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FREE PATTERN: Small Long-Legged Cat

I took my bunny pattern and turned it into this little cat. The body pattern is the same, I only changed the ears and tail. I think it would also work as a teddy bear, so keep an eye out for another pattern in a couple of weeks.

This is a great pattern to try if you are new to toy making - it's not difficult to crochet and doesn't take too long, but does include a few different techniques, so you can learn all the basics of amigurumi making.

Size

About 15 cm (6") tall, when crocheted with DK weight alpaca wool (50g = 100m) and a 2,50 mm crochet hook (US size 2/C).

Tip! You can use the same pattern to make larger or smaller toys by using finer or bulkier yarn. Pick a crochet hook at least a size smaller than suggested on the yarn label and crochet tightly enough to achieve a tight gauge that will not allow the stuffing to show through the fabric.

 

Difficulty

2. Beginner - suitable for novice crocheters, includes small details.

 

Skills required

 

You will need

  • Yarn. I used Alpaca Andes from Katia, a DK weight 100% alpaca wool, 50g = 100m (50g = 109yd) / 8 ply / 11 wpi. You will need about 15 g of yarn.
  • 2,25 - 3,50 mm crochet hook (US hook size 2/C - 4/E) or according to the yarn. 
  • Polyester fiberfill, wool, wadding etc. for stuffing.
  • Cotton embroidery floss. 
  • 9 mm safety eyes or buttons, beads, felt etc.
  • Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker.

 

Abbreviations

  • mr, sc n = magic ring – crochet n single crochet stitches into the adjustable loop.
  • sl st = slip stitch.
  • sc = single crochet stitch (double crochet stitch in UK and Australia). 
  • sc n = crochet one sc in each of the next n stitches.
  • inc = increase – crochet two single crochet stitches in the same stitch.
  • dec = decrease – crochet two stitches together using the invisible decrease method
  • (sc 4, inc) x n = repeat the pattern between parentheses n times. 
  • [36] = number of stitches in a round after finishing round.

 

Notes

  • Work in a continuous spiral, do not join rounds or turn your work, unless instructed otherwise in the pattern.
  • Use a stitch marker or a piece of yarn to mark the end or the beginning of a round. Move the marker up after completing each round.
  • All stitches are worked into both loops, unless instructed otherwise in the pattern.

 

Head

Round 1: mr, sc 6 = [6] 
Round 2: inc x 6 = [12] 
Round 3: (sc, inc) x 6 = [18] 
Round 4: (inc, sc 2) x 6 = [24] 
Round 5: (sc 3, inc) x 6 = [30]
Round 6: sc, inc, (sc 4, inc) x 5, sc 3 = [36]
Round 7: (sc 5, inc) x 6 = [42]
Rounds 8-14: sc in each stitch = [42]
Round 15: (sc 5, dec) x 6 = [36]

Attach the safety toy eyes between rounds 12 and 13, leaving 9 stitches (count 8 holes) between them.

Start stuffing the head. Keep adding a bit of fiberfill after every few rounds, stuffing the head firmly.

Round 16: sc, dec, (sc 4, dec) x 5, sc 3 = [30]
Round 17: (sc 3, dec) x 6 = [24]
Round 18: (dec, sc 2) x 6 = [18]
Round 19: (sc, dec) x 6 = [12]

Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off. Finish stuffing. Embroider the nose.

Tip! Embroider the nose and sew the ears to the head before you sew the head to the body - this way you can fasten all yarn tails securely with a knot under the head.

Ears (make 2)

Round 1: mr, sc 6 = [6] 
Round 2: (inc, sc) x 3 = [9] 
Round 3: (sc 2, inc) x 3 = [12] 
Round 4: sc, inc, (sc 3, inc) x 2, sc 2 = [15]

Fasten off and hide the yarn tail. Do not stuff the ears. Flatten the ears and sew them to the head, placing them just below round 2.

Body

Round 1: mr, sc 6 = [6] 
Round 2: inc x 6 = [12] 
Round 3: (sc, inc) x 6 = [18] 
Round 4: (inc, sc 2) x 6 = [24] 
Rounds 5-8: sc in each stitch = [24]
Round 9: (dec, sc 10) x 2 = [22]
Round 10: (sc 3, dec) x 4, sc 2 = [18]
Round 11: sc in each stitch = [18]
Round 12: (dec, sc 7) x 2 = [16]
Round 13: (sc 2, dec) x 4 = [12]

Fasten off and hide the yarn tail. Stuff the body firmly. Sew the head to the body using mattress or whip stitch. Add a bit more stuffing before closing the seam.

Arms (make 2)

Round 1: mr, sc 6 = [6] 
Round 2: (inc, sc) x 3 = [9] 
Rounds 3-5: sc in each stitch = [9]
Round 6: sc 3, dec, sc 4 = [8]

Stuff the hands firmly. Keep adding a bit of fiberfill after every few rounds, stuffing the arms lightly about 2/3 way up.

Rounds 7-8: sc in each stitch = [8]
Round 9: sc 3, dec, sc 3 = [7]
Rounds 10-11: sc in each stitch = [7]
Round 12: sc 3, dec, sc 2 = [6]
Round 13: sc in each stitch = [6]
Round 14: sc 3, flatten the top and crochet over the opening.

Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off. Sew the arms to the sides of the body, one row below the head.

Legs (make 2)

Round 1: mr, sc 6 = [6] 
Round 2: inc x 6 = [12]
Round 3: sc in each stitch = [12]
Round 4: sc 4, dec, sc 6 = [11]
Round 5: sc in each stitch = [11]
Round 6: sc 4, dec, sc 5 = [10]

Stuff the feet firmly. Keep adding a bit of fiberfill after every few rounds, stuffing the legs lightly.

Rounds 7-8: sc in each stitch = [10]
Round 9: sc 4, dec, sc 4 = [9]
Rounds 10-11: sc in each stitch = [9]
Round 12: sc 4, dec, sc 3 = [8]
Rounds 13-16: sc in each stitch = [8]

Left leg

Round 17: sc 3, flatten the top and crochet over the opening.

Right leg

Round 17: sc 5, flatten the top and crochet over the opening.

Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off. Sew the legs to the body just above round 3 and more towards the front of the body, leaving 4 - 5 stitches (count 3 - 4 holes) between them.

Tail

Round 1: mr, sc 6 = [6] 
Rounds 2-4: sc in each stitch = [6]

Start stuffing the tail. Keep adding a bit of fiberfill after every few rounds, stuffing the tail lightly.

Rounds 5-18: sc in each stitch = [6]

Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off. Finish stuffing the tail. Sew the tail to the body just above round 3.

Finish sewing and hide all yarn tails. And done!

 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below, I am always happy to help.

I would love to see how your little kitties turn out, so do post a photo to my Facebook page or tag me in your social media posts, I'm @kristitullus on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Copyright 2016 TÜ Spire. All rights reserved.

Please do not post this pattern to your website or blog, instead post a link to https://kristitullus.com/blogs/blog/free-pattern-small-long-legged-cat. You MAY use this pattern as a teaching aid in any free class or e-course, or as part of a free crochet pattern, provided you credit me as the designer (Kristi Tullus, http://kristitullus.com).

Feel free to sell items made with this pattern.

 

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  • GEnevieve LEGER on

    Have you the pattern in french

  • Kristi Tullus on

    Hi Kathy,

    I am just finishing editing the photos, I’ll get the pattern up tomorrow.

  • Kathy Horne on

    Still looking out for the bear.?!?


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