Do you have an overweight, surly cat in desperate need of humiliation?
Yes you do.
She's surly, she's fat, she's the light of my life.
Oh, and she's been feeling a little self-conscious lately, so I decided to make her a muumuu.
Three skeins Yarn Bee Icelandic Jewel
US 10.5 straight needles
US 10.5 24" circular needles
about 3.5 stitches per inch
Note: I chose to knit the bulk of the muumuu on straight needles and switch to circulars for the fringe. My nifty 10.5 dpns met an untimely end in an unfortunate oops-I-stepped-on-my-knitting-bag-and-smashed-my-plastic-dpns-to-bits accident. It may be easier to knit the entire garment in the round since you'll join the fabric for the fringe anyway.
Step one: Measure your cat
This may be dangerous.
Measure your cat's girth and the length of her flank between her front and back legs.
Step two: Knit your muumuu
Multiply your cat's girth in inches by 3.5, or whatever gauge you're using. Got it? Good. That's how many stitches you should cast on.
Work in K1 P1 rib for about three inches.
Next, work in stockinette for about another six inches depending on how long your cat is. The garment should fit snugly just behind her front legs and end just before her hind legs.
Switch to circular needles.
At this point, you may join your work and begin working in the round if you aren't already.
Row 1: Knit into the front and back of each stitch.
Rows 2-4: Knit
Row 5: Knit into the back and front of each stitch.
Rows 6-8: Knit
Row 9: Knit into the front and back of each stitch
Row 10: Knit
Bind off loosely
Sew up the side and weave in ends.
My muumuu was a bit too big, so I ran a piece of yarn through the ribbing to act as cinch, then tied it into a little bow to tighten it.