Presumably this’ll work just as well as a toy for your favorite non-feline as well, but over on the official PlayStation Europe messageboard, forum member pudgeeagogo has posted full instructions to knit up your own catnip-drenched Noby Noby BOY, if you can stomach the horror of seeing his innocent little •.• face getting mercilessly torn at by your pet’s razor-toothed maw.
The instructions are embedded under the jump, as well, only because I’m terrified the thread will one day disappear and all this hard-won knowledge will go with it. [via Gus]
To make him you’ll need pink yarn (or other color if you are making 2,3 or 4p), various colors of yarn for his body, purple or navy yarn and red yarn, a 3.0, 3.25 or 3.5 mm crochet hook, and one of those fat needles for yarn. Use a piece of contrasting yarn or a stitch marker to keep track of your rows if you need to, or just wing it because it is after all, a cat toy…
1. Chain 2 (white or cream yarn, this is his face)
2. In second chain from loop, single crochet 6 (6)
3. 2 single crochet in each stitch (increase) (12)
pre-4 th row. 1 single crochet in each of first 6 stitches then stop and switch color to pink (this is the beginning of his head) (6) (if you are using a stitch marker, move it to this color switching spot, this will be the beginning of future rows)
4. increase to two single crochet in one stitch, then one single crochet in stitch, alternating until you have completed 18 stitches in total (18)
5-7. 1 single crochet in each stitch around (repeat for rows 6 and 7) (18)
8. 2 single crochet then decrease over two stitches (12)
9. single crochet in each stitch (12) (stuff head with mixture of polyfill and catnip)
10. switch to the color for your first stripe, 1single crochet in each stitch around (12)
11-15. 1 sc in each stitch (repeat for rows 12-15) (12)
16. Repeat row 10 using your next stripe color (12)
17-21. Repeat rows 11-15 using your new stripe color (12) (stuff body with mixture of polyfill and catnip)
Repeat for as many stripes as you want. I did 6.
After your last stripe, switch to pink to start butt:
46. 1 single crochet in each stitch around (12)
47. 2 single crochet in one stitch (increase) , then one signle crochet in one stitch, repeat until 18 stitches (18)
48. 1 single crochet in each stitch around (18)
49-50. repeat row 48 (18)
51. 1 single crochet over 2 stitches (decrease) every other stitch (12) (stuff butt with mixture of polyfill and catnip)
52. 1 single crochet over 2 stitches (decrease) every other stitch (6)
53. tie off and weave in end
Face: I sewed on a face with yarn and tied knots because my cat is a nut and would chew/eat/crack buttons, but you could use very teeny felt cutouts or fabric paint to make facial details, especially if you want them to look less crappy than mine.
Arms & Legs: Use purple or navy yarn on a large needle, pull through one side to the other of head and tie each side in several knots to form a little pair of rope arms that are anchored through the head and butt so kitty can’t pull them off. Tie a big knot at end to make the foot or hand.
I use cotton Bernat handicrafter cotton yarn (cheap!) and a 3.0 hook so it is really tight, but a bit looser will be no problem so long as the polyfill isn’t coming out. I do recommend cotton for it’s ease of working with and washability, though I don’t think it would be a good idea to wash a catnip filled toy. I use a mix of about 50% catnip and 50% polyfill for the stuffing. If the cat loses interest in boy, roll him around tightly in your hands to make the catnip release oil and get smelly again. If you don’t want to use polyfill you can use scrap yarn or fabric to stuff boy.