Honestly, who does not like little kittens? I guess, really nobody can resist those little creatures. The only thing I wonder about is, why I have not come up with this pattern earlier. Well, sometimes you just need a little push from somewhere, don’t you think so? My „push“ was a custom request for a cat keychain. So I worked out this pattern and hope that you enjoy it as much as I do. But let’s stop the talking and plunge into crocheting right away!

You need

Up to one skein of yarn in your main color (depending on your yarn’s weight. You can also use 2 or 3 colors as I did for one of the kittens you see in the pictures, but this means you’ll have to change colors a lot and, for keeping it simple, I did not include this in the pattern)

Safety eyes size 6mm or 8mm depending on your yarn’s weight

Filling

Crochet hook, which is slightly too small for your yarn (I use 2,0 when 3,0 or higher is recommended)

Scissors, needles and everything you need to make yourself comfortable while crocheting.

Abbreviations

ch = chain

dec = decrease

inc = increase

sc = single crochet

st = stitch

Head

  1. R: 6 sc into magic Ring 
  2. R: 6 inc (12 sc)
  3. R: [2sc, inc] 4 x (16 sc)
  4. R: 16 sc
  5. R: [7 sc, inc] 2 x (18 sc)
  6. R: 18 sc
  7. R: [2 sc, inc] 6 x (24 sc)
  8. R: 4 inc, 2 sc, 4 inc, 2 sc, 4 inc, 8 sc (36 sc)
  9. R: 36 sc
  10. R: 36 sc
  11. R: 36 sc
  12. R: 36 sc
  13. R: 36 sc, insert safety eyes between round 6 and 7 
  14. R: [4sc, dec] 6x (30 sc)
  15. R: [3sc, dec] 6x (24 sc)
  16. R: [2sc, dec] 6x (18 sc)
  17. R: [sc, dec] 6x  (12 sc)
  18. 6 dec 

Cut yarn and weave in the end

Body 

  1. Round: crochet 16 sc directly onto the downside of the head, so that they form a little square 
  1. R: 16 sc
  2. R: 16 sc
  3. R: [3sc, inc] 4 x (20 sc)
  4. R: sc around except: inc 4 at the back and [inc, sc, inc] at the front (26 sc)
  5. R: sc around except: [inc, sc, inc, sc, inc] at the back (29 sc)
  6. R: sc around except: [inc, 2 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc] at the back (32 sc)
  7. R: sc around except 1 dec at the front and [inc, 3 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc] at the back (34 sc) 

Start stuffing 

  1. R: sc around except 1 dec at the front and [inc, 4 sc, inc, 4 sc, inc] at the back (36 sc)
  2. R: sc around except 4 dec at the front (32 sc)
  3. R: sc around except 4 dec at the front (28 sc)
  4. R: sc around except 4 dec at the front (24 sc)
  5. R: [2 sc, dec] 6 x (18 sc)
  6. R: [sc, dec] 6 x (12 sc), stuff
  7. R: 6 dec

Cut yarn and weave in the end

Legs (4 x)

  1. R: crochet 8 sc directly to the downside of the body, where the first leg should be.
  2. – 4. R: 8 sc
  3. R: sc around, except 2 inc at the front (10 sc)
  4. R: sc around, except 2 inc at the front (12 sc)
  5. R: 12 sc, stuff
  6. R: [2 sc, dec] 4 x (8 sc), stuff
  7. R: 6 dec

Cut yarn and weave in the end.

Do the other 3 legs in the same way.

Ears (2 x)

  1. Row: Crochet 4 sc directly to the head, where you want the ears to be, ch, turn
  2. Row: 4 sc, ch, turn
  3. R: dec, 2 sc, ch, turn
  4. R: sc, dec

Cut yarn and weave in the ends.

Do the other ear in the same way.

Tail

  1. R. Crochet 4 sc in a little square directly to the upper side of the back, where you want the tail to be.
  2. – 10. R: 4 sc

Cut yarn and weave in the end.

Face

Using simple straight stitches you embroider a small triangle to the front of the head in order to form the nose. Either black or light pink yarn will look most realistic for the cat’s nose. Use black yarn to do one straight stitch from the nose downwards. Then use another straight stitch to form the mouth. The vertical stitch should meet the mouth in its middle. For the whiskers you do two stitches forming a small horizontal v on the left and on the right side of the nose. (Check pictures for the embroidery of the face)

Ready you are with your sweet kitten!