July-August 2012 Issue

Coco the Cat

Introducing our new series pattern, Coco, a cute kitty who loves to travel. Follow her adventures (and wardrobe!) in every issue. 

By Monica Rodrigues Fuertes

YARN 
RED HEART Super Saver, 5oz /141g skeins, each approx 244yd/233m (acrylic) 
• 1 skein #400 Grey Heather (A) 
CROCHET HOOK 
• Size G/6 (4.0mm) crochet hook or any size to obtain correct gauge 
NOTIONS 
• 2 blue safety cat eyes, 3/8"/10mm diameter 
• Polyester fiberfill 
• Pink and turquoise felt, matching sewing thread, and needle 
• 1 flat black button, 25"/6-7mm diameter 
• Black embroidery floss 
• Stitch marker 
• Yarn needle 

YARN 

RED HEART Super Saver, 5oz /141g skeins, each approx 244yd/233m (acrylic) 

  • 1 skein #400 Grey Heather (A) 

CROCHET HOOK 

  • Size G/6 (4.0mm) crochet hook or any size to obtain correct gauge 

NOTIONS 

  • 2 blue safety cat eyes, 3/8"/10mm diameter 
  • Polyester fiberfill 
  • Pink and turquoise felt, matching sewing thread, and needle 
  • 1 flat black button, 25"/6-7mm diameter 
  • Black embroidery floss 
  • Stitch marker 
  • Yarn needle 
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Comments

Coco the cat

I really like Coco, but have missed some of her clothing patterns. Wouldn't it be possible to upload some of the older patterns to your website?

Coco made her first

Coco made her first appearance in May/June 2012. You can purchase all the back issues with her outfits in our online store (just click on Store in the right corner of the menu bar at the top of this page).

hook size vs yarn gauge

I was wondering what size hook everybody ended up using? I made a gauge swatch, and had to use a size J/6mm to get the appropriate size.

My Coco turned out pretty wonky looking-still came out at 14" tall. I'm thinking about frogging Coco, and starting over with an G or H hook.

Did you use the same yarn?

Did you use the same yarn? Did you match the row gauge in the pattern? We used Red Heart Soft yarn with the recommended size hook, but our Coco is quite a bit smaller than the designer's version! Part of her size may be due to how much stuffing you use, also--we were able to make her look slimmer by using less stuffing in her body. Luckily, if you use the same hook size and yarn for her outfits, they will fit, even if your gauge doesn't match (we added rows to make her dress a bit longer).

Yes, I used Red Heart Super Saver

Yes, I used Red Heart Super Saver. I also had stuffed her fairly well, but when I finished, she looked so funny, so I took some stuffing out. I only took out the last 3 rows on the back of her head as my husband started laughing at me and saying "are you making an armadillo? The head looks funny" Also tucked in her pointy snout before sewing on the muzzle. You can see my version in Ravelry (username:IzzyBizzyDizzy).

Did you crochet front loops or both loops? I'm starting on a new Coco.

I crocheted into both loops

I crocheted into both loops to make her body firmer, but using just one loop would make her a bit more stretchy and possibly taller?

Paws question

I'm crocheting Coco the Cat right now, and am confused about the "Paws and Arms" section. The first step says to chain 8, form a ring, and then work 8 sc into this ring. This makes for an odd-looking, open paw! Is it supposed to be something like a chain 3 or 4 ring, which would close off the paw?

Another thing I noticed and wanted to point out to other Crochet Today-ers is that Coco is inside out from typical amigurumi, giving her a neat and different texture.

Coco is the reason I subscribed to Crochet Today--can't wait to make her! Many thanks for any help offered with the "Paws and Arms" section. :)

I have the same question. I'm

I have the same question. I'm about to begin that section, so I guess I'll see how it goes! I'll come back with answers when I figure it out.

Kaleigh, msalume gave me a

Kaleigh, msalume gave me a another option in a different section of the site--to just do it as stated but sew it closed when finished (I think I did from the inside). It still does seem like something is off with the pattern to me since it says to chain 8 there--but it looks okay if you're able to cinch all those stitches together tightly. I was super confused, but now that I have a finished Coco, I don't even think about the paws. There are some mini-errors in Coco patterns--like the hat in the British outfit (hat sides say to chain 1 and turn--I just kept crocheting in the round), and I'm pretty sure the Russian dress (seems like not enough rows). But I think you will love Coco regardless! :) By the way, I just did the Venice outfit, and it's a good one to start with since it's the easiest one I have tried, and I didn't find any even mini errors in it! Enjoy your Coco! :) (P.S. Sorry that I didn't post an update here after finishing Coco.)

If you make an adjustable

If you make an adjustable ring, you can pull it closed.