"היא מעצבת סוודרים לחתולים."
Translation:She designs sweaters for cats.
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Well, there are no cats in the Tanakh, but the rule that before a word whose first vowel is a nuanced shva, a ḥaṭef like ֲ / ֳ / ֱ , the prepositions לְ־ כְּ־ בְּ־ take the equivalent vowel: כַּאֲרִי like a lion (like the lion would be כָּאֲרִי). The most interesting case is בָּאֳנִיָּה, which means in the ship, if pronounced bāʾŏniyyâ (i.e, Qamatz Gadol), but in a ship, if pronounced bŏʾŏniyyâ. (i.e with a Qamatz Qaṭan).
On a comment of yours from three years ago on this page you said that “for the cats” and “for cats” are identical in that they both have patakh under the ל.
However, on this comment you say that “like a lion” and “like the lion” are different in that “like a lion” gets patakh under the כ, while “like the lion” gets kamatz under the כ.
Why are they different?
Well, for phonetic reasons you pronounced traditionally the form without article לַחֲתוּלִים to cats too, because the first consonant of the word חֲתוּלִים cats has a חֲטַף פַּתָּח, a Shva with a-colouring, to which the Shva of the preposition assimilates. Colloquially you are right of course.
Well, לְ־, used for example for the indirect object, has a broader meaning than בִּשְׁבִיל. The latter can be used, when for means for the benefit of. Except for some special cases (like the frontal use בִּשְׁבִילִי זֶה כְּמוֹ גַּן־עֵ֫דֶן for me (=in my personal opinion) this is like heaven) you can generally replace בִּשְׁבִיל by לְ־, but only sometimes the other way around. Therefore in this sentence בִּשְׁבִיל חֲתוּלִים for cats does work too, as the cats benefit (I hope) from the sweaters.
But you are creating it. Designing doesn't mean creating an object. In the case of knitting, designing would be designing/creating the pattern. Fashioning it, is for instance, used if you say have an old garment you no longer wear, but update it so it's wearable. Or use accessories to create a full look. Fashioning clothing is creating, designing is the blueprint for the creation.