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No-Sew Crochet Cat Free Pattern

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Meet the cutest Amigurumi crochet animal on the block! My free crochet cat pattern. When you look for an Amigurumi project, chances are you want it to be pretty and fun. And that’s what I will offer you in this detailed DIY crochet article.

These instructions have been created to be beginner-friendly but enjoyable for crochet pros. But what’s even more exciting is the room for customization. If you’re the kind of maker who loves adding your personal touch, this pattern is perfect for you. You can play with different yarn colors and thicknesses and even add your own unique stripes or spots. 

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No-Sew Crochet Cat

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Design Inspiration

A real tabby kitty inspired this crochet cat design I saw at a pet store a few months ago. He was so adorable that I was tempted to bring him home, but I already had my own kitty. This design is my way of capturing his charm and sharing it with you. And why will you love it?

  • Quick and easy. The chenille yarn and the no-sew technique make it an easy-peasy project to work on. It took me approximately 2 hours to make the crochet cat you see pictured here.
  • Cute gift idea. If you know a cat lover, which is very common, this will be an adorable gift. I know you’ll have fun customizing this pattern with their favorite kitty colors.  
  • Perfect size. Are you tired of the teeny tiny crochet patterns out there? Not this one. I’ve created it to be a perfect-sized crochet cat with a thicker yarn. However, it won’t be so small if you decide to use thinner yarn.

Keep scrolling for all the details I’ve compiled to help you succeed with this pattern. Whether you prefer chenille yarn or the old traditional cotton yarn for Amigurumi, you can use whatever yarn you’re more comfortable with.

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Crochet Cat Free Pattern

Level of difficulty: Easy.

This pattern uses US crochet terminology.

Size: When you use the recommended yarn and hook size, the finished project will measure approximately 8” (20 cm) tall, including the ears.

Gauge: The first 4 rounds of the pattern will be approximately 3” (7.5 cm) in diameter, measured across the center.

Pattern Construction Highlights

  • This crochet cat is crocheted from the bottom up. Except for the tail, which is created separately and attached with the crochet hook as you go.
  • The ears and the top of the head will have their own round count.
  • After the cat is done, the feet will be embroidered with a tapestry needle.
  • There is no hand sewing involved in this project.  
  • Use tight single crochet stitches in continuous rounds without joining.
  • Stuff the cat as you go, but do not overstuff it.
  • If you are making this Amigurumi cat for a young child, avoid using safety eyes and noses. They can come off easily and become a choking hazard.

Materials

Yarn

The pictured crochet cat was made with super bulky (#6) Chenille Home Slim by Loops & Threads in color Fog (CHS01) for the main color. And a Cream color of Parfait chenille yarn from Premier Yarns for the tail tip and stripes. 

  • You will need approximately 3.53 oz (100 g) or 88 yds (81 m) of the main color (C1). 
  • And approximately 0.53 oz (15 g) or 29 yds (27 m) of the second color (C2).

Recommended Yarn Substitutes:

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Abbreviations (US terms)

  • C1: Yarn color 1 (main color)
  • C2: Yarn color 2 (second color for tail tip and stripes)
  • approx.: approximately 
  • ch: chain
  • inc: increase (2 sc in next stitch)
  • dec: invisible decrease (two single crochet together)
  • FO: fasten off
  • rep: repeat
  • Rnd: Round
  • sl st: slip stitch 
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • sk: skip
  • sc: single crochet 
  • ( ): repeat instructions within parenthesis as many times as directed.
  • [ ]: stitch count in a round
  • x: a number followed by a “x” means how many times you’ll repeat the instructions within parentheses.

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Crochet Cat Instructions

Tail

With the main color, start with 8 chs, then sl st to 8th ch to form a ring.

Rnd1-26: sc around in continuous rounds [8]

Switch to the second color to make the tail tip.

Rnd27-29: sc around [8]

Rnd30: dec 4 times [4]

You don’t need to stuff the tail. Cut the yarn. FO. Set aside.

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Body

Rnd1: sc 8 in a magic circle

Rnd2: (inc) x 8 [16]

Rnd3: (inc, sc in next st) x 8 [24]

Rnd4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts) x 8 [32]

Rnd5: (inc, sc in next 3 sts) x 8 [40]

Rnd6: (inc, sc in next 4 sts) x 8 [48]

To make the stripes in the following rounds, alternate between yarns C1 and C2 every two rounds from round 7 through round 12.

Tip: When changing yarn colors, you don’t have to cut the yarn. Pick up the new color and drop the other at the back of the work until you complete the stripes.

Rnd7-8: sc around [48]

Next, squeeze the open end of the tail and attach it to round 9.

Rnd9: sc 4 with tail (this is going to be the back of the cat), sc through the end [48]

Rnd10-18: sc around [48]

Rnd19: (dec, sc in next 10 sts) x 4 [44]

Rnd20-21: sc around [44]

Rnd22: (dec, sc in next 9 sts) x 4 [40]

Rnd23-24: sc around [40]

Rnd25: (dec, sc in next 3 sts) x 8 [32]

Cut the yarn without leaving a long tail. Fasten off.

Facial Features

Now, it’s time to place the eyes, stuff the crochet cat, and embroider the face. 

  1. First, squeeze the work with the tail centered in the back. 
  2. Then, place the eyes between rounds 19 and 20, 7 sts apart, centered in the front.
  3. Next, stuff the cat fully before moving to the following step.
  4. Lastly, thread the needle with the dark thread and embroider the nose in the round below the eyes. Then, embroider the muzzle, whiskers, and eyebrows. Use my photo as a reference, but it should be simple and minimal.

Tip: The embroidery step can be done after the cat is stuffed if you prefer it that way.

gray and white yarn

Ears and Top of the Head

Next, add the ears to your crochet cat, one at a time. 

  • To start, squeeze the head in the two far ends, ensuring the face is centered. Stitch markers or a strand of yarn might help with placement.
  • Then, attach the yarn (C1) and crochet one ear at a time, using 8 stitches on each far end.

Rnd1: sc around using 8 sts only in one of the far ends [8]

Rnd2: (dec, sc in next 2 sts) x 2 [6]

Rnd3: sc around [6]

  • Cut the yarn and leave a long tail. Thread the needle with the long tail and close the top to the ear. FO. Then, repeat the instructions above with the second ear. You’ll have 16 stitches left on the top of the head.
  • Next, attach the yarn to any stitch on the top opening to close the head, then (dec, sc in next st) x 8. Cut the yarn and leave a long tail. 
  • To finish off the head, thread the needle with the long tail and whip stitch in the front loop of each stitch around. Pull tight to cinch.

Paws

Now, thread the needle with C1 and embroider the four paws, one at a time. The embroidery must be thick to make the paws proportional to the crochet cat’s body. I recommend a double-strand and a large-eyed tapestry needle if you have one. Here is how you do it:

  1. First, pick one of the sides to embroider the first back paw. I used the edges of the whiskers and nozzle as a reference for placement.
  2. Next, insert the needle in a stitch between rounds 6 and 7. 
  3. Then, draw the needle out 4 stitches inwards in the same round.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 at least 10 times with the double yarn strand. FO. 
  5. Now, do the same steps above with the other back paw. Then, use the same instructions to embroider the front paws.
    • Insert the needle one stitch apart from the back paw in the same round and embroider one at a time.

Tip: As you embroider the paws, spread each layer of stitches evenly to create a round shape. But do not make it too tight so the paws can be prominent.

Your crochet cat is done. Weave in all the ends.

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FAQs

Can beginners crochet a cat?

It depends! If you’re a complete beginner, I recommend you find tutorials on crocheting Amigurumi. The initial skills for this crochet cat are simple; it only takes the basics to make it.

Can I make this cat smaller?

You certainly can! But try not to use yarns thinner than worsted weight (#4). Otherwise, your cat will be too tiny unless that’s what you aim for. Another option is to use medium-weight chenille yarn with a smaller hook.

Is it hard to crochet with chenille yarn?

The short answer is “yes”! Beginners find it hard to crochet with chenille yarn because it’s hard to see the stitches. But nothing that some practice won’t help. I highly recommend practicing on a small project, such as a Sphere, before you go for a larger Amigurumi.

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