Bright colors and simple details define this crochet cat and dog. These crochet amigurumi are a great exercise in striping, with a little shaping thrown in. Stuff them tightly or slightly for different looks. Whipstitched seams add color and emphasize the handmade look. With the exception of the ears and tails, both animals are constructed the same.
Designer: Judith L. Swartz
Finished Size: About 13¼" (33.5 cm) long and 4" (10 cm wide, excluding arms and ears.
Yarn: Tahki Cotton Classic (100% mercerized cotton; 108 yards [100 meters], 50 grams; ): #3412 orange (A), #3528 yellow (B), #3744 dark green (C), #3764 bright green (D), #3783 turquoise (E), #3856 navy (F), and #3947 red violet (G). For Cat, use 1 skein each of A, C, D, E, G; for Dog, use 1 skein each of A, B, C, D, E, F, G. (Note: The total number of skeins listed above will make more than 2 animals.)
Hook: Size G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: Yarn needle, for sewing and weaving in ends; two 3⁄8" (1 cm) diameter buttons per animal, for eyes; stuffing (either cotton batting or polyester fiberfill).
Gauge: 20 stitches and 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in sc with size G/6 (4 mm) hook.
Skill Level: Intermediate.