At the beginning of the year, I asked you what you would like me to crochet and I received so many brilliant suggestions across my social media channels. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with me! If you still have a suggestion for me on which animal, creature, or doll to crochet, please comment below.
I started with Marissa’s suggestion of a cat. Cats are one of my favorite animals, which made it even more fun for me! I hope you’ll enjoy my pattern for this little amigurumi cat! You can read the pattern right here on my blog.
2023 Update: I updated the pattern to incorporate DIY cat eyes, and make the head shape more realistic. This means the written pattern doesn’t match the video tutorial anymore.
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You can find the free written pattern in US terms below. I also recorded a video tutorial for this amigurumi cat crochet pattern. Hope you’ll enjoy it!
If you’re used to UK terms, simply replace sc (single crochet) with dc (double crochet), hdc (half double crochet) with htr (half treble crochet), and dc (double crochet) with tr (treble crochet). You’ll need the two latter only for the ears.
All you need to know to crochet this little amigurumi cat is how to single crochet (double crochet in British terms), make a magic ring, and invisible decreases with single crochet (British double crochet).
It will also be helpful to know:
Materials and tools you need for the little amigurumi cat
DK / light worsted weight cotton yarn, for example, Paintbox Cotton DK in Stormy Grey (405) or Melon Sorbet (417) or Pure Black (402)
5mm safety eyes for the old version or 7mm DIY cat safety eyes for the new version
Darning needle/tapestry needle
Large-eyed sewing needle
Light pink or black embroidery floss
Small pliers (optional)
St = stitch
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet (double crochet in British terms)
Inc = sc increase: single crochet 2 in same st
Dec = invisible sc decrease: Insert hook in front loops of next 2 sts, yarn over, pull through both front loops, yarn over, pull through 2 remaining loops
Hdc = half double crochet (half treble crochet in British terms)
Dc = double crochet (treble crochet in British terms)
Sk = skip
FLO = front loops only
BLO = back loops only
(…) = stitches that are repeated in the rd
*… = number of repetitions
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: 6 inc (12)
Rnd 3: [sc, inc]*6 (18)
Rnd 4: [2sc, inc]*6 (24)
Rnd 5: 24 sc (24)
In the following 2 rounds, we crochet openings for the 7mm big safety eyes. If you want to use smaller safety eyes, place the eyes differently, or want to embroider them, simply sc in all 24 st in the next 2 rounds.
Rnd 6: 8 sc, 2 ch, sk 2, 4 sc, 2 ch, sk 2, 8 sc (24)
Rnd 7: 8 sc, 2 sc in opening, sc, 2 inc, sc, 2 sc in opening, 8 sc (26)
Rnd 8: 26 sc (26)
Rnd 9: 11 sc, 2 dec, 11 sc (24)
Attach the safety eyes and embroider the eyelids. See how in this short.
Fill the head with fiberfill.
Rnd 10: 12 dec (12)
Rnd 11: [sc, inc]*6 (18)
Rnd 12: 18 sc (18)
Rnd 13: 16 sc, 2 inc (20)
Rnd 14: 2 inc, 18 sc (22)
Rnd 15: 2 sc, dec, 3 inc, 8 sc, 3 inc, dec, 2 sc (26)
Rnd 16: Inc, 8 sc, dec, 4 sc, dec, 8 sc, inc (26)
Rnd 17: 10 sc, dec, 2 sc, dec, 10 sc (24)
Rnd 18: 11 sc, inc, sc, inc, 10 sc (26)
Rnd 19: 26 sc (26)
Rnd 20: Sc, 16 ch, 15 sc in next ch (starting in 2nd from hook), 25 sc (26)
Rnd 21: In BLO only: Dec, [2 sc, dec]*6 (19) (treat the tail as one stitch, pull out a loop from under it and treat it as a BLO)
Fill the body with fiberfill. Don’t overstuff so that your cat will be able to sit without falling over.
Rnd 22: Sk st under tail, [sc, dec]*6 (12)
Rnd 23: 6 dec(6)
Fasten off, leaving an extra long yarn end. We will use it for embroidering the paws and shaping the body.
Insert the yarn end in the FLO of all 6 st, then stitch through the center of the last round to the spot above the cat’s hind leg between rounds 13 and 14, creating a shallow cavity in the bottom, that will help the cat sit.
Now use the yarn end to shape the legs by stitching through the body above the hind legs, in between hind and forelegs, as well as between the forelegs, pulling the yarn tight enough to create some tension. If you need help with this part, jump to minute 40 of my video tutorial:
Stitch on the 4 paws with 4 little stitches each (approx. 1 round high).
Crochet the ears (make 2)
4 ch, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc, dc, hdc in next ch, sc in last ch
Fasten off leaving a long enough end to sew on the ear. Slightly bend the ears and sew them on rounds 2 to 4 on each side of the head.
Embroider the nose and mouth
Embroider the nose in the shape of a tiny triangle on round 8 and the mouth as an upside-down V on round 9, centered. Your little cat is now complete!
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You can pin this little amigurumi cat pattern here for later.
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