Sleepy Kittens

Aren't these two adorable?


They are designed by Susan B. Anderson, originally for Making Magazine No. 4, Lines. They're now available as a kit (which includes the pattern) from her company, Barrett Wool Co. Or more accurately, you can ask to be notified when a kit is available. 


The original pattern has a girl (gray kitten with pink and white nightgown) and boy (kitten in striped pajamas), but since I made these for a pair of brothers (to welcome a new baby in the family), I made both kittens in striped pajamas. The kit comes with the sage green yarn (called Bay Leaf). I borrowed some orange/gold yarn from a set of mini-skeins of Jill Draper Makes Things Windham that I bought from Modern Daily Knitting, so that the two kittens aren't the same. I loved the very soft, but rustic looking gray yarn (Barrett Wool Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted) for these kittens. The kit includes plenty of yarn, but doesn't include stuffing or fabric for the sleeping bags.

For the sleeping bags (the instructions are in the pattern) I used some quilting cotton from a local store. The prints are coordinates that match a "Guess How Much I Love You" print. 

It was hard to send these two away in the mail. But I did make them as a gift to welcome a new baby, so away they went.  

I highly recommend this pattern. The knitting was fun. There were some interesting techniques with links to helpful tutorials. The limbs and ears are knit in as you go along, so there's minimal finishing. They didn't take long to make. And when you're done, you have something SO cute. 

Sleepy Kitten Set

  • designed by Susan B Anderson
  • Knit from a Barrett Wool Co. kit
  • US 5 needles
  • Barrett Wool Co. Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted (100% American wool, 100 g/250 yards)
    • Rain Shower (main color - gray)
    • Birch (white)
    • Bayleaf (green)
  • Jill Draper Windham (1 oz/55 yards, 100% wool) (probably Harvest Gold - skeins are unmarked)
  • polyester stuffing
  • cotton embroidery floss for eyes and mouth, sewing thread for whiskers, pink yarn for nose
  • 7.5 x 36" piece of fabric for each sleeping bag, also stuffing for pillow. 
  • In Ravelry
I also sent this book:

because I love to get new babies started with books.


  1. What a perfect gift for new big brothers! SO adorable. And such a thoughtful gift, all around. I love Susan B. Anderson's "little things" - and I have knit several of them over the years. Her patterns are always so clear and accessible. They make knitting fussy "little things" uncomplicated and fun. Nicely done! XO


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