Itty Bitty Crochet Kitty | Free Crochet Cat Pattern

The itty bitty crochet kitty is the cutest little crochet cat pattern. It works up very quickly (great for beginners!) and would make the sweetest gift for any cat lover.

This kitty crochet project is perfect if you are looking to take a dive into making amigurumi. If you are new to amigurumi, head over to my tips for making amigurumi to ensure your project turns out perfectly.

You can personalize your crochet kitty too by adding stripes or spots, changing up the colors or even using fluffy novelty yarn!

three amigurumi crochet cat


DK cotton (I used Vinni’s Colors, Nikkim. Paintbox yarns would do just fine too!). Main body color as well as contrast color(s) for the facial details

3.25mm crochet hook (larger cat)

2.75mm crochet hook (smaller cat)

Yarn needle


grey crochet cat pattern


  • This crochet cat pattern is written using US crochet terms. If you are unfamiliar with any of the abbreviations, please visit the crochet terms page.
  • Have a look at my tips for crocheting amigurumi before you start this project!
  • It’s also worth looking at my tutorial for the magic ring if you are unfamiliar with how to make one.
  • Some parts of this pattern are worked in continuous rounds. Don’t slip stitch to close the ring unless instructed to do so!
  • A low cost, ad free, printable version of this pattern is available in my online stores.


Crochet Cat Pattern


R1. Mr 6 sc (6)

R2. sc 2 in each (12)

R3. [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] repeat around (18)

R4. [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] repeat around (24)

R5. [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] repeat around (30)

R6. [sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] repeat around (36)

R7 – 8. sc around (36)

R9. [sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog] repeat around (30)

R10 – 12. Sc around (30)

R13. [sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog] repeat around (24)

R14 – 17. sc around (24)

R18. [sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog] repeat around (18)

R19. sc around (18)

Stuff. (*If you are adding safety eyes, do so now!)

R20. Hold the top two edges together and crochet through both sides.
ch1, dc into the first st, sc into the next 7 sts, dc into the last st. Bind off and weave in ends.


R1. Mr 5 sc (5)

R2. 2 sc in each (10)

R3. sc around (10)

R4. [sc2tog, sc in next 3], repeat (8)

R5 – 6. sc around (8)

R7. [sc2tog, sc in next 2] repeat (6)

Stuff the end of the tail lightly.

R8 – 15. sc around (6)

Bind off and leave a tail for joining. No need to add more stuffing!

If you want to add stripes, change color every 2 – 3 rounds.

cute brown crochet cat pattern
crochet kitty pattern - back view

You can have great fun adding character to your little kitty!

The eyes are stitched in place first, approximately 1 – 2 stitches apart and 5 rows down from the top. Have a look at this tutorial for how to embroider eyes onto your kitty.

*You can also use safety eyes, but make sure to attach them before you do the final row! 

Stitch the ear details and nose in pink. Add cute little whiskers in a softly contrasting color and stitch any other details (such as stripes on the back). Stitch the tail in place. Give your kitty lots of little cuddles!

More Itty Bitty Kitty patterns!

If you loved this crochet cat pattern, why not check out my kitten rattle pattern or some of the other great patterns over on the patterns page (including an adorable Christmas hat for your kitty!). Happy stitching!

Yours in craft,

Caitie x

crochet amigurumi cat pattern

150 thoughts on “Itty Bitty Crochet Kitty | Free Crochet Cat Pattern”

  1. [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] repeat around (18)–just to be clear I am doing this correctly, I am new to circles lol. what you have in brackets is how you do the 18 stitches yes? so sc in 2 then 2sc in next, sc in 2 then 2sc in next..etc….?

  2. Thank you so much for making and sharing this pattern! This was my first projected in re-teaching myself crochet (after 20 years) and it turned out lumpy but still very cute! 🙂

  3. I like this pattern but I just got confused at the end of the body where I’m supposed to make the ears and I’m not sure what exactly the pattern is trying to tell me what to do

    • So the ears are worked in just one row, but through both sides. To do this, pinch/flatten the tube closed at the top and line up the stitches so that you can insert your hook into both. Hope that makes sense?

      • Am I stitching through both loops or just one? I’m having trouble getting a dc through that first stitch. I love this pattern and can’t wait to finish it.

        • Which section of the pattern are you referring to? Throughout the pattern you stitch through both loops, as you usually would. And then for closing up at the end you work through both loops of two stitches at the same time to close up the kitty.

  4. these are addicting to make, my floor is going to be covered in little cats by the time I’m done lol, thank you so much for the pattern!

  5. Thank you for the pattern! I made a grey kitty (to match my real kitty) and I love her so much! I might just have to make one to match some of my friends kitties! 🙂 \(^_^)/

  6. So cute! I love this. This was one of the first plushies I’ve ever made and now im making it again because ITS JUST SO CUTE!! 😻

  7. Good day! I absolutely love this pattern! Would it be possible for me to sell some on Etsy if I use my own pictures, credit you for the pattern, and leave a link in the description to this website? If not that’s perfectly alright, I’ll just keep them for my personal collection 🙂

    • Hello! Thank you so much for checking in about this – it is so appreciated. You are most welcome to sell items you have finished yourself with links back as you describe. Happy stitching!

  8. We did a 6-month interim pastorate recently. I made several of these in different sizes to give to the children when we left. They loved them!
    I also made one with fluffy green yarn and added a ridge on the back. It became a dinosaur!

  9. THANK YOU very much for this beautiful pattern if it wasnt for Elise Rose Crochet i wouldn’t have come a cross of this pattern happy holidays

  10. Love the Itty Bitty Kitty I have made 3 so far and they are ADDICTIVE.
    Caitie what do you use for stuffing?
    I used small pieces of fabric and rice for the bottom. The rice gets put into a sown bag.
    Your kitties all look so even.

    Thanks for your very kind work.

    • So glad that you like the pattern! I use the equivalent of polyfil and I “massage” it into place to help it look nice and even. I always use more stuffing than I think I will as I stuff it quite firmly. Rice would add nice weight!

  11. whats “-8. sc” I have never seen this stitch before and could not find anything on google, but so far this is a really good beginner amigurumi I love it!

    • This one often confuses people! The – means “to”. So in other words, R7 and R8 (or R7 – R8). i.e. the next 2 rounds are the same. Hope that makes sense!

  12. I would love to try this for a friends newborn grandson. Would it be safe to add a rattle inside? This will be my first attempt at arigurumi. Thank you for your help and the cute pattern

    • You can absolutely add a rattle inside, as long as you sew up the top nice and tight (I would suggest sewing it closed all the way one way and then all the way back again, and possibly with thin sewing thread if doing it with a yarn tail is too bulky). I’d also suggest embroidering on the eyes instead of using safety eyes. Congratulations on the arrival of your friends’ new grandson!

  13. Loving this kitty! It’s a good beginner project (for me, they’re the 4th and almost 5th amigurumi that I’ve ever done), but I keep getting stuck on the ears (row 20)! Both times, my first ear is rounded, and then my second ear is pointy. Not quite sure what I’m doing wrong – maybe it’s how I’m transitioning from the dc to the next sc? Or how I’m closing off the second dc?

    Thank you for posting, and for being so helpful in the comments.

    • So glad you are enjoying the pattern! You can add a chain stitch to the ear that is a bit rounded to help it appear a bit more pointy. Hope that helps!

    • Your kitties will be 7 – 10cm tall if using DK cotton, depending on the yarn you use and your unique tension. If you make the kitties in acrylic yarn they tend to be a little bigger and more floofy. Happy stitching!

  14. Made two of these- the first one was a bit wonky but the second turned out really well! Thanks for the amazing free pattern!

    • Hmm, did you do the correct number of rounds? Sometimes the yarn and hook combo plus one’s unique crochet style can change the overall look a bit. You can also add in a round or two if you want a taller kitty. Also, how firmly did you stuff your kitty?

  15. Thanks for the great pattern. Just made my first one and I love it. Mistakes and all. Hope the next one will be better.

  16. Hello! I want to try making this and I was just wondering if it is available for me to sell? If not no worries!!!

    • You absolutely can sell kitties that you have made yourself! If you would like to review my terms of use in a bit more detail, you can have a look at my policies page. Let me know if you have any questions.

      • Thank you so much! I’ve been wanting to start a small Etsy shop for so long and these will be a purrrfect beginning!!!

  17. Love the pattern!! But I couldn’t understand the ears and where you place the eyes/other details. maybe add a video tutorial please.

    • I hope to create a video tutorial for this pattern soon! I’ll post it on my YouTube channel when it’s ready. Happy stitching 🙂

  18. I made this cat a few weeks ago and it was a little wonky. I’m sure it’s because I’m out of practice and need to keep at it and try again. It was an easy to follow pattern and honestly, I was using a bulky yarn and a bigger hook to make more of a “stuffy-sized” cat for my toddler to cuddle with at night. She LOVES it, imperfections and all. Named it Cleo. I was hoping you could possibly make a YouTube “crochet-along” video of this cat so anyone just learning how to get started in amigurumi can watch and rewatch anything they might’ve missed. I have friends that are hesitant to try a pattern like this because they don’t want to feel disappointed when it doesn’t turn out anything like what it’s supposed to look like. Just a request. Thanks!

    • Hello. The line reads R7 – 8. sc around (36), meaning for round 7 and round 8, sc in each stitch around. At the end of each round you should have worked 36 stitches.


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