Rnd – round
chX – chain X amount of stitches
MR – magic adjustable ring (If you need more explanation, there are a ton of free videos available on YouTube)
st(s) – stitch(es)
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
sc – single crochet
inc – 2 sc in same stitch
dec – invisible decrease – I have a video example available on my Instagram feed under the Tips & Tricks Highlight
3sc inc – 3 sc in the same stitch
3sc dec – using the invisible decrease method, decrease across the next 3 sts
F/O – Fasten off.
- 2.75mm crochet hook
- Stitch marker
- Yarn needle
- Yarn – More details below
- Fiberfill, or your choice of stuffing
- Pink/Black embroidery thread for nose/eyes.
- Decor Wire (Optional)
- Pliers (Optional)
The kitty is made in continuous rounds. Take care to always move up stitch marker, at the end of each round. Stitch count is in ( ) at the end of each row. Take care to have the correct number of stitches before moving onto the next round. Make sure you are always working on the outside of the animal. Your crochet stitches should be facing the “right way” when finished. Smaller pieces may curl inward, but you can use the end of your crochet hook to push it out to the working side.
I use a 2.75 mm hook. The smaller hook helps to maintain even stitches without having to change tension. For this example I am using Scheepjes Stonewashed in Black Onyx.
This pattern includes the color change for the tail, if you wanted to make the grey and white version. I did not change colors for the example photos, as I was making the kitty using black yarn. If you are not changing colors, ignore those steps.
Ears x 2
Rnd 1: 5 sc in a MR (5)
Rnd 2: sc in each st (5)
Rnd 3: 1 inc in each st (10)
Rnd 4: sc in each st (10)
Sl st in next st to F/O. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing to the head. Sewn over rounds 3-6, angled down the side of the head.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in a MR (6)
Rnd 2: [2sc, 4sc in next st] x 2 (12)
Sl st into next st to F/O. Leave a tail for sewing.
Nose gets embroidered, starting in the center stitch and in a triangle over the 2 rounds. Snout is sewed to head, centered between rows 7-10. Use straight pins to keep the snout in place while sewing.
If you are making the grey and white kitty, start with white yarn.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in a MR (6)
Rnd 2: [2sc, inc] x 2 (8)
Rnd 3: sc in each st (8)
Rnd 4: Change colors between each stitch. Starting in grey, the last stitch will be white. Sc in each st (8)
Change to grey
Rnd 5-19: sc in each st (8)
Rnd 20: [2sc, dec] x 2 (6)
Sl st into next st to F/O and cut yarn. Yarn tail does not need to be very long as we will be crocheting it onto the body. If you are adding the optional wire, use pliers with wire snips and cut wire approximately 2 cm longer than your tail. Use pliers to curl the ends, so they don’t poke through the sts. If you are not using the wire you should stuff half of the tail, lightly.
We are starting on the top of the kitty’s head, adding the tail as we crochet.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in a MR
Rnd 2: 1 inc in each st (12)
Rnd 3: [sc, inc] x 6 (18)
Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] x 6 (24)
Rnd 5-7: sc in each st (24)
Rnd 8: [inc, 3sc inc, inc, 9sc] x 2 (32)
Rnd 9: sc in each st (32)
Rnd 10: [dec, 3sc dec, dec, 9sc] x 2 (24)
Rnd 11: [2sc, dec] x 6 (18)
Rnd 12: [sc, dec] x 6 (12)
Rnd 13: sc in each st (12)
Start stuffing firmly, continue stuffing until the last round.
Rnd 14: [sc, inc] x 6 (18)
Rnd 15: sc in each st (18)
Rnd 16: [2sc, inc] x 6 (24)
Rnd 17-19: sc in each st (24)
Rnd 20: [3sc, inc] x 6 (30)
Rnd 21-25: sc in each st (30)
Rnd 26: 27 sc, 3 sc through both sides of the tail and body (30) Depending on tension you may need to adjust the placement of the tail to the center of the body.
Rnd 27: [sc, dec] x 10 (20)
Rnd 28: [2sc, dec] x 5 (15)
Rnd 29: [sc, dec] x 5 (10)
Do not add too much stuffing to the bottom, as we want it to be flat.
Sl st into next st to fasten off. Cut yarn and weave tail through front loops only of the remaining sts, pull tightly to close. Take extreme care not to break the yarn. Using yarn tail and a yarn needle, anchor the tail to the body. Bury yarn tail and snip excess.
Embroider the eyes between rounds 7&8, one stitch away from the snout.
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