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Published on February 25th, 2017 | by Alice Neal


Knit a Tabby Cattercushion with Alice Neal!

We love Alice’s latest tutorial – a snuggly big cat cushion to give your sofa some hygge! Or maybe knit yourself an entire pounce of cats and lose yourself in their embrace…

Catter cushion

You will need:

  • 2 x 50g balls of Schachenmayr Boston in Pumpkin (021)
  • 2 x 50g balls of Rico Creative Melange Chunky in CurryGreen (39)
  • 7mm circular needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Stitch holder or waste yarn for holding live stitches
  • Tapestry needle for sewing in ends
  • 2 big buttons for eyes
  • 1 x 40cm x 40cm cushion pad
  • Stuffing for ears

Creative melange


  • K: knit
  • P: purl
  • CO: cast on
  • PM: place marker
  • Sl: slip
  • k2tog: knit two stitches together
  • SSK: slip, slip, knit – slip the next two stitches across to the right needle and knit them together.


With the Schachenmayr Boston, cast on 50 stitches, PM for middle,

Cast on

CO 50 stitches more. Join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. (100 stitches in all)

CO 50 stitches more

Knit four rounds.

Introduce the Rico Creative Melange Chunky, and knit two rounds:

Knit four rounds

Then knit random numbers of stripes for 42 cm – this is personal preference, really. I favoured a heavier volume of Rico, with one Rico ear and one Schachenmayr, but you may prefer a more uniform 2 rows each approach to the project. It’s entirely up to you.

Knit random stripes

Dividing and knitting the ears

Next you’re going to divide for the ears. Keeping the seam on the side, you’ll need to begin and end them at the middle of the front and back. Essentially, you’re going to knit two big triangles back and forth.

So, K26 and put the first 25 of these on a stitch holder or waste yarn, along with the 25 stitches before those (at the end of the last round).  You will work this ear second.

If you are following my Cat, you will just use the Rico for this ear.

With the 50 stitches still on the needles, follow this repeat:

  • SSK, K to the last 2 stitches, K2tog
  • Purl


Knitting two together

The ear taking shape:

Knit the ears

The ear taking shape as seen from the front:

Ear taking shape

Repeat until you have 4 stitches left and K2tog twice, then K2tog again. Leave a long tail for sewing up later.

Ears taking shape

Now put the last 50 live stitches back on the needles and attach the Schachenmayr to the right hand side (the right side of the knitting) of the work and repeat the two rows above to make the second ear.

Knitting the ears

Finishing up

Using the Schachenmayr, sew up the bottom of the cat and insert the cushion pad through the ears.

Then using the long tail of the Rico ear, fold the triangle in half and start to sew it together from the top down.

It will look like this:

Insert the cushion pad

Before you get to the bottom, fill the ear with stuffing and squeeze and manipulate into shape.

Repeat with the other ear:

Repeat with other ear

The face

Decide where you would like your eyes to be, and using the Rico yarn, sew them in place.

Again with the Rico yarn, using a bright length of it, sew a triangle nose and three whiskers each side, to look like this:

Create the face

We’d love to see your Cattercushions! Upload them the Community and share your photos!

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About the Author

dreams her designs in both knitting and crochet. She loves natural fibres and fair isle techniques and adores the process of creating her ideas in wool! She is inspired by the natural beauty of the beaches and forests of Northumberland, the cold northern winters and the delicious mayhem of living in a house with her husband, five boys and two dogs.

Last updated: June 9th, 2017.

9 Responses to Knit a Tabby Cattercushion with Alice Neal!

  1. Trina says:

    Cute! The button eyes totally make it 🙂
    Trina @

  2. June Le Voi (UK0 says:

    I would love to knit the catter cushion but how do I down load the pattern

    • Merion says:

      Hi June,

      This tutorial has all the details you need to make the Cattercushion – all the details are in the tutorial. Happy knitting!
      Kindest, Merion and the LoveKnitting team x

  3. Thelma Talloo says:

    Can be summed up in one word: brilliant 👍😊

  4. Irene says:

    Is there a printer friendly written pattern that I can download?

  5. Irene says:

    I would like to make the Catterly Cusion in the Rico yarn only. Will I need 4 balls of yarn?

  6. Irene says:

    I would like to make the Catterly Cusion in the Rico yarn only. Will I need 4 balls of yarn? Oops “Tabby Cattercushion”.
    He is so cute.
    Thank you

  7. Rachel says:

    Hi, when changing between the yarns is it like fair isle knitting and you carry the yarn on the wrong side?

  8. Carlye says:

    What a plseruae to meet someone who thinks so clearly

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