The pattern is called Stackable Cats by Anna Hrachovec, and it is available for purchase from Ravelry or her website or her site MochiMochiLand. The pattern is simple, straightforward, and well written. It has you knit the box, stuff it, embroider it, and knit and sew on the appendages. All fairly simple to do, with the most complex bit being a provisional cast-on, and therefore being at a skill level suitable for most knitters.
And they are bloody cute, too.
The pattern calls for a feltable worsted weight yarn, however I decided to knit it on tighter needles and go the superwash route. I choose a lovely superwash BFL aran yarn from Wildcraft. I loved knitting with this. I may never knit a non-wool toy again. (Okay, that isn’t true as I have a supply of toy yarn in my stash. I certainly won’t enjoy it nearly as much, though.) It was super soft and quick to knit, even though I was knitting with aran on 3.5mm needles. I really think it helped make this project extra special, and I’m just as happy I didn’t have to deal with the extra step of having to felt them (and subsequently hide them from the kids who are home with me all day).
Pattern: Stackable Cats by Anna Hrachovec
Made for: Thing 2’s 1st Christmas
Needle: US 4 – 3.5 mm
Yarn: Wildcraft Superwash BFL Aran
Colourway: Granny Smith and Teal
Each kitty took this much:
Small — 22g
Medium — 48g
Large — 88g
Which meant that I had enough yarn to do all three kitties out of 2×100g skeins of yarn, with just shy of 50g left over of the green skein (that I used for the medium sized and the small striped cats). I used up nearly all of the teal with only 3g remaining… which is close enough to an entire skein.
I am totally in love with these kitties. I hope Thing 2 likes them as much.