How to Crochet Your Cat

Crocheted cat

Crocheted cat

This post combines two of my favourite things: cats and crochet! I’ve been crocheting off and on for 12 years, but it’s only in the last year I’ve discovered the wonderful world of amigurumi – the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals.

After making lots of different animals including snails, birds, dragons and bumble bees from other people’s patterns, I thought it was time I started doing my own.

I couldn’t think of a better place to start than attempting to crochet my cat, Gwen. I think it worked rather well! Here’s the pattern, you could crochet your own cat by using a yarn to match the colour of their fur, or even a multi-coloured brown yarn if he/she is a tabby!

New to crochet? learn how to get started, making chain stitches and double crochet stitches.

Crocheted Cat

Key: ch chain; dc double crochet; dc2tog insert hook in st and draw up a loop. Insert hook in next st and draw up another loop. Yarn over, draw through all three loops on hook; rep repeat; st(s) stitch(es).

Use a stitch marker to mark the start of each row.
Hook: 4mm
Yarn: double knitting; black for body and head, white for feet and ‘bib’
Stuffing: soft polyester

Body
Make 2 ch.
Round 1: 6dc in second ch from hook.
Round 2: 2dc in each st. (12 sts)
Round 3: *1dc in next st, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. (18 sts)
Round 4: *1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. (24 sts)
Round 5: *1dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. (30 sts)
Round 6 and 7: 1dc in each st.
Round 8: *1dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. (36 sts)
Round 9: *1dc in next 5 sts, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. (42 sts)
Round 10-15: 1dc in each st.
Round 16: *1 dc in next 5 sts, dc2tog; rep from * to end. (36 sts)
Round 17: 1dc in each st.
Round 18: *1dc in next 4 sts, dc2tog; rep from * to end. (30 sts)
Round 19: 1dc in each st.
Round 20: *1dc in next 3 sts; dc2tog; rep from * to end. (24 sts)
Round 21: 1dc in each st.
Round 22: *1dc in next 2 sts; dc2tog; rep from * to end. (18 sts)
Round 23: *1dc in next st;dc2tog; rep from * to end. (12 sts)
Stuff body firmly.
Round 24: dc2tog to close hole. Fasten off.

Head
Make 2 ch.
Round 1: 6dc in second ch from hook.
Round 2: 2dc in each st. (12 sts)
Round 3: *1dc in next st, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. (18 sts)
Round 4: *1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. (24 sts)
Round 5: *1dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. (30 sts)
Round 6: 1dc in each st.
Round 7: *1dc in next 3 sts; dc2tog; rep from * to end. (24 sts)
Round 8: *1dc in next 2 sts; dc2tog; rep from * to end. (18 sts)
Round 9: *1dc in next st;dc2tog; rep from * to end. (12 sts)
Stuff head firmly.
Round 10: dc2tog to close hole. Fasten off.

The facial expressions really make or break the creations!

Ears (make 2)
Make 3 ch.
Round 1: 1dc in second ch from hook; 2dc in next st, turn.
Round 2: 1dc in first st only, fasten off.

Tail
Make 3 ch.
Round 1: 6dc in second ch from hook.
Round 2 onwards: 1dc in each st continuously, until tail reaches 4cm long.
Fasten off leaving long end to attach tail to body.

Feet (make 2)
Make 2 ch.
Round 1: 6dc in second ch from hook.
Round 2-4: 1dc in each st.
Fasten off, leaving long ends to attach feet to body.

‘Bib’
Make 2 ch.
Round 1: 6dc in second ch from hook.
Round 2: 2dc in each st. (12 sts)
Round 3: *1dc in next st, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. (18 sts)
Round 4: *1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. (24 sts)
Round 5: *1dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. (30 sts).
Fasten off.

Making up cat
Using a wool needle and black yarn, sew the head to the body firmly. Attach feet, tail and ears in a similar fashion. Sew the bib onto the front of the cat using white cotton. To make the cats face, cut two eye shapes from green felt. Sew them to the head using a pale cotton thread. The pupils of the eyes are made by sewing black yarn from the top to the bottom of each felt eye (conseal the ends of the yarn in the head). Sew the cat’s nose and mouth using pink yarn and the whiskers using white cotton. To make the tip of the cat’s tail white, sew white yarn out from the end of the tail covering the last cm, using satin stitch.

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Looking out into the garden

The real Gwen

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