Free Crochet Pattern: Mr. Smiley Face Cat Toy
Cats love to play. Rather than purchasing store-bought cat toys, there are many options for home made cat toys. If you are a crocheter, try making this smiley face ball for your cats. This crochet pattern is simple enough for even a beginner.
The example shown was crocheted using worsted weight yarn and a size F hook and measures about 1 1/2 inches across. Finished size will vary depending on yarn selection, hook size, and tension. For this project, it is best to use a hook one size smaller than recommended for your yarn. This will keep your stitches tight so that stuffing won't leak out as your cat plays with its new toy.
Mr. Smiley Face Cat Toy Crochet Pattern
R1: Ch 2; sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook (6 st)
R2: Sc 2 in each st around (12 st)
R3: *Sc 1; sc 2 in next st* repeat 6 times (18 st)
R4: *Sc 2; sc 2 in next st* repeat 6 times (24 st)
R5-8: Sc in each st around (24 st)
R9: *Sc 2, dec 1* repeat 6 times (18 st)
Work on face. Use safety eyes or embroider eyes with black yarn. Stitch in a black mouth as well. Be sure to make stitches very secure to avoid being pulled out by claws or teeth.
R10: *Sc 1, dec 1* repeat 6 times (12 st)
Add stuffing. If desired, roll stuffing in catnip before putting it into the toy. (Catnip sticks well to polyfill.)
R11: *Sk next sc; sc 1* repeat 6 times (6 st)
R12: *Sk next sc; sl st 1* repeat 2 times; fasten off and weave in ends.
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