Stripy Cat (Free pattern)

Following on from my Father’s Day Fat Gnome for my Daddy, here’s the present I’ll be giving my Mum for her birthday next week (it’s also my Dad’s birthday tomorrow – It’d be an expensive month June if I couldn’t crochet!). This amigurumi is based on my Mum’s cat Astra (long story there – basically my Dad, a fireman, rescued her from beneath the bonnet of an Astra car when she was a kitten).

Front view

Back view.

I learnt to crochet the right way round for this pattern – you’ll notice that my Gnome (and probably others I’ll post in the future) are wrong side out. I think it looks nice either way, but I especially wanted the Stripy Cat the right way out to give her that zigzag fur look.

Free pattern after the jump.

Stripy Cat

There’re three possible designs you can make from this pattern. The one I will type out is a white bellied stripy cat, but you can miss out all the white and crochet each round in one colour to create just a stripy cat, or you can miss the colour changes entirely for a single colour kitty. Or change where you like – the basic shape is simple so feel free to experiment with yarn colour.

The Essentials:

Hook: 3.5mm (E).

Wool: DK in dark brown, light brown and white, or your choice of colours (purples and pinks would make a simple Cheshire Cat for example). My yarn in the photo shown is not all DK (the white is, but the dark brown is double the thickness, the light brown is half the thickness) but it’ll be easier to do with standardised wool!

Also needed: Black, peach and green embroidery thread/ yarn for details.

Finished Size: 4” long, 2.5” wide.

Terms:

CH = Chain

SC = Single Crochet

SL ST = Slip Stitch

DEC = Decrease

NB: I start my amigurumi using CH2 for simplicity, but if you prefer you can use a magic ring.

Head:

Worked in joined rounds.

Ch2/ magic ring in white.

Round 1 (6sc white): 6 Sc in second chain from hook. SL ST to join (6)
Round 2 (12sc white): CH1. 2 SC in each stitch around. SL ST to join (12)
Round 3 (18sc white): CH1. {2SC in one stitch, 1SC in next stitch} repeat around. SL ST to join (18)
Round 4 (24sc white): CH1. {2SC in one stitch, 1SC in next two stitches} repeat around. SL ST to join (24)
Round 5 (10sc white, 20sc dark brown): CH1. {2SC in one stitch, 1SC in next three stitches} repeat around. SL ST to join (30)
Round 6 (10sc white, 20sc light brown): CH1. SC around. SL ST to join (30)
Round 7 (2sc light brown, 6sc white, 2sc light brown, 20sc dark brown): CH1. SC around. SL ST to join (30)
Round 8 (4sc dark brown, 2sc white, 4sc dark brown, 20sc light brown): CH1. SC around. SL ST to join (30)
Round 9 (8sc light brown, 16sc dark brown): CH1. {DEC, 1SC in next three stitches} repeat around. SL ST to join (24)
Round 10 (5sc dark brown, 13sc light brown): CH1. {DEC, 1SC in next two stitches} repeat around. SL ST to join (18)
STUFF
Round 11 (3sc light brown, 9sc dark brown): CH1. {DEC, 1SC in next stitch} repeat around. SL ST to join (12)
Round 12 (6sc dark brown): CH1. DEC around. SL ST to join (6)

Finish and sew closed.

Ears (x2):

Ch5 in dark brown
Row 1: 4sc (4)
Row 2: Dec, Dec (2)
Row 3: Dec (1)
Finish off and attach to head.

Body:

Worked in joined rounds.

Ch2/ magic ring in Dark Brown.

Round 1 (6sc dark brown): 6 Sc in second chain from hook. SL ST to join (6)
Round 2 (12sc light brown): CH1. 2 SC in each stitch around. SL ST to join (12)
Round 3 (9sc white, 9sc dark brown): CH1. {2SC in one stitch, 1SC in next stitch} repeat around. SL ST to join (18)
Round 4 (12sc white, 12sc light brown): CH1. {2SC in one stitch, 1SC in next two stitches} repeat around. SL ST to join (24)
Round 5 (14sc white, 26sc dark brown): CH1. {2SC in one stitch, 1SC in next three stitches} repeat around. SL ST to join (30)
Round 6 (15sc white, 21sc light brown): CH1. {2SC in one stitch, 1SC in next four stitches} repeat around. SL ST to join (36)
Round 7  (15sc white, 21sc dark brown): CH1. SC around. SL ST to join (36)
Round 8  (15sc white, 21sc light brown): CH1. SC around. SL ST to join (36)
Round 9  (15sc white, 21sc dark brown): CH1. SC around. SL ST to join (36)
Round 10  (15sc white, 21sc light brown): CH1. SC around. SL ST to join (36)
Round 11 (12sc white, 18sc dark brown): CH1. {DEC, 1SC in next four stitches} repeat around. SL ST to join (30)
Round 12 (9sc white, 15sc light brown): CH1. {DEC, 1SC in next three stitches} repeat around. SL ST to join (24)
Round 13 (2sc dark brown, 5sc white, 11sc dark brown): CH1. {DEC, 1SC in next two stitches} repeat around. SL ST to join (18)
STUFF
Round 14 (12sc light brown): CH1. {DEC, 1SC in next stitch} repeat around. SL ST to join (12)
Round 16 (6sc dark brown): CH1. DEC around. SL ST to join (6)

Finish and sew open end to head so the white panels line up.

Legs (x4):

(NB: The photo shows four slightly different legs to match Astra’s odd ones, but I’ll just tell you the one simplest pattern).


Crochet in joined rounds.

Ch2 / magic ring in white.

Round 1 (6sc white): 6 Sc in second chain from hook. SL ST to join (6)
Round 2 (12sc white): CH1. 2 SC in each stitch around. SL ST to join (12)
Round 3 (12sc white): Ch1. SC around. SL ST to join (12)
Round 4 (12sc light brown): Ch1. SC around. SL ST to join (12)
Round 5 (12sc dark brown): Ch1. SC around. SL ST to join (12)
Round 6 (12sc light brown): Ch1. SC around. SL ST to join (12)
STUFF
Round 7 (6sc dark brown): Ch1. DEC around. SL ST to join (6)

Finish and sew to the body so the cats belly and chin still slightly touch the floor.

I forgot to take a photo of the legs. Oops.

TAIL:

Plat three strands of dark brown and three strands of light brown (or two strands of dark brown, two strands of light brown and two strands of black to get the tail as shown). stop when you have approx 5cm (or your desired length). Sew in place on the body.

Forgot to photo the tail too. Sorry…

FACE:

Embroider a triangle nose using peach embroidery thread.
Embroider a mouth using black embroidery thread (Nerdigurumi has an excellent tutorial for this).
Embroider the eyes by sewing three horizontal stripes of green embroidery thread, then two vertical stripes of black embroidery thread over the centre.

And you’re done! As before, I’d love to see photos of any that readers make, or pattern corrections if you notice any mistakes. Simply email me at amiguruthi[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk.
 

 

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