Green Dragonfly Tutorial: Crochet Cat

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Id like to introduce you to the newest addition to our family, Caity Cat…

Crochet Cat

She’s a pretty little cat who loves to hang out in the garden… hiding amongst the flowers.

Caity Cat Tutorial

To make Caity Cat you will need:

A small amount of coloured yarn and a corresponding hook. Caity was made using DK (8ply) yarn and a 3.5mm hook. The flowers are made using a 3mm hook. Two buttons for eyes.

1. Begin by making the base of the cat. Chain 15, turn and single crochet (sc) into the second chain from the hook and in every stitch across. Chain 1 and turn, sc in every stitch across- repeat until you have a rectangle 8 rows wide.

Crochet Cat

2. You will now be working in rounds. At the end of the seventh row continue around your rectangle working along the short end putting an sc into each stitch, then sc in each stitch along the opposite side and along the last short end.

Crochet Cat

3. Continue working in rounds – do not join at the end of each row just work continuously around your retangle. Work four rounds in red, change colour and work four rows in pink. Change colour and work 1 row in blue. On the next row sc 2 together once at each end of your cat (reducing the number of stitches in the round by 2). Exactly where you do this isn’t hugely important, but try for the middle of each side. Continue round 3 and 4 in blue sc in each stitch around.

Crochet Cat

4. Fasten off dark blue and change to light blue. Round 1 sc in each stitch around. Round 2 decrease two times (once at each end: sc 2 together). Round 3 and 4 sc in each stitch around.

5. Repeat this same pattern for the two green bands (decrease twice -once on either end – of round two).  Join yellow and sc around 4 times – do not decrease. Fasten off, leaving a long end.

Crochet Cat

Crochet Cat 6. Next make two ears. Using yellow yarn chain 4, join with a ss to form a ring, use a split ring marker- do not join again. Sc two times in each stitch around (8), Sc 2 in the first stitch 1 sc in the next stitch, repeat around (12). Sc in each stitch around 3 more times. Fasten off leaving a long end to sew ear on with.  Repeat to make another ear.

Crochet Cat

7. Make a tail- sorry no photo for this, but it’s pretty easy.  Chain 50, turn and sc in second chain from hook and in each stitch across. Repeat so you have a long tail four rows wide, the tail will naturally curl up.

8. Finishing.  Stuff cat body – I find the best thing for stuffing crochet toys is cotton wool balls. Sew closed the top opening. Attach ears and tail.

Crochet Cat

Eyes:  Sc 5 times and join to form a ring. Round 1, Sc 2 times in each stitch around. Round 2, Sc 2 times in first stitch, one sc in next stitch, repeat around.  Fasten off, repeat to make another eye.  Sew button into centre of eye and attach to cat.  Embroider nose and mouth in a cat like fashion.

Because Caity loves flowers she is decorated with crochet flowers- and there is even one on her tail!!!

Small crochet flowers: Chain 4 and join to form a ring. Half double crochet  (hdc) 10 times into the ring, and join with a ss. Hdc 3 times in the next stitch, ss into the next stitch, repeat around forming 5 petals. Make three flowers in different colours and sew onto cat, the flower stems are simply chains, with leaves embroidered as I sewed the chain to the cat.

Large crochet flower (for the end of Caity’s tail): Chain 4 and join to form a ring. Half double crochet (hdc) 10 times into the ring, and join with a ss. Hdc 5 times in the next stitch, ss into the next stitch, repeat around forming 5 petals. Sew onto the end of tail.

Thats it all done!

Crochet Cat Tutorial

And the back view…

Crochet Cat

Caity loves to get outside…

Crochet Cat

…with her special friend Maia.

Crochet Cat

Last I saw they were playing a game of hide and seek in the flowers, with Caity’s cousins Kitty Cat and Carrow the Sparrow

Crochet Cat

Hope you are having a fun weekend!

Love Janette xxx

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87 thoughts on “Green Dragonfly Tutorial: Crochet Cat

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    Allyson said:
    October 23, 2011 at 12:29 am

    How precious and simple!! Wonderful Christmas gifts for children. Thank you for sharing your talents!!

    Cristina Barnes (@affordableWonde) said:
    October 23, 2011 at 7:21 am

    These are beautiful I plan on making some :) thanks for sharing

      Janette responded:
      October 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      Thanks Christina,, do send me a pic if you make some I’d love to see how they turn out!

    Christine said:
    October 24, 2011 at 12:52 am

    This is adorable. Thanks for the pattern. My niece has a preemie, and she (my niece) asked me to make some small toys in vivid color for the baby. I think this will be so nice to add to her toy box.

      Janette responded:
      October 26, 2011 at 9:22 am

      Ohh that is so sweet, I hope the baby is doing ok, Ill say a prayer for them. If you do decide to make one please send me a photo Id love to see how it turns out! Jxx

    Kathleen Veenstra said:
    October 24, 2011 at 3:38 am

    This is such a cute little cat! Thank you for sharing.

    Elaine said:
    October 24, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Oooooo this is sooo cute and I’m going to start one tonight….your instructions look easy and the piccies will help me check that mine’s right as I crochet along :-)

    Janette responded:
    October 24, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Thank you all for your gorgeous comments. I’d love to see a photo if you do make a cat of your own! Have a great week! Janette xxoo

    LoryLu said:
    November 6, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Romanticissimo!!…..
    Appena l’ho visto ho pensato di farne uno a mia mamma e dal momento che per Natale le ho già fatto un orsetto in vecchio stile ho deciso che glielo ferò per la festa della mamma!…
    Entrambe amiamo i gatti….
    Grazie per averlo condiviso e ti invierò le foto….

      Janette responded:
      November 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

      So glad you liked her, Id love to see the photos when you are done!

    Jacqueline Acevedo said:
    November 8, 2011 at 4:27 am

    So simple & yet so beautiful!! Very creative! Thanks for sharing! 8-)

    Alejandra said:
    December 27, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Muy lindo!!!!!!!!!!, voy a empezar, es facil, quiero mimarlo y tenerlo cerca!!!!!!!!

    Kathleen Veenstra said:
    January 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Hi there, I absolutely love this cat…made one for my grandaughter with jewels all around it, sorry forgot to take a picture…I just finished another in bright colors and embroidered flowers on it. I would post a pic of it but don’t have a clue how to do it. Thank you for sharing…this little cutie can be decorated in the coolest ways…and so simple and fast to make up….the personality that one creates for it takes longer than the actual crochet work lol. Super little pattern.

      Kathleen Veenstra said:
      January 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      I did add it to my facebook page…hope you can see it there. Kath

        Janette responded:
        January 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

        I cant but I added you as a friend so if you accept I will be able to :)

    missfarfalla said:
    January 17, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Thank you for this very unusual pattern! A friend I knew in the web, who doesn’t crochet, would like to have an amigurumi to fill with lavender. I would like to send her an empty amigurumi, so she can fill it. I need a simple-shaped pattern, easy to fill, and this one is perfect: very simple shape but so pretty and cute! :-)

      Janette responded:
      January 17, 2012 at 7:35 am

      What a fabuous idea, I think I might have to make another one and do that too!!! Jx

    fleabubsandlala said:
    January 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Reblogged this on fleabubsandlala and commented:
    This looks beautiful…..it goes on my ever growing list of things to try!!

      Janette responded:
      January 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks so glad you liked it!!!

    Marcie Cumberland said:
    February 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Guess what my baby grandsons are getting for Easter! Great pattern.

    Eva said:
    February 13, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your patterns – the adventurously striped and flowered cat will be the first I´ll try, utterly lovely!

    Greetings from Sweden
    Eva

    Pamela said:
    February 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    What are cotton wool balls? Are they like regular cotton balls?

      Janette responded:
      February 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Hi Pamela, yep they are cotton balls (we call them cotton wool), Jx

    Sam said:
    February 29, 2012 at 12:29 am

    How beautiful! I am new to crocheting, and can’t wait to make one – thank you for sharing :-)

    lklehman said:
    April 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing the pattern for Caity Cat. Just finished one for my neice. The pattern worked out beautifully.

    LoryLu said:
    May 17, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Ciao Green Dragonfly…
    Come ti avevo detto qualche tempo fa, ho fatto il tuo carinissimo gatto alla mia Mamma per la sua festa…mi farebbe molto piacere se venissi a vederlo e mi dicessi cosa ne pensi…
    Ancora grazie per il pattern…

    Cristina said:
    May 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Me encantó !!!!!!!!!!! lástima que no sé traducirlo y no encuentro traductor aquí…voy a tratar de hacerlo mirando y te cuento !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Muchas gracias , está muy lindo!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Janette responded:
      May 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      That’s ok I used google translate- you’re welcome!

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    June 21, 2012 at 10:13 pm

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    Miss Holly said:
    July 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Brill……just brill!!!

    Andrea said:
    July 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I happend to find your Caity cat and that will be the most precious gift for my cat-loving cousin, thank you so much for sharing!

    Peggy said:
    August 25, 2012 at 7:37 am

    GREAT job… absolutely adorable
    PegAnders

    blueyarnplease said:
    August 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Reblogged this on Blue Yarn Please and commented:
    This is so cute.. I am delighted to find The Green Dragonfly!

    sistacrafts said:
    September 7, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! This is so cute.

    contentedcat said:
    September 7, 2012 at 12:53 am

    too cute!

    Noemi said:
    September 7, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Hoy voy a hacer este gato, es hermoso!!!!. Gracias por el patron. Un saludo

    Noemi said:
    September 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Hola, muchas gracias por el tutorial. Lo hice para mi nieto Genaro (2 y 1/2 años). Le agregué una letra G adelante. Voy a tomar una foto y la enviaré a tu correo. Un abrazo desde Buenos Aires, Argentina

    restlessjo said:
    September 16, 2012 at 4:09 am

    What a little sweetheart! (and Maia too) I guess I could dust off the crochet skills if I had the time, but I spend my days blogging- silly me! I do get out, too. Thanks for your visit.

    Pops De Milk said:
    September 20, 2012 at 6:59 am

    This is super cute! And I love how colourful it is, can’t wait to give this one a try :)

    Amigurumi Craze! | Marie's Kitchen said:
    October 2, 2012 at 2:15 am

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    Andrea said:
    October 24, 2012 at 1:18 am

    I love your cat and currently am making my first one.
    However, I did some mice-creatures after your idea a short while back when I needed a quick gift for my three beading friends and had to work up something in one evening. Your basic idea was used for a smaller variation, but I still love your Caity so much that I will now spend fall evenings to crochet a real one.
    Thank you for showing this- and if you like to see what I made from your idea (I also linked your site on my blog, hope that is okay, I wanted to observe your copyright), go to my blog, it is a July post on the first page.)
    Happy crocheting,
    Andrea

      Janette responded:
      October 24, 2012 at 7:02 am

      Hi Andrea they are so cute. I left comment on your blog, I hope it worked! Jxx

    gentlestitches said:
    October 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    lovely pattern and thanks for sharing it with us.

    Gail said:
    November 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I love this cat pattern! I’m going to begin making one right away. Thanks for sharing!!

    Artede said:
    November 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Your cat is very cute, . I made one following your tutorial, if you want to see it I send the link from my blog:

    http://artedetei.blogspot.com.es

    Thank you very much for the tutorial.

    helly77 said:
    November 23, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Reblogged this on HellyKnits and commented:
    and another adorable Crocheted Kitty!!!

    Nikki H. said:
    December 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. I’m new to crochet. It was easy to understand, and now my little one has an adorable new animal. I stuffed hers with a muslin bag full of lavender with a little rosemary. I finished it at night and stuck in on her pillow as a surprise. She was so happy and just loves it. Thanks again!!

      Janette responded:
      December 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Im so glad you liked it, and what a great idea to use herbs inside!!!

    Cheryl said:
    December 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I love your work. It is beautiful and colorful and wonderful. Thank you for posting the patterns. My grandchildren will love the cats I am going to make them. I thank you for the opportunity to do something so lovely.

    nsangheetha said:
    February 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    This is a wonderful pattern & tutorial…
    Thanks for sharing.

    janellmithani said:
    February 15, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Soooo cute, I will have to make one, I love the colors you used.

    ecozee said:
    February 15, 2013 at 9:08 am

    hi, very cute pattern, i have some cotton yarn in bright primary colours i unravelled from a kids stripey next jumper – know I know what to do with it, will post pics when I make it (when other stuff on list finished)! thanks for sharing.

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    Jane said:
    March 22, 2013 at 4:52 am

    That is just beautifull! Thankyou for the pattern :)

    narf77 said:
    March 27, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Wouldn’t these be amazing lined and filled with builders sand to hold doors open? Absolutely gorgeous little babies :)

    Jennifer Toal said:
    March 31, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Thank you so much for your gorgeous patterns. I’m a knitter but taught myself to crochet last year. Your tutorials are explained so well and I love your ideas and beautiful colour work. I’m going to make a kitten or three. Have just finished seven ( so addictive!) of your Easter bunnies. Hope you have a Happy Easter with your family. Love from Ireland. J

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    Saskia said:
    April 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks for the lovely pattern! A friend made a ‘Poekie-cat’ out of this, thanks for your permission! :)

    marie elsey said:
    May 11, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Hi love your work, thanks for the patterns! Found your blog through one of my fav blogs Attic24x

    Jane Knapman said:
    August 20, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Thank you for so many more ideas – just absolutely wonderful. I love making little presents for my friends and this gives me some little gems to pass on. Thanks a million.

      Janette responded:
      August 20, 2013 at 9:03 am

      You’re very welcome, thanks for your lovely comment! Have a great week! Janette xx

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    October 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    What an adorable blog you have, I enjoyed visiting very much! Sandy

    booghostiegirl said:
    October 20, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I love this kitty! I’m making one in hunter green and maroon for Christmas. I’m thinking about tucking a potpourri sachet inside and accenting with ribbon and a jingle bell around the neck. These will be adorable for my Sunday school teachers.

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      December 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

      What a great idea to put potpourri in it and a wee bell attached! :-)

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    Christine said:
    December 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I made Caity Cat for my ADULT daughter! She adores it. It turned out so well. Thanks again!

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    Nadine Roberts said:
    April 23, 2014 at 12:28 am

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    April 23, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for sharing this fun tutorial. Your photos are wonderful. :)

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    Judy Jones said:
    November 12, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Hi…Love the kitty! I’m making on for myself as I had to move to Assisted Living where they won’t let me have my cat. My daughter has her now. Your kitty will be a great comfort. How tall is your kitty? If she’s not too big, do you suppose I continue making her bigger by adding more rows? Your color scheme is gorgeous!

      Janette responded:
      November 12, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Hi Judy! I hope you still get to visit with your kitty! I’d make a bigger base chain, and also increase the number of rows until you reach the perfect size? Maybe you could make a whole family?! Good luck! All the very best, Janette xxx

    Judy Jones said:
    November 12, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I got to thinking & realized I’ll have to make my kitty wider so she’ll be proportioned correctly. I’m 67 yrs old & have been crocheting most of that. Do you think it’s silly for me to have the kitty for comfort?

      Andrea said:
      November 12, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Hello Judy,
      I just read your comment and want to say that I don’t think it is silly at all that you want to make a Caity Cat as comfort. I actually think it is a perfect and lovely way to cope with having to part with your real cat. I made this crochet cat for my cousin when she was battling breast cancer and since she is a cat lover, it was the best gift I could have made her. She is all well now, but still loves the cat.
      I made the cat bigger, too, and started with a dozen more base rounds and added more in height until I saw it fit. With your experience in crocheting, I don’t see any problems!
      Happy crocheting,
      Andrea

        Janette responded:
        November 12, 2014 at 10:25 pm

        Thanks for your kind, thoughtful words of encouragement Andrea. It’s lovely to know there are wonderful people like you out there! Janette xx

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      Janette responded:
      November 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Not at all, I think it’s a wonderful idea! You will probably want to make your kitty a little wider, just remember the starting chain will form the basis of the bottom of the cat, so make it about as long as you would like your kitty to be wide. Jx

    Judy Jones said:
    November 12, 2014 at 8:14 am

    One more question…Did you use Sugar & cream yarn or a crochet thread, say #3?

      Janette responded:
      November 12, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Judy, I used some unnamed acrylic I had in my stash, but I’m sure sugar and cream would work just fine :)

    Judy said:
    November 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Janette, I bought some cotton balls & tried not to over-stuff my cat & it’s working out great! Thanks for your input. Did you make a cat? How is it? I bought a button shaped like a heart that I’m also going to sew to the left side of her chest so everyone will know she’s a loving kitty.

      Janette responded:
      November 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      The heart sounds like the perfect touch!

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