Cuddly Cat Amigurumi: Free Crochet Pattern

This past summer, I took on a new life role as Cat Mom! My husband and I adopted a kitten named Soba (like the Japanese noodles). Soba is the most un-catlike cat I’ve ever met. He greets us at the door, he plays fetch, and he is best friends with our actual dog, Buddy. I’ve never had a cat before so it was definitely an adjustment, especially figuring out how to work with yarn around his “attack cat” instincts. Despite his crazy antics, I love his energy and am so happy we have him in our lives.

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This crochet project was inspired by Soba. I created a simple amigurumi cat using Bernat Blanket yarn. Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or you know, have a life that doesn’t revolve around yarn), you’ve probably heard of Bernat Blanket. This luscious yarn is thick, soft, and oh-so squishy. Not to mention it’s very affordable and widely available at most chain craft stores. This yarn is primarily meant for blankets, but I decided to push the envelope and use it for an amigurumi project!

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Since this yarn is nice and chunky, the plush cat crocheted up very quickly. I also kept it minimal as far as pieces so it’s the perfect project for someone fairly new to amigurumi. This post provides you with the patterns for each piece and a tutorial on how to assemble the doll. Prerequisites include being able to do the single crochet stitch, create a magic circle, crochet in the round, and some basic sewing.  The end result is as soft and cuddly as my Soba!

Note: “Amigurumi” is the Japanese term for crochet plush dolls.

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Materials

  • Bernat Blanket yarn (or another size 6/super bulky yarn) – I used just under 100 yards of “Dark Gray”
  • Size K (6.5mm) crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn – a small amount in the colors of your choosing for the nose and collar. The collar is optional, but adds a nice touch.
  • Size G (4mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Poly-Fil fiber filling – for stuffing the doll
  • Safety eyes – Two 12mm eyes

Abbreviations

  • SC = Single crochet
  • SC2tog = Single crochet two stitches together (decrease)
  • St = Stitch(es)
  • Rnd = Round
  • Ch = Chain

Instructions

Body

Using Bernat Blanket yarn and size K hook, create a magic circle.

Rnd 1: 8 SC in magic circle (8)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st (16)

Rnd 3: *2 SC in one st. 1 SC in next st.* Repeat * until end of rnd (24)

Rnd 4-8: 1 SC in each st (24)

Rnd 9: *1 SC in each st for 6 st. SC2tog.* Repeat* until end of rnd (21)

Rnd 10: 1 SC in each st (21)

Rnd 11: *1 SC in each st for 5 st. SC2tog.* Repeat * until end of rnd (18)

Rnd 12: 1 SC in each st (18)

Rnd 13: *1 SC in each st for 4 st. SC2tog* Repeat* until end of rnd (15)

Rnd 14: *1 SC in each st (15)

Rnd 15: *1 SC in each for 3 st. SC2tog* Repeat* until end of rnd (12)

Cut and tie off yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Head

Using Bernat Blanket yarn and size K hook, create a magic circle.

Rnd 1: 6 SC in magic circle (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st (12)

Rnd 3: *2 SC in one st. 1 SC in next st* Repeat* until end of rnd (18)

Rnd 4: *2 SC in one st. 1 SC in next 2 st* Repeat* until end of rnd (24)

Rnd 5-6: 1 SC in each st (24)

Rnd 7: *1 SC in each st for 4 st. SC2tog* Repeat* until end of rnd (20)

Rnd 8: *1 SC in each st for 3 st. SC2tog* Repeat* until end of rnd (16)

Rnd 9: *1 SC in each st for 2 st. SC2tog* Repeat* until end of rnd (12)

Cut and tie off yarn.

Ears (Make 2)

Using Bernat Blanket yarn and size K hook, ch 2.

Row 1: 2 SC in second ch from hook (3) (The first ch counts as 1 SC)

Row 2: 1 SC in each st (3)

Row 3: 1 SC in first st. 2 SC in second st. 1 SC in last st (4)

Cut and tie off yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Tail

Using Bernat Blanket yarn and size K hook, create a magic circle.

Rnd 1: 4 SC in magic circle (4)

Continue with 1 SC in each st until tail is four inches long.

Cut and tie off yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Nose

Using worsted weight yarn and size G hook, ch 2.

Row 1: 2 SC in second ch from hook (3) (The first ch counts as 1 SC)

Row 2: 1 SC in each st (3)

Row 3: 1 SC in first st. 2 SC in second st. 1 SC in last st (4)

Cut and tie off yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Note: This is the same pattern used for the ears, but it creates a smaller triangle shape with the worsted weight yarn.

Optional Collar and Pendant

Band:

Using worsted weight yarn and size G hook, ch 36.

Row 1: SC in second ch from hook. Continue with 1 SC in each ch until end of row (35).

Cut and tie off yarn, leaving a long tail for tying.

Pendant:

Using worsted weight yarn and size G hook, create a magic circle.

Rnd 1: 8 SC in magic circle (8)

Cut yarn and tie pendant to band.

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Assembly

  1. Using a tapestry needle and the yarn left on the tail, sew tail to bottom back side of body. Weave in ends.IMG_20181216_110813.jpg
  2. Stuff body with Poly-Fil.IMG_20181216_111210.jpg
  3. Using tapestry needle and yarn left on nose, sew nose to center front side of head. Weave in ends.IMG_20181216_111903.jpg
  4. Attach safety eyes to head, just above the nose. They should be about 3/4 of an inch apart. IMG_20181216_112723.jpg
  5. Using the tapestry needle, and yarn left on ears, sew ears to top of the head. Ears should be about 1 inch apart. Weave in ends.IMG_20181216_114211.jpg
  6. Stuff head with Poly-Fil.IMG_20181216_114540.jpg
  7. Using tapestry needle and long tail left on body, sew head to body. Weave in ends.00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20181216114959137_COVER.jpg
  8. Tie collar around neck. Weave in ends.

That’s all, folks! Your amigurumi cat is finished and ready for cuddles! Actual Soba is still a little weary of Yarn Soba, but I hope they become fast friends 😉

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I would love to see your creations! Tag me on Instagram @darsi_stitches and share this pattern with your friends and followers.

I am new to writing patterns and always appreciate feedback. Leave me a comment down below with your thoughts.

Copyright
You may use this pattern for personal projects. You may also sell items made using this pattern, but please do not use my photos. Please do not copy, distribute, or sell this pattern as your own. Thank you!

 

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