Do you ever have those nights where you’re supposed to be going to sleep, but then you see a short video before bed, and inspiration strikes?
That’s what happened with this project.
Have I finished all my other projects? Not quite. Do I have any regrets starting another? Nope.
To start, this was my inspiration: https://youtu.be/HU5Qq97cxvU
A perfectly valid project to undertake.
I decided this would be a project worthy of attempting the chunky yarn hack, so here we are.
I started by crocheting 6 sc into a magic circle, and then I increased in each stitch for row 2, ending with twelve stitches. The extra strands of yarn proved to be a tad messy, but I think that, as I keep going, it will get better.
Here we have 5 rows. In the middle of the fifth row, my dorm building’s fire alarm went off, so I had to leave it for a few minutes, and when I came back, I forgot where I was, so I somehow ended up with 30 stitches instead of 32. But I didn’t feel like undoing it, so I just continued.
Here it what it looked like mostly through the 6th row. And it was here that I realized, Pusheen Baguette has ears. I had forgotten about the ears. I debated for a moment undoing it and going back to add ears, but then I decided it would be easier to just crochet the ears after this is done and sew them on later. So I continued.
He has a face! The nose and mouth proved to be especially tricky, but I finally got something that with which I am satisfied!
First two rows of white are done! I had to completely eye-ball these, and then I kept forgetting how to get the clean transition between colors, so the rows are a little wonky. But they are still very adorable for him.
Another thing I began to do by about row 6 is to use the yarn-under sc instead of yarn-over. This created a tighter and more unified stitch that will be more apparent by the end.
More rows of white! They all ended up a little crooked because I truly can’t count, but they’re cute!
And here is a fully-baked loaf body! No ears or tail yet, but the body is done, and it is beautiful. 🙂 I wish I had made it maybe 2-3 rows longer, or perhaps only 24 sc wide instead of 30, but I am still very happy with how he turned out!
Ears! I don’t know what it is about ears, but the second one took me like eight tries to finally work out. But now he has beautiful little ears for hearing.
And here he is! Loaf the Bagcat! All finished and ready to begin his adventures as a purring loaf of bread. 🙂
My pattern, so that all of you can also create a loaf cat!
- regular weight acrylic yarn in two colors (I used orange and white). (Note: If you use the chunky yarn method as well, it will use about the entire skein of yarn.)
- Black yarn for face detail
- I/5.25mm crochet hook
- G/4.00mm crochet hook
- Safety eyes of a medium size (I think I used a 10mm but I’m not certain)
- Darning needle
- Polyfill or other stuffing of choice
- sc: single crochet
- 2sc: 2 single crochets in one stitch (increase)
- dcr: decrease (one single crochet in two stitches)
Adjustable loop – 6 sc
2: 2sc in each stitch (12 sc)
3: sc 1, 2sc in next stitch – repeat 6x (18 sc)
4: sc 2, 2sc in next stitch – repeat 6x (24 sc)
5: sc 3, sc in next stitch – repeat 6x (30 sc)
6-10: sc 30 (30 sc)
Around row 8, you will want to add the nose, eyes, whiskers, and forehead detail.
11: sc until you get about 3 stitches from the top of the cat. Sc 5 in color two, and then finish the round in color one. (For mine, due to the placing of my cat’s face, I did sc 15 in color one, sc 5 in color two, sc 10 in color one.) (30 sc)
12: sc the same number of stitches as the previous row + 1. Sc 5 in color two, then finish the round in color one. (30 sc)
13: sc 30 in color one
14-25: repeat rows 11-13 4x
26-28: sc 30 in color one
29: sc 3, dcr 1 (24 sc)
30: sc 2, dcr 1 (18 sc)
Add stuffing here.
31: sc 1, dcr 1 (12 sc)
32: dcr 6
Using darning needle to close off.
Sc 5 on an adjustable loop
2: sc 5 (5 sc)
3: sc 4, 2sc in next stitch – repeat 2x (12 sc)
4: sc 5, 2sc in next stitch – repeat 2x (14 sc)
Make 2 and sew onto the face of the cat.
Sc 7 on an adjustable loop
2-3: sc 7 (7 sc)
3-4: switch to color two and sc 7 (7 sc)
5-7: sc 7 in color one (7 sc)
8-9: sc 7 in color two (7 sc)
10-14: sc 7 in color one (7 sc)
Sew onto the back of the cat.