Spooky Cute Kitty Costume

This adorable baby costume might actually be too cute to be spooky, but either way, work up this pattern to give your new member of the family something to wear for Halloween. The onesie, tail and kitty ear headband will complete this perfect costume.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Chest Size 17 (18)” for baby size 6 (12) months

Shown in size 12m

Gauge: 19 sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in dss after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Bernat Sheep(ish) (70% Acrylic, 30% Wool; 167 yards [153 meters]/85 grams): #0010 Pumpkin(ish), 2 skeins

Needles: US size 10 (6.0mm): straight; set of 4 US size 10 (6.0mm) DPNs

Notions: Tapestry needle; fiberfill; ¼ yard black snap tape

Stitch Pattern

Double Seed Stitch (dss)

Row/Rnds 1-2: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.

Row/Rnds 3-4: *P1, k1; rep from * to end.

Rep Rows/Rnds 1-4 for patt.

Pattern Notes

When working decreases, be sure to work in dss pattern as established. Increases are work as knit into front and back of st (kfb).

Pattern

Back

CO 12 (14) sts.

Rows 1-3: Knit.

Row 4: K1, inc, k to last st, inc, k1 – 14 (16) sts.

Row 5: Purl.

Rows 6-7: Rep Rows 4-5 – 16 (18) sts.

Rows 8-9: Rep Rows 4-5 – 18 (20) sts.

Rows 10-11: Rep Rows 4-5 – 20 (22) sts.

Rows 12-13: Rep Rows 4-5 – 22 (24) sts.

Rows 14-15: Rep Rows 4-5 – 24 (26) sts.

Rows 16-17: Rep Rows 4-5 – 26 (28) sts.

Rows 18-19: Rep Rows 4-5 – 28 (30) sts.

Rows 20-21: Rep Rows 4-5 – 30 (32) sts.

Rows 22-23: Rep Rows 4-5 – 32 (34) sts.

Rows 24-25: Rep Rows 4-5 – 34 (36) sts.

Rows 26-27: Rep Rows 4-5 – 36 (38) sts.

Rows 28-29: Rep Rows 4-5 – 38 (40) sts.

Rows 30-31: Rep Rows 4-5 – 40 (42) sts.

Rows 32-33: Rep Rows 4-5 – 42 (44) sts.

Size 12m only

Work 2 rows in St st.

All sizes

Work 42 (44) rows even in dss patt.

Armhole Shaping

Rows 1-2: BO 1 st at beginning of row, work in dss to end – 40 (42) sts.

Work even in dss patt as est for 16 (18) rows.

Neck Shaping

Row 1: Work in dss patt across first 12 (13) sts, place next 16 sts on holder, join another ball of yarn and work in dss patt across next 12 (13) sts.  Work both sides at same time.

Dec 1 st at neck edge every row for 5 (6) rows – 7 sts.

Work even in dss patt for 2 (3) rows.

BO Back right side sts in est pattern.

Knit 3 rows on left side.

BO Back left side sts knitwise.

Front

CO 10 (12) sts.
Rows 1-3: Knit.

Row 4: K1, inc, k to last st, inc, k1 – 12 (14) sts.

Row 5: Purl.

Rows 6-7: Rep Rows 4-5 – 14 (16) sts.

Rows 8-9: Rep Rows 4-5 – 16 (18) sts.

Rows 10-11: Rep Rows 4-5 – 18 (20) sts.

Rows 12-13: Rep Rows 4-5 – 20 (22) sts.

Rows 14-15: Rep Rows 4-5 – 22 (24) sts.

Row 16: CO 5, knit to end – 27 (29) sts.

Row 17: CO 5, purl to end – 32 (34) sts.

Row 18: Rep Row 16 – 37 (39) sts.

Row 19: Rep Row 17 – 42 (44) sts.

Size 12m only

Work 2 rows in St st as established.

All sizes

Work 42 (44) rows even in dss patt.

Armhole Shaping

Rows 1-2: BO 1 st at beginning of row, work in dss to end – 40 (42) sts.

Work even in dss patt as est for 16 (18) rows.

Neck Shaping

Row 1: Work in dss patt across first 12 (13) sts, place next 16 sts on holder, join another ball of yarn and work in dss patt across next 12 (13) sts.  Work both sides at same time.

Dec 1 st at neck edge every row for 5 (6) rows – 7 sts.

Work even in dss patt for 2 (3) rows.

BO all sts in est patt.

Sleeves

CO 30 (32) sts.

Rows 1-3: Knit.

Rows 4-7: Work in dss patt.

Row 8: Inc 1 st each end, working in dss patt as est – 32 (34) sts.

Work even in dss patt for 5 (7) rows.

Cap Shaping

Rows 1-2: BO 1 st at beg, work in dss patt as est to end – 30 (32) sts.

Working in est dss patt, dec 1 st each end every row 3 times, every 2nd row 5 times, then every row 3 times – 8 (10) sts.

Size 12m only

Work even in dss patt for 2 rows.

BO all sts in est patt.

Tail

CO 10 sts.

Work in dss patt for 10 (12)”.

Working in est dss patt, dec 1 st each end every row 3 times – 4 sts.

BO all sts leaving a long tail.

Finishing

Sew left shoulder seam.

Pick up and k64 (66) sts along neck edge.

Knit 2 rows.

BO all sts knitwise.

Sew snap tape to right shoulder seam, overlapping garter stitch edge.

Tack sleeve edge in place. Sew Sleeves and side seams.

Sew Tail seam, stuffing lightly with fiberfill as you go. Sew Tail in place, using photos as a guide.

Weave in ends.

Headband

With DPNs, CO 66 (76) sts, divide evenly among 3 needles. Join, being careful not to twist.

Work in dss patt for 7 (9) rows.

BO all sts loosely in est patt.

Ear (make 2)

CO 10 sts.

Row 1: Work even in dss patt.

Row 2: Ssk, work in dss patt to last 2 sts, k2tog – 8 sts.

Row 3: Work even in dss patt.

Rows 4-5: Rep Rows 2-3 – 6 sts.

Row 6: P2tog, k1, p1, p2tog tbl – 4 sts.

Row 7: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.

Row 8: Ssk, k2tog – 2 sts.

Row 9: K2tog – 1 st.

BO.

Finishing

Sew Ears to Headband using photos as a guide.

Weave in ends.

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