A simple cat with understated elegance, Pierre is knit in one piece from a double strand of charcoal worsted weight wool yarn without seaming. He is felted in a washing machine. Post-felting, his eyes are installed, his face embroidered, and he is stuffed with fiberfill. The only sewing is at the very end: his tummy is sewn closed where he had been stuffed, and his tail is attached. Comprehensive instructions with diagrams provide clear instructions along the way.
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Pattern Kit includes .pdf file & printed pattern as well as selected yarn, safety eyes, polyfill & embroidery floss for facial detailing. For yarn winding services, click here.
DESIGNER RECOMMENDED YARN: Wool of the Andes Worsted by Knit Picks (100% Wool; 50g/110 yds): 6 Skeins in Charcoal.
ALTERNATE YARN: Woolstok by Blue Sky Fibers (100% Peruvian Fine Highland Wool; 50g/123 yds): 5 Skeins. Please use color Cast Iron to closely match the toy in the images. This heathered and soft wool comes from Peru and is wonderfully soft, but not as soft as merino wool. Very durable and can be knit several times without any fraying, just like NatureSpun. Heathering adds extra depth and different colored "hairs" in the finished toy. PRE-ORDER now available in any color. Please allow an extra 7 business days for your PRE-ORDER to arrive at your location.
ALTERNATE YARN: Merino Worsted by Malabrigo (100% Merino Wool; 100g/210yds): 3 Skeins. Felts beautifully & is so cuddly soft due to the luxurious merino wool! Merino Worsted is available in subtle to wildly variegated colors. Tabby cat anyone?
ALTERNATE YARN: NatureSpun Worsted by Brown Sheep Co. (100% USA Wool; 100g/245 yds): 3 Skeins. Durable, strong, staple yarn made 100% in the USA! Solids & heathers only. PRE-ORDER now available in any color! Please allow an extra 7 business days for your PRE-ORDER to arrive at your location.
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: approximately 11" tall x 14" long
YARDAGE: 580 yds
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate - small circular knitting with double points
NEEDLES: Size US 10.5 / 6.5mm Set of Double Points, or size needed to obtain gauge
OTHER TOOLS: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, 1cm safety eyes (need 2), embroidery floss, fiberfill
GAUGE: 12 sts x 12 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch, unfelted. This project will shrink approximately 20% once felted.
Images courtesy of Cindy Pilon with yarn images by Yarn Loop