Crochet Pattern: Black Cat Softie

Free crochet pattern: Black Cat Softie in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil by Underground Crafter | 2018 Halloween Crochet AlongI’m kicking off the 2018 Halloween Crochet Along with the Black Cat Softie, a free crochet pattern for an amigurumi cat! With an orange scarf, nose, and whiskers, the Black Cat Softie is ready for some Halloween fun. Change the scarf color to update the Softie for other occasions, and have a portable kitty friend to play with all year.

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When Rhondda from Oombawka Design first brought up the idea of a Halloween Crochet Along, I knew I was going to make an amigurumi black cat. After all, here is my inspiration at home!

If you’re just hearing about the Halloween Crochet Along, you can get all the details here, including how to enter the fabulous end-of-CAL giveaway to win one of eight great prizes from Crippen Works, Denise, Dover Publications, My Darn Yarn, Pavilion, Quilt Knit Craft, Red Heart, and Undead Yarn.

2018 Halloween Crochet Along with Oombawka Design Crochet and Underground CrafterSince I had recently designed the free crochet patterns for Mr. Putty Cat, Sr. and Putty Cat, Jr., I knew I wanted this cat to have a different shape. I decided that a long tube would be fun… and it turns out that the Black Cat Softie also makes a great “stress ball.” My friend from work is giving the Black Cat Softie a squeeze after a long meeting.

Free crochet pattern: Black Cat Softie in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil by Underground Crafter | 2018 Halloween Crochet AlongTo add to the Halloween vibe, I included the pattern for a very long (for a softie) mock bobble scarf. You could substitute your favorite stitch pattern instead. I let the edges of the scarf curl, because I liked the look. But, of course, you can straighten them out first if you prefer, or use a larger hook to crochet the scarf so it doesn’t curl.

Free crochet pattern: Black Cat Softie in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil by Underground Crafter | 2018 Halloween Crochet AlongI will confess that I didn’t actually make a tail for my Black Cat Softie… but I included the pattern for the tail if you’d like your version to be more anatomically correct!

Free crochet pattern: Black Cat Softie in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil by Underground Crafter | 2018 Halloween Crochet AlongIf you make your own Black Cat Softie, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Black Cat Softie

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free crochet pattern: Black Cat Softie in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil by Underground Crafter | 2018 Halloween Crochet AlongWith an orange scarf, nose, and whiskers this cat is ready for some Halloween fun. Change the scarf color to update the softie for other occasions. This pattern is part of the 2018 Halloween Crochet Along.

 

Finished Size

  • Approximately 10.5” (26.5 cm) tall from feet to top of head after stuffing.

Materials

Free crochet pattern: Black Cat Softie in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil by Underground Crafter | 2018 Halloween Crochet AlongGauge

  • 18 sc x 20 rows = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only – Marly Bird has a helpful video for identifying the back loop here.
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • tr – treble (triple) crochet
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • When choosing colors, note that CA is the main color of the cat’s Body, Legs, Ears, and Tail; CB is the color of the Nose, Scarf, and Whiskers.
  • Body, Legs, and Tail pieces are worked in rounds in continuous spirals without joining. Move stitch marker up each round to mark last st.
  • Legs and Tail pieces start with magic adjustable ring. Oombawka Design has a helpful magic ring tutorial here.
  • Tips for working with long foundation chains, like the one used to start the Scarf, are available here.
  • FreshStitches has a helpful tutorial for joining amigurumi pieces with whip stitch seams here.
  • Fiber Flux has helpful back stitch tutorials. The photo tutorial is here and the video tutorial is here.

Pattern Instructions

Body

  • With CA, start with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming, ch 41.
  • Set Up Row: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next 40 ch. Being careful not to twist, join with sl st seam to begin working in the round, pm in last st (see Pattern Notes). (40 sts)
  • Rnd 1: ScBL in each st around.
  • Rep Rnd 1 until body measures approximately 8.5” (21.5 cm). Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.

Legs (Make 4)

  • With CA, start with magic adjustable ring (see Pattern Notes).
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull the yarn tail tightly to close ring, pm to mark last st (see Pattern Notes). (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 scBL in each st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 5 sts; rep from * around, pm to mark position, do not move up next Rnds. (14 sts)
  • Rnd 4: ScBL in each st around.
  • Rep Rnd 4 until Leg measures approximately 1” (2.5 cm) from marker, fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 24”/61 cm) for seaming.

Tail (optional)

  • With CA, work as for Legs through Rnd 2. Pm to mark position, do not move up next Rnds.
  • Rnd 3: ScBL in each st around.
  • Rep Rnd 3 until Tail measures approximately 1” (2.5 cm) from marker, fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 24”/61 cm) for seaming.

Ears (Make 2)

  • With CA, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch. (2 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st. (3 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. (Increases by 1 stitch with each repeat)
  • Rows 4-5: Rep Row 3 twice. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming. (6 sts)

Nose

  • With CB, work as for Ears through Row 3. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 24”/61 cm) for seaming and whiskers.

Scarf

  • With CB, ch 201 (see Pattern Notes).
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, [sc in next st, tr in next st] across. (200 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across. Fasten off.

Assembly

  • See Pattern Notes for seaming and back stitch tutorials. Use stitch markers to pin pieces in position before seaming. Use pictures as guide for positioning.
  • Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail at start of Body. Use yarn needle to seam closed the gap from the Set Up Row and then to seam the bottom of the Body closed. With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of Body.
  • Being careful to only work on the top layer of the Body, position safety eyes approximately 1” (2.5 cm) from top (unseamed part) of Body. When you are satisfied with eye positions, insert the washers until they click. Position Nose beneath eyes. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Nose. Sew Nose to Body. Do not fasten off yarn tail. With yarn needle, back stitch whiskers to Body. With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of Body.
  • Stuff Body firmly. Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail at top of Body. Use yarn needle to join the top of the Body. With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of Body.
  • Stuff Legs and Tail firmly. Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail from first Leg. Use yarn needle to seam Leg closed, then to join Leg to bottom of Body using pictures as guide. With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of Body. Repeat for next Leg. Position top Legs so that underside of each Leg is at approximate midpoint of Body. Repeat to attach. Position Tail on back of Body. Repeat to attach.
  • Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail from first Ear. Sew Ear to top of Body above eyes on the diagonal. Repeat for second Ear. With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of Body.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on Scarf. Wrap Scarf around Body decoratively between facial features and top Legs.
© 2018 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/blog/2018/09/05/crochet-pattern-black-cat-softie/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

f you make your own Black Cat Softie, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Announcing the 2018 Halloween Crochet Along

2018 Halloween Crochet Along with Oombawka Design Crochet and Underground CrafterIt’s September and that means that Halloween is just around the corner (in crochet time, that is). I teamed up with Rhondda from Oombawka Design Crochet to co-host a Halloween Crochet Along, and of course we had to invite five more designers to join us! The Halloween CAL will feature seven free crochet patterns by seven designers, along with great end-of-CAL prizes from eight of our favorite companies.

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Read on to learn more about the 2018 Halloween Crochet Along, including:

  • How the 2018 Halloween CAL Works,
  • How To Join the 2018 Halloween CAL,
  • 2018 Halloween CAL Schedule,
  • 2018 Halloween CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway Prizes, and
  • Enter the 2018 Halloween CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway.

How the 2018 Halloween CAL Works

Every Wednesday from September 5 through October 24, 2018, we’ll share a free crochet pattern for Halloween-themed project. These patterns include decorations, toys, costume elements, and more.

Crippen Works, Denise, Dover Publications, My Darn Yarn, Pavilion, Quilt Knit Craft, Red Heart, and Undead Yarn have provided us with some amazing prizes for our end-of-CAL giveaway. Don’t forget to share a picture of one of your completed Halloween CAL projects at the bottom of this post by 11:59 p.m. on November 1, 2018 to enter for your chance to win.

How To Join the 2018 Halloween CAL

  • You can join in by crocheting the patterns as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #HalloweenCAL2018 on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Crochet With Us and Underground Crafters Facebook groups, or visit this thread in the Underground Crafter Ravelry group.
  • By the end of the CAL, you’ll have up to 7 spooky Halloween projects.
  • Use one of these buttons below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.

2018 Halloween Crochet Along with Oombawka Design Crochet and Underground Crafter

2018 Halloween Crochet Along with Oombawka Design Crochet and Underground Crafter

2018 Halloween CAL Schedule

2018 Halloween Crochet Along with Oombawka Design Crochet and Underground CrafterHere is the schedule for our crochet along. This post will be updated as each pattern goes live to include the direct link to the pattern.

2018 Halloween CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway Prizes

Crochet alongs are more fun with prizes, so we reached out to eight of our favorite companies. Each company is providing one prize to an end-of-CAL giveaway winner. Here is a list of the prizes.

  • One winner will receive a handmade crochet hook case from Crippen Works. You can see an example of Katharyn’s hook cases below. Show your support by following Katharyn on Etsy.

2018 Halloween Crochet Along with Oombawka Design Crochet and Underground Crafter giveaway prize - Crippen Works crochet hook case

2018 Halloween Crochet Along with Oombawka Design Crochet and Underground Crafter giveaway prize - Denise Love2Crochet set

2018 Halloween Crochet Along with Oombawka Design Crochet and Underground Crafter giveaway prize - Dover Publications - Creepy Crawly Crochet - Crochet Stories Grimms Fairy Tales

  • One winner will receive a handmade crochet hook from My Darn Yarn. You can see examples of Amanda’s hooks below. Show your support by following Amanda on Etsy.

2018 Halloween Crochet Along with Oombawka Design Crochet and Underground Crafter giveaway prize - My Darn Yarn crochet hooks

2018 Halloween Crochet Along with Oombawka Design Crochet and Underground Crafter giveaway prize - Edwards Menagerie Dogs

  • One winner will receive a handmade medium project bag from QuiltKnitCraft. You can see an example of Kathy’s bags below. Show your support by following Kathy on her Website | Etsy | Instagram | Pinterest.

2018 Halloween Crochet Along with Oombawka Design Crochet and Underground Crafter giveaway prize - QuiltKnitCraft project bag

2018 Halloween Crochet Along with Oombawka Design Crochet and Underground Crafter giveaway prize - Red Heart Super Saver Stripes

  • One winner will receive a skein of hand dyed yarn of their choice from Undead Yarn. You can see a sample of Undead Yarn‘s work below. Show your support by following Undead Yarn on Etsy.

2018 Halloween Crochet Along with Oombawka Design Crochet and Underground Crafter giveaway prize - Undead Yarn

Enter the 2018 Halloween CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway

  • This is the end-of-CAL giveaway for the 2018 Halloween Crochet Along. The Crochet Along is hosted by Oombawka Design and Underground Crafter and the giveaway is organized by Underground Crafter.
  • To enter the end-of-CAL giveaway for one of the prizes described above, share one picture of each project you completed using a 2018 Halloween Crochet Along pattern by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Each completed project will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • If you do not wish to share a project picture, you may also enter by mailing a letter with your name, the name of the CAL, and your email address (so we can contact you if you win) to Underground Crafter, Planetarium Station, P.O. Box 340, New York, NY 10024 USA. The letter must be received by Thursday, November 1, 2018 to be eligible to win this end-of-CAL giveaway.
  • You are not required to use a link to enter, but if you do, please link directly to the project on your blog/Ravelry/Instagram and not to your main page. If you are new to InLinkz Link Ups, you can find a tutorial here.
  • Eight winners will be chosen from the entries at random. Each will win one of the prizes listed above.
  • Winners will be contacted approximately one week after the entries close. Winners will have two weeks to claim their prizes. If winners do not respond within two weeks, prizes will be awarded to alternates.
  • By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to share your contact information with InLinkz and/or Underground Crafter. You can read the InLinkz Privacy Policy here and the Underground Crafter Privacy Policy here to understand how this information is used.
  • The names of winners will be made available in list form by request from Underground Crafter.
  • This giveaway is open worldwide, except where prohibited by law.
  • Don’t forget to join the fun in the Crochet With Us and Underground Crafters Facebook groups, or in this thread in the Underground Crafter Ravelry group. You can share as many pictures as you like in the groups, but only the pictures submitted here will count as giveaway entries.