Amigurumi Crochet Cats: DIY Tutorial & Pattern

Amigurumi crochet cats tutorial free patternCrocheted amigurumi cats – each has a different personality that is visible from the details in the outfit and from the expression on the face. This kind of cat can be a funny gift to the person you want to surprise with your message :-)

Or maybe you want to crochet  funny BUNNY with personality? This tutorial includes instructions for more ideas of adding personal touch to each toy that you can use for the cat as well.

If you want to see the reason these cats were given their personality and character qualities – read the message near the end of this post. You will also see on the picture the purpose they were created for.

For me this anonymous saying expresses the essence of the cat´s being: “Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.”

I like cats exactly for their independent nature. Each time when some cat shows affection to me – I feel I am special and honored I have been shown mercy. And each time a cat is nasty to me – I get angry and call it names a message that there is still so much work to do to improve my character…

So, you can imagine how well I felt when making these crocheted cats – I made them the way I wanted them to be. They got the characters I wanted them to have. And they got to behave just the way I wanted them to behave. It nearly felt like being a cat making goddess or something of this kind…

If you want to experience how it feels – you are welcome to use the pattern and tutorial of how to make such crocheted cat.
Ladies and Gentlemen, here they are! Meet:

Continue reading to explore more…. 

crochet cats toys tutorial


STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL OF HOW TO MAKE CROCHET CATS:

Materials used: 100% cotton (suitable for 2.5-3.5 mm crochet hook) in as many colors as you wish. I used Schachenmayr SMC Catania cotton yarn, 2.5 mm crochet hook.

STEP 1: Crochet all body parts necessary for the cat (the pattern description is next to the pictures of corresponding body part).
Each cat needs nose and detail for cheeks that are the same for all the cats. Making different faces was fun for me, so each cat got eyes and mouth that were a bit different (description below).
If you want to make cats in different colors, then each cat needs these body parts in fitting colors (4 photos below): two cups of half body (to sew together to form an oval ball for the body), 4 feet, 2 ears, 1 tail.

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Depending on your wish you can decorate the cat with unique details to make it more special (see the description below for each cat) and to deliver your message for the recipient of the gift ;-)

Abbreviation: ch= chain stitch, sl st= slip stitch, sc= single crochet, hdc= half double crochet, dc= double crochet, sc2tog= single crochet next two stitches together to decrease the amount of stitches, picot (chain 3 picot), st= stitch.

BASIC CROCHET PATTERN FOR BODY PARTS OF THE CAT (play with colors as you please):

Crochet cat body pattern

HALF CUP FOR BODY (make 2):
R0
: ch 4, sl st in the 1st ch to form ring.
R1: ch 1, sc 8 in the ring, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (8 sts).
R2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc st, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (16 sts).
R3: ch 1, *sc 1, 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** 8 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (24 sts).
R4: ch 1, *sc 3, 2 sc in the 4th st* repeat ** 6 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (30 sts).
R5: ch 1, *sc 4, 2 sc in the 5th st* repeat ** 6 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (36 sts).
R6: ch 1, *sc 11, 2 sc in the 12th st* repeat ** 3 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (39 sts).
R7: ch 1, sc 39, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (39 sts).
R8: ch 1, *sc 12, 2 sc in the 13th st* repeat ** 3 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (42 sts).
R9, 10, 11, 12: ch 1, sc 42, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (42 sts).
R13: ch 1, *sc 13, 2 sc in the 14th st* repeat ** 3 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (45 sts).
R14: ch 1, sc 45, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (45 sts). Fasten off.

Crochet toy cat feet pattern FEET (make 4):
R0: ch 4, sl st in the 1st ch to form ring.
R1: ch 1, sc 8 in the ring, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (8 sts).
R2: ch 1, 2 sc in each st, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (16 sts).
R3, 4: ch 1, sc 16, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (16 sts).
R5: ch 1, *sc 2, then sc2tog* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts).
R6: ch 1, sc 12, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts). Fasten off.

Crochet  toy cat ears tail pattern

TAIL (make 1):
R0: ch 4, sl st in the 1st ch to form ring.
R1: ch 1, sc 8 in the ring, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (8 sts).
R2: ch 1, *sc 1, 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts).
R3-7: ch 1, sc 12, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts).
R8: ch 1, *sc 2, then sc2tog* repeat ** 3 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (9 sts).
R9-16: ch 1, sc 9, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (9 sts). Fasten off.

EARS (make 2):
R0: ch 4, sl st in the 1st ch to form ring.
R1: ch 1, sc 5 in the ring, turn around to crochet in the other direction (5 sts).
R2: ch 1, sc 2, then 3 sc in the 3rd st, sc 2, turn around to crochet in the first direction (7 sts).
R3: ch 1, sc 3, then work: hdc, dc, hdc all in the 4th st. Then sc 3, turn around to crochet in the other direction (9 sts).
R4 (here I changed the color for the outside line of the ear): ch 1, sc 4, then work: hdc, dc, hdc all in the 5th st (dc from Row 3). Then sc 3, then 2sc in the next st that is on the corner, then continue crocheting around the ear, now crocheting on ear´s down part by sc 1 in the bottom of Row2, then sc 1 in the middle loop (that was formed by ch 4 of Row0), then sc 1 in the other side of Row2, then 2 sc in the corner st to close this circle of other color, then sl st in the 1st sc st of this row (whole circle has 17 sts). Fasten off.

Crochet toy cat nose cheeks pattern

NOSE (make 1):
R0: ch 4, sl st in the 1st ch to form ring.
R1: ch 1, sc 8 in the ring, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (8 sts).
R2: ch 1, sc 5 (5 sts). Fasten off.

CHEEKS (make 1):
R0: ch 7.
R1: 2 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc 4, then 4 sc in the next ch. Continue crocheting around the ch line. Sc 4, then 2 sc in the 1st ch (where the first 2 sc of this Row 1 were worked, so that the 1st ch of Row0 now has all together 4 sc sts in it), then sl st to join to the beginning st of this row (16 sts).
R2: ch 1, 2 sc in the 1st st, then sc 6, then 2sc in the 8th st, then again 2 sc in the 9th st, then sc 6, then 2 sc in the last st of this row. Sl st to join to the beginning st of this row (20 sts). Fasten off.

STEP 2: Stuff both cups of body with filling (picture 1) and sew them together (pictures 2&3).

Crochet toy cat pattern diy

STEP 3: Stuff all 4 feet with filling and sew them on the body, so that joined row crochet line of the body would be between left side and right side feet and not visible on the top of the cat (picture 4).

STEP 4:  Put the cat on its feet and pin its ears in their place, then sew them on (picture 5).

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STEP 5: When you sew on the cheeks – give the oval a bit of shape (picture 6), so that cheeks would not be placed flat on the face, but would look as kind of filled. In the middle of the oval it is sewn tighter together to create a look of “8″ laying flat, so that the nose could be attached in the middle of it (pictures 7&8).

STEP 6: To make nose – at first sew its outside edge together, so that it would form a ball, then sew it on in the middle of the face (picture 6), embroidering a line over the middle of the cheeks. Embroider the mouth (picture 8).

How to make crochet  toy eyes

STEP 7: Each cat has slightly different eyes and mouth that make their faces look a bit different (picture 8). Crochet the size of eyes you like, sew them on the face and then embroider.
For small eyes: crochet ch 4, sl st to make ring, then crochet ch 1, sc 6 in this ring, fasten off.
For bigger eyes:  crochet ch 4, sl st to make ring, then crochet ch 2, dc 1, then sc 2, then dc 2, then sc 2, sl st in the beginning of the row. Fasten off.

STEP 8: Add to each cat the details that make it look special and deliver your message ;-)

DETAILS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE:

The bodies of cats are all the same, just different colors and stripes. Those are the additional details that give each cat its unique look. The possibilities are endless. Below is the description of what I did to create the personality for each of these 4 cats.

FAIRY BELLA (red and yellow cat).

She got a skirt, like a lady should (picture 11), small wings on her tail and bigger wings on her back to be a cat fairy (picture 12).

For SKIRT: Take the bottom part of the body and crochet chain line between Row 13 and 14 (while you crochet on the outside of the cup, the yarn is inside the cup), then cut the yarn, pull it inside the cup and secure it. Then crochet 4 dc in each chain stitch that you just created on the outside line of the cup, this will make the ruffled skirt (picture 9 & 10), use slip stitch to join the beginning of the skirt to its end. Fasten off and weave in the ends of yarn (picture 11).

Amigurumi crochet cat fairy pattern free

For SMALL WINGS for the tail (picture 12): ch 8, sl st in the 1st ch to make loop, then ch 7, sl st in the same st where 1st sl st was done (now there is shape of “8″ created), then *sc 3 in the first (second) loop, then picot (ch 3, sl st in the 3rd ch from hook), sc 1 in the same loop, picot, sc 1, picot, sc 3 in the same loop*. Repeat ** for the second loop, then sl st to join 2nd loop to the 1st loop. Fasten off.
Sew the small wings to the tail.

For BIGGER WINGS on the back of the cat:  ch 10, sl st in the 1st ch to make loop, then ch 15, sl st in the same st where 1st sl st was done, then again ch 15 and sl st in the same st where the 1st sl st was done, then ch 10 and sl st in the same st where the 1st sl st was done. Now there is a shape of 4-petal flower.
Ch 1, sc 10 in the first loop (of ch 10). Then sc 3 in the next loop (of ch 15), then picot, sc 3, picot, sc 3, picot, sc 4. Then sc 4 in the next loop (2nd loop of ch 15), then picot, sc 3, picot, sc 3, picot, sc 3. Then sc 10 in the last loop (2nd loop of ch 10), then sl st in first st of the 1st loop. Fasten off.
Sew these wings on the back of the cat.

OPTIMIST & TRAVELLER (orange and blue cat).

He has a newsboy cap with pom-pom (picture 13) and an earring in the right ear (picture 14).

Amigurumi crochet cat free pattern

For NEWSBOY CAP:
R0: ch 4, sl st in the 1st ch to form ring.
R1: ch 1, sc 8 in the ring, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (8 sts).
R2: ch 1, *sc 1, 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts). R3: ch 1, *sc 2, 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (16 sts).
R4, 5: ch 1, sc 16, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (16 sts).
R6: ch 1, *sc 2, then sc2tog* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts).
The brim: ch 1, sc 5, turn the work around to crochet in the other direction, skip 1st st, sc 4, turn the work around to crochet in the 1st direction, skip 1st st, sc 3. Fasten off.

Make pompom and sew it on the top of the hat. Then sew the hat on cat´s  head (sew also the brim to the forehead).

EARRING: ch 5, fasten off and leave enough long end of yarn that you can pull through the ear with the needle, connect chain´s one end to the other to make a ring, weave in ends of yarn.

REAL GENTLEMAN – with a gentleman´s hat with round brim.

crochet toy hat patternHATR0: ch 4, sl st in the 1st ch to form ring.
R1: ch 1, sc 8 in the ring, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (8 sts).
R2: ch 1, *sc 1, 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts). R3: ch 1, *sc 2, 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (16 sts).
R4, 5: ch 1, sc 16, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (16 sts).
R6: ch 1, *sc 2, then sc2tog* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts).
R7: ch 1, sc 12, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts).
R8: ch 1, *sc 2, then sc2tog* repeat ** 3 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (9 sts).
The brim R9: ch 1, 2sc in each st, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (18 sts).
R10: ch 1, *sc 2, 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** 6 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (24 sts). Fasten off.
To create the stiff shape of the hat – crochet sc only around the Row 4 (it means – you will pierce the hook between Row 3 and Row 5 and work 16 single crochet stitches around the hat), sl st in the first sc. Fasten off and weave in the ends of yarn.

Now you can sew the hat on the head of the cat.

TALENTED MAESTRO

He has messy hair and wears a butterfly (and has dreamy eyes…).

Crochet softie hair face tutorial

HAIR: cut pieces of yarn (longer than you want the hair to be – you will need to make knots, so longer pieces are easier to work with) and pull them through the stitches on the cat´s head, then make knots and cut the yarn as short (or long) as you wish.

BUTTERFLY:
R0: ch 6.
R1: 2 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc 3, then 4 sc in the next ch. Continue crocheting around the ch line. Sc 3, then 2 sc in the 1st ch (where the first 2 sc of this row were worked, so that the 1st ch of Row0 now has all together 4 sc in it), then sl st to join to the beginning st of this row (14 sts). Fasten off.

Butterfly´s shape is created by making few tight loops around the middle of the oval (picture 17). Sew the butterfly on.

I admit – I was having lots of fun when creating details for these toys. I sketched many options for details and face expressions, trying to figure out, what kind of looks would tell the message that I had in my mind when making each cat with its own character.

Crochet baby mobile diy

Such cats are fun – each one separate or as a group. They make funny gifts to people of any age. As written before – it is all about the details :-)

These four cats decided to entertain the little baby boy of my dear friend. And so they were tied together for a baby mobile that you can see right here.

Fairy Bella brings good dreams to baby. Optimist & Traveller encourages the baby to be curious and joyful no matter the circumstances. The Real Gentleman makes sure that the boy grows up to be a person with good manners. And Talented Maestro is there so that the child would always allow his creativity bloom, and express it in as many ways as he wishes.

If you are curious to see other tutorials for crocheted gifts, then there is a tutorial for making HOT AIR BALLOONS AND JOGGLING BALLS, and tutorial with pattern for crocheting AMIGURUMI BUNNIES.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this tutorial!

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54 Responses to Amigurumi Crochet Cats: DIY Tutorial & Pattern

  1. Lisa O'Bryan says:

    Oh, my…such adorableness! With such a beautiful, clear tutorial! Thank you for sharing :)

  2. Niki says:

    So cute!! Omg, are u selling any????

  3. Adrienne M says:

    Beautiful! Love them!

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  5. marchi says:

    Very cute, and thank you for the tutorial,
    I would love to learn more amigurumies Are there more?

    • Thank you, Marchi, for your kind words! There are many free Internet resources for amigurumies – just type in some search engine “amigurumi free pattern” and you will be impressed by the amount of results you receive :-)
      If you ask about more amigurumis from me – then yes, there are more and soon they will be available on my blog.

  6. margaret says:

    Thanks for sharing! They are adorable!

  7. Snowcatcher says:

    The best part of this adorable pattern is demonstrating how and why you should make changes when making amigurumi, to create different personalities and to give the amigurumi your own personal flair. Well done! This is an awesome tutorial!

  8. SmilynStef says:

    Absolutely adorable.

  9. Stephanie B. says:

    These are awesome!

  10. Peggye McNeill says:

    Your cats are enchanting! You have a true talent!

  11. Helen Brinkert says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share this tutorial! It is just fantastic!

  12. Thank you for sharing. The little extra “personality” touches make the cats even more adorable!

  13. abbie2001 says:

    What a great pattern and tutorial! These are soooo cute. Thank you for sharing the pattern with us.

  14. Laurie says:

    Hi! I came across these looking for some amigurumi projects and my daughter absolutely fell in love with your cats :-) She’s INSISTING (hourly) that I make one for her. She wants the Fairy and I’m reading through the directions (forgive me, this is my first ami project) and I’m not sure what “chain line between Row 13 and Row 14 means”. It must mean something other than just single crochet another row between, so I wanted to make sure I was doing this right before I start. Can you tell me more specifically what that means? Again, I’m sorry – it’s probably a silly question but I haven’t encountered that before :-) Thank you so much!

    • Hi Laurie, thank you for your question! I found out that crocheting chain line on already crocheted item is called “surface crochet”. I guess this is the term I should have used to explain the step. I searched for an online tutorial that would show how to do it, and here is a picture tutorial that I found: http://morepjs.blogspot.com/2009/08/surface-crochet-crochet-tutorial.html
      Will it help you?
      The idea is that at first you complete the half of the body as per pattern description, fasten off. Then make the surface crochet between Row 13 and 14. And when the surface crochet line is completed all around the half body, you again fasten off, and then use this new surface crochet line (it will look like chain stitch on the surface of cat´s body) to crochet in it the skirt for Fairy by crocheting in each chain stitch 4 double crochet stitches, do it until the round is completed and your fairy has got her skirt :-)
      Let me know if I can be of help!

  15. Laurie says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to find that for me and explaining it! Have cleaning & laundry to do but wish oh so badly I could just crochet a cat :-) Have a great day and thanks again!

    • Thank you, Laurie! It is really me who must thank you – this way I learned another term in english (as it is not my native language then there is a huge lot I need to learn).
      I wish you an easy day despite your chores!
      P.S. The cat fairy will come when she pleases (you know – even if she is a fairy, still – with a cat nature ;-) )

  16. April says:

    These are really cute. I have a couple of young friends that will love them. What size crochet needle did you use?

    • April, thank you for this very important question! I completely forgot to mention it in the post…
      It was European size 2.5 mm crochet hook (appropriate for the thickness of cotton yarn that I used).

  17. SallyAnne says:

    your cats are just so cute, so much personality in each one! I am inspired to pick up my crochet hook again! Can I just ask which yarn you used? I love the colours and the sheen on it! Many thanks!

  18. Oh my! I’m so in love with these adorable creatures. Right now I have the need to make a whole humongous family of them :) Thank you for sharing, tutorial looks great.

  19. nathalie says:

    wow! vraiment beau verry cute :)

  20. Lisa Reimstein says:

    These are so adorable! I have been looking for ami cats everywhere, and i finally found what i was looking for (i disliked the others), Thank you so much!

    Lisa R.

  21. Laurie Jurgens says:

    I wish I had seen these before making the kitty I did. Oh well, I see more kittens in my future. They are adorable! I love the personality you infused them with ;-) Thank you for sharing your talent!

  22. Julia says:

    I just love your kitties, and have family asking if I can make them! You used a 2.5 hook, but what size cotton yarn? Sugar and Cream, or smaller?

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent!!!

    • firegoodness says:

      Hello Julia, thank you for your kind words and for the question! It is 100% cotton (suitable for 2.5-3.5 mm crochet hook). I used Schachenmayr SMC Catania cotton yarn – I have it all possible colors that I could find in shops during a year or so (shops often have just some part of colors). I have now included this information in the post about cats – there is also a link, in case if it can help you with information about size of yarn. It is a tricky question because I live in Switzerland, the size of yarn here does not have size, it only states the size of crochet hook that can be used. You might find out exact answer on the company´s website.
      Anyway – the size of yarn does not really matter – just choose something that is appropriate for your crochet hook. I would not choose thick yarn – it would make the toys look bulky (unless it is is what you would like to have).
      I hope it helps.

  23. Lynda says:

    Hi, I am making the cat with the gentleman’s hat on. On the half cups you have a stitch that goes done a couple of rows how was this done, was it done while crocheting or done with needle and thread after cup finished. thanks hope this is ok to ask. Love the pattern and enjoying doing it.

    • firegoodness says:

      Hello, Lynda! Thank you for the kid feedback! The line you see on gentleman´s body are worked while crocheting – you work single crochet and where you want to create a longer line – you insert crochet hook few rows BELOW the stitch where you normally would insert the hook for simple crochet stitch. I hope it helps.
      I would be very glad if you let me know how your cat turned out! Good luck!

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  26. Elaine says:

    I would love to make these but I’m not used to using that thread could you use a thinner yarn. My grandaughters would love these

  27. Purple Kitty says:

    Just found these on Pinterest and I am SO going to make them, being a crazy cat lady and all. :P

  28. Virginia Rogers says:

    I love your cat pattern. May I make some of these to sell at a market?

    Thank you. Virginia

    • firegoodness says:

      Hello Virginia! Thank you for the question! You can use the pattern to make toys to sell on real market, but not on online market (it is because I and my husband are supporting charity organization that sells online toys made by my patterns). I hope it works for you. Have fun and success with sales!:)

  29. Rupa says:

    Brilliant idea! Fantastic design! Clear instructions! Thanks a tonne for sharing this :)

  30. Johanna says:

    Thanks for sharing just finished my first cat (2nd ani that I have done) and think I’ve done an ok job. He looks similar to yours so that will do for me =]

    • firegoodness says:

      Johanna, thank you for letting me know – I am happy you are satisfied with your result! Next cat will be different :)

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