Tabitha the Cat waits for Christmas morning

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My third (and last) in my series of stuffed animals as stocking stuffers for the girls this Christmas . . . each of my daughters has a favorite animal (dog, cat, and bunny) and I found patterns from the same designer for each. The dog and bunny are here and here on my blog – the cat, I saved for last, as it was the most detailed and time-consuming. The pattern isn’t difficult, it just takes a lot of time because there are so many little pieces, especially when you do the sweater that the cat is wearing separately, the cat’s own little stuffed kitten separately, and even the “kitty heads” on the cat’s slippers separately.

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I used yarn from my stash – the white and grey were Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran, and the pink was Debbie Bliss pure cotton. At some point I ran out and switched to Rowan handknit cotton and Sublime soya cotton DK. I highly recommend the Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran – it makes the entire toy feel soft and cuddly, much more so than when I’ve made similar toys with cotton yarn.

The pattern is called Tabitha by designer Debi Birkin, and I used US 3 needles throughout. I would love to make more as birthday gifts throughout the year, but the time commitment is a real limiting factor.  Tabitha’s PJ top is knitted as a separate piece, but I sewed it together with it already on her, because I didn’t think I could stretch it to get it over her head once it was pieced together.

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