This time of year is all about Halloween, black cats and haunted houses and scary movies. Growing up, we never really went trick or treating, so Halloween was more about movies for me than anything else. I would get so excited to watch Halloweentown for the thousandth time or watch Twitches with Tia and Tamara and get caught up in their world. But Halloween isn’t complete without a black cat or two. Just ask Kiki or Sabrina! So today, I have a pattern for a crochet black cat that’s spooky and mysterious, much more suited to this time of year than the cute kitties you usually see.
I’m definitely more of a dog person, but I have soft spot for cats when they come with witches. One cat I loved growing up was Jiji from 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, I knew that I wanted it to look and feel like Jiji so I made him long and lean, and gave him a swoopy tail. That’s also why the insides of his ears are purple instead of the soft pink you’d expect!
If you want more Halloween patterns, check out my Frankenstein plushie! I had a blast making him and it was really easy to create. It’s a great scrap yarn project because you just need some greens and nothing really has to match. After all, it’s Halloween! Although these are the only 2 patterns I got up for this season, I can’t wait to make more for next year. Give me some suggestions in the comments for monsters you’d like to see. But let’s get back to our black cat for now.
The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.
- 3.50mm crochet hook*
- Black worsted weight yarn
- Some purple worsted weight yarn
- Polyfil stuffing*
- 2 pipe cleaners
- Tapestry needle*
- Stitch marker*
- Safety eyes
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- Skill level: Beginner
- Sizing: 8 inches tall
- Gauge: N/A
Black Cat Crochet Pattern
Round 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.
Round 2: Increase into each space by working 2 SC in each SC (12).
Round 3: *SC 1, increase*, and repeat this all the way around (18).
Round 4: *SC 2, increase*, and repeat this all the way around (24).
Round 5: *SC 3, increase*, and repeat this all the way around (30).
Round 6: *SC 4, increase*, and repeat this all the way around (36).
Rounds 7-13: For the next 7 rounds, SC around evenly (36).
Round 14: *SC 4, decrease*, and repeat this all the way around (30).
Rounds 15-17: SC around for 3 rounds.
Round 18: *SC 3, decrease*, and repeat this all the way around (24).
Rounds 19-21: SC around for 3 rounds.
Round 22: *SC 2, decrease*, and repeat this all the way around (18).
Rounds 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 its own.
Round 26: Increase into each space (36).
Rounds 27-31: SC around for 5 rounds.
Round 32: *SC 4, decrease*, and repeat this all the way around (30).
Round 33: *SC 3, decrease*, and repeat this all the way around (24).
Round 34: *SC 2, decrease*, and repeat this all the way around (18). Now, add in your safety eyes and secure the backs.
Round 35: *SC 1, decrease*, and repeat this all the way around (12).
Round 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 then 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):
Row 1: With black yarn, chain 6. Turn and SC 5 along the chain.
Row 2: Chain 1, turn and SC 5.
Row 3: Chain 1, turn. Decrease once, SC, then decrease the last 2. You’ll have 3 stitches.
Rows 4-5: Chain 1, turn, and SC 3 for 2 rows.
Row 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.
Round 1: With black yarn, work 6 SC into a magic loop and pull the loop closed.
Round 2: *SC 1, increase* and repeat this around so that you have 9 stitches. (9)
Rounds 3-38: SC around for 37 rounds or until the tail is as long as you like. Bind off and leave a 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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