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Nicko Cat

Nicko Cat Free Vintage Knitting Pattern


4 balls Patons Jet in

Green (color A)

4 balls Yel­low (color B)

1 ball Purple for ruffle

Small quantities Black and contrasting colors for embroidery

1 pair knitting needles UK 2/US 10.5/Metric 7.00mm

Crochet hook UK 7/US 7/Metric 4.50mm


Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky 50% Wool 50% Acrylic, 3.5oz. Shown in:

Buttercup Yellow

Rich Mauve

Grass Green

Neon Orange

Neon Pink

















































Note: This article has been designed for this yarn only, which is used double throughout.

UK terms used


13 inch long to base of tail (33.02cm)


3 stitches to 1 inch/2.50mm with double yarn


Using A, cast on 5 stitches. Join in B

1st Row: (K 1A, k 1B) twice, k 1A

2nd Row: (P 1A, p 1B) twice, p 1A

Repeat last 2 rows until leg measures 4 ½ inches, ending with purl row.

Break, yarn, leave stitches on safety-pin for first 3 legs. For last leg, continue for body as follows:

1st Row: K 3B, k 2A, cast on 1 stitch in A, then 2 stitches in B. Next leg k 1B, k 3A, k 1B, cast on 2 stitches in B, then 3 stitches in A, 3 stitches in B, and 2 stitches in A. Next leg k 1A, k 3B, k 1A, cast on 2 stitches in A, then 1 stitch in B. Last leg k 2B, k 3A (36 stitches)

2nd Row: (P 3A, P 3B) 6 times

3rd Row: (K 3B, K 3A) 6 times

4th Row: (P 3B, P 3A) 6 times

5th Row: (K 3A, K 3B) 6 times

6th Row: As 4th row

Work 6 rows in checkerboard pattern, decrease 1 stitch at end of every knit row (tail end of cat). (Four bands of checker­board squares completed.)

13th Row: K 15B, complete row in checkerboard, decrease 1 stitch at end of row

14th Row: Work to last 15 stitches, P 15B

Repeat 13th and 14th rows once, then 13th row once. Cast off 15 stitches for back in pattern, break off A; with B, Purl remaining 15 stitches for head.


Work evenly in stocking stitch for 2 inches. Decrease 1 stitch at each end of every row 4 times (7 stitches) Cast off.


Work as for front until 6 rows of body have been worked (2 bands of squares). Continue in checkerboard pattern decreasing 1 stitch at beginning of every Knit row 6 times, ending with Purl row.

Next Row: Cast off 15 stitches for back. Knit across remaining 15 stitches in checkerboard pattern for head. Continue in checkerboard pattern, working back of head in same manner as front.


With A, cast on 6 stitches. Working in stocking stitch work (4 rows A, 2 rows B) 6 times, 4 rows A. Cast off. Sew long edges together, drawing up stitches slightly so that tail curls.

Wrap B 5 times round index and middle fingers. Slip loops off fingers and, using contrasting color, bind tightly round centre. Sew to end of tail.


Sew front and back together, leaving opening for filling. Fill firmly, stitch opening. Sew tail in place. Using contrasting colors (single yarn), embroider all features except checks in chain-stitch and cheeks in satin-stitch.


Commence at base. Cast on 6 stitches.

1st Row: K 4, K 2 together

2nd Row: P 2 together, P 3

3rd Row: K 2, K 2 tog

4th Row: P 2 together, P 1

5th Row: K 2 together. Fasten off.


Cast on 6 stitches.

1st Row: K 2 together, K 4

2nd Row: P 3, P 2 together

3rd Row: K 2 together, K2

4th Row: P 1, P 2 together

5th Row: K 2 together. Fasten off.

Sew ears in place.


With crochet hook and Purple yarn, make an uneven number of chains, long enough to go around cat’s neck.

1st Row: Miss 2 chains, 1 half treble in each chain to end, 3 chains, turn

2nd Row: Miss 1 half treble * (1 treble, 1 chain, 1 treble) in next half treble, 1 chain, 1 treble in next half treble, 1 chain, repeat from * to end, 5 chains, turn

3rd Row: 1 double crochet in next chain space, * 5 chains, 1 double crochet in next chain space, repeat from * to end. Fasten off.

Sew ruffle around neck.