Cats are the subject of much interesting artwork and craft work, but crochet offers many extra-special possibilities for portraying our feline friends. If you're a cat lover, or interested in making a unique gift for a cat lover, be sure to check out our free cat patterns.
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Here's an easy crochet pattern for a cute baby hat with an embroidered cat design on the front. The pattern is created to fit a range of sizes including tiny preemies up through toddlers. This pattern was designed by Erica Jackofsky.
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You can cuddle up in this throw blanket with alternating colors of cat squares are enclosed in a border of mice, and rest your head on the kitty pillow cover. This delightful kittycat design is by Deb Richey. This free pattern is available from the Caron Yarns website. They make it easy to order the yarn and supplies you will need if you don't already have enough in your yarn basket.
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Have fun transforming a crocheted circle into a cute cat design. This crochet project is by Sandi Marshall.
First, make two basic circles.
Nose: You may wish to use a round, flat button for the nose or make this crocheted nose:
Rnd 1: With pink or lighter shade of main color, ch 3, 10 dc in 3rd ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch 3.
Fasten off, leaving a 7" tail. With large-eye needle, weave yarn tail under loop of ea sc, pull tight to draw up the edge of the round into a ball. When mouth... piece is completed, sew nose to mouth as directed.
Mouth: With white or another light color, ch 3, 4 dc in 3rd ch from hook.
Row 2: ch 3, dc in same st, dc in ea of next 3 dc, 2 dc in last dc.
Row 3: ch 3, dc in same st, hdc in next dc, sc in next dc, sl st in next dc, sc in next dc, hdc in next dc, then dc in last dc, ch 3, sl st in base of dc just made. End off.
Attach yarn in center of row 1, ch 1, sc, evenly spaced around edge, working down sides of stitches; at row 3, sc in first 4 st, sl st in center, sc in last 4 st; sc, evenly spaced on last edge, working up sides of stitches, sl st in beginning ch 1. End off. Weave in ends.
Sew nose over row 1 of mouth piece. Note: When sewing mouth on, you can shape it a bit as you sew it on; it should look like an upside down heart. Sew mouth to basic circle front, with row 1 placed at center of rnd 1 of basic circle.
Ears: (Make 2) With main color, ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (6 sc).
Row 2: ch 1, (pull up a loop in 1st sc, pull up a loop in 2nd sc, yarn over hook, pull through 3 loops on hook - sc dec made); sc in next 2 sc, work sc dec in last 2 sc.
Row 3: ch 1, work a sc dec in 1st two sc, work a sc dec in last two sc.
Row 4: ch 1, work a sc dec in remaining two sc. End off.
Attach yarn at end of row 1; sc in end of starter ch, sc in end of ea row along side of ear; (sc, ch 1, sc) in st at top, sc in end of ea row along other side of ear, ending at opposite end of starter ch row. End off, leaving an 8" tail for sewing ear to head.
Center Ear Piece: (Make 2) With pink or a lighter shade of main color, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch (2 sc).
Row 2: ch 1, sc dec in the two sc. End off.
Attach yarn at end of row 1; sc in end of starter chain and in end of each row, (sc, ch 1, sc) at top, sc in end of each row along other side of ear piece, ending at opposite end of starter chain row.
End off, leaving a 7" tail for sewing. Matching bottom edges of ear and center ear pieces, with the center ear positioned over middle four stitches of ear row 1, sew the center ear piece to the ear.
Eyes: Sew on purchased wiggley eyes or make these crocheted eyes:
(Make 2) ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in first sc to join.
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in ea of next 3 sc, sl st in next sc. End off.
Sew eyes on over upper half of rnd 2 of basic circle front. Add black to the center of the eyes, if you wish to (using yarn threaded on a large-eye needle) - see example photo at the top of this page.
Embroider whisker details with black floss or yarn. Optional: I also did an embroidery straight stitch outline with black yarn close to the outside edges around the eyes, nose and mouth (with the yarn threaded on a large-eye needle).
For Potholder: Holding wrong sides of two basic circles together, attach main color in any stitch. Working sc through both thicknesses (to join the circles), sc in ea dc around. End off. Weave in ends.
Sew ears to top edge.
Attach main color yarn to a plastic ring. sc around ring to cover. End off, leaving a 7" tail; sew to back of potholder, near top edge, in middle.
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