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As any true cat lover knows, you can never have too many cats around. That’s why we’ve put together a collection of the best free crochet cat patterns, including everything from adorable amigurumi cats to kitty-themed hats and home decor. These patterns range from quick and beginner-friendly to more advanced designs for the seasoned crocheter. So grab your yarn and enjoy these fun patterns celebrating your favorite feline friends!
Free Crochet Cat Patterns
Whether you’re looking to create a decorative piece for your home, a fun accessory to wear, or a special gift for a friend or family member – it’s more fun when it’s cat related!
This pattern collection includes everything from tiny amigurumi kittens to cute feline decor to larger crochet cat patterns, such as afghans. No matter what type of project you’re looking to create, we’ve got you covered with these fantastic cat crochet projects.
Best Crochet Cat Patterns for Beginners
Many of these patterns are suitable for beginner crocheters, and can be whipped up in less than an hour! Some patterns use intermediate-level techniques, and would be an excellent choice for the more experienced crocheter.
If you’re just starting out, we recommend checking out the Black Cat Slouch Hat (#6), Swirly Cat Coasters (#8), Pusheen Amigurumi (#10), or the Cute Crochet Cat Coasters (#12). They’re all easy enough for beginners to tackle, and are relatively quick projects. Plus, they’d make great gifts or popular items to sell at craft shows.
Supplies You’ll Need
Before getting started, read through your pattern’s instructions thoroughly and collect all the supplies you’ll need. Here are some of the most common supplies you’ll need to make your crochet cat pattern.
- Crochet hook – for amigurumi, it’s usually best to use a hook one or two sizes smaller than you’d generally use
- Other notions (tapestry needle, scissors, stitch markers, etc.)
Other supplies for making cat toys
If you’re creating cat toys or amigurumi (stuffed yarn creatures), you’ll likely also need the following supplies:
- Toy stuffing/fiberfill
- Safety eyes (Please note that safety eyes can pose a choking hazard for children under age 3. If you plan to give your cat project to a child, it’s best to embroider the eyes instead.)
Crochet Techniques to Know for Making Cat Patterns
Not sure whether you’re ready to make your crochet cat pattern? Here are some common techniques that you’ll find in many of the patterns below. If you’re not quite comfortable with them yet, check out these links and tutorials to learn more.
- Magic circle
- Basic crochet stitches, such as the chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, and treble crochet
- Increases and decreases
- Changing colors in crochet
- Working in the round
- Seaming pieces together
- Weaving in ends
Brand new to crochet? Make sure to read through our beginner How to Crochet guide to get all the details before jumping in.
Tips for Making Crochet Cat Patterns
Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind.
Choose the right pattern for your skill level.
Before getting started, read through your pattern thoroughly to get a good idea of the stitches and techniques used. It’s no fun to get partway through a project and feel frustrated about not knowing how to proceed! Choose a pattern that fits your skill level, and if any stitches are new to you, learn how to work them before jumping into your design.
Use a smaller hook for crochet amigurumi.
This collection has so many adorable options for cat amigurumi! When crocheting amigurumi, it’s a good idea to use a hook one or two sizes smaller than you would typically use. Working with a smaller hook creates a tighter fabric, which keeps your stuffing from falling out between the stitches.
Don’t overstuff or understuff crochet cat amigurumi.
Speaking of stuffing, be careful not to overstuff or understuff your cat amigurumi! Overstuffing can cause your project to become too stiff. Start with less stuffing than you think you need, and then see if you need any more before seaming up your kitty.
Check your gauge
If you’re creating a project that you want to be a specific size, such as a sweater or a pillow cover, checking your gauge before you start stitching is especially important. If it’s too small or large, adjust your hook size or try a different yarn.
Embroider the eyes when crocheting for small children.
If you plan to give your crochet cat pattern to a child under 3, it’s best to avoid using safety eyes. If safety eyes get pulled off, or otherwise become detached, they can become a choking hazard for little ones. For small children, embroidering your cat’s eyes is the best option.
More Crochet Patterns
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