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I've retired from a wonderful career in graphic design and now spend my time volunteering for local animal-related organizations -- from fostering tiny kittens for adoption to assisting visitors at ...
I've retired from a wonderful career in graphic design and now spend my time volunteering for local animal-related organizations -- from fostering tiny kittens for adoption to assisting visitors at Seattle's award-winning Woodland Park Zoo.
My knitting experience goes back decades, and includes co-authoring the now classic how-to book "The Knitters Guide To Sweater Design," published by Interweave Press. Almost all of my knitting goes to help non-profit groups, especially my "cat hats" which are sold at fairs and special events.
All proceeds from these patterns go directly into the PayPal account of South County Cats, an amazing all-volunteer non-profit that provides free and low cost spay/neuter, TNR (trap. spay/neuter and rescue/release) of feral felines, plus foster/adoption of adoptable kittens and cats.
I knit lots of cat hats as fundraisers for local shelters and spay/neuter clinics, and was asked to design a simple pattern for other knitters to do the same. This 5-step pattern is the result.
(1) The background is knit on straight needles as a striped rectangle. (2) The fabric is folded in half and seamed across the top using a three needle bind-off. (3) The face is worked in duplicate stitch. (4) The side seam is sewn. (5) The ears are formed - and the hat is ready to wear.
I use Red Heart worsted weight yarn because of the large variety of colors. Let your imagination run wild! Start with a striped hat, then try variations of the basic pattern for a colony of calicos, Siamese, Russian Blues, even tigers or lions.
The colorful 13-page pattern includes a wide range of sizes, with written instructions and charts for all. There are also how-to photos and illustrations, plus tags to print and tips on how to market the finished hats for non-profit fundraising.
4 sts = 1"