Whether you wanna make a wee dolly for your own wee dolly (Symptom 27 you have a toy addiction problem) or a stinkin' cute keychain for the cat-lover in your life, I hope this pocket kitty satisfies!
You will need:
Size 8 crochet thread in color of your choice
2mm crochet hook, or any hook size that will give you a tight gauge
needle & thread for face embroidery
st - stitch
ch - chain stitch
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
inc - increase (2 sc in one st)
invdec - invisible decrease (see here)
MR - Magic ring (see here)
** - repeat action within asterisks
The cat is crocheted from top to bottom (bottom limbs to head). Tail and legs are crocheted separately first, then joined as you go as you crochet the body. Ears are sewn on last, followed by the face embroidery.
See here to learn more about crocheting on limbs as you go.
MR 4 st
sc 9 rounds
Legs (make 4)
sc 6 rounds
Fasten off. Don't cut thread on last leg.
Body and Head
sc 3 on current leg, ch 2, sc 6 around on second leg, sc on each ch, sc 3 on first leg (16 st in round)
Inc, sc 7, inc, sc 2, sc on other side of each ch, sc 3 (18)
sc 13, attach tail in next 2 sc, sc 3
sc 7 rounds
sc 2, attach third leg in next 3 sc, sc 2, attach last leg in next 3 sc, sc to end of round. Stuff body lightly.
invdec around (9)
inc around (18)
*sc, inc* 6 times, 6 sc (24)
*inc, sc 2* 6 times, 6 sc (30)
sc 6 rounds
*sc 3, invdec* around (24)
*sc 2, invdec* around (18)
Start stuffing head.
*sc, invdec* around (12)
invdec around, finish off by drawing thread through all 6 front loops to close hole. (See here for other finishing alternatives.)
Ears (make 2)
ch 2, 2 sc in second ch from hook.
ch 1, turn, inc, sc (3)
ch 1, turn, inc, sc 2 (4)
ch 1, sl st around ear, cut long tail for sewing.
Sew on ears. Embroider face and other embellishments (e.g. spots, stripes, key ring).
Leave a comment for any questions, suggestions and other feedback.