US­ING THE IN­TAR­SIA TO CHANGE COLOUR METHOD

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BACK EARS – MAKE 2 Us­ing the long tail cast on method and 8mm nee­dles, cast on 7 stitches in yarn C. This will form the first row of knit­ting. Row 2& ev­ery fol­low­ing WS row: P. Rows 3–8: Work in st st. Row 9: Skp, k3, k2­tog. 5 sts Row 11: Skp, k1, k2­tog. 3 sts Row 12: Cast off purl­wise and weave in loose ends.

CAT’S FACE Us­ing yarn D, em­broi­der the face onto the front side of the purse, fol­low­ing the chart as a guide. The ‘X’ in­di­cates where to sew over a knit­ted stitch and the lines in­di­cate a back­stitch.

LIN­ING Place front piece of cat purse against the lin­ing and care­fully draw around it twice, cre­at­ing two iden­ti­cal pieces. Cut out and place first against front piece with right sides fac­ing in. Sew up neatly with a mat­tress stitch us­ing a nee­dle and match­ing thread. Leave a small hole along the cast off edge for turn­ing. Sew up hole. Re­peat for back of purse.

SEWING UP Sew purse pieces to­gether with right­sides fac­ing in us­ing yarn A and mat­tress stitch, be­ing care­ful not to sew too far into knit­ting. Leave cast off edge open and 2.5cm (1in) along ei­ther ver­ti­cal side of cast off edge un­sewn. Sew bag clasps onto purse. Start­ing from 2.5cm (1in) gap on front side of purse, push purse into gap of clasp. Us­ing yarn A, sew up and along cast off edge and down onto other side with 2.5cm (1in) gap in clasp. Re­peat for the back side of the purse.

CAT’S EARS Place one front and one back ear piece right-sides to­gether. Sew up with a mat­tress stitch in yarn A, leav­ing cast on edges open. Turn right-side out and weave in loose ends. Re­peat for sec­ond ear. Place each in­ner ear edge nine stitches above eye stitches. Po­si­tion ears slightly di­ag­o­nally and sew front of ear onto purse us­ing yarn A, be­ing care­ful not to sew into lin­ing. When at­tach­ing back of ears, sew a few stitches about 2cm (¾in) up the ear, pin­ning them against the purse. Add the purse chain. To at­tach a new colour, drop the old strand and leave it hang­ing un­til you need it again, then tie the new strand around the old one. To change strands, bring the new colour up from un­derneath the old one. This twists the strands to­gether, pre­vent­ing holes forming on the front of your work. You don’t need to knot the strands around one an­other be­cause the ends will later be wo­ven in.

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Back­stitch

Sew over stitch

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