Halloween, black cats, and haunted houses are just around the corner! I’ve always been a dog person, but this black cat is one that I can see myself getting attached to. He makes a great decoration around the house for Halloween, and he is just so cute! He also reminds me of my favorite black cat, Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery service. He’s really easy to make so let’s jump right into the crochet black cat pattern!
Free Crochet Black Cat Pattern
I’ve never really been a fan of cats in general; they’re cute and cuddly, but they always felt too subdued for me. One cat I did love was Jiji from the anime Kiki’s Delivery Service. He’s sarcastic and funny, and the complete opposite of Kiki which made them a great pair. When I was planning to make a crochet black cat pattern, I knew that I wanted it to look and feel like Jiji so after making the body, I added on the felt features. You can skip that if you’d rather have a regular black cat.
- 3.50mm crochet hook
- Black worsted weight yarn
- Some purple worsted weight yarn
- Polyfil stuffing
- 2 pipe cleaners
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch marker
- Safety eyes
1. Create a magic loop with black yarn and work 6 SC into the loop. Pull the loop closed and mark the first space with a stitch marker.
2. Increase into each space by working 2 SC in each SC (12).
3. *SC 1, increase*, and repeat this all the way around (18).
4. *SC 2, increase*, and repeat this all the way around (24).
5. *SC 3, increase*, and repeat this all the way around (30).
6. *SC 4, increase*, and repeat this all the way around (36).
7-13. For the next 7 rounds, SC around evenly (36).
14. *SC 4, decrease*, and repeat this all the way around (30).
15-17. SC around for 3 rounds.
18. *SC 3, decrease*, and repeat this all the way around (24).
19-21. SC around for 3 rounds.
22. *SC 2, decrease*, and repeat this all the way around (18).
23-25. SC around for 3 rounds.
Start to all the polyfill and stuff the body firmly. I like to keep the bottom flat on the table so it stays flat and the cat can stand on it’s own.
26. Increase into each space (36).
27-31. SC around for 5 rounds.
32. *SC 4, decrease*, and repeat this all the way around (30).
33. *SC 3, decrease*, and repeat this all the way around (24).
34. *SC 2, decrease*, and repeat this all the way around (18). Add in your safety eyes now.
35. *SC 1, decrease*, and repeat this all the way around (12).
36. Decrease all the way around (6). Finish adding the stuffing to the head and then trim the yarn. Thread the tail yarn through a tapestry needle and weave the yarn through the front loops only of the last 6 stitches. Then, secure the yarn, weave in the ends and trim the excess.
Ears (make 2):
1. With black yarn, chain 6. Turn and SC 5 along the chain.
2. Chain 1, turn and SC 5.
3. Chain 1, turn. Decrease once, SC, then decrease the last 2. You’ll have 3 stitches.
4-5. Chain 1, turn, and SC 3 for 2 rows.
6. Chain 1, turn, decrease, SC 1.Chain 1, turn, and decrease once more. Do not bind off.
Make a second ear the same way using the purple yarn. Place the purple ear on top of the black and, continuing from where you left off with the black, SC around both ears to join them. Chain 1 at each corner to make them sharper. Bind off and leave a tail to sew the ears on with.
1. With black yarn, work 6 SC into a magic loop. Pull the loop closed.
2. *SC 1, increase* and repeat this around so that you have 9 stitches. (9)
3-38. SC around for 37 rounds or until the tail is as long as you like. Bind off and leave long tail.
Hold the two pipe cleaners together and fold the ends together on one side. Insert the pipe cleaners into the tail and adjust the tail so it’s curved in a black cat kind of way with a little bit of the pipe cleaners sticking out the end.
Now just put it all together! Sew the ears to the tip of the head using the tail yarns, and make sure they’re even. It helps to use straight pins to pin one while you sew on the other. Then, stick the exposed pipe cleaners from the tail into the base of the body and use the tail yarn to sew around the opening and attach the tail.
Lastly, I embroidered a little pink nose and whiskers to finish off your crochet black cat!
I love the way he turned out and I’m glad I went with the smaller ears. I was playing with starting the ears with chain 7 to make them as big as Jiji’s from the movie, but they seemed too big on this crochet black cat. The smaller ears look better now that I see it all done.
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