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Cat & Mouse Throw & Pillow

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Cat lovers, rejoice! This Cat and Mouse Throw and Pillow is the perfect set for anyone who adores her feline friends. With a spunky pink and black color scheme, this crochet afghan blanket and pillow is the ideal gift for a teenager. This design, which includes pretty kitties and a precious border featuring mice, is a playful addition to any bedroom. This afghan blanket crochet pattern is so stunning that your cat may want to claim it for herself.

Cat & Mouse Throw & Pillow
This image courtesy of caron.com

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Crochet Hook: J/10 or 6 mm hook

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Notes

Materials:

Blanket

  • Simply Soft (170 g/6. oz;288 m/315 yds)   
    • Contrast A Soft Pink (9719) - 8
    • Contrast B Black (9727) - 5
    • Contrast C - 1


Pillow

  • Simply Soft (170 g/6. oz;288 m/315 yds)
    • Contrast A Soft Pink (9719) - 1
    • Contrast B Black (9727) -  1
    • Contrast C - 1


Set

  • Simply Soft (170 g/6. oz;288 m/315 yds)     
    • Contrast A Soft Pink (9719) - 9
    • Contrast B Black (9727) - 2
    • Contrast C - 2

Size: Blanket – 45x56"; Pillow – 12" square

Gauge: Blanket – 16 sc = 4 inches; 20 sc rows = 4 inches; Pillow – 16 sc = 4 inches; 20 sc rows = 4 inches

Instructions:

Pattern

Join with slip stitch as indicated unless otherwise stated. Chain-2 at beginning of row or round counts as first half double crochet unless otherwise stated.

sc decrease: insert hook and draw up a loop in each of the next two stitches (three loops now on hook), hook yarn and draw through all three loops on the hook


Throw
 

Square Make 6 each pink and black
 

Row 1: Ch 45, sc in 2nd from hook and in each ch across, turn (44sc)

Rows 2-54: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Rnd 55: Working in ends of rows and in sts around outer edge, ch 1, 3 sc in first st, sc in each st across, ending with 3 sc in last st, evenly sp 42 sc in ends of rows across, working in starting ch on opposite side of row 1, 1 sc in each ch across, ending with 3 sc in last ch, evenly sp 42 sc in ends of rows across, join (see pattern notes) in beg sc.  Fasten off.


Cat Make 6 each pink and black
 

Body

Row 1: Beg at bottom edge, ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (12 sc)

Rows 2 & 3:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across with 2 sc in last st, turn.  (16 sc at end of last row)

Row 4: Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 7 chs, sc in each st across with 2 sc in last st, turn.  (25 sc)

Rows 5 & 6: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across with 2 sc in last st, turn.

Row 7:  Ch 1, sc in each stitch across, turn.

Row 8: Sk next 4 sts on row 7, join with sc in next st, sc in each st across, turn. (21 sc)

Rows 9-13:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Rows 14-21:  Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in each st across with sc dec in last 2 sts, turn. (5 sc at end of last row)

Rows 22-25:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 26:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in last st, turn.  Fasten off. (7 sc)

Head

Row 1:  Ch 14, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, with 2 sc in last ch, turn.  (15 sc)

Rows 2-5:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across with 2 sc in last st, turn.  (23 sc at end of last row)

Rows 6-11:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Rows 12-14:  Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in each st across with sc dec in last 2 sts, turn.  (17 c at end of last row)

First Ear

Row 15: Ch 1, sc in each of first 5 sts, sc dec in next 2 sts, leaving rem sts unworked, turn.   (6 sc)

Row 16: Ch 1, sc dec in first two sts, sc in each st across, turn.  (5 sc)

Row 17:  Ch 1, sc in each st across with sc dec in last 2 sts, turn.  (4 sc)

Rows 18 & 19:  Rep rows 16 and 17,  (2 sc at end of last row)

Row 20:  Ch 1, sc dec in next 2 sts.  Fasten off.


Tail

Row 8: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, sc dec (see stitch guide) in next 2 sts, leaving rem sts unworked, turn, (4 sc)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in next st, 2 sc in last st, turn.

Rows 10-14: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 15:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, sc dec in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 16: Ch 1, sc  dec in first 2 sts, sc in next st, 2 sc in last st, turn.

Rows 17-20:  [Rep rows 15 & 16 alternately] twice.

Rows 21-24: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 25:  Rep row 16.

Rows 26-29:  [rep rows 15 and 16 alternately] twice.

Row 30:  Rep row 15.

Row 31: Ch 1, sc in each of first 3 sts, 2 sc in last st, turn.  (5 sc)

Row 32: Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 chs, sc in each of next 3 sts, sc dec in last 2 sts, turn.  (8 sc)

Row 33: Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in each st across, turn. (7 sc)

Rows 34 & 35:  Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in each st across with sc dec in last 2 sts, turn.  (3 sc at end of last row)

Row 36:  Ch 1, sc dec in 3 sts.  Fasten off.

 

Ear

Row 15:  Sk next 3 unworked sts on row 14, join with sc dec in next 2 sts, sc in each st across, turn.  (6 sc)

Row 16:  Ch 1, sc in each st across with sc dec in last 2 sts, turn.  (5 sc)

Row 17:  Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in each st across, turn.  (4 sc)

Rows 18 & 19:  Rep rows 16 and 17.  (2 sc at end of last row)

Row 20:  Ch 1, sc dec in next 2 sts.  Fasten off. 

 

Mouse – Make 20

Row 1: With black ch 30, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 7 chs, leaving rem chs unworked for tail, turn.  (9 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 3:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across, turn.  (10 sc)

Row 4:  Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in each st across, turn.  (9 sc)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc  in each st across, turn.

Row 6:  Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in each st across, ending with 2 sc in last st, turn.

Row 7: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across, ending with sc dec in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 8:  Ch 1, sc dec in first 3 sts, sl st in next of each of next 2 sts, (4 dc, ch2, sl st) in next st, sc in each of last 3 sts.  Fasten off. 

 

Finishing: Using pink on black cats and black on pink cats, with straight stitch and satin stitch, embroider eyes, noses and mouth according to photo. Using gray and straight stitches, embroider whiskers and lines for legs as shown in photo. Using pink, embroider straight stitches and satin stitches on each Mouse for nose, eyes, and legs as show in photo.

 

Assembly: Sew heads to bodies. Center and sew each pink cat to each black square and each black cat to each pink square. Sew squares together in 4 rows of 3 squares each. Sew rows together.

 

Edging:

 

Rnd 1: Working around outer edge, join black with sl st in center sc in sc group at any corner, ch 2 (see pattern notes) , 2 hdc in same st, hdc in each st around with 3 hdc in each center corner st, join in 2nd ch of beg ch-2, do not turn. Fasten off.

Rnd 2:  Join pink in center st at any corner, ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in each st around with 3 hdc in each corner st, join in 2nd ch of beg ch-2.

 

Side Border

Row 1: Now working rows across 1 side edge, join pink with sl st in first st, ch 2, hdc in each st across to center st of next corner, leaving rem sts unworked, turn.

Rows 2-13: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.  At end of last row, fasten off.

 

Corner Square Make 4.

Rnd 1: With black, ch 3, sl st in first ch to form rig, ch 2, 11 hdc in ring, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2. (12 hdc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, hdc in same st, [hdc in each of next 2 sts, 3 hdc in next st]  3 times, hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in same st as beg ch-2, join in 2nd ch of beg ch-2. (20 hdc)

Rnds 3-7: Ch 2, hdc in same st, * hdc in each st across to center corner st**, 3 hdc in center corner st, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, hdc in same st as beg  ch-2, join in 2nd ch of beg ch-2.  at end of last rnd, leaving long end, fasten off.

Sew 1 corner square in each corner between side borders.

 

Trim

Rnd 1: Now working in rounds around outer edge, join pink with sc in any center corner st, sc in same st, sc in each st around with 3 sc in each center corner st, ending with sc in same st as beg sc, join in beg sc.

Rnd 2:  Ch 1, sc in each of the first 2 sts, ch 3, sl st in last sc, [sc in each of the next 2 sts. Ch 3, sl st in last st] around, join in beg sc.  Fasten off. 

Sew mice on side borders spaced randomly and oriented in opposite directions. 

 

Pillow

 

Square – Make 1 each pink and black.

Row 1: Ch 45, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (44 sc)

Rows 2-54:  Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.

Rnd 55:  Working in ends of rows and in sts around outer edge, ch 1, 3 sc in first st, sc in each st across, ending with 3 sc in last st, evenly sp 42 sc in ends of rows across, working in starting ch on opposite side of row 1, 3 sc in first st, sc in each ch across, ending with 3 sc in last evenly sp 42 sc in ends of tows across, join in beg sc. Fasten off.

 

Cat – Make 1 pink and 1 black.

 

Body

Row 1: Beg at bottom edge, ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (12 sc)

Rows 2 & 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across with 2 sc in last st, turn.  (16 sc at end of last row)

Row 4: Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 7 chs, sc in each st across with 2 sc in last st, turn.  (25 sc)

Rows 5 & 6: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across with 2 sc in last st, turn.

Row 7:  Ch 1, sc in each stitch across, turn.

Row 8: Sk next 4 sts on row 7, join with sc in next st, sc in each st across, turn. (21 sc)

Rows 9-13:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Rows 14-21:  Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in each st across with sc dec in last 2 sts, turn. (5 sc at end of last row)

Rows 22-25:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 26:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in last st, turn.  Fasten off. (7 sc)

 

 

Tail

Row 8: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, sc dec (see stitch guide) in next 2 sts, leaving rem sts unworked, turn, (4 sc)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in next st, 2 sc in last st, turn.

Rows 10-14: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 15:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, sc dec in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 16: Ch 1, sc  dec in first 2 sts, sc in next st, 2 sc in last st, turn.

Rows 17-20:  [Rep rows 15 & 16 alternately] twice.

Rows 21-24: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 25:  Rep row 16.

Rows 26-29:  [rep rows 15 and 16 alternately] twice.

Row 30:  Rep row 15.

Row 31: Ch 1, sc in each of first 3 sts, 2 sc in last st, turn.  (5 sc)

Row 32: Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 chs, sc in each of next 3 sts, sc dec in last 2 sts, turn.  (8 sc)

Row 33: Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in each st across, turn. (7 sc)

Rows 34 & 35:  Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in each st across with sc dec in last 2 sts, turn.  (3 sc at end of last row)

Row 36:  Ch 1, sc dec in 3 sts.  Fasten off.

 

Head

Row 1:  Ch 14, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, with 2 sc in last ch, turn.  (15 sc)

Rows 2-5:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across with 2 sc in last st, turn.  (23 sc at end of last row)

Rows 6-11:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Rows 12-14:  Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in each st across with sc dec in last 2 sts, turn.  (17 c at end of last row)

 

1st Ear

Row 15: Ch 1, sc in each of first 5 sts, sc dec in next 2 sts, leaving rem sts unworked, turn.   (6 sc)

Row 16: Ch 1, sc dec in first two sts, sc in each st across, turn.  (5 sc)

Row 17:  Ch 1, sc in each st across with sc dec in last 2 sts, turn.  (4 sc)

Rows 18 & 19:  Rep rows 16 and 17,  (2 sc at end of last row)

Row 20:  Ch 1, sc dec in next 2 sts.  Fasten off.

 

2nd Ear

Row 15:  Sk next 3 unworked sts on row 14, join with sc dec in next 2 sts, sc in each st across, turn.  (6 sc)

Row 16:  Ch 1, sc in each st across with sc dec in last 2 sts, turn.  (5 sc)

Row 17:  Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in each st across, turn.  (4 sc)

Rows 18 & 19:  rep rows 16 and 17.  (2 sc at end of last row)

Row 20:  Ch 1, sc dec in next 2 sts.  Fasten off. 

 

Finishing: Using pink on black cat and black on pink cat, with straight stitch and satin stitch , embroider eyes, noses and mouth according to photo. Using gray and straight stitches, embroider whiskers and lines for legs as shown in photo.

 

Assembly: Sew heads to bodies. Center and sew pink cat to black square and black cat to pink square.

 

Black Square Edging: Working around outer edge, join pink in any center corner st, ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in each st around with 3 hdc in each center corner st, hdc in same st as beg ch-2, join in 2nd ch of be ch-2.  Fasten off.

 

Pink Square Edging: Working around outer edge, join black in any center corner st, ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in each st around with 3 hdc in each center corner st, hdc in same st as beg ch-2, join in 2nd ch of be ch-2.  Fasten off.

 

Assembly:

Rnd 1: Holding Squares WS tog, working through both thicknesses, join pink with sc in any center corner st, 2 sc in same st, sc in each st around with 3 sc in each center corner st, inserting pillow form before closing, sc in same st as beg sc, join in beg sc.

Rnd 2:  Ch 1, sc in each of first 2 sts, ch 3, sl st in last st, [sc each of next 2 sts, ch 3, sl st in last st] around, join in beg sc. Fasten off.

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