Tutorial Try – Kitty Got My Key

This weekend, I got to go to one of my niece’s third birthday parties. We didn’t know it was happening until about three days before it did, so the notice was pretty short.

Since we’re in the midst of remodeling our home, and it’s cold enough outside that staying home as much as possible is a good idea, I decided to make a last minute gift for her. Since she’s all about seeing her grandparents’ kitties, I figured I’d find a pattern for a kitty.

Lo and behold, I came across this one!

I actually had an extremely easy time with it. The project itself is very simple, and the instructions are very clear. I especially like how Ana specified where to put the eyes, since I tend to have huge problems with placement.

(I let hubby choose the eye color.)

Why is it always so creepy when only the eyes are in place?

Really, the only problems I ran across had nothing to do with the pattern itself. My issues had to do with the yarn I had on hand.

See those cute little white socks? When my mom brought all the yarn she did from my grandmother’s house, I had no idea the vast majority of it was baby weight or lighter. The weight on that yarn is the heaviest it got, so I had some issues selecting the best yarn for this project.

Anyway, it worked out.

The other problem I had was nose placement.

It ended up way off center, but I couldn’t tell until I had it done. Does anyone have pointers on how to establish feature placement on faces? I don’t know if it has something to do with my spacial visualization skills or just lack of experience.

In any case, my niece really liked it, as did my mother in law and the project didn’t take that long to complete. I made this little cutie the night before the party, and it took me around an hour, if that. I’ll probably make a few more of these little cuties in the future.

2 thoughts on “Tutorial Try – Kitty Got My Key”

  1. Hi Emilie!
    I'm so glad that you liked the Kitty Got my Key pattern and that your niece liked the kitty! =D
    As for the nose, I always mark the placement with some sewing pins before beginning to sew, that way I can see if I'm happy with it (I do the same with mouths), then I go around the corners to make the triangular shape to confirm the placement, only then I sew the nose. Hope it helps! =)
    Looking forward to see your next kitties!!! =D

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