Sorry if this post appears a bit unusual but I got a message from a fellow hooker who was having some problems with the Upper Body part of the Stripy Cat pattern from Lois Daykins Baby Crochet book.
I love my Stripy Cat so much I think the world should be full of them! Obviously I had to try to help.
Chain 7 and follow pattern to 4dc in last chain.
Work down the loops on the back of the chain.
You will now have an arch shape with the starting tail on the right hand side.
Before commencing row 2 you need to turn the work over so the tail is on the left.
Work back around the arch following the pattern, the increases should all be at the top, rounded end of the arch shape. Note that having worked back around the arch the tail is now on the right again.
Turn the work over so the tail switches to the left hand side ready to start the next row.
As Row 2 work back around the arch following the pattern, the increases should all be at the top, rounded end of the arch shape. Again you will note the tail is back on the right.
Once again turn the work over so the tail switches to the left hand side ready to start the next row.
As above following the pattern.
Again remember to turn the work so the tail is back on the left before starting Row 5.
There are no increases in Row 5 so you will see the work start to curve for the roundness at the top of the body.
Continue following pattern remembering to turn work at the end of the row so the tail is on the left ready to start the next row.
Rows 7 to 16
Having formed the arch at the top of the body and started the curve shaping in Row 5, these 10 rows form the length of the body.
I have only gone up to Row 16 but will happily do the rest if required. I was guessing that it might be the ‘turn’ at the end of the rows that was confusing. Anyway I hope the tutorial makes it a bit clearer, if you need any more help please let me know.
I would love to see a photo of your Stripy Cat when you have finished it. I hope you love yours as much as I love mine. Happy hooking my friend!