Caterina the Crochet Cat Pattern

I’m thrilled to be kicking off the second annual Christmas in July Make Along with this crochet cat pattern! Caterina the Cat is a little, handheld kitty that makes a great portable softie. You can also use this crochet cat pattern as an ornament or gift tag.

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I may or may not be a little bit obsessed with cats. After all, I’ve designed (so far) seven crochet cat patterns and a cat knitting pattern, too. If you’re as into cats as I am, don’t forget to check out…

If you enjoy this pattern, it’s part of a series of pocket-sized animal buddies. You can also check out the Amigurumi Baby Penguin, Amigurumi Polar Bear, and Amigurumi Seal.

This pattern is the first in the second annual Christmas in July Make Along. Get all the details on this fun virtual event, including a list of participating bloggers, the schedule, and how to enter to win the prizes from Baby Lock, Clover USA, Knitter’s Pride, and WeCrochet in this blog post.

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Caterina the Cat

Crochet Cat Pattern by Underground Crafter

This little kitty is sized as a handheld softie, but also can be used as an ornament or gift tag. Caterina the Cat is the first pattern in the 2020 Christmas in July Make Along.

Finished Size

  • Approximately 5” (13 cm) tall x 3” (7.5 cm) wide before stuffing.

Materials

Gauge

  • 10 sc = 2” (10 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • bob – 5-repeat bobble – 5-repeat bobble = [Yo, insert hook in st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] 5 times in same st, yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook. A helpful video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
  • ch – chain
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

Pattern Instructions

Back Piece

  • Ch 6.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next 5 sts. (5 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc to last st, 2 sc in last st. (7 sts)
  • Rows 3-5: Rep Row 2, 3 times. (13 sts)
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.
  • Rep Row 6 until piece measures approximately 2” (5 cm) long. Pm in first and last stitch of Row to mark front leg placement.
  • Rep Row 6 until piece measures approximately 4” (10 cm) long.
  • Row 7: Turn, ch 1, sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (11 sts)
  • Rows 8-10: Rep Row 7, 3 times. (5 sts)

Back Piece Edging

  • Round 1: Turn, ch 1, sc in next 5 sts, turn to work along side of unfinished edge, sc in side of each row across to foundation chain, turn to work along foundation ch, sc in unworked side of next 5 sts from foundation chain, turn to work along side of unfinished edge, sc in side of each row across to first sc, join with sl st. Fasten off.

Front Piece

  • Rep instructions for Back Piece through Row 10.

Front Piece Edging

  • (Wrong Side) Turn, ch 1, begin working in the round, bob in first st, sc in next 3 sts, bob in next st, turn to work along side of unfinished edge, sc in side of each row across to marked row, bob in side of marked row, sc in side of each row across to foundation chain, turn to work along foundation chain.

Form First Ear

  • Begin working in rows.
  • 2 sc in first st on foundation chain, sc in next st. (3 sts)
  • Turn, ch 1, sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in next st. (2 sts)
  • Turn, ch 1, sc2tog in first 2 sts. Fasten off. (1 st)

Form Second Ear

  • With Wrong Side facing, join with sl st to next st on underside of foundation chain after First Ear on Round 1, ch 1, sc in same st, 2 sc in next st. (3 sts).
  • Turn, ch 1, sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in next st. (2 sts)
  • Turn, ch 1, sc2tog in first 2 sts. Fasten off. (1 st)

Continue Front Piece Edging

  • With Wrong Side facing, join with sl st to side of foundation chain row after Second Ear, continue working in the round, ch 1, sc in side of same row, sc in side of each row across to marked row, bob in side of marked row, sc in side of each row across to first sc, join with sl st.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 24”/61 cm) for seaming.

Assembly and Finishing

  • Position Front Piece so that bobble feet “pop” upwards. This is the right side.
  • Position safety eyes on face. Attach firmly by securing washers on back. Repeat for craft nose.
  • Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail from Front Piece Edging. Starting at back legs, seam pieces together with mattress stitch (see Pattern Notes). Once you have about 2” (5 cm) unseamed remaining, stuff firmly with fiber filling.
  • As you finish seaming, continue to stuff.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.  
© 2020 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2020/07/01/crochet-pattern-caterina-the-cat/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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