I don’t mention this often, but my 3yo has been in speech therapy since he was 21 months old. At two years old he had NO words. So I am sure you can imagine the communication barrier we struggled with. Fortunately, he has been diagnosed with nothing more than a speech delay and ever since he turned 3, he has been catching up quickly. I credit a lot of his progress to a speech therapist we see every Tuesday and most recently to a wonderful government funded Early Childhood Special Education school he attends on Thursdays. The program encourages language development and he receives focused attention. For the past two weeks they have been reading a book called “Pete the Cat: I love My White Shoes” by Eric Litwin, art by James Dean. I had never heard of this book, but my son made sure to tell me all about it when he got home. It was the first time I’ve heard him tell me the entire sequence of a story and attempt to sing the song that went with the book. He usually only sings songs he is comfortable with (like ABC’s and Twinkle Twinkle). This prompted me to look up the book on youtube where I came across this adorable video of the author and illustrator giving a live narration of the story.
I pretty much freehanded this doll but took some notes as I went along. So I apologize if you find this pattern incomplete or confusing.
Pete the Cat Crochet Doll
– Medium worsted weight yarn in blue, red, light blue, brown, and white
– Size H (5.0) Crochet Hook
– Tapestry Needle
– Felt for eyes and nose & hot glue gun for attaching (or you could sew these on)
SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC 14, SC 14 on other side of chain (do not join)
Rd 2: 2 SC in first chain, Sc 13, 2 SC in next, Sc 13,
Rd 3-8: SC around
Rd 9-13: SC around but when you get to each end, start making SC Decreases. Start with 1 SC decrease on each end, then 2 decrease on each end for the next row, etc. This doesn’t need to be an exact science. Crochet is very forgiving.
Eyes and nose were cut from felt and hot glued on on, the black whiskers were tied on using black yarn.
SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC 10, SC 10 on other side of chain (do not join)
Rd 2-24: Continue to SC around but increase by making 2 SC when you get to each end. So for instance, Rd 2 would look like: 2 SC, SC 10, 2 SC, SC 10 and Rd 3: 2 SC, SC 11, 2 SC, SC 11, and so on. Depending on how you want the body to look, you may want to switch between increasing and doing rounds of just SC’s. You could even just SC around for awhile to get a longer, straighter body like how the artist has drawn him.
3 SC in magic ring
Rd 1: 2 SC in each (6 SC)
Rd 2: 2 SC, 1 SC around (9 SC), do not join
Rd 3-23: SC in rounds without joining until desired length (my was approx. 23 rows long)
Sew all limbs closed and then sew seems together.
Don’t crochet? You can purchase a Pete the Cat doll from Amazon! I also encourage you to add this book to your collection. I am sure you will love it as much as we do. It currently sits at #5 on the The New York Times Best Seller List!
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