Green Dragonfly Tutorial: Crochet Cat

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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88 thoughts on “Green Dragonfly Tutorial: Crochet Cat

  1. Christine says:

    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.

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    • Janette says:

      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

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  2. Elaine says:

    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 :-)

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  3. LoryLu says:

    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….

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  4. Kathleen Veenstra says:

    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.

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  5. missfarfalla says:

    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! :-)

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  6. Eva says:

    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

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  7. LoryLu says:

    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…

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  8. Cristina says:

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Noemi says:

    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

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  10. Andrea says:

    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

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  11. Nikki H. says:

    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!!

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  12. Cheryl says:

    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.

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  13. ecozee says:

    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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  14. Jennifer Toal says:

    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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  15. Jane Knapman says:

    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.

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  16. booghostiegirl says:

    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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  17. Judy Jones says:

    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!

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    • Janette says:

      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

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  18. Judy Jones says:

    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?

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    • Andrea says:

      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

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    • Janette says:

      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

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  19. Judy says:

    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.

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