Crochet Kitten Pattern

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Hi Everybody! Today it’s my turn to share a free amigurumi pattern for the Fourth Annual Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet! For my contribution, I have designed this adorable crochet kitten pattern.

2021 Softie-Crochet-Along
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My sister Caitlin is having a baby later this month (on my birthday!!) and I (like any crochet crazy Auntie) have started crocheting things for Nessa (my niece’s name is Vanessa – but Caitie calls her Nessa).

This crochet kitten pattern (Nessa’s Kitten) can be crocheted with 1 single ball of Bernat Pop! Yarn (you only need 148 yds in total) and a 3.75 mm (F) crochet hook. The pattern is easy-to-follow and easy-to-crochet. You can of course use the yarn and hook of your choice – I recommend using a 3.75 mm (F) hook with Medium Weight Yarn [4].

Crochet Kitten - Supplies 2021

For all the details on the CAL, including the other free softie patterns and the end of CAL giveaway, please visit Marie’s post here: Fourth Annual Softie Crochet Along. Thank you to Fairfield Processing Inc. for providing each participating designer with Poly-Fil fiber filling or Poly-Fil Poly Pellets weighted stuffing beads!

PS – My daughter (she’s 11 now) took some of today’s photos for me (impromptu ‘bring your child to work day’) and I’m really impressed by her perspective on our Crochet Kitten. Thank you for me with m post today Darla! xo love you, Mom

Crochet Kitten Pattern

Supplies

Difficulty Level

Easy

Finished Size

Cat measures approximately 11.5 inches tall X 7.5 inches wide with arms spread.

Gauge

Gauge Rulers

Approximately 6 rows per 4 inches and 20 sts per 4 inches (worked in sc )

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

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Check out the Basic Crochet Terms in 10 languages here.

CC – contrast color (dark brown)

ch – chain

DMR – double magic ring

MC – main color (I chose light beige)

R – round

sc -single crochet

sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together

sk – skip

st/sts – stitch/stitches

* to **– Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.

[ ] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

( ) – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space

Helpful Tutorials

Stitch Anatomy

Quick Stitch Guide 

Simple Closing Method for Hats

Whip Stitch

Invisible Join

Standing Single Crochet

Double Magic Ring

Notes: 

Choose which colors from the Bernat Pop! skein you want to use for your crocheted cat. You can simply start from the ball and crochet with the color that is available or wind your skein into smaller color sections. I selected dark brown (CC) for the ears and the tips of the arms, legs and tail and the light beige (MC) color for my cat’s body.

I usually start rounds with a color change with a standing st. If you prefer a sl st join and a turning chain, feel free to substitute. For example, see R5 in the Crochet Kitten Arms section.

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Crochet Kitten Pattern Oombawka Design Crochet
My daughter took this photo for me !

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Crochet Kitten Pattern Instructions

This project is crocheted in continuous rounds, from the top-down.

Using your 3.75 mm (F) hook (or size required for gauge):

Crochet Kitten Head

R1: With MC: DMR: 6 sc. [6 sc]

R2: 2 sc in each st around. [12 sc]

R3: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st**. Work from * to ** around. [18 sc]

R4: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [24 sc]

R5: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [30 sc]

R6: 1 sc in each st around. [30 sc]

R7: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [36 sc]

R8: 1 sc in each st around. [36 sc]

R9: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [42 sc]

R10: 1 sc in each st around. [42 sc]

R11: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [48 sc]

R12: 1 sc in each st around. [48 sc]

R13: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [54 sc]

R14: 1 sc in each st around. [54 sc]

R15: *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [48 sc]

R16: *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [42 sc]

R17: *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [36 sc]

R18: *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [30 sc]

R19: 1 sc in each st around. [30 sc]

Place the eyes between R13 and R14, with approximately 10 sts between the eyes.

Stuff the head firmly with Poly-Fil. Do not overstuff the head.

R20: *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [24 sc]

R21: 1 sc in each st around. [24 sc]

R22: *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [18 sc]

R23-R26: 1 sc in each st around. Do not finish off.  [18 sc]

Stuff the head and neck area firmly with Poly-Fil. Do not overstuff.

Crochet Kitten Body

R27: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [24 sc]

R28-R29: 1 sc in each st around. [24 sc]

R30: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [30 sc]

R31-R33: 1 sc in each st around. [30 sc]

R34: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [36 sc]

R35-R44: 1 sc in each st around. [36 sc]

R45: *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [30 sc]

R46: *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [24 sc]

Stuff the Cat Body firmly with Poly-Fil. Do not overstuff.

R47: *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts**. Work from * to ** around. [18 sc]

Add a little more stuffing at this point if needed. 

TIP: use the end of a pen or pencil eraser to add the stuffing through the smaller opening.

R48: *Sc2tog, 1 sc in the next st**. Work from * to ** around. Finish off leaving a 10-inch tail of yarn.  [12 sc]

Close the cat body using my easy closing method. This closing method is demonstrated here

Kitten Crochet Pattern - Oombawka

Crochet Kitten Arms

Make 2

R1: With CC: DMR: 6 sc. [6 sc]

R2: 2 sc in each st around. [12 sc]

R3-R4: 1 sc in each st around. Finish off CC with an invisible join. [12 sc]

R5: With MC: 1 sc in each st around. [12 sc]

R6: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts. Sc2tog, 1 sc in each rem st around. [10 sc]

R7-R17: 1 sc in each st around. [10 sc]

Finish off leaving a 10-inch tail of yarn for assembly. At this point the cat arm should measure approximately 3 inches in length.

Crochet Kitten Legs

Make 2

R1: With CC: DMR: 8 sc. [8 sc]

R2: *2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts**. Work from * to ** around.  [12 sc]

R3: 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts. [14 sc]

R4-R5: 1 sc in each st around. Finish off CC with an invisible join. [14 sc]

R6: With MC: 1 sc in each st around. [14 sc]

R7: 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. [12 sc]

R8-R21: 1 sc in each st around. [12 sc]

Finish off leaving a 10-inch tail of yarn for assembly. At this point the cat leg should measure approximately 3.75 inches in length.

Crochet Kitten Tail

R1: With CC: DMR: 5 sc. [5 sc]

R2-R3: 1 sc in each st around. Finish off CC with an invisible join. [5 sc]

R4: With MC: 1 sc in each st around. [5 sc]

R5: 1 sc in each st around. [5 sc]

R6: (2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st) 2 times, 1 sc in the last st. [7 sc]

R7-R21: 1 sc in each st around. [7 sc]

Finish off leaving a 10-inch tail of yarn for assembly. At this point the cat tail should measure approximately 3.75 inches in length.

Crochet Kitten Ears

Make 2

R1: With CC: DMR: 4 sc [4 sc]

R2: 2 sc in each st around. [8 sc]

R3: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st**. Work from * to ** around. [12 sc]

R4: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st**. Work from * to ** around. [18 sc]

R5: 1 sc in each st around. [18 sc]

Finish off leaving a 10-inch tail of yarn for assembly. 

Crochet Kitten Finishing Instructions

Add a small amount of Poly-fil to the cat arms, legs and tail. You may wish to use a pencil eraser to assist you with the stuffing. I used a small amount (just a small pinch) and pushed it toward the CC sections to give the limbs a bit more structure. This is not necessary and can be omitted if you like the flat look instead.

Crochet Kitten Pattern @oombawkadesigncrochet
Photos of free crochet kitten pattern by my daughter Darla ♥

See images for assembly of arms, legs, tail and ears.  Using your yarn and yarn needle, hand stitch the pieces to the cat body and head. I worked under one loop of the cat body and one loop of the arm (leg, tail, ear) for each stitch I made in the final round of the arm (leg, tail, ear). Weave in ends securely.

Crochet Kitten Pattern Oombawka Crochet Design

For the cat nose and eyelashes I used the CC color and my yarn needle and hand stitched them. Do not pull tightly as it will cause the face to pucker where you make your stitches. Please see the following image for placement.

Crochet Kitten pattern
My daughter took this photo of our Crochet Kitten too!

If you would like your cat to have a weighted bottom, I recommend using a stocking (nylon sock) and filling it with Poly Pellets. Close the nylon sock by tying it tightly and insert it into the Cat Body when you complete R46. Then add more Poly-Fil around it before R48. 

If you would like the Cat Tail to be bendy, insert a pipe cleaner into the tail before you sew the tail to the Cat Body.

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Crochet Kitten Pattern Oombawka Design
Darla’s Crochet Kitten Photo

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