Size 30 x 40 inch.
3 skeins Knitting Worsted, Orlon Sayelle or Wintuk white (2 oz. skein)
5 skeins Knitting Worsted, Orlon Sayelle or Wintuk pink or blue for 2 side panels (2 oz. skein)
Small amount of embroidery wool each pink and yellow (about 10 yards)
1 afghan crocket hook No. 6 or G
GAUGE: 5 afghan sts. = 1 inch
CENTER PANEL: Plain afghan stitch
Ch. 72 sts. 1st row: insert hook in 2nd st. from hook and pull up a loop, retain loop on needle, repeat in every ch. across row. 2nd row: yarn over hook, pull through first loop * yarn over hook, pull through 2 loops repeat from * across row until only 1 loop is left on hook. 3rd row: insert hook in 2nd vertical bar and pull up a loop, retain loop on needle, repeat in every vertical bar across row. Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows alternately until panel measures 40 inch. (approximately 200 rows). Fasten off.
Ch. 36, work 1 row afghan st. Start pattern. 1st row: * yarn in front of hook, insert hook in vertical bar of next st., bring yarn below hook and to back of work, y.o. and through the vertical bar on hook (a "purled" st.), yarn in back of work, draw up a loop in next vertical bar (plain afghan st.) repeat from * across row. 2nd row: work off loops as for plain afghan st. 3rd row: * work 1 plain afghan st. and 1 purled afghan st. repeat from * across row. 4th row: work off loops as for plain afghan st. Repeat these 4 rows until panel measures 40 inch. Fasten off. Make the 2nd side panel the same way.
Work 1 row s.c. around each panel, working 3 s.c. in each corner st. Embroider center panel in cross stitch as shown on charts on pages 4 to 15. Center of cat is center of panel. Count 17 rows above end of cat's tail and start chickens. Count 17 rows above end of chickens and start swan. Work 1 more set of chickens and 1 more swan on lower part of cover to correspond. Sew panels together on wrong side. With white crochet 3 rows s.c. around entire cover, working 3 s.c. in each corner st. Fasten off. Block to size.
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