail (I know, not a word, tell Nikkers that).  Nikkers, Sputters, and Smidgen wore themselves out playing and attempting domination of this silly little toy.  So for your amusement here is the pattern:

Materials:  US8 needles (two dpns will work even) and leftovers of yarn (30 yards)

Make two:  Cast on three stitches and K3.

row 1: Kfb, knit to end of row.

row 2:  kfb, purl to end of row.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have 12 sts and then decrease as follows:

row 1: SSK, knit to end of row.

row 2:  P2tog, purl to end of row.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 of this decrease until you have two stitches remaining, pass one stitch over the other as to bind off, break yarn and fasten off remaining stitch.

Sew the two pieces together with right sides facing, leaving a small hole at the bottom to insert the stuffing you feel most appropriate.  Bits of yarn, squished up brown paper bag, tissue paper, catnip…as long as it is safe for the cat.  Mattress stitch the hole closed and tie on a tail with yarn of your choice.  Toss in the air to said cat and watch the fun begin.  OR make a collection for some other cat lover in your life, gift and pat yourself on the back for a job well-done!

Nikkers and his new favorite Ratty

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